Monday, October 5, 2009
The Search for God and Guinness
I read an interesting Thomas Nelson book this week. Guinness beer isn't the usual Christian book publishing company topic. In fact, there are many conservative Christians that would have big problems with the main idea presented in this book: God works through not only "specifically religious careers" but through all people, even beer entrepreneurs, who live their lives with great faith and eternal vision. I'm not one of those people who have a moral issue with alcohol. I think calling any moderate drinking a sin is similar to the Pharisees adding their own more extreme limits to the Sabbath laws and then making those added things equal to the original laws in their minds. This conflict within the religious world is touched on briefly throughout the book. Author Stephen Mansfield does a thorough job of bringing readers up to speed on the history of beer; how it probably began and evolved through the ages (my favorite section of the entire book.) He also tells the detailed story of Arthur Guinness and his family. There are a lot of good ideas presented in this book. I liked reading about how many members of the Guinness family were extremely generous Christians who really set the bar for businesses regarding ethics, generosity, and social justice. However, it lagged a little for me, as far as keeping my interest. Maybe there were just a few too many details for my liking. Although, one of the more interesting details I learned by reading this book (and I don't know HOW I never connected this before) is that the Guinness Book of World Records is also connected with this family/company. This book would be best for huge history buffs, which I am not really.