Barstool Theology: Crafting the Good Life

Barstool Theology: Crafting the Good Life

by Trevor Gundlach


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There are typically two sides to the beer coaster:

  • “Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.” — George Bernard Shaw
  • “Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
Drink to feel nothing, or drink to feel something. Both are widely practiced. But both fall flat.

As a Catholic, you want to live a full life, with intention and purpose. You think beer, wine, and liquor can be part of that, but you don’t have an authentic way to approach alcoholic beverages, so you abstain or indulge. Either way, you come up empty. The fact is, most of us haven’t been taught how to drink well.

In Barstool Theology, Trevor Gundlach cracks open an entirely new way to talk about beer and exactly how it can be an effervescent part of a life well lived. He invites you to become a fellow barstool theologian, ready to discuss the theology of life, friendship, art, seasons, celebrations, and, yes, delicious craft beer.

Barstool Theology does not lay down rules to follow but offers practical ideas to try. It is full of reflection, humor, analogies, ancient philosophy, and Instagram-worthy stories that open a new dialogue about drinking that is fresh, flavorful, and fun.

So, pull up a barstool. Let’s have a drink and talk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681923574
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 08/30/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 652,000
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Trevor Gundlach holds an MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton. He is an author, project manager, public speaker, young adult minister, and a regular speaker at Theology on Tap. Trevor and his wife live in Dayton, Ohio, where they find God in the beauty of nature and the sharing of craft beers. Cheers!

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 With Whom Do You Drink? A Theology of Friendship 21

Chapter 2 What Do You Drink? A Theology of Art and Craft Beer 51

Chapter 3 When Do You Drink? A Theology of the Seasons 75

Chapter 4 Why Do You Drink? A Theology of Celebration 99

Chapter 5 How Can You Transform the Way You Drink? A List of Practical Actions 145

Acknowledgments 173

Notes 175

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