Rediscovering God In America - Book Review
The latest book by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is not immediately what you would expect from the outspoken, oft-controversial, conservative intellectual. It's kind of a coffee table book, to be honest, that Gingrich offers up as a "rebuttal to those who seek to write God out of American history." While Rediscovering God In America is assuredly right-leaning in terms of rhetoric it is an easy and informative read, filled with beautiful photographs taken by Gingrich's wife, Callista. The book takes a brief "walking tour" through some of Washington D.C.'s most famous landmarks and memorials for the purpose of telling their stories, revealing their spiritual side, and demonstrating how God has had God's hand in the American public square since it's inception. There is no mistaking the role that religion and faith have played and continue to play in American history, and Gingrich's points are well made. I do believe that Gingrich could have left the more partisan and divisive rhetoric (he calls the nameless, faceless Left that opposes his views as a "media-academic-legal elite" bent on imposing a "radically secularist vision," for example) to his news interviews, and Rediscovering God would have been all the more convincing. Still, it is a surprising and interesting book from a still-surprising very public figure.