Taya Kyle, American Wife (Love, War, Faith, and Renewal), 2015, 300 pages, easy read

(Review by the Rev. Dr. Curtis I. Crenshaw, Th.D., 2016)

Taya was married to the Seal who had the most kills as a sniper. They had a very strong Christian love. After several tours, and after begin proclaimed a hero, Chris Kyle was finally home for good, to be with his wife and children. I saw the movie, American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood. Here is what the movie is about:

“Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.”

[Quote from https://www.google.com/#q=american+sniper]

I had followed his career on Fox News, and had prayed for his safety. Having been in Vietnam, and having gone through the Tet Offensive, I know how precarious life is in war, and how quickly one can be killed. I lost friends over there in the blink of an eye, walking around one minute and dead the next.

This is their story, Chris and Taya, and it is full of beginning love, his overseas duties, (he held the all-time number of confirmed kills as an American Sniper, and the way Chris put is: “I was saving American lives.”

The tragedy that happened after he was home, how Taya overcame by faith in the Triune God, her renewal, is a true story that will lift you out of despair and set you firmly on the Rock, Christ Jesus. AMEN. Ὡ

The Doctrine of the Christian Life

John M. Frame, The Doctrine of the Christian Life. This is over 1,000 pages, and generally easy to understand. Frame covers the basic approaches to ethics for the first 400 pages, and then spends 450 pages on the Ten Commandments, with several fine concluding chapters of great interest to Christians, such as Christ and Culture. There are numerous appendices. Highly recommended.