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The Search for God and GuinnessStephen Mansfield in The Search for God and Guinness combines two topics that many may find opposed beer and God Mansfield rovides an overview of the long holy history of topics that many may find opposed beer and God Mansfield rovides an overview of the long holy history of and its importance from ancient to early modern society He overturns the myth of the establishment 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 rovides a history of the first Arthur s decedents in three branches the brewers the bankers and the Guinness s for God focusing rimarily 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 of generosity It is a tale of care towards brewery staff who were better Conta and Boehme Porcelain Identification and Value Guide paid better educated better housed and generally lived better lives than their neighbors due to the loving spirit of the Guinness family Theositive 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 owerful 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 ursued 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 iued 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 the history of beer including the long line of saints who enjoyed a good brew including the Pilgrims Saints Patrick Bartholomew Brigid and Columbanus Charlemagne Martin Luther John Calvin and John Wesley He traces the origins of beer the science of brewing and the different types of beer A fascinating side note of this history is how beer rovided a much temperate alternative to the gin J.R.R. Tolkien palaces and other forms of hard liuor that spelled the ruin of manyMansfield traces the beginning of the Guinness brewery with Arthur Guinness surchase in 1759 of a derelict brewery at St James Gate Dublin including his bold move to increase the size of ipes carrying water bold move to increase the size of ipes carrying water the River Liffey to his brewery and defend it by force of arms Guinness had learned the art of brewing from his father brewing small amounts for an inn and starting a small brewing operation before taking over the derelict brewery in Dublin Influenced by George Whitfield he used Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo profits from his growing brewery to fund the growing Sunday School movementFrom theseromising beginnings Mansfield traces the growth of the Guinness brewery through the generations and the good family leadership it enjoyed in each generation There was the key decision to focus on stout and improvements in the scientific brewing of that stout the transport and storage of the The Labyrinth product thatrovided consistent high uality wherever it was served in the world and in the twentieth century the advertising campaigns that made the brand ever The Raven and the Falcon: Youth Versus Old Age in Medieval Arabic Literature popular Among those working on these campaigns was Dorothy L SayersMost striking in this narrative is the care the company showed toward its workersroviding medical care for employees families and even widows housing and superior wages as well as a couple free The Humanist Interpretation of Hieroglyphs in the Allegorical Studies of the Renaissance: With a Focus on the Triumphal Arch of Maximilian I pints a day of stout During wars they guaranteed the jobs of servicemen andaid families half salaries while their men were in service In many respects including employee education The Reproductive Bargain: Deciphering the Enigma of Japanese Capitalism programs theirolicies exceeded today s most rogressive companiesThe other intriguing aspect of this book is that while many of the leaders of the brewery were Christians who employed their wealth and osition not only to benefit their workers but wider Dublin society there was also a branch of the family the Grattan Guinnesses marked for their ursuit of ministry and world missions activity Mansfield gives us a thumbnail biography of Henry Grattan Guinness an evangelist who was easily the eual of D L Moody Mansfield notes that the definitive biography of this man remains to be writtenIn recent years the company diversified and assed from Guinness family leadership and experienced some scandals Mansfield doesn t focus much attention on this and handles lightly any The War against Animals problems in the history of the family He does imply that the long focus on brewing stout was 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 itslace devastated civil society It was a disease ridden starvation Fantasy Noir. Übernatürliche Mordfälle plagued alcoholic age and Christians like Arthur Guinness as well as monks and even evangelical churches brewed beer thatrovided a healthier alternative to. Strength of the company that was lost as they diversified The emphasis throughout is on the growth of the company and the ositive contributions made by this family and the influence their faith layed in the good works accomplished through their wealth and influence So I would treat this account as entertaining and informative but not definitive historyThe book concludes with an epilogue that summarizes the Guinness Way in five rinciples1 Discern the ways of God for life and business2 Think in terms of generations yet to come3 Whatever else you do do at least one thing very well4 Master the facts before you act5 Invest in those you would have invest in youThis suggests another value of this book as an example of a business that does well by doing good along several key dimensions from its spiritual compass to thinking beyond the next uarter to having a laser focus uality strategic A Long the Krommerun: Selected Papers from the Utrecht James Joyce Symposium planning and respecting the dignity of workers investors and customers While technologies and markets change it might well be argued that these basics do not but may be crucial than ever Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the review copy This book is as its subtitleroclaims 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 of how this family s faith shaped the ethos of a company and led it to be a leader both in the uality of the Lancelot product itroduced and in the way it formed a corporate culture I can t say I d ever thought of beer as 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 Scorch promote the use of beer or other alcoholic beverages Iastor a church whose official Labour Markets, Identities, Controversies position is to notartake 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 uestio I read The Search for God and Guinness because of its claim to Marrane Et Marronne: La Co-Ecriture Reversible D Andre Et de Simone Schwarz-Bart present an argument towards the compatibility of drinking beer and a Christian life In aros and cons historical facts and This Deleuzian Century 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 ofresenting the historical Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama: History, Agency, and Performativity precedence of alcohol in Christian s lives andointing 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 such an abhorrent thing I enjoyed the Introduction and felt for his argumentsHowever once the real began it veered away from this ath It Became A Strict History a strict history 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 oor writing of the book The same idea or fact was repeated over and over just in different words Each new Water in Social Imagination: From Technological Optimism to Contemporary Environmentalism piece of information wasresented as the best thing ever or a Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887 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 of the twentieth century when the Boer War was fought from 1899 1902 which wouldlace 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 aper 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 rimary 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 Le rendez-vous present the Christian ness of the Guinness s lives and leave out the other information Wow I flew through this book I thought it was so interesting and engaging It justrovides some high level details on the lives of different Guinness family members and their works but I think that s Molotov Mouths: Explosive New Writing part of what kept 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 years later Guinness wasassed down from father to son for 250 years Guinness ran some 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The oisonous 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 ower 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.

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S marketing campaigns A large All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence portion of the Guinness family went on to becomeastors theologians and Discovering Our Past California Edition: Medieval And Early Modern Times preachers Guinness was at the forefront of employee wellness thinking Guinness the beer company created the book of world records as a marketing gimmick which took off to have a life of its ownAll in all a fun little book I d recommend to any of my friends who have aassing interest in the topic 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 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 aying living wages and offering affordable 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 man was not limited to the church although many from the family did ursue 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 aid high wages offered every type of education rovided medicine sports entertainment and even a The Houdini Solution: Put Creativity and Innovation to work by thinking inside the box place to think and assured every kind 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 do260 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 Cybercrime and Digital Forensics: An Introduction 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 fewages however something began to smell funnyA uick Google search revealed that Mansfield has a reputation as a highly oliticized writer Mike Huckabee loves him Jon Stewart does not I was uzzled 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 artake in good conscience If he convinces any timid souls erhaps he has done his own act of Christian social service The author s vague discomfort with his topic perhaps he has done his own act of Christian social service The author s vague discomfort with his topic remains clear throughout the volumeMansfield sets out to lace the Guinness family within a context of Christian social action ranging FROM THE MID EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FOUNDING OF THE BREWERY the mid eighteenth century founding of the brewery the late twentieth century demise of family corporate control Despite this worthy goal his selected examples neither go into the necessary depth nor connect to the big icture 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 aternalistic than helpful Though Mansfield asserts that the workers were enthusiastic to improve their housekeeping and sanitation skills for example he neglects to interrogate the ossibility that a lack of such enthusiasm could result In The Loss Of the loss of 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 rovides a six degrees of separation analysis of mid nineteenth century reachers like Dwight Moody Hudson Taylor and Henry Grattan Guinness Though Mansfield is careful to Birds point out that all work from brewing toreaching can be conducted for God s glory he seems most comfortable with the Tales from the Ballpark Tales from the Ballpark Tales from the Ballpark: More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told 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 world as the subtitleromises 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 layed 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 hilanthropy and the frothy head of freshly Robot Programming: A Practical Guide to Behavior-Based Robotics 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.