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Reviewed by Meg Massey

On February 2nd, 2013, Taya Kyle’s life changed forever. It was an unexpected turn of events, considering that her husband Chris was finally home from war, and their marriage was stronger than ever. But on that day, the man she loved, a devoted father and dedicated Navy SEAL, was killed while trying to help a struggling veteran. In mere moments, all that Taya and Chris had built together came crashing down around her, leaving her a widow and single mother to two young children.

Chris Kyle’s life and experiences as a Navy SEAL sniper are the subject of his book, American Sniper, as well as the 2014 film of the same name. American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith and Renewal, is Taya’s story. She starts at the beginning, telling readers how she met Chris, their struggle to maintain their marriage while he served overseas, and his difficult adjustment back to civilian life. For the first time in this memoir, Taya shares the details of the devastating days following her husband’s tragic and untimely death.

This memoir is incredibly honest, raw, and at times, absolutely heartbreaking. Taya’s story was a reminder of all that our service men and women, as well as their families, sacrifice for the sake of our freedom. It was heartbreaking to read through Taya’s emotions, knowing that her husband had survived the war, only to be murdered while trying to help a fellow veteran on home soil. Taya admits that she experienced anger, but not with God. One passage stayed with me, even after turning the final page of this book:

“Chris’s death brings the question: If God is all-powerful, why didn’t He stop it? Why did He let someone kill Chris? The answer that keeps coming to me is as hard to accept as it is simple: God didn’t stop it because He has a plan. It’s difficult sometimes to remain optimistic about that plan, but in the end, that is what faith means: trust in the plan” (p. 183).

While Taya is honest about the emotions she experienced after her husband’s death, her faith was strengthened. She also found ways to connect to Chris in helping to tell his story in the film American Sniper, and doing what he longed to do most: helping others. While this memoir is about loss, it’s also about hope, and renewed faith. You will surely be moved by Taya’s powerful and honest storytelling, and the faith that has brought her through the darkest of times.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.