Summary of "Rediscovering God in America" by Newt Gingrich

by Ginger Yapp
Newt and Callista Gingrich collaborated on

Newt and Callista Gingrich collaborated on "Rediscovering God in America."

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Newt Gingrich -- former Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives -- penned 2006's best-selling "Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future." The book, which offers a glimpse into the Christian values Gingrich says lie at the core of America's foundation, features photography from Gingrich's wife Callista.

Narrative

"Rediscovering God" follows the Gingriches through a walking tour of Washington, D.C. The book features prominent Washington, D.C., landmarks from America's past; Gingrich gives some history for each monument -- including Arlington National Cemetery and the Library of Congress -- as well as the related Christian values. Gingrich aims to counter the modern notion that religion has no place in the legislature of this country by showing it is woven into the fabric of the nation's founding.

Themes

In the second half of the book, Newt Gingrich espouses his belief that America has moved too far to the left, jeopardizing the principles that made our nation great. According to Gingrich, our nation has a long and complicated history with the Christian religion; monumental events like the Great Awakening have forever shifted the course of American politics and culture. Gingrich also says he believes the oft-repeated modern notion that our Founding Fathers were critical of religion is a fallacy.

Reception

Gingrich and fellow conservative Christian figures Oliver North and Mike Huckabee went on the road, delivering a panel-style discussion series with the same title and subject matter as Gingrich's book. The book made "The New York Times" Bestseller List in 2006, thanks to its resonance with conservative Christians. The book is an easy read, thanks to its short page count and breezy structure. Some readers have used the book as a tour guide when planning their own trip to Washington, D.C.

Related Films

Newt Gingrich teamed up with a group called Citizens United to turn "Rediscovering God" into a film in 2007. The 55-minute film gives a tour of the same monuments that Gingrich and his wife described in the book. Two years later, Newt and Callista teamed up with Citizens United again to create an original sequel, "Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage." In this second film the Gingriches present a guided tour of Jamestown, England's first New World colony, again focusing on the religious significance of the monuments.

Photo Credits

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