Rediscovering God in America

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Rediscovering God in America
Rediscovering God In America Cover.jpg
Revised Edition with Photography Hardcover
Author Newt Gingrich
Illustrator Callista Gingrich (photos)
Country United States
Language English
Subject American History
Publisher Thomas Nelson Inc.
Publication date
November 24, 2009
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 118 (Hardcover revised edition)
ISBN 1-59555-313-4 (Hardcover revised edition)

Rediscovering God in America is a book written by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with photography from his wife Callista Gingrich.[1][2][3] and a film series based upon the book and narrated by the two Gingriches. The book was a New York Times bestseller.[4][5]

Synopsis[edit]

From the National Archives and Capitol Building to Arlington National Cemetery and Library of Congress, the Gingriches lead the reader on a tour of Washington, D.C. to point out the religious beliefs incorporated in the Nation's monuments.[6] The role of religion in the United States' founding is examined and explained.[7] Gingrich's tour is based in part on the controversial ideas of right-wing historian David Barton, which Bruce Wilson claims include "misleading and inaccurate claims".[8]

Critical response[edit]

Publishers Weekly found the book's argument "predictable", but praised the idea of basing the book on the tour of Washington, saying this "structure does much to freshen up a book that is otherwise indistinguishable from prior offerings".[9] In The New York Times, Andrew Ferguson said it "had the potential to be charming" and finds Callista Gingrich's photographs to be "lovely" and the book's production to be "elegant", but is otherwise scathing.[6] The New York Review of Books commented it was "an item meant to be sold in the gift shops on the Mall as a sort of earphone substitute and eventual souvenir."[10]

Film series[edit]

Citizens United and Gingrich Productions have produced two "Rediscovering God in America" films, hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich.[11][12] Gingrich decided to make the film in part as a riposte to the success of liberal documentarist Michael Moore; he had the help of Citizens United's David Bossie who was an experienced maker of polemical films.[13]

Rediscovering God in America

Rediscovering God in America was produced in 2008, with Newt and Callista Gingrich narrating[14] as the book illustrates the importance of "our Creator" to our nation’s founders and their successors. Based on the New York Times bestseller, Rediscovering God in America, this documentary seeks to remind viewers that the United States is indeed “One Nation Under God.”

By June 2011, the film had sold between 300,000 and 400,000 units.[14]

Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage

This second book in the series premiered in September 2009 at the Washington Visitor Center, hosted by the author and his wife.[15] The film uses words of Samuel Adams, John Adams, Patrick Henry, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to support its argument.[11] It explores “the role of religion in early [United States of] America and the belief that ‘our Creator’ is the source of our liberty, prosperity, and survival as an exceptional nation. From the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown in 1607, through the American Revolution, to the end of the Civil War in 1865, this film tells the story of the deep faith that motivated and sustained our great leaders, and dramatically presents our nation’s belief in religious freedom.” In contrast to the first film, they are careful to talk about religion in general rather than privileging one faith.[16] David Bossie of Citizens United called the film "a record correction, if you will, to the political correct folks out there who want to eliminate God from America"[11]

Conferences[edit]

Gingrich has also held a series of conferences around the USA on the themes of the book, including in Virginia Beach in 2009 and Iowa in 2011. Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, David Barton, and Haley Barbour addressed the Iowa conference.[17][18][19] Speakers in Virginia included Ron Luce, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, David Barton, Oliver North, and Bob McEwen.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warshawsky, Steven M. (May 20, 2007). "review: Rediscovering God in America". American Thinker. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Grunwaldt, Inge (July 11, 2008). "New citizen discovers history, values while ‘Rediscovering God in America’". Independent-Mail. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Dyar, Julia (March 16, 2007). "Book examines role of God in American history, culture". Harlan Daily Enterprise. Retrieved April 21, 2012. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Jeff Zeleny, "On the Stump, Gingrich Puts Focus on Faith", The New York Times, 2011/02/27
  5. ^ Isabel Friedman, "Probe controversy for truth", The Daily Pennsylvanian, February 24, 2011
  6. ^ a b Andrew Ferguson, "What Does Newt Gingrich Know?", The New York Times, 2011/7/3,
  7. ^ Roger Chapman, Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices, Volume 1, M.E. Sharpe, 2010
  8. ^ Bruce Wilson, "Gingrich In Video Which Claims the Constitution Is Based On the Old Testament", Huffington Post, 03/04/2012,
  9. ^ "Review", Publishers Weekly, 06/26/2006
  10. ^ David Bromwich, "The Republican Nightmare", New York Review of Books, February 9, 2012,
  11. ^ a b c Penny Starr, "New Documentary Examines God's Place in America’s Heritage, As Told by the Founding Fathers", Cybercast News Service
  12. ^ Anthony Kaufman, "Newt Gingrich: Indie Movie Mogul?", IndieWire, November 28, 2011
  13. ^ Robert Costa, "Hollywood Gingrich", National Review, November 28, 2010
  14. ^ a b Johnson, Ted (June 18, 2011). "Docmakers get right to the point". Variety. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  15. ^ Lovley, Erika (September 25, 2009). "Capitol Center gets motto, movie". Politico. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  16. ^ Emily Belz, "In God We Trust", World magazine, 2009
  17. ^ Dan Gilgoff, "Newt Gingrich: 'Our First Great Challenge Is Spiritual'", U.S. News & World Report, June 8, 2009
  18. ^ "“Rediscovering God in America” Conference told Jesus hates Minimum Wage & Estate Tax", Daily Kos, March 26, 2009
  19. ^ Mariah Blake, "Newt's Last Prayer: Christian Dominionists Go Gingrich", The Nation, February 27, 2012
  20. ^ Craig von Buseck, "Government Threatens Bible Study Shut Down; ReDiscovering God in America", Christian News Network, May 29, 2009

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