Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Search for God and Guinness

The Search for God and Guinness is very much like a nice pint of Guinness. When you first have it placed before you, it looks marvelous and enjoyable. You take in that first sip and are in glorious bliss. It becomes more and more filling as you make your way through and by the final stages, you wonder if the bitter filling drink is best slugged back in one last gulp just to finish it and move on to other things.
The work has many facets of the Guinness family illustrated, as well as the history of civilization and beer. I was disappointed to discover that the story of Guinness is quite a bit more ordinary than the tales that I had heard. The founding of the porter and of the book of records are not the altruistic tales that I have heard spun over the years, but instead stories of ordinary greatness. It is a testimony to the power of God and discovering his will for our lives and giving ourselves over to it with wild abandon.
It is a wonderfully written history, tying in many different world events to one central theme, beer. It is almost sad to read in the last pages that this family empire has become just another product for a much larger producer, but it was wonderful to see where the brand came from.

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