Short version: Get this book for every man you love and even the ones you feel are hard to love.
Long version: I love Jason Wilson. I know his ministry is targeted towards men but he still speaks to me (a black woman). My sister mentioned to me that Wilson had a book that was soon to be released. I came on Amazon over a month ago just to read the book listing. I don't even know how it happened but I must have clicked purchase on accident because before I knew it, there was a message thanking me for my preorder. I almost cancelled the order but felt compelled to keep the order. I am a life coach and mentor for teens both male and female. I also have a younger brother and a father that I still struggle to relate to and understand. On top of all of that, I generally don't know how to relate to men at all [romantically]. I am a daddy's girl who has a father that really isn't the daddy's girl type. A lot of father's don't understand that they frame how their daughters will relate to men. You are our 1st love and often our 1st heartbreak (it goes without saying... But not in a sexual or romantic way). The way that this is handled will be with us in every relationship, even our relationship with God. I thought reading Wilson's book would feel like reading someone else's mail but his words are so engaging that I had to force myself to not finish it in one day and let what I have read so far unfold in me before moving on. This book has been such a healing and eye opening experience for me. I have learned more about my brother and dad and even myself from this book. I could relate to Wilson's quest for his father's love and approval and I became very aware through reading this book from his POV that we feel much the same, we just express our emotions differently. Maybe after thoughtfully and prayerfully reading this book, I will overcome my fear of relationships and finally have the privilege of having one. If you're wondering if you should get this book... Yes!!! You should and grab a few extra copies for someone else who may need to cry like a man.
I have the Kindle book but I'm getting hard copies for my dad and brother and a few for my male clients as well.
I've been waiting three months for this book. I've been following Mr. Jason Wilson on social media with his work with CATTA for about a year. As a mother of an only son, I want to have a better understanding of my husband and the men in my life. EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and the ability to verbally share feelings are important skillsets we desire in our son and our selves. I received the book today and read the entire thing. Mr. Jason shares his life story and how he overcame his struggles with God on his side through forgiveness, redemption, grace, serving others, loving hard, and being a lion and a lamb. Get some tissues out for many joyful and challenging moments shared. I will be sharing this with my husband and family. I’m going to give my boy and husband extra hugs tonight. God is good and so faithful!
I have been waiting for this book to release since I saw on Eshon Burgundy's Instagram a copy of it. This was an excellent read. There were many things I could relate to as a young black man. There were also many things I couldn't relate to but that's ok. I was was the white sheep compared to my brother, the black sheep. Though raised in a Christian home and still an active believer there are things that I missed because of cultural barriers. It's important to know that Christ penetrates all cultural barriers even when we can't see it. This books depicts a picture of turmoil though I haven't experience to that extent I can resonate with as a man. I believe Mr. Wilson paints a portrait of the struggle that many men face and too prideful to admit publicly. To show vulnerability is weakness in many eyes. Thankfully, Jesus identifies with our struggles and will wear the scars of our vulnerability, shame, and defeat forever. Mr. Wilson gave us just a glimpse of that saving power and for that I say thank you.
This zine is absolutely phenomenal. As someone who identifies as queer, it is difficult to find queer art that resonates with my soul quite like these poems and art pieces. The language used is both stunning and raw, a very clear portrait of a consciousness that has been through much, and is still so passionate. My particular favorite is the one about stars (I nearly cried). Anywho, seeing this work by Left at London, I am genuinely excited to see what comes next.
I was fortunate to read an advanced copy of the book and I could not put it down. Reading Jason’s story and learning about how he dealt with his emotions has really helped me in my life. This is a great book and it should be required reading for every one. This review will age particularly well because as time goes on , and more people read this book, the more lives Jason will be able to positively impact. I appreciate this work so much and I will be forever be grateful but I am already looking forward to book number two. Jason is changing lives and I am so blessed to have been able to cross paths with him through his work. I’ll go ahead and claim it here —this will be a NYT Bestseller! Thank you Jason for writing this book and sharing it with the world. All praise to the Most High! CRY CRY CRY and LET IT OUT! This book will truly make our world a better place.
Disclaimer, I am not that religious, but I follow Mr Wilson online and felt compelled to read this book.
This book is relate-able and smooth. I listened to the book in two sittings and its incredible journey of a modern man finding his way to manhood. Strength but with emotion, leadership with compassion, and a resilience and drive that makes me feel like I am not living as my best self. This book reminds me of my own desires to be a good father and husband. This book also makes me feel like I have access to a virtual positive male influence in my life.
To see a strong accomplished and inspired man living this life, and able to share his story openly gives me a lot of hope for the Masculinity conversation in American throughout all communities. If you are on the fence about this book you shouldn't be, but if you need a second opinion watch Mr Wilson speak to Lewis Howes online.
As an emerging young adult, I too have been pressured to live life under a false and worldly facade under the guise of real manhood. This book has not only shattered the vain societal notions of what it means to be a man but it also empowered me to seek real and biblical manhood. Jason’s book developed in me an interest in more of his work and I thank God for letting this book catch my attention in the bookstore. I highly recommend this to all fellow believers whether male or not, especially fellow millennials.