Cry Like a Man - Jason Wilson

Cry Like a Man

By Jason Wilson

  • Release Date: 2019-01-21
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 86 Ratings


As a leader in teaching, training, and transforming boys in Detroit, Jason Wilson shares his own story of discovering what it means to “be a man” in this life-changing memoir.
His grandfather’s lynching in the deep South, the murders of his two older brothers, and his verbally harsh and absent father all worked together to form Jason Wilson’s childhood. But it was his decision to acknowledge his emotions and yield to God’s call on his life that made Wilson the man and leader he is today. 
As the founder of one of the country’s most esteemed youth organizations, Wilson has decades of experience in strengthening the physical, mental, and emotional spirit of boys and men. In Cry Like a Man, Wilson explains the dangers men face in our culture’s definition of “masculinity” and gives readers hope that healing is possible.
As Wilson writes, “My passion is to help boys and men find strength to become courageously transparent about their own brokenness as I shed light on the symptoms and causes of childhood trauma and ‘father wounds.’ I long to see men free themselves from emotional incarceration—to see their minds renewed, souls weaned, and relationships restored.”


  • What a blessing

    By bossmanfred
    I encourage all brothers to read this very powerful weapon. Whatever’s holding you back let it go. That God into your heart.
  • Great Book!

    By Yeezy94
    Amazing read! Really help me understand my own emotional trauma and how to address it
  • Wake up call!!

    By CallhimBRIEF
    As a man who rarely had his father in his life, I felt everything Jason expressed, and elated! This is an incredible read. And as a father now myself, I respect our women wanting us to open up more than I have. I was a victim of shutting down and not crying or speaking. This book is medicine
  • A Dynamic Must-read for all!

    By Mrs. RHD
    As a mother of four sons, this book has been refreshing. Once-barren, I prayed and asked the Lord to open my womb and to reward it with children - ones whom I’d do my part [along with my husband and HIM] to raise to be willing workers [believers] for His Kingdom (Ref. John 6:29). When my first son was born almost 21 years ago, fear set in. It was a fear of raising a son — a MAN. Then I had three more. Even though I knew I had my husband doing his part and the Lord working with me, I still had to do mine. Although my husband is a God-fearing man who has loved me like Christ loved the church from day one, I still had yet to overcome the emotional wounds of and the haunts from my past — men who didn’t cry at all, but instead vented their anger and other emotions toward me and others in unhealthy and damaging ways (to include my own father). If only they had cried. Just two weeks ago, I asked our Heavenly Father, “Am I doing my part? Am I keeping my promise to You?” Then I remembered this book. I bought it and read it; and all glory to God Most High, He answered me through this book and in each of the separate dialogues that followed with three of my sons and my husband. Even while reading it, I was reminded of my husband’s and all of my sons’ tears over the years (just a few weeks ago for my fifteen year-old), and am so blessed and honored that they all find safety in crying in my company... now. It wasn’t always like that for my dear husband. Other than at our wedding almost 22 years ago, the next time that he cried in front of me during an argument in our first year of marriage, I was not there for him emotionally. Tears were not the usual response from a man for me, even though he was like no other man that I’d been in a relationship with — for one, he was saved and loved the Lord and me with a genuine love. As I grew in the knowledge of Christ and matured, I soon realized that unlike what I’d been taught that tears are not a sign of weakness but of strength in a man. My husband and my sons know that they don’t have to keep their tears bottled up, because our Lord finds them precious — so precious that He takes care to bottle up each one (Ref. Psalm 56:8 KJV). And a man, David, wrote those endearing words — and most likely through his own tears while writing. I still have a lot to learn, because as this book answered one question for me about me, it also raised a couple of others. In a good way. In His faithfulness and in His time, the Lord will reveal though. Mr. Wilson, thank you for opening yourself up to our Lord and for allowing Him to use you. Blessings to you and your family and every Jesus-inspired endeavor! To anyone that’s reading this, get the book and buy copies for the men in your life! I am.