The Best Book I Read in July

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

This was at least a fun read and it teetered on the edge of being a substantive, inspirational, helpful read as well. It’s weird to get the origin story of McConaughey’s iconic, “Alright, alright, alright,” and deep philosophy all in one volume, but that’s what this book is. Definitely a good summer read on the beach.

Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen is a prolific spiritual author, with more insight in his big toe than I have in my whole body. This short little book packs a punch in three separate reflections. Like most of Nouwen’s books, it can be ready pretty quickly but is best if understood slow. It will definitely stick around on my shelf and be revisited.

Unbelievable by Katy Tur

Katy Tur is a journalist for NBC and covered the rise of Donald Trump in 2015/2016. She recounts the campaign trail in an extremely entertaining way. It’s also part memoir, with insights from Tur on her own rise to prominence in journalism. If you like politics, you like journalism, and you like memoirs, this is a can’t miss. Super fun.

Prophetic City by Stephen Klineberg

My favorite book for the month of July was Stephen Klineberg’s fascinating reflection on Houston, Texas. Since it is the city where I live, there was a ton of insightful content here. But even more intriguing was the fact that he draws a through line between who Houston is now and who America is becoming. As someone in public service I found this absolutely fascinating, with oodles of implications in the nonprofit sector, business, education, and politics. Definitely recommend this terrific book.

Strength to Love by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

To my great embarrassment, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When a friend handed me Strength to Love, I was eager to dig in. A collection of sermons offered to American Christians about the importance of engaging in the civil rights movement, this nonviolent call to action really resonated with me. Any other month it would’ve been my favorite. A beautiful book worthy of your attention.