The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World

The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World

by Stephen Mansfield


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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 business. From New York Times bestselling author Stephan Mansfield, explore the history, influence, and social impact of Guinness beer in the Search for God and Guinness. This is a book that will speak to you on practical, novel, and spiritual level, and it will spark the flames of your entrepreneurial dreams.

"Frothy, delicious, intoxicating and nutritious! No, I'm not talking about Guinness Stout—I'm talking about Stephen Mansfield's fabulous new book...The 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 author

"It'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

It 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 poisonous waters and liquors 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 noble beer itself.

For readers who love history, cultural studies, religious debate, and stories of business success.

What readers will learn with this book...

  • The earthy, human, and holy importance of honing a craft over time
  • Example of a family seeking to do good in the world as an offering to God
  • How unexpected and small things impact the history of humanity
  • Inspirational fuel for entrepreneurial dreams

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718011338
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Pages: 287
Sales rank: 203,593
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times bestselling author of Lincoln's Battle with God, The Faith of Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, Searching for God and Guinness, and Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Beverly.

Table of Contents

Prologue vii

Introduction xiii

Some Guinness Facts xxvii

1 Before There Was Guinness 1

2 The Rise of Arthur 35

3 At the Same Place By Their Ancestors 75

4 The Good That Wealth Can Do 121

5 The Guinnesses for God 155

6 Twentieth-Century Guinness 203

Epilogue: The Guinness Way 251

Acknowledgments 262

Bibliography 265

Index 271

About the Author 285

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