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

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Thomas Nelson, Oct 12, 2009 - Cooking - 304 pages
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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.

The history began in Ireland during the late 1700s when the water in Ireland as well as throughout Europe was famously undrinkable, and the gin and whiskey that took its place was devastating civil society.

It was a disease ridden, starvation plagued, alcoholic age, and Christians like Arthur Guinness, as well as monks and 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, 246 years and 150 countries later, Guinness is a global brand and 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 including:

  • the generational drama,
  • business adventure,
  • industrial and social reforms,
  • deep-felt faith, and the beer itself.

The Search for God and Guinness is an amazing, true story of how the Guinness family used its wealth and influence to touch millions during a dark age.


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User Review  - SquirrelHead - LibraryThing

This is the first book I have read by author Stephen Mansfield and I can report that I found it very interesting. It was Guinness that attracted me to the book cover and upon picking it up, found I ... Read full review

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User Review  - ShannonRose4 - LibraryThing

I love stout, so when I saw this title years ago, I just had to read it. I thought it would be a little bit family history, good wit and a little about beer: I learned so much more. Stout isn't just beer & Guinness in a very big way saved Dublin. Sláinte! Read full review


1 Before There Was Guinness
2 The Rise of Arthur
3 At the Soame Place By Their Ancestors
4 The Good That Wealth Can Do
5 The Guinnesses for God
6 TwentiethCentury Guinness
The Guinness Way
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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.

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