#42 Rediscovering God in America: reflections on the role of faith in our nation’s history

Newt Gingrich takes us on a simple walk through Washington, D.C. that began a profound journey of personal discovery and renewal. At the National Archives, the immortal words from the Declaration of Independence that we “are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights,” jumped off the page and into his heart with the simple truth that from day one in our country’s history, the Author of freedom was not the state nor even the Founding Fathers. Our basic human rights and freedoms were-and are-“Creator-endowed.” Gingrich sounds a clarion call for us to recognize that the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that we hold so dear are inseparable from a sincere and humble acknowledgement that these gifts are only the Creator’s to give. As a bonus, the book includes a “walking tour” of Washington, D.C.

I love Washington D.C. and I felt like I went on another tour of the city in this book, this time, guided by Gingrich. :-) It was quite interesting to read about the leaders of this country and their faith and how much it affected the history of this country. Sometimes we forget that all leaders are “human” and their decision makings are heavily affected by their faith and upbringings. In other words, you can separate one from its faith. I’m not saying that the separation of church and state is wrong or not even possible. I’m just saying that God-fearing men and women are nothing apart from God. I learned many unique and interesting facts about many historical sites and buildings in Washington D.C. and some of them are actually funny!

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