A particular challenge in much of the writing about God and America is the notion and interpretation of the "city on a hill" (83). We must be careful to confess all that Christ gives us in His Sermon on the Mount in Mattew 5ff, yet we must not say more than what we are given to say. America is and has been "A Christian Nation" as opposed to a Muslim, Confucian, Buddhist, or Hindu nation, but not all of our Founders, Presidents, or citizens, past or present, have been baptized, confessing, church-attending people with faith in Christ alone.
Christian history in America is complicated. Therefore, this reviewer is thankful for both books reviewed here. Further, I believe that they complement one another in perspective, content, and encouragement. If we do not understand who we are as the American people and how and why we are as we are, how could we possibly remain as salt and light, a faithful, faith-filled, generous people who are beacon of hope in Christ, a lighthouse of an example as a democratic republic, and a welcoming land of liberty to those who seek freedom in this lifetime.