The Search for God and Guinness, by Stephen Mansfield

GuinnessI do not believe that the average Joe would expect a biography about beer to uplift one’s spiritual being. Yet a more than ordinary man, Arthur Guinness, was full of surprises – as you will discover in this book.

Mansfield takes us, as usual, on a delightful journey. He prepares us with a rather comprehensive, yet intriguing, tutelage on the history of beer. From the Fertile Crescent fields of barley, washing down Roman roads, into the hands of papal beer saints, and all the way north into the mug of Irish reverends – beer has delighted and distracted humanity for millennia,

Monasteries, Wittenberg, Institutes, the Awakening, and Cape Cod miracles were not unusual shared drafts between brewers and the faithful. Christians have consistently favored a moderate consumption of malted barley as part and parcel of vibrant faith – as a gift from God. Arthur Guinness took this art to newly appreciated heights, teaching the world how faith in God, good business principles, love for fellow man, and ethical living is always a win-win blessing to community.

The Guinness family has been, over several centuries, an incredible example of the good that god-fearing people of wealth can do for the less fortunate. The Guinness family has produced not only excellent leaders in business, but also many influential clergymen, legislators, and servicemen. Their steadfastness to tried and true principles as well as a willingness to do the research necessary to lead in new ventures has enlightened our whole world.

Whether you like beer or not, whether you are a teetotaler or not, Mansfield’s story of the Guinness family will uplift your soul and offer the reader a set of principles worthy of the attention of all.

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