Tell My Sons...

Opening letter to Matthew, Joshua, and Noah


…To be strong enough to know when you are weak, brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid.


…Not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge.


…Not to substitute words for actions.


…To be proud and unbending in honest failure but humble and gentle in success.


…To seek out and experience a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, an appetite for adventure over love of ease.


…To seek a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, and to exercise a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity.


…To seek out the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.


…To be serious, yet never to take yourself too seriously; to cry, but also to laugh.


…To discover the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what is next, and the joy and inspiration of life



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In Praise of Tell My Sons

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  • Mitch Albom,

    International bestselling author of

    "Tuesdays with Morrie"

     “Mark Weber's story has touched me in such a profound way. It's real, brave, gritty, honest, inspiring - and a gift to us all. Every page exudes courage, honesty, and an indomitable spirit." --Mitch Albom, author of the international best seller, Tuesdays With Morrie, and The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Walter Mondale,

    Former U.S. Vice-President

     “Tell My Sons is one of the most profound and inspirational stories I have ever read. It may be written for Mark’s children, but it may as well be a treatise for all of us about honest parenting and leadership with character in love, family, faith, and politics. For a man who is facing profound health issues, Mark is doing a remarkable job showing us all how to live with courage and integrity.” --Walter F. Mondale, Former Vice President of the United States of America
  • General Babakir Zibari,

    Iraqi Chief of Defense

     “This book is why I have always been proud to call Mark Weber my son. His ability to reach across complex boundaries and write and speak with such depth and beauty makes him a modern day Lawrence of Arabia. Mark’s passion, attitude, and thoughts about life are what is best about America.” --General Babakir S. Zibari, Chief of Defense, Republic of Iraq
  • Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee,

    Pulitzer Prize winning author of

    "Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography
    of Cancer"

    "Tell My Sons is a deeply moving, personal account of a soldier's journey into an ultimate frontier. As I read Mark Weber's book, I was astonished by its honesty, courage and discipline. This book offers one of the most profound and detailed descriptions of the strange world of cancer and should be essential reading for all of us who seek to understand that topsy-turvy terrain."

--Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
  • Donald Rumsfeld,

    Former US Secretary of Defense

    “Lieutenant Colonel Mark Weber has left a proud record of service to his nation, much of which is told in this remarkable book. It is a book not only for Mark's sons, who can look back on their father's accomplishments with admiration, but also for anyone who wants to know what a life dedicated to country and family looks like." --Donald H. Rumsfeld, former US Secretary of Defense
  • John Elway,

    Super Bowl Champion of the Denver Broncos


    “Mark Weber’s book, Tell My Sons, is a poignant illustration of what being a hero is all about. Heroes exemplify invincible courage, character, and perseverance in times of insurmountable odds. Mark embodies these attributes. Tell My Sons will empower the reader with profound lessons of living life with hope and determination!” —John Elway, Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback and two-time Super Bowl Champion of the Denver Broncos
  • Tim Pawlenty,

    former Governor of Minnesota

    “Mark Weber is a modern-day soldier-statesman who has given us a blueprint for how to build character—an indispensable quality for transformative and sustainable leadership.” —Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota and Republican Presidential Candidate
  • Cathy L. Greenberg, PhD,

    Bestselling author of,

    "What Happy Women Know"

    “A powerful testimony of compassion, conviction, and persistence. Mark is an incredibly talented communicator who has provided us all with an intimate and intellectually gripping perspective on life. He pulls no punches—with his sons, with us, or with himself. With humility and a gift for bridging sobering topics, Tell My Sons will inspire you to want to be a better human being.” —Cathy L. Greenberg, PhD, Co-author of the New York Times best seller, What Happy Working Mothers Know and What Happy Women Know
  • General John Vessey,

    10th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


    “You three boys, along with your father, Mark, have
given-names that belonged to men who are surely in God’s “Hall of Fame of Faith.” . . . None of us knows the challenges we will face, but we know that to meet those challenges
God has a great reservoir of mental, physical and moral strength for each of us . . . Your Dad has given you an unadorned look at his courageous use of those reservoirs in meeting the challenges for him and your family. It will surely help you in meeting
your own challenges.” —General John W. Vessey, Jr., US Army (Ret), 10th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • General Richard Myers,

    15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    “Mark Weber’s Tell My Sons should be entitled Tell Us All.
This poignant, passionate, and very personal work will deeply move you. Yes it’s a story for Mark’s sons, but it is much more. Here is one man’s life story, a soldier’s story, that has the wisdom of a life well lived. It’s a great legacy for his sons, but it’s also a great legacy for our sons and daughters as well.” —General Richard Myers, US Air Force (Ret),15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • General Peter Pace,

    16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    “Mark has soldiered on, pouring his great courage, dogged determination, and unflinching humor into the most painful gift a father can give. He has written answers to questions that have yet to be asked, turning personal lessons into a powerful legacy. Tell My Sons will leave an indelible mark on the hearts of all who read it. Lynne and I…are inspired by their story, which will continue to inspire for generations to come.” —General Peter Pace, US Marine Corps (Ret),
16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Jay Heinrichs, author of

    "Thank You for Arguing"

    “The ancients admired most the man who could face mortality and still tell a great story. They would surely admire Mark Weber. Here you’ll find the truest heroism.” —Jay Heinrichs, author of Thank You for Arguing
  • Lee Skold,

    Chairman, Outward Bound USA

    “Mark and Kristin Weber’s courage along their journey of life exemplify the Outward Bound values, ‘To serve, to strive, and not to yield.’ Thanks to this book, his sons won’t be the only ones who benefit from this wonderful gift of mentorship and empowerment.” —Lee Skold, Chairman of the Board - Outward Bound USA
  • Eric Greitens,

    CEO of The Mission Continues

    “Mark has crafted a moving account of pain and suffering turned into joy and wisdom. Through all the hardships and battles, he displays the fighting spirit of a warrior, the steady compassion of a leader, and the unconditional love of a father and husband. His life and his words are an inspiration to me, and they will be an inspiration to you.” —Eric Greitens, New York Times Bestselling author of The Heart and The Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL
  • Dr. Ronald Heifetz,

    Bestselling author of

     "Leadership Without Easy Answers"

    “Tell My Sons is an inspiring work of great and earthy humanity, full of precious models of wisdom and honest love. Mark’s story reveals the importance of exercising reflective curiosity and empathic imagination in serving with grace, care, and good humor. He has taught me about how honest human beings respond to a life that they allow themselves to love.” —Dr. Ronald Heifetz, Founding Director, Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University, and author of Leadership Without Easy Answers
  • General Martin Dempsey,

    18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    “I’ve been around Mark Weber a lot in some incredibly difficult circumstances, and it was not only what he got done, but how he got it done. . . . It’s not a bad thing when you come across someone who can influence you so profoundly, whether you’re a Private First Class or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States of America. . . . He’s one of the finest leaders I’ve met in my thirty-eight years of service.” —General Martin E. Dempsey, US Army, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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  • General David H. Petraeus, US Army (Ret), Former Director of the Central

    Intelligence Agency

    The book arrived at a challenging time for me. It is wonderful -- equal parts inspirational and sobering. It is a tremendous reminder of the blessings that we all have, regardless of our personal situations…it was inspirational, at a key moment.” --General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Director of the CIA

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