Now more than ever, I find myself compelled to be more active in civil discourse. I want to use my words and my actions to make a positive impact on the world around me. Unfortunately, I often do not feel confident enough in my knowledge or understanding of certain subjects to have an informed conversation about them. So I'm striving to change that, and become more informed.
I hope that by reading contemporary books about the subjects I feel strongest about, I will be able to engage in conversations both with people who are already trying to affect positive change, and also with those who disagree with me or are speaking against me. Knowledge is power, and I want to be as powerful as I can in order to make a difference.
Beginning in January, I will post monthly reviews of the books as I finish them. I encourage my readers to join me and to start having the tough conversations about controversial subjects with people in your lives.
My first book will be "They Can't Kill Us All" by Wesley Lowery. Lowery was a (Pulitzer Prize-winning) journalist covering police shootings that have been all over the news in recent years, and learned that no one had yet created a comprehensive database of police brutality and killings in the United States. As he worked with a team to create such a database, he wrote this book about what he learned along the way. I first heard about the book when Lowery appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Here's the clip:
I look forward to reading some of the narrative that goes along with the statistics Lowery was able to uncover, and hope to refer to the knowledge I gain from it in future conversations. I plan to write my review of the book in January, and to follow it with one book per month for the rest of the year.
If you want to join me, and I hope that you do, here's what I've selected for my next four books:
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Here are some more books I'm considering for future months. I welcome your suggestions, too!