Special by Tom Pace, host “Talk of the Town” The Promise 90.7FM & Publisher www.ShreveTalk.com
Dressed smartly, and accompanied by her golden retriever therapy dog Norman, Taya Kyle, “American Sniper” Chris Kyle’s widow, drew standing ovations at both Sunday services at First Baptist Church Bossier, August 30th, 2015.
With Norman laying at her feet, Taya sat across a table from First Bossier pastor Brad Jurkovich for an informal dialogue about her memories of Chris, his deployments, his dreams, their plans, and then…her world came crashing down February 2nd, 2013 when she learned of his murder by a former Marine, Eddie Ray Routh.
Taya Kyle tells Talk of the Town radio host Tom Pace in an exclusive interview that Chris’ killer, Eddie Ray Routh “…did not have PTSD,” but had taken marijuana and other drugs that caused him to act irrationally.
Now, some two and a half years after Chris’ death. Taya has written her own book, “American Wife: A Memoir of Love, Service, Faith and Renewal” dedicated especially to the wives of First Responders and members of the military.
An estimated combined crowd of 5,000 attended both services at First Baptist Bossier, followed at noon by a free lunch for all attending the event, as well as a book signing by Taya Kyle. The line snaked around the foyer of the church, many waiting patiently up to an hour, to get their picture made with this 40 year-old devout Christian mother of two, widowed on the Texas soil Chris loved.
Her common theme throughout her inspirational talk: “God loves you, and He will take care of you, no matter what.”