Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in our Nation's History and Future

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Take a walk through Washington, D.C. with Newt and Callista Gingrich to view our nation's historic monuments and memorials. You will quickly find yourself on a profound and surprising walk of discovery and renewal.

Your first stop will be the National Archives, where Thomas jefferson's immortal words from the Declaration of Independence that all "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, " jump off the page with the inescapable truth that from day one in our ...

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Overview

Take a walk through Washington, D.C. with Newt and Callista Gingrich to view our nation's historic monuments and memorials. You will quickly find yourself on a profound and surprising walk of discovery and renewal.

Your first stop will be the National Archives, where Thomas jefferson's immortal words from the Declaration of Independence that all "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, " jump off the page with the inescapable truth that from day one in our country's history, the source of freedom was neither the state nor even the Founding Fathers.

Rediscovering God in America sounds a clarion call to remind us that America's greatness is firmly rooted in our ongoing history as a nation under God.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781595553133
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 118
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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.

Callista Gingrich is the President of Gingrich Productions, a performance and production company focusing on audio, video, and photographic production.She and her husband, Newt, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include Nine Days That Changed the World, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny and Rediscovering God in America. Mrs. Gingrich is the voice for several audio books.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction: The Creator and the American Public Square ix

The National Archives 1

The Washington Monument 9

The Jefferson Memorial 17

The Lincoln Memorial 25

Vietnam Veterans Memorial 35

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial 41

The Capitol Building 51

The Supreme Court 69

The Library of Congress 77

The Ronald Reagan Building 87

The White House 93

The World War II Memorial 101

Arlington National Cemetery 107

Conclusion: Laus Deo 113

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

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    Rediscovering God in America By Newt Gingrich

    As a member of the Thomas Nelson Review Blogger program http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ , I had the pleasure of reviewing Newt Gingrich's new book, Rediscovering God in America. This book presented a brief synopsis of well known national monuments and their biblical origins. The role of faith in the making of historical patriotic icons is well documented and made obvious through the text of the book. This simple to read, yet informative book can be read in one sitting. Yet the impact of its content is far reaching- unveiling the undeniable influence of faith and scripture in America and its leaders. Actual quotes from the very monuments themselves, depicting scripture, are contained within the text as well as photographed! In true lawyer-like fashion, Newt would have proven his case of the significance and influence of the bible, without a shadow of a doubt to even the most hardened of atheists. Nevertheless, this objectively written book simply states facts- opinions and judgments are left out. The secular, as well as religious audience would appreciate this book and its objectivity.
    Nevertheless after reading this book, I was left with a sense of wanting to know more about each of the monuments portrayed. The simplistic writing makes this work accessible to the layman. Personally I would have loved to see more photos and more in-depth historical background provided for each of the monuments depicted. With its full color photography and objective presentation of the religious elements of well known monuments, this book would be a welcome addition for any patriotic American or history enthusiast.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    From a man who has no moral ground to stand on

    It is too bad that we still are fighting for the rights to mix government with religion. They do not belong together. They never have. Our founding fathers believed this, why do we keep trying to twist their words to benefit our personal beliefs. This book is about corruption and power, not God and government.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    A Walk through History

    Can you take a walking tour of Washington without leaving home? Yes. This 118 page book gives the historical background and significance of some of our nation's greatest landmarks. The list includes: The National Archives, The FDR Memorial, The Capital Building, and The White House. Newt Gingrich brings each monument/building to life with his words, while his wife, Callista Gingrich, uses her camera. Together, they enable the reader to experience the rich godly heritage of our country. While this book is short, it is packed with a wealth of information that makes it a great conversation starter and gift. How long did it take to build some of these structures? Were there set-backs in any of these constructions? Where will you find Scripture posted in Washington? It is amazing to read these pages and discover the answers to these questions.

    I enjoyed reading this book and will give it to others. It felt like I had a personal guide to Washington D.C.; someone very knowledgeable, someone who believes what he writes. The pictures put me back in D.C. to really notice some of the things I didn't catch before. While I would have liked more pictures, the ones presented are wonderfully done. This is a great book for anyone, particularly those who love learning about the founding of our country.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2009

    Not enough pictures, written on an adult level, hope to see children's edition in the future!

    Rediscovering God in America is a very good resource for anyone wanting a broad overview of America's connection to God, as demonstrated by America's founding fathers and other American leaders throughout time.

    The book was smaller than I had expected it to be. I also expected more pictures to be included. Unfortunately, there are only a few pictures at most contained within each chapter, and as I found myself reading the text, on several occasions I wondered why an accompanying photo was not included. Since this book was described as a walking tour I expected photos of the monuments, statues, inscriptions, and artwork. There are some photos, just not enough.

    Since my family is planning a trip to the Smithsonian this summer, this was a perfect read to get educated on the various Washington D.C. monuments and their meanings, as well as how these fit into our faith and the faith of our founding fathers. I really learned so much in this book, far more than I had ever learned in school and it renewed my interest in American history. The writing is engaging yet succinct.

    I recommend this book to home schoolers, people planning a trip to Washington, D.C., as well as anyone interested in United States history. Be prepared to use the Internet as a resource though for additional pictures.

    I would also love to see a children's edition of this book. I was able to read it and then talk to my children about the meanings of the speeches, documents, quotes, monuments, and statues mentioned within. A book written on a children's level would have been better though.

    I received this book from the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers program.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Rediscovering God in America

    This would be a wonderful addition to any library. It is a walking tour of the monuments in DC with beautiful accompanying photos taken by Callista Gingrich. Newt Gingrich, in describing the monuments and histories of them, points out all of the ways in which faith in God played a role in the lives of our Founding Fathers and still does in American culture to this day.

    If you or anyone you know needs a reminder of why America is great, this book will point you in the right direction. It would also be helpful to take on a tour to DC if a trip happens to be in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

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    Waste of Time

    This book is a "visual tour" of Washington, D.C's buildings and monuments/memorials, with special attention paid to the religious language and symbolism in each one.

    I hated this book for very different reasons than I thought I would. I confess that I was taken aback by Gingrich's othering and partisan language. I suppose in retrospect I shouldn't have been surprise that his enemy is the "secular Left's relentless effort to drive God out of America's public square," led by a "media-academic-legal elite".

    From a strictly historical perspective, Gingrich and his wife (who takes all of the numerous photos in the book) do a great job of documenting all of the appeals to God in the history of the USA. And in this, I am in full agreement with Speaker Gingrich (his title from the author's bio): God-talk has always been a part of the history of the US, and we've always propped up our Empire with a Judeo-Christian Civil Religion, well-illustrated in this book.

    Gingrich seems to waffle back and forth between advocating explicitly Christian civil religion and calling for a universalist civil religion (at one point he praises both Mohammad and Confucius as good models of religious leaders who shaped US history).

    My beef with the book is that - as a Christian - I do not believe that God is on the side of the US. Gingrich repeatedly and explicitly explains that God IS, in fact, an American. Despite claiming that his book's purpose is not "theological", he goes on to claim
    "The purpose of this book is to rediscover the historic source of American liberty and to rediscover the founding generation's understanding of what is required to sustain liberty in a free society. And to do this is to discover anew the centrality of God in American history and in the ongoing story of American liberty." This is a profoudly theological statement: God brought America into being and protects and promotes her government and ideologies. He goes on to say, "the belief that our Creator is the source of American liberty is literally written into. American history."

    God is not an American. America's ideas of freedom are not the Biblical ideas of freedom.

    Gingrich demonstrates that he is well in line with our founding fathers - most of them deists - who used Civil Religion to unite and grow 13 colonies into the United States of America. But I'm not interested in that sort of religion.

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  • Posted December 24, 2009

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    Our Founding Fathers did want God in America!

    Is God not allowed in America today? Is America a Christian nation? Was the Founding Fathers intent to keep Church and State separated? Rediscovering God in America by Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, is a great look into what the Founding Fathers had to say about the role God played in the establishing and running of America. He takes the reader through a tour of Washington D.C.'s monuments, giving a brief history of each one, as well as detailing various quotations inscribed upon these monuments. Throughout the book he gives quotations of our Founding Fathers concerning God and their thoughts on how Americans needed God's help in running this country. Throughout the book are photographs taken by his wife, Callista Gingrich, of the various monuments and inscriptions.

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a very easy and short read, one that will become a reference book in my library. This book reinforces the fact that the Founding Fathers did not want a separation of Church and State. More importantly the Founding Fathers believed that religion must play a role in government and the lives of people. One only needs to read the quotations of our Founding Fathers to realize this. Americans are being led to believe in a non-religious America due to a few liberals who chose to write God out of our history. This short book proves that God was involved in establishing America because the Founding Fathers insisted on His involvement.

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  • Posted December 24, 2009

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    Discover Rediscovering God in America

    Newt and his wife take the reader on a wonderful stroll through our nation's capitol in search of God. Trust me, they find more than you have been taught about the importance of God to our forefathers. God was no passing fancy or the politically correct lip service to sway voters like today's political leaders believe. God was the sovereign rights giver who, in their belief system, was worthy of worship and honor now reflected in the artifacts left behind in our capitol. Newt proves without a shadow of a doubt from the writings, souvenirs, dedication plaques, engravings and even the monuments themselves that our country was not only founded for God's glory but that our leaders actually believed in this fact and lived this fact. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. The pictures were beautiful and the book's layout is as nice as the Capitol mall itself. Can't wait for my dad to open his copy for Christmas.

    I blog for Thomas Nelson and this book was a free copy. They don't tell me what to say and they certainly doesn't correct my grammer and spelling!

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

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    Rediscovering God in America

    Rediscovering God in America is a nice little book written by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, and it features photography from his wife Callista Gingrich. The book is organized by Washington, D.C. landmarks. It points out the many references to God our forefathers held important in establishing this great country. As it is written in the introduction, this book serves as "a rebuttal to those who seek to write God out of American history." In addition to pointing out the evidences of faith around the Capital, Gingrich includes quotes from the first leaders on their thoughts towards God and how they all realized that God had this country destined for us. Some of the landmarks discussed in this book are The National Archives, the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt Memorials, the Washington Monument, The Supreme Court, The White House, and Arlington Cemetery. This would make a nice gift book for a veteran, or anyone who loves God and their country.

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

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    Faith of the American Founding

    This updated edition of Rediscovering God in America, featuring the photography of Callista Gingrich, is a great read and a perfect gift for anyone interested in history or the role of religion in American heritage. Written as a walking tour of the nation's capital but enjoyable anywhere, Rediscovering God in America addresses the popular misconception that our nation's founding was a uniquely secular event, isolated from the faith of the founders, and proves that the tradition of "separation of church and state"-a phrase found nowhere in any founding documents-has never required the absolute ban on references to faith in the public sphere. Readers might be surprised to learn that Thomas Jefferson, whose letter to the Danbury Baptists Association of Connecticut is considered the origin of the phrase, regularly attended church services in the Capitol chapel, including one service just a few days after he wrote that letter. The book catalogs dozens of examples of the importance of religion in our history and government institutions.

    This updated edition features the beautiful photography of Callista Gingrich for those who cannot make the trip to Washington for the walking tour. It complements the text perfectly and captures the inspiring feel of the capitol city. Photographs of the Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Building, and Library of Congress are especially stirring.

    Rediscovering God in America is the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. Highly recommended. Also consider the two film documentaries, Rediscovering God in America and Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

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    Interesting, thought-provoking, revealing!

    Newt and Callista did a wonderful job with this book! A great read for anyone interested in history, religion, the founding of America and our Founding Fathers. You won't read this material anywhere else. The DVD is just as interesting, I suggest getting that along with the book (which has beautiful photographs).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    rediscovering our nations heritage

    'rediscovering God in america' by newt gingrich is a fasinating look at our nations heritage. each chapter has a different document or monument from this nations capital and there is some very remarkable historical and inspirational facts and photos that are shared by speaker gingrich that I learned alot about our nations capital. in the back of the book is a walking map that shows wear all of the monuments and documents are located at and wear the best times are to see them. this bestseller is a great gift idea for a family member and friend and a soldier serving over seas.

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