(Review) American Wife: Love, War, Faith, and Renewal by Taya Kyle with Jim DeFelice

Publication Date: May 4, 2015.
Publisher: William Morrow.
Genre: Biography, military family.
Pages: 304.
Source: self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.


On February 2, 2013, Chris Kyle was murdered. He and a friend, Chad Littlefield, were both killed by a young man they were trying to help.
Chris Kyle is the author of American Sniper. The book is about his career as a Navy SEAL sniper.
In American Wife, Taya Kyle reflects on her memories of Chris, their marriage, the lawsuit with Jesse Ventura, and Chris's death.

My Thoughts:
This is a difficult book to read for two reasons.
  1. It's sad. 
  2. My son is a Veteran of the war in Iraq. 
I have avoided books dealing with this topic, because it's painful. It's painful to relive the deployments filled with anxiety and fear, and it's a sobering reminder my son might not have come back home to us. But he did, and I'm thankful, very thankful. 

The number one point that makes American Wife stand out is Taya Kyle's honesty. She is transparent about the problems they'd had in their marriage. She is transparent about her addiction to cigarettes. She is transparent about the manner of Chris's death and the trial afterwards. She is transparent about the lawsuit with Jesse Ventura. She is transparent about their personal finances. She is transparent about Chris's deployments and reentry to civilian life. She is transparent about her faith in God. She is transparent about the future without Chris Kyle beside her. She does not hesitate to admit weaknesses, fears, and sadness. In her honesty, I drew in closer to her story, she could have whispered and I would have heard her speak.
A second point that makes American Wife stand out is Taya speaks for many family members who've sent loved ones to war. She resonates every feeling we carried. She is a spokesperson for those of us who live everyday with those memories.

Thank you Taya.