In Rediscovering God in America, Newt Gingrich provides an overview of historical evidence in Washington, D.C. that shows America was founded by people with a strong belief in God. He gives a brief account of some of the most famous landmarks, including the National Archives, the Capitol Building, and several memorials to former presidents, all of which contain plaques, paintings, or documents that clearly express this nation’s legacy of faith.
This book gives us a history lesson supplemented by personal insights and supported by quotations from many prominent, respected individuals. While there are some pictures, the majority of the book focuses on how the faith of our former presidents and leaders is shown by their speeches and policies. The landmarks we treasure as part of our heritage reflect that faith. Mr. Gingrich warns of the danger inherent in letting extremists prohibit the freedom of religious expression that our nation has historically held dear.
Many of the monuments described in this book are ones I was blessed to see in person when I visited Washington, D.C. in July 2001. My favorites were the Viet Nam Memorial and the Lincoln Monument. A book can’t convey the overwhelming emotional impact that those monuments make when you stand in front of them, but it does a good job of describing the meaning behind them.
Mr. Gingrich has a distinctive way of speaking that is reflected in the way he writes. If you are interested in history, or in learning about some of the most famous buildings and memorials in Washington, D.C., you will enjoy this book.
The publisher, Thomas Nelson, provided this book for me to review.