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.”
Kyle follows up American Wife, about her Navy SEAL husband Chris Kyle (author of American Sniper), with this moving and passionate collection of essays in which she shares her experiences with people she has met as a public speaker. At events, she writes, strangers told her "stories about the good things their neighbors are doing, accounts of how they were helped or inspired by others." Kyle focuses on 30 of those "tales of heroism" in an effort to show the power of the American spirit and "brighten a sometimes very dark world." Writing with DeFelice, who coauthored both her and her husband's previous books, Kyle includes stories from a young girl suffering from cancer whose idea of raising money for research by having a lemonade stand in her hospital led to a million-dollar foundation for childhood cancer; a blind veteran whose work with disabled bike riders inspired a volunteer organization that takes blind bikers on rides through New York City; and another vet whose individual efforts to help the homeless led to the formation of a California nonprofit. Once again, Kyle and DeFelice inspire with touching stories of compassion. \n