I want to take minute to brag on the incredible new book from Mark Peterson, Good Cry. Before coming to ManAlive, I hadn’t cried in front of my wife in our entire marriage. I couldn’t figure out why and didn’t realize how much intimacy and wholeness I was missing out on for both my marriage and myself. At ManAlive, I heard from Mark, over and over, the necessity of tears and accessing the depth of emotion, honesty and vulnerability that only crying can. Not only did I hear Mark talk about, I watched him demonstrate it. No matter the setting or situation, if he felt it, he let it out. When I finally allowed myself to open up with my wife through tears, I experienced something I hadn’t before in our relationship. I felt truly known. From there I couldn’t stop holding it in. It was just too good.
I had one good cry after another and I slowly, but surely, got caught up emotionally. All of this was possible because Mark continually articulated the reasons why we get stopped up emotionally, how to get unclogged and what a good cry can do for us. The book, Good Cry, captures these insights through Mark’s unique and distinct voice and unfolds them through his own personal stories. I had the privilege of getting a sneak preview of Good Cry, and I couldn’t put it down. I sat for hours and read it in one sitting. It reminded my why Mark is qualified to expound on the emotional and relational impact of tears. I can’t wait to get my hands a few more hard copies and start giving them to all the people in my life who need this message. Mark, thank you for not being scared to open yourself up on a regular basis and in writing for posterity. I can’t wait to see the generational impact Good Cry will have.