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Cry Like a Man: Fighting for Freedom from Emotional Incarceration

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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.”

ISBN-13: 9780830775941

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: David C Cook

Publication Date: 01-21-2019

Pages: 224

Product Dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Jason Wilson is the director of the Cave of Adullam Transformational Academy (CATTA), a program of The Yunion nonprofit organization he founded in 2003. The CATTA has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, and CNN. In addition to more than twenty years of training and developing young men, Wilson is a faithful husband of twenty years and a proud father of two beautiful children. Noteworthy Awards for Jason Wilson:2018 True Inspiration Award, Chick-fil-A Foundation2018 General Motors African Ancestry Network Award (GMAAN)2018 New Detroit Social Impact Award2018 Campaign for Black Male Achievement Spirituality Award2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award2015 CBMA Innovation Accelerator Award2014 Governor’s Service Award Finalist2013 BMe Leadership Award2013 Spirit of Detroit Award2012 Ambassador Magazine’s Ambassador of the Year

Table of Contents

Foreword 15

Prologue 19

1 The Conviction of Estes Wright 23

2 The Nemesis 32

3 Tragedy and Tears 39

4 A House Is Not a Home 49

5 The Absence of Affirmation 59

6 Trauma and the Black Experience 72

7 The Pressure of Promiscuity 77

8 A Boxer without a Comer 87

9 A Brother from Another Mother 97

10 My Way or His Will 105

11 No Other Gods 115

12 Uncompromised Conviction 127

13 A Reckless Pursuit of Respect 139

14 Two Halves Becoming Whole 147

15 The Fortitude to Forgive 151

16 It's Okay to Cry 161

17 Freeing My Father 169

18 Preparation for the Purge 177

19 The Crucible 187

20 The Good Son 195

Epilogue 205

Recommended Resources 213

Acknowledgments 219