As a member of the Thomas Nelson Review Blogger program http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ , I had the pleasure of reviewing Newt Gingrich’s new book, Rediscovering God in America. This book presented a brief synopsis of well known national monuments and their biblical origins. The role of faith in the making of historical patriotic icons is well documented and made obvious through the text of the book. This simple to read, yet informative book can be read in one sitting. Yet the impact of its content is far reaching- unveiling the undeniable influence of faith and scripture in America and its leaders. Actual quotes from the very monuments themselves, depicting scripture, are contained within the text as well as photographed! In true lawyer-like fashion, Newt would have proven his case of the significance and influence of the bible, without a shadow of a doubt to even the most hardened of atheists. Nevertheless, this objectively written book simply states facts- opinions and judgments are left out. The secular, as well as religious audience would appreciate this book and its objectivity.
Nevertheless after reading this book, I was left with a sense of wanting to know more about each of the monuments portrayed. The simplistic writing makes this work accessible to the layman. Personally I would have loved to see more photos and more in-depth historical background provided for each of the monuments depicted. With its full color photography and objective presentation of the religious elements of well known monuments, this book would be a welcome addition for any patriotic American or history enthusiast.