Taya Kyle is a mother of two young adults who inspire and amaze her. She is a woman after
God’s heart and endeavors to carry on the legacy of her late husband Chris Kyle, while also creating a legacy of her own. Many people know Chris as the American Sniper from his internationally bestselling book American Sniper (William Morrow) and Academy Award nominated movie by the same name. The film, American Sniper (2014), was directed by Clint Eastwood, and is the highest grossing military movie of all time.
Chris was killed by someone he was trying to help in 2013. After his death, Kyle became a New York Times bestselling author of the memoir An American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal (William Morrow) where she 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 an effort to help buoy the spirit of others who face hardships, Kyle co-wrote American Spirit: Profiles in Resilience, Courage, and Faith (William Morrow) – a collection of true stories of other Americans who have done great things with some of the worst parts of life.
A highly sought-after speaker, Kyle inspires audiences to find light in the midst of darkness in a fallen world. As she articulates the trials and tribulations of love, war, faith and renewal, Kyle helps others see they are not alone.
Kyle has been a contributor and activist for various efforts and through a variety of other outlets. She serves as the Executive Director of Taya and Chris Kyle Foundation - Service Family Strong (TACK-F), formerly known as the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, where the mission is to serve God, country, and service families. When service families are not just surviving, but thriving, suicide rates decrease, effective PTS treatment increases, and force retention and readiness go up.
Kyle and her business partner, Angela Blair, have created two jewelry lines. Warrior Collections is sold in partnership with Montana Silversmith retailers, and also offers a higher end exclusive online collection to draw out the warrior spirit. The others inspirational jewelry collection is created and sold with world renowned jewelry experts, Jewelry Television. The collection, Koadon, means “Koa” warrior “don” to put on. Koadon is sold on JTV televised broadcast and online at JTV.com.
Kyle and her business partner Dave Drever are launching a new company called, YKC (Your Kingdom Come). Through media, entertainment, innovation, and technology, YKC will help show the spiritual gold in others allowing their stories to be told and lived out in a way that uses their gifts without asking them to compromise their values.
Praise for American Spirit:
“A cheerily aspirational celebration of Americans who are making a difference.”
“Moving and passionate. … Kyle and DeFelice inspire with touching stories of compassion.”
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
Praise for American Gun:
"A celebration of Kyle's voice and life... It's like sitting down with him in some funky Texas roadhouse just off the interstate after a hot but fulfilling day at the range, ordering up a tableful of Lone Stars and just talking guns for a few hours."
-- USA Today
"Chris Kyle embodied what it meant to have a heart both strong and soft, and a commitment to country, family, and God. ... Kyle will continue to inspire anyone paying attention to his example."
-- Dallas Morning News
Praise for American Sniper:
"Since their creation, U.S. Navy SEALs have had an impact on war unmatched by any other fighting force. In this community of elite warriors, one man has risen above our ranks and distinguished himself as unique. Chris Kyle is that man. A master sniper, Chris has done and seen things that will be talked about for generations to come, not only by the American military, but by those who stood against us in battle and bore witness to the awesome effectiveness of the world's most lethal sniper."
-- Marcus Luttrell, former U.S. Navy SEAL, bestselling author of Lone Survivor
"The raw and unforgettable narrative of the making of our country's record-holding sniper, Chris Kyle's memoir is a powerful book, both in terms of combat action and human drama. Chief Kyle is a true American warrior down to the bone, the Carlos Hathcock of a new generation."
-- Charles W. Sasser, U.S. Army Retired Green Beret and author of One Shot, One Kill
"American Sniper is the inside story of what it's like to be in war. A brave warrior and patriot, Chris Kyle writes frankly about the missions, personal challenges, and hard choices that are part of daily life of an elite SEAL Sniper. It's a classic!! A one shot-one kill read!"
-- Richard Marcinko Former First Commanding Officer of SEAL Team Six and bestselling author of Rogue Warrior
"Jaw-droppingly detailed ... undeniably riveting."
-- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"American Sniper is retired Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's gripping and dramatic account of how he became the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history."
-- Washington Times
"Becoming a Navy SEAL is a remarkable achievement, becoming a Navy SEAL sniper even more so. But being considered the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history -- that is glory. ... frank and remarkably candid ... vivid. ... poignant ... With American Sniper, Kyle gives readers an undiluted look at what it is like to be in the middle of a war zone, fighting for your country and what you believe in."
-- Las Vegas Review-Journal
"War is unimaginable to all who have never experienced it, but Chris Kyle has written an incredible memoir that gives civilian readers a chance to glimpse what goes on in the mind of one of our country's greatest warriors ... As impressive as Kyle's shooting is, what really makes his story extraordinary is the personal account of life in the U.S. military. ... Kyle's love for his country, God, family, and the men with whom he served cannot help but inspire."
-- Daily Herald
"Eloquent ... An aggressively written account of frontline combat, with plenty of action."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Reads like a first-person thriller narrated by a sniper. The bare-bones facts are stunning. .... A first-rate military memoir."