Taya Kyle | NYT Best-selling author of American Wife and Widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

Taya Kyle

NYT Best-selling author of American Wife and Widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

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Taya Kyle was unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight when her husband, Chris Kyle, one of America’s greatest heroes was murdered. Chris’ story was told in the book and movie, American Sniper. Chris did many combat tours for the United States as a Navy SEAL. 

Taya continues to rise above her grief and pain with a family she loves and a platform honoring Chris’ life. Taya provides help and hope to those going through tragic times through speaking engagements, writing and her foundation, Taya and Chris Kyle Family - Service Marriage Strong.

Taya became a New York Times best-selling author with her first book, American Wife, and in 2019 released her second book – American Spirit – a collection of short stories chronicling the lives of inspirational people she has met through her travels, all of whom show the American Spirit is as strong as ever. Later this year, she is also releasing her first Children’s book series titled Prayers For Bears.

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Faith, Family and Freedom

Taya Kyle's just like any other American - her strong faith allows her to fight through even the toughest of times, family keeps her going and grounded and she's a patriot who believes in the Freedom of being American and the American Spirit - all with a healthy, but irreverent, sense of humor. Those three pillars have got her through the challenges she has faced - from Chris' death while squarely in the public eye, to raising children on her own and creating a new life for herself. She has become a beacon of strength for military and first responder spouses, but her story of Faith, Family and Freedom goes deeper than that and resonates to people of all ages, genders and races the world over.

The Ripple Effect

Utilizing the "Pay it Forward" idea, Taya Kyle believes the Ripple Effect is a powerful thing. One small act of kindness can mean the world to another individual. It can also start a movement, spreading hope from one person to a whole nation.

Recounting the Kyle families' personal experiences, Mrs. Kyle shares the power and impact of taking one step in faith.

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American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearmsby Taya Kyle

American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms

by Taya Kyle
A former Navy SEAL and the New York Times best-selling author of American Sniper targets the most important American firearms, using these guns as a window on United States history to prove that the American story has been tied to and shaped by the gun. This book was previously featured in Forecast. 500,000 first printing.
American Spiritby Taya Kyle

American Spirit

by Taya Kyle

The "American Sniper" legacy continues: Taya Kyle celebrates the American Spirit in her inspiring new book

Life leads us through difficult terrain. But what happens if you use challenge as an opportunity to discover your PURPOSE? These Americans did and are changing the world.

After losing her husband, "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, bestselling author Taya Kyle entered a period of deep grief. And yet the experience served as a catalyst for profound growth. Taya found her own reserve of strength with the help of the generous love and support of family and friends--and also many strangers across America, who selflessly shared their own stories of suffering, survival, and triumph. Inspired by her experience, Taya discovered her calling: spreading a message of how love, passion, and service can combine to help us persevere over personal pain and heal our communities.

Working with trusted collaborator Jim DeFelice (coauthor of American Sniper and American Wife), Taya tells her own story, as well as those of other Americans who have built extraordinary lives after traveling down life's most difficult roads--through loss, illness, all manner of setback. They embody the "American spirit" of resilience, faith, togetherness that has built the nation.

American Spirit profiles more than 30 individuals, young and old, rich and not-so-rich, famous and unknown, who have overcome hardship and done extraordinary things for their communities and for the nation at large. The 9/11 survivor, badly burned over 60% of his body, who asked himself What debt do I owe to God? And to my fellow human beings? What am I supposed to do with this miracle of survival? The man with the hole in his heart who runs ultramarathons. The young cancer victim whose lemonade stand inspired a revolutionary new model for fighting cancer. The blind cyclist; the pastor who became an undercover investigator, and more.

In the end, these stories teach us how to find purpose and heal the world, no matter the difficulty. "Every action, big or small," Taya writes, "has the potential to spark someone else's movement."

American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewalby Taya Kyle

American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal

by Taya Kyle

The widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle shares their private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss--and a moving tribute to a man whose true heroism ran even deeper than the legend

In early 2013, Taya Kyle and her husband Chris were the happiest they ever had been. Their decade-long marriage had survived years of war that took Chris, a U.S. Navy SEAL, away from Taya and their two children for agonizingly long stretches while he put his life on the line in many major battles of the Iraq War. After struggling to readjust to life out of the military, Chris had found new purpose in redirecting his lifelong dedication to service to supporting veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and, most special of all, their family was whole, finally.

Then, the unthinkable. On February 2, 2013, Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield were killed while attempting to help a troubled vet. The life Chris and Taya fought so hard to build together was shattered. In an instant, Taya became a single parent of two. A widow. A young woman facing the rest of her life without the man she loved.

Chris and Taya’s remarkable story has captivated millions through Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster, Academy Award-winning film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris and Sienna Miller as Taya, and because of Chris’s bestselling memoir, in which Taya contributed passages that formed the book’s emotional core. Now, with trusted collaborator Jim DeFelice, Taya writes in never-before-told detail about the hours, days, and months after his shocking death when grief threatened to overwhelm her. Then there were wearying battles to protect her husband’s legacy and reputation.

And yet throughout, friendship, family, and a deepening faith were lifelines that sustained her and the kids when the sorrow became too much. Two years after her husband’s tragic death, Taya has found renewed meaning and connection to Chris by advancing their shared mission of “serving those who serve others,” particularly military and first-responder families. She and the children now are embracing a new future, one that honors the past but also looks forward with hope, gratitude, and joy. 

American Wife is one of the most remarkable memoirs of the year -- a universal chronicle of love and heartbreak, service and sacrifice, faith and purpose that will inspire every reader. 

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