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Ordable housing and classes to improve everyday living If only business of today could operate this way At the core the family held a belief that work was GOOD AND SACRED SERVICE TO GOD and sacred Service to God man was not limited to the church although many from the family did pursue ministry including one of my favorite authors and apologists of the Christian faith Os Guinness who is the great great great grandson of Arthur Guinness Talk about generational blessingCheers Let s have a beerThe company did not drain a man and expect the church or the state to rebuilt him again They invested They paid high wages offered every type of education provided medicine sports entertainment and even a place to think and assured every ind of financial safety net for those who served them well They also built houses sent sons to college and lifted whole families to new economic heights They did this because it was the right thing to do p260 Meh Neo con claptrap disguised as cut rate history The title makes you think the book will be a lot cooler than it actually is Move on nothing to see here One and a half starsI d never heard of this author before I purchased the book based solely upon its title which is something that I rarely do As a huge fan of both God and Guinness I thought I was in the target demographic Within a few pages however something began to smell funnyA uick Google search revealed that Mansfield has a reputation as a highly politicized writer Mike Huckabee loves him Jon Stewart does not I was puzzled by his early admission that he was not a Guinness drinker but I thought that might lend a certain objectivity to this little history of my favorite brew However my nervousness with his scholarship began with his utter surprise that all sorts of earnest Christians including Martin Luther and the Mayflower Pilgrims loved their beer I would have thought that this was unworthy of comment but at least Mansfield was honest enough to admit that he was really starting from zero in his understanding of beer history Mansfield then returns to the topic of the non sinfulness of beer at the end of the book as if to convince his gentle readers that they can partake in good conscience If he convinces any timid souls perhaps he has done his own act of Christian social service The author s vague discomfort with his topic however remains clear throughout the volumeMansfield sets out to place the Guinness family within a context of Christian social action ranging from the mid eighteenth century founding of the brewery to the late twentieth century demise of family corporate control Despite this worthy goal his selected examples neither brewery to the late twentieth century demise of family corporate control Despite this worthy goal his selected examples neither into the necessary depth nor connect to the big picture story that he s trying to weave The author is doggedly determined to show what good folks these Guinnesses were with very rosy reports of company social services that sound paternalistic than helpful Though Mansfield asserts that the workers were enthusiastic to improve their housekeeping and sanitation skills for example he neglects to interrogate the possibility that a lack of such enthusiasm could result in the loss of a job Union conditions and comparisons with other contemporary Dublin employers are also conspicuously absent from the accountMansfield s chapter on Guinnesses for God or the missionary evangelist branch of the family reads like the book that Mansfield really wanted to write This lively section provides a six degrees of separation analysis of mid nineteenth century preachers like Dwight Moody Hudson Taylor and Henry Grattan Guinness Though Mansfield is careful to point out that all work from brewing to preaching can be conducted for God s glory he seems most comfortable with the preachers This made me wonder why he wasted time on the brewers at all Except for the highly readable later chapter on twentieth century Guinness I didn t glean a lot of insight on the history of Guinness beer Rather than a biography of "The Beer That Changed The "beer that changed the as the subtitle promises it s a very hasty biography of selected members of a family whose fortune came from brewing This is an overly long review for a short book that I didn t like very much but I can t help expressing my disappointment Mansfield s topic is still very appealing to me I would happily read a nuanced account of the role that faith may have played in the founding and running of the Guinness beer empire Any recommendations on a better Guinness history faith inspired or not. N Mansfield's fabulous new bookThe amazing and true story of how the Guinness family used its wealth and influence to touch millions is an absolute inspiration Eric Metaxas New York Times best selling authorIt's a rare brew that takes faith philanthropy and the frothy head of freshly poured Guinness and combines them into such an inspiriting narrative Cheers to brewmaster Stephen Mansfield And cheers to you the reader You're in for a treat R Emmett Tyrrell Jr Founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator.

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Verview of the long holy history of beer and its importance from ancient to early modern society He Overturns The Myth Of The the myth of the of the Guinness brewery as a God ordained antidote to the social ills of 18th century Ireland but instead shows the determination of one religious man in Arthur Guinness establishment of the St James Gate brewery in 1759 Mansfield provides a history of the first Arthur s decedents in three branches the brewers the bankers and the Guinness s for God focusing primarily on the brewers and those who made ministry their vocation The Guinness family history ends with the end of a Guinness directly running the brewery and movement from a family brewery to a major corporation The history of the Guinness s for God should be especially heartwarming to Christians But exciting is the history of the brewers The guinness brewery is a story of a culture Brewery is a story of a culture generosity It is a tale of care towards brewery staff who were better paid better educated better housed and generally lived better lives than their neighbors due to the loving spirit of the Guinness family The positive effects of the brewery spilled into the streets of Dublin in the early 20th century to inspire social improvement and social justice Mansfield is a historian who is able to successfully combine the historian s craft with a heart for God He tells a story that both challenges his and our views towards beer and shows what a legacy of love can do to impact the lives of others His story is one that will make me less judgmental towards those sporting Guinness gear and one that makes we want to share the meaning of a powerful organization Summary A history of beer of the Guinness family and the history of Guinness from its beginnings and the faith that that motivated the social goods pursued by many of the family members who led the company and others in the family lineUnlike the author who came from a family of teetotalers I came from a family that enjoyed a good beer in moderation Most of the beers I grew up with were American beers and often my response to them was meh It wasn t until recent years that I discovered Guinness and concluded that this is what I ve always thought beer should taste likeSo my curiosity was piued when I came across this book in a second hand store I happen to love God and like Guinness and so I wanted to see how these two went together Along the way Stephen Mansfield took me on a delightful journey on Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the review copy This book is as its subtitle proclaims a biography of a beer But it is obviously than that In short it is the biography of a family and a company whose history is seasoned with devotion to Jesus Christ and to the conviction that faith can be lived out beyond the walls of a church In this interesting and readable journey through 250 years of history Mansfield writes an engaging chronicle interesting and readable journey through 250 years of history Mansfield writes an engaging chronicle how this family s faith shaped the ethos of a company and led it to be a leader both in the uality of the product it produced and in the way it formed a corporate culture I can t say I d ever thought of beer as a particularly healthy drink probably due to a lot of baggage that often comes with the beverage in its American context but its value as a safe and wholesome alternative to either unsafe water or to harder liuor in the early years of the company was part of the motivation behind its beginningsI was fascinated by the way this company continually chose to be a leader in the way it treated its workers from the way company doctors aggressively sought to improve the living conditions of turn of the twentieth century workers to the preservation of jobs for people in military service during the second world war to the high wages it paid I was also intrigued by the pattern of heirs apparent sidestepping their path to the company for full time Christian ministryIn all this was both an entertaining and informative study on how one family and company have lived out their faith It certainly gives food for thought on how our corporate culture today often falls short and it also proves a great extended illustration of Luther s emphasis that vocation goes far beyond ordained ministry I needed a light and interesting read and this fit the bill The story of beer and one family s influence that is far reaching because of the founding faith of Arthur Guinness They were mindful that they could make the working man s life better by paying living wages and offering aff. The poisonous waters and liuors of the times This is where the Guinness tale began Now 250 years and over 150 countries later Guinness is a global brand one of the most consumed beverages in the world The tale that unfolds during those two and a half centuries has power to thrill audiences today the generational drama business adventure industrial and social reforms deep felt faith and the noblebeer itselfFrothy delicious intoxicating and nutritiousNo I'm not talking about Guinness Stout I'm talking about Stephe. .
While it is impossible to truly separate the reviewer from the review I believe that a book review should be focused on the book rather than the reviewer That being said I think a little context is in order I do not drink beer or other alcoholic beverages I do not promote the use of beer or other alcoholic beverages I PASTOR A CHURCH WHOSE OFFICIAL POSITION IS TO NOT a church whose official position is to not in any alcoholic beverages The book I am about to review is about beer and the family that made this brand of beer The Search for God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield 2009 Thomas Nelson is the story of beer of Guinness beer and of the Guinness family Let there be no uestion Arthur Guinness was a committed Protestant evangelical Christian His life and family legacy I read The Search for God and Guinness because of its claim to present an argument towards the compatibility of drinking beer and a Christian life In a pros and cons historical facts and precedence sort of way I wanted to read a book that argued for the compatibility of alcohol in a Christian s daily life I was let down It started off strong in this vein though In fact I should have just stopped reading after the Introduction because Mansfield does a great job of presenting the historical precedence of alcohol Introduction because Mansfield does a great job of presenting the historical precedence of alcohol Christian s lives and pointing out how it is only recently 1900s that alcoholbeer was seen as such an abhorrent thing I enjoyed the Introduction and felt for his argumentsHowever once the real book began it veered away from this path It became a strict history of the Guinness family and the Guinness brand I even felt that his early grand claims of how generous Guinness was to its workers was little explored in later chapters However this feeling of little exploration might be explained by the poor writing of the book The same idea or fact was repeated over and over just in different words Each new piece of information was presented as the best thing ever or a person doing the greatest thing ever or a company being the best ever It became a case of crying wolf too many times Mansfield chose to use such superlative language for everything that I became desensitized and lost track of what was actually an impressive achievement and what was just normal and expected accomplishments There "were even historic inaccuracies such stating that someone served in the Boer War at the end " even historic inaccuracies such stating that someone served in the Boer War at the end the twentieth century when the Boer War was fought from 1899 1902 which would place it at the end of the nineteenth century or beginning of the twentieth century This brings me to my final complaint of the book It read like a high schooler s research paper The research seemed to be mostly from secondary sources He uoted and took from many other biographies and accounts of the Guinness family and Guinness brand There was very little primary material in his book This brings up the harsh uestion of why write this book then The material has already been covered many times over by other authors I can see that Mansfield did take a different slant than other authors by emphasizing the godly aspect of the Guinness family And to give him credit he did emphasize this However I feel the emphasis was in a way to simply present the Christian ness of the Guinness s lives and leave out the other information Thus it was the godliness was emphasized because of there was little else to be emphasizedI enjoyed these thoughts from the bookRather than emphasize beer as an antidote to drunkenness as a healthy alternative to harder drinks that in excess ruined men s lives Prohibitionists treated all alcohol as the sameWhatever else you do do at least one thing very wellWe followed our traditional policy of considering long and acting uickly Wow I flew through this book I thought it was so interesting and engaging It just provides some high level details on the lives of different Guinness family members and their works but I think that s part of what ept me moving along so uickly It didn t get lost in the details Some of my favorite things I learned The same strain of yeast used in the original Guinness beer is still used today 300 I love Guinness and I ve been to Dublin twice I also love God But this book just wasn t that good The writing is cliched and saccharine The conclusions are unfounded and sweeping I d say it s a missed opportunity because the subject is good Stephen Mansfield in The Search for God and Guinness combines two topics that many may find opposed beer and God Mansfield provides an The history of Guinness one of the world s most famous brands reveals the noble heights and generosity of a great family and an innovative businessIt began in Ireland in the mid 1700s The water in Ireland indeed throughout Europe was famously undrinkable and the gin and whiskey that took its place devastated civil society It was a disease ridden starvation plagued alcoholic age and Christians like Arthur Guinness as well as monks and even evangelical churches brewed beer that provided a healthier alternative to. ,
The Search for God and Guinness