Some Christians might wonder how The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World by Stephen Mansfield fits in with Christian literature. Truth is, it’s much more than a beer story. It is a delightful history book plunging us back to Ireland in the late 1700s and showing us how one family changed the destiny of many.
While leading us step-by-step into the development of Guinness beer—a beverage discovered haphazardly and which provided a safe and healthy alternative to high-alcohol drinks and toxic waters—the author highlights the prolific achievements of the Guinness family.
The Guinness family affected every realm of society, partly because of their diverse career choices (brewers, bankers, preachers and politicians), but mostly because of their generosity. The family brewery business provided more than a healthful drink which would quickly became world-renowned: it also served as a springboard for numerous philanthropic undertakings.
The Guinnesses took great care of their workers—raising their standard of living considerably. And they also took care of the poor.
In spite of a few Guinnesses whose poor choices disgraced the family name, the family left a legacy of noble benevolence. And a healthful drink.
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Janey L. DeMeo
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