Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History

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A simple walk through Washington, D.C. began a profound journey of personal discovery and renewal for Newt Gingrich, one of America's most influential politicians and commentators. At theNational Archives, the immortal words from the Declaration of Independence that we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights," jumped off the page and into his heart with the simple truth that from day one in our country's history, the Author of freedom was not the state nor even the Founding Fathers. Our basic ...

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Overview

A simple walk through Washington, D.C. began a profound journey of personal discovery and renewal for Newt Gingrich, one of America's most influential politicians and commentators. At theNational Archives, the immortal words from the Declaration of Independence that we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights," jumped off the page and into his heart with the simple truth that from day one in our country's history, the Author of freedom was not the state nor even the Founding Fathers. Our basic human rights and freedoms were-and are-"Creator-endowed." Gingrich sounds a clarion call for us to recognize that the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that we hold so dear are inseparable from a sincere and humble acknowledgement that these gifts are only the Creator's to give. As a bonus, the book includes a "walking tour" of Washington, D.C.

Gingrich sounds a clarion call to recognize that the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that the country holds so dear are inseparable from a sincere and humble acknowledgment that these gifts are only the Creator's to give.

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This brief mandate by Gingrich, the architect of 1994's conservative congressional manifesto "The Contract with America," opens with a battle cry: "There is no attack on American culture more deadly and more historically dishonest than the secular effort to drive God out of America's public life." The book's arguments are predictable: Gingrich claims that references to God are sprinkled everywhere in our nation's founding documents; that most Americans believe in God; and our classrooms and courtrooms are the laboratories where such belief is being irrevocably eroded. He trots out quotations from founding fathers that suggest their allegiance to Christianity or at least to theism, but conveniently ignores evidence that some of these men-particularly Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson-believed religion should have little, if any, role in the nation's government. If the book's thesis is tired and essentially unpersuasive, its unique contribution is its innovative, even brilliant, method of organization. Gingrich presents his arguments as a "walking tour" of the nation's capital, beginning with the National Archives and winding through the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Capitol, White House and other sites. This structure does much to freshen up a book that is otherwise indistinguishable from prior offerings by Pat Robertson and David Barton. (Aug. 22) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404187245
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Pages: 160

Meet the Author

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich is best-known as the architect of the "Contract with America" that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in forty years. As an author, Newt has published nine books including the best seller Contract with America.
In his post-Speaker role, Newt has become a highly sought-after public speaker, addressing some of the most prestigious organizations in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    A top pick!

    I rarely give five stars to any book as I try to reserve that for truely excellent works - in this case - Newt gets my five star vote! Who can go wrong with a book on the history of D.C, our famous monuments, history and God? It's a combo of America the great in short form. This book was easy to read (finished it in about 2 hours), small and compact for taking with you on trips and just a bundle of great facts at your fingertips. From the National Archives to the Jefferson Memorial to Arlington Cemetery and everything in between - it was the best D.C. has to offer. I have been there many times so, I could follow along easily. Next time I go back, I'll check out some of the small details I've never heard before but, enjoyed finding out. D.C. is a great city with endless potential, opportunity and historic memories. Nothing points out the greatness of this city and our country than The Washington Monument and that the sun rises in the east and hits the aluminum capstone at the top of this site each day to great the world and it says 'Laus Deos' - or 'Praise Be To God'. We all should and I do. This book is a must for anyone who loves this country. God Bless The USA and Newt - he's got a winner here! Only drawback - it was too short and I wanted more!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    In God we Trust

    Our founders developed a set of laws and rules that of which was based on the Word of God - and each time we have walked in the opposite path of His Word, America has paid the price. 'In God We Trust' is not just a motto we have on our currency, but it is the foundation that the United States was based. Newt Gingrich has brought these truths in a collection of historical documents, speeches and monuments that clearly define who we are and what we believe if we are true north to our faith. A book that should be read by every student, available in all school and college libraries - yet we never forget.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2006

    reflections on faith and history on our monuments

    this is a very special book that speaker newt gingrich has put together with alot of documents and very valuable research about the monuments in washington and the history and faith of our founding fathers. this is something I did not know alot about washingtons historic events and there is also a map that shows were all of the events and photos are shown in this book. it really gave me a great insight into my country. this writer newt ginrich is also a history teacher and I really learned alot about the founding fathers, the faith of the background and the history behind the monuments this is a very fasinating book. this publication would make a wonderful gift for a friend, family member, or solder serving over seas.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2010

    A MUST READ FOR ANYONE PLANNING A TRIP TO WASHINGTON D.C.

    This is an outstanding walking tour of our nation's capitol. Newt provides gem after gem of interesting information that most would never know! Reading this book prior to a trip to Washington D.C. builds excitement for the trip and forces you to see our greatest monuments in a completely different light! Outstanding.

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  • Posted February 4, 2010

    Reaffirming read on God's influence on America

    This book gives a wonderful walking tour of the major monuments within the Washington DC area as well as a description of the building of the monument in question and the purpose behind it. But the most important function that this book performs is the fact that it relates the Christian motivation behind these monuments, and the men they commemorate.
    While this book did not deepen my faith, it did in fact reinforce my understanding of the foundation of the United States upon God. The fact that this book outlines the many monuments that have deep religious ties to the creation and furtherance of this great country is paramount. While there is a movement in the United States to eradicate all vestiges of the Godly references in all federal and state buildings and other properties, one has to wonder the lengths to which the American populace will allow this movement to progress. Will they be successful in defacing the majority of the monuments and have no outcry of public opposition?
    My personal hope and prayer is that the reality of the defacing of the country will be realized by the majority of Americans and it will be put to an end. This book can go a long ways to waking up Americans to the absolute bedrock foundation this country has with God.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in (re)discovering the foundational aspects of the United States!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

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    I am not sure that he read Thomas Jefferson's bible...he needs to see how Jefferson really thought about God!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    Wow!

    This book is simply brilliant! Written by a great candidate for the 08' candidacy, this book will open your eyes and help you deepen your faith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    What a book.....

    This book will strengthen your faith an educate you on history. This book should awaken the average American to the issues on religion that we face today. A wonderful book from a great author, a great politician, and a leading candidate for President in 2008.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    Powerful

    Newt's new book is so powerful and makes me so proud to be an American

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