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Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future Hardcover – October 10, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Integrity House (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591454824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591454823
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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)
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About the Author

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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175 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While many people will rail against Newt Gingrich and this book without ever bothering to read it, I recommend that every American read this short, easy-to-read, and very informative book. It is not advocating a theocracy in any way. What Speaker Gingrich is warning against is that banning any possible mention of God from public life and education will distort the understanding of history.

He says of this book, "Its purpose is neither theological, nor an effort to proselytize on behalf of any religious worldview. All Americans - both those who believe in God and those who do not share this belief - are equal in rights and duties under our Constitution and equal in deserving the respect of their fellow citizens." (page 130)

Gingrich goes on, "Instead, 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 truly discover anew the centrality of God in American history and in the ongoing story of American liberty." (page 131)

The author simply takes us on a walking tour of some major monuments around the National Mall in Washington D. C. and around Arlington National Cemetery. He gives us a little background on the man being memorialized including his statements about God, faith, and religion. The article also gives us some information about the monument, how it came to be and what we see when we visit there. We learn that even those that are often cited as not being religious did attend church services, and in the case of Jefferson, IN THE CAPITOL! The back of the book has a map of the area, a small chapter on how to take the walking tour of these monuments, and some photographs of these places.
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148 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Peter Thomas Senese - Author. on October 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
With a bit of initial reluctance I opened Newt Gingrich's `Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future' after some prodding by a well-read friend. Let me begin by saying that I'm ambivalent to Speaker Gingrich; however, credit must be given to this fascinatingly structured and well researched book that puts the question of `religious intent and integration' of the Founding Fathers into a different type of view.

Regardless if you agree or do not agree with how far the Founding Fathers intended to integrate religion into American society and law, readers will enjoy the historical tour and timeline Gingrich brings the reader on, essentially providing a most unique tour of Washington's past and present, and reviewing the doctrines and landscapes that created this nation. Funny, I actually felt as if I was on a history tour: well done.

Starting out in the nation's capital, the reader begins the `tour' so to speak at the National Archives where we review the opening commentary of The Declaration of Independence. Immediately, the words from the Declaration of Independence that we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights". These words act to pound the drum of Gingrich's defense of a monotheism base, and specifically a Christian theme that is the fundamental basis for which all thing evolving around mankind's rights to freedom, liberty, and justice are based upon. Essentially, Gingrich is saying and I can't disagree, that the Creator has given to each of us the right of liberty, justice, and freedom.
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52 of 64 people found the following review helpful By R Watkins on November 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
At the end of Wilski's review he quotes (misquotes) our founding fathers.

For example, his first quote on John Adams is "This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it." But actually it is a deceitful misquote of Adams. Now Wilski is probably just repeating what others have told him or he read somewhere and never really read what John Adams had to say. But you will find this quote of Adams given as a classic example of deceitfully misquoting by taking something out of context which totally distorts its meaning. Here is Adam's quote in context...

"Twenty times, in the course of my late reading, have I been on the point of breaking out, 'this would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!!!!' But in this exclamation, I should have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in public company-I mean hell."

Reminds me of a famous misquote from the bible - "There is no God". Maybe Wilski would like to use this quote as well. Yes, that is in the Bible but ... let's look at the full context.

"The fool has said in his heart there is no God."
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107 of 136 people found the following review helpful By TOM CHASTAIN on August 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"REDISCOVERING GOD IN AMERICA" IS A REFRESHING LOOK AT THE LIFES OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS AND HOW MUCH OF A ROLE FAITH PLAYED IN THERE LIFES AND SHAPED THE DESTINY OF THIS NATION.I REALLY APPRIEATE SPEAKER GINGRICH WRITING THIS BOOK AND SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT OUR FOUNDERS CAUSE SOME CRITICS OUT THERE WOULD SUGGEST THAT OUR FORMER PATROTS WERE NOT MEN OF FAITH BUT THIS WELL RESEARCHED AND DOCUMENTED BOOK HAS FACTS THAT PROVE OTHER WISE THAT OUR FOUNDERS WERE INDEED MEN OF GREAT CHRISTIAN FAITH WHO STOOD FOR PRINCIPLES THAT MATTER THE MOST. THE WRITER OF THE BOOK HOLDS A PHD IN HISTORY AND TEACHS IN GA.
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