Book Review “Rediscovering God In America” by Newt Gingrich
“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God and to obey His will.”
These are words from our great nations founding fathers that I find stirring to the soul. These words are or should be convicting to our nation especially considering the outright hostility towards God that we see today in the public square. No longer is God the chief cornerstone and foundation of our nation. Secular historians have re-written our history with the desire and aim of removing any evidence of the role of God in the founding of our nation. Though our nation is dedicated to the premise of freedom and individual liberty in the area of faith, Gingrich presents the inescapably evident fact that the United States was founded and created with tenets of Christianity at its core.
This book serves as a virtual walking tour of Washington DC, in fact this book would serve as a great companion to a walking tour of the great monuments and locations of our nation’s capitol. Gingrich provides a great, often soul stirring introduction and conclusion to serve as bookends for the facts presented within the book. Profound and many times thought provoking quotes from some well know individual in our countries history introduces each chapter. The locations covered in the book span the history of our country; places the reader will visit include the Supreme Court, National Archives, the U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, and the Washington and Lincoln Memorials, among others. With each location comes basic background information, and corresponding historical information. Some of the information present was common knowledge to me, but other information presented I was unaware of and was excited to learn.
Though our nation is dedicated to the premise of freedom and individual liberty in the area of faith, Gingrich presents the inescapably evident fact that the United States was founded and created with tenets of Christianity at its core. This becomes evident throughout the pages of the book, each page comes alive with images of the interaction of God with our country, and the fact that our freedoms don’t come from Government but from God. No statement in the book more clearly homes in on that fact than do the words of John F. Kennedy
“The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”
Though I toughly enjoyed the book, I must say that this book isn’t one that a person would just sit down to read in one sitting, though due to the shot length of the book it could easily be done. This book would serve as a great reference for any library. The statements of faith from our founding fathers scattered throughout the book as well as the insights given about the well known historical sites of Washington DC serve as a clear reminder for us all of where our nation has come from. This book is one that I would highly recommend to others.
NOTE: If you’re from our church family, you are free to borrow this book from me. Just let me know and I’ll get it to you.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for the review copy of this book.