Sunday, March 10, 2013
Free Copy Giveaway, “American Sniper: Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S History” by Chris Kyle
I just finished Chris Kyle’s book, American Sniper: Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S History. It is an excellent read on a great American hero. Unfortunately, we lost Kyle recently when he and a companion were shot and killed last February by a fellow veteran, who Kyle had taken to a gun range in an effort to help him with post-traumatic stress disorder. Despite of his tragic and sudden death, his active service as a Navy Seal sniper and the self-sacrifice he displayed to save American lives will always be remembered. Kyle was straightforward not to take sole credit for his accomplishments but gives credence back to other military service men who also sacrificed their lives for the mission. These men got shot, lost their vision, lost their limbs and ultimately their lives to protect Americans from those who hate the country because of freedom and allegiance to Christianity.
The book occasionally shares the viewpoint of his wife Taya. Her story gives us a glimpse of the hardships military wives experience in the absence of their husbands. Their marriage went through some difficult times, and Taya’s strength and commitment to keep their marriage intact exemplifies a character also marked with self-sacrifice and perseverance just like her husband. Chris Kyle took pride in his job. He was unapologetic and strongly believes that his primary purpose is to shoot the enemy dead. Killing insurgents saves lives and a step closer to defeat what Kyle refers to a “real evil.” Kyle wrote about his training, his working relationship with other branches of the military, his actions during the war and the difficulties he faced at home in between tours. Kyle was also a father. Though he had a hard time connecting with his children because of his frequent absence, he remained committed to spend fun quality time with them and model good character and personal responsibility. Kyle said he was a strong Christian, "not perfect" but a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. His personal guiding philosophy was to serve God first, country second and family third. A philosophy rooted in basic Biblical principles of God’s first and second greatest command, to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Kyle was indeed a fine soldier the United States has produced. He was a true American, a devoted family man, and more importantly, a remarkable human being. I highly recommend this book. As a tribute, I would like to give my personal digital audio copy of American Sniper free. All you have to do is comment below. Winner will be picked by random on March 25th. You can also buy the here: