Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Book Review: The Search for God and Guinness

The Search for God and Guinness by Stephan Mansfield
If you have ever enjoyed a dark, frothy, Guinness, you've been a part of the legacy of a family that gave the world so much more than just a extraordinary beer. Arthur Guinness founded his brewery in 1759, and though he loved brewing, believed that a man needed to serve others. His example led to generations of descendants who not only brewed beer, but treated their workers exceptionally well, lived in the slums and cared for the poor, and worked as pastors and missionaries.

I have been a Guinness lover for some time now, but I never knew the whole story until reading Mansfield's history of the beer. The work of the Guinness family challenged me to think about the importance of day to day life. All activities in life can be set apart and make a difference. The Guinnesses could have said they were just brewers and chosen self-centered life. Instead they used their position and wealth for the good of many: for workers who were rewarded for living in cleaner housing, for Irish children who were introduced to Sunday Schools, for soldiers on the front lines in 1939 who were given a Guinness in their Christmas dinner, and for their industry by innovating new ways to serve their iconic brew.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and only would have preferred shorter chapters more conducive to reading in their entirety in a single sitting.

To comply with regulations by the Federal Trade Commission, I am disclosing that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest and objective review. All opinions and evaluations are my own. Learn more about BookSneeze.

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