Pirates, Ships, and Sailors fEverything 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 wasought rom 1899 1902 which would place it at the end of the nineteenth century or beginning of the twentieth century This brings me to my inal complaint of the book It read like a high schooler s research paper The research seemed to be mostly War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today from secondary sources He uoted and tookrom many other biographies and accounts of the Guinness A Boy in Winter 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 Guinnessamily And to give him credit he did emphasize this However I Frost at Midnight 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 thoughtsrom 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 Princess Baby, Night-Night followed our traditional policy of considering long and acting uickly Wow Ilew through this book I thought it was so interesting and engaging It just provides some high level details on the lives of different Guinness The Pentagon Papers: Making History at the Washington Post family members and their works but I think that s part of what kept me movi 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 thisit the bill The story of beer and one Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution family s influence that isar reaching because of the On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock foundingaith of Arthur Guinness They were mindful that they could make the working man s life better by paying 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 amily held a belief that work was good and sacred Service to God and man was not limited to the church although many rom the amily did pursue ministry including one of my avorite authors and apologists of the Christian aith 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 pro
*meh neo con *Neo con disguised as cut rate history The title makes you think the book will be a lot cooler than it actually i a lot cooler than it actually i 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 an of "Both God And Guinness "God and Guinness thought I was in the target demographic Within a I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) few pages however something began to smellunnyA 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 Flight, Vol. 7 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 startingrom 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 amily within a context of Christian social action ranging rom the mid eighteenth century ounding of the brewery to the late twentieth century demise of amily corporate control Despite this worthy goal his selected examples neither go 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 Camp Rex 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 skillsor 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 con. N Mansfield's abulous new bookThe amazing and true story of how the Guinness amily 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 Touch of Enchantment faith philanthropy and therothy head of When Dads Don't Grow Up freshly poured Guinness and combines them into such an inspiriting narrative Cheers to brewmaster Stephen Mansfield And cheers to you the reader You're inor a treat R Emmett Tyrrell Jr Founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. ,
T Miles from Kara focus much attention on this and handles lightly any problems in the history of theamily He does imply that the long Pee Wee Scouts treasury (Pee Wee Scouts, focus on brewing stout was a strength of the company that was lost as they diversified The emphasis throughout is on the growth of the company and the positive contributions made by thisamily and the influence their aith played 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 ive principles1 Discern the ways of God or life and business2 Think in terms of generations yet to come3 Whatever else you do do at least one thing very well4 Master the acts 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 High Heat from its spiritual compass to thinking beyond the next uarter to having a laserocus uality strategic 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 or 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 amily and a company whose history is seasoned with devotion to Jesus Christ and to the conviction that aith 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 amily s aith 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 ormed 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 A treatise on the law of marital rights in Texas fascinated by the way this company continually chose to be a leader in the way it treated its workersrom the way company doctors aggressively sought to improve the living conditions of turn of the twentieth century workers to the preservation of jobs or 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 or Lots of Hearts full time Christian ministryIn all this was both an entertaining and informative study on how oneamily and company have lived out their aith It certainly gives ood Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss for thought on how our corporate culture today oftenalls short and it also proves a great extended illustration of Luther s emphasis that vocation goes ar and it also proves a great extended illustration of Luther s emphasis that vocation goes ar ordained ministry While it is impossible to truly separate the reviewer rom the
*review i believe *I believe a book review should be ocused 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 partake in any alcoholic beverages The book I am about to review is about beer and the Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation family that made this brand of beer The Searchor God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield 2009 Thomas Nelson is the story of beer of Guinness beer and of the Guinness Pajama Party family Let there be no uestion Arthur Guinness was a committed Protestant evangelical Christian His life andamily legacy certainly bear that out For those of you who like me do not drink nor promote alcohol to others I think the end of the review will be interesting to youWhile beer predates the ou I read "The Search or God and Guinness because of its claim to present an argument towards the compatibility of drinking "Search Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi for God and Guinness because of its claim to present an argument towards the compatibility of drinking and a Christian life In a pros and cons historicalacts and precedence sort of way I wanted to read a book that argued Bringing the Outside In for the compatibility of alcohol in a Christian s daily life I was let down It started off strong in this vein though Inact I should have just stopped reading after the Introduction because Mansfield does a great job of presenting the historical precedence of alcohol in 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 elt or his argumentsHowever once the real book began it veered away rom this path It became a strict history of the Guinness amily and the Guinness brand I even Close to Hugh felt that his early grand claims of how generous Guinness was to its workers was little explored in later chapters However thiseeling of little exploration might be explained by the poor writing of the book The same idea or Women and Self Esteem 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 languageor. 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 Toy to Toy (Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3) feltaith and the noblebeer itselfFrothy delicious intoxicating and nutritiousNo I'm not talking about Guinness Stout I'm talking about Stephe. Stephen Mansfield in The Search #for God and Guinness combines two topics that many may ind opposed beer and God # God and Guinness combines two topics that many may ind opposed beer and God provides an overview Guinness combines two topics that many may ind opposed beer and God Mansfield provides an overview the long holy history of beer and its importance Catch and Release: Trout Fishing and the Meaning of Life 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 provides a history of theirst Arthur s decedents in three branches the brewers the bankers and the Guinness s or God ocusing primarily on the brewers and those who made ministry their vocation The Guinness Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son's First Two Years with Down Syndrome family history ends with the end of a Guinness directly running the brewery and movementrom a "FAMILY BREWERY TO A MAJOR CORPORATION THE HISTORY OF "brewery to a major corporation The history of Guinness s or 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 paid better educated better housed and generally lived better lives than their neighbors due to the loving spirit of the Guinness amily 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 Fashion Faux Paw 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 Guinnessamily and the history of Guinness Pillars of Light from its beginnings and theaith that that motivated the social goods pursued by many of the amily members who led the company and others in the amily lineUnlike the author who came Solibo Magnificent from aamily of teetotalers I came Cheetahs' Craving from aamily 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 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 ascinating side note of this history is how beer provided a much temperate alternative to the gin palaces and other orms of hard liuor that spelled the ruin of manyMansfield traces the beginning of the Guinness brewery with Arthur Guinness s purchase in 1759 of a derelict brewery at St James Gate Dublin including his bold move to increase the size of pipes carrying water French Impressions:: The Adventures of an American Family from the River Liffey to his brewery and defend it byorce of arms Guinness had learned the art of brewing Driving Hungry: A Memoir from hisather brewing small amounts The Museum of Us for an inn and starting a small brewing operation before taking over the derelict brewery in Dublin Influenced by George Whitfield he used profitsrom his growing brewery to Hard to Hold fund the growing Sunday School movementFrom these promising beginnings Mansfield traces the growth of the Guinness brewery through the generations and the goodamily leadership it enjoyed in each generation There was the key decision to ocus on stout and improvements in the scientific brewing of that stout the transport and storage of the product that provided consistent high uality wherever it was served in the world and in the twentieth century the advertising campaigns that made the brand ever popular Among those working on these campaigns was Dorothy L SayersMost striking in this narrative is the care the company showed toward its workers providing medical care or employees A Bedtime Yarn families and even widows housing and superior wages as well as a coupleree pints a day of stout During wars they guaranteed the jobs of servicemen and paid amilies half salaries while their men were in service In many respects including employee education programs their policies exceeded today s most progressive companiesThe other intriguing aspect of this book is that while many of the leaders of the brewery were Christians who employed their wealth and position not only to benefit their workers but wider Dublin society there was also a branch of the amily the Grattan Guinnesses marked or their pursuit 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 passed rom Guinness Americas Bitter Pill family leadership and experienced some scandals Mansfield doesn. The history of Guinness one of the world s mostamous brands reveals the noble heights and generosity of a great Wampeters, Foma Granfalloons family and an innovative businessIt began in Ireland in the mid 1700s The water in Ireland indeed throughout Europe wasamously 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.