The Search for God and Guinness

A Biography of the Beer That Changed the World
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Home & Garden, Food & Wine
4.6 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. It began in Ireland in the mid-1700s. The water in Ireland, indeed throughout Europe, was famously 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 the poisonous waters and liquors 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-felt faith, and the noble beer itself.

©2014 Stephen Mansfield (P)2017 Tantor

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God Bless Guinness

I have been in many Bible college classes, and never once was the name Aurthur Guinness ever mentioned what this man has done along with his family and business to help spread the Gospel around the world. Thank you for opening my mind to see that God still does work in amazing ways.

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Packed With Knowledge

Excellent narration coupled with an extraordinary tale of faith, economics, business, disaster, marketing, and more.

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Great example of good character and business

While a bit long on the particulars of Guinness history in some parts, overall this book provides an excellent example of the generational impact character, Godly pursuits, and setting a high bar can have. The Guinness story is one every business should know by heart, and their generosity one they should emulate.

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Exceptional story! Didn't want to put it down!

This book has helped me to think deeply about the moral philosophies I want to someday develop in my own business adventure. The title is provocative, but this was such a great read for the aspiring Christian entrepreneur.

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Historically heavy

Very heavy historical telling about the company and the family through the generations. Not really any business advice or insight. Just a pure history book about Guinness.

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The origin story you never knew

Guinness is much more than beer! Amazing story about great beer and a wonderful family!

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God is great and beer is good

I enjoy beer, and Guinness is one of my favorite imports. I didn’t know the history of the Guinness family. This book has given me a whole new respect for them. It’s inspiring. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes beer, history, or theology. This is the second audiobook I’ve listened to by Stephen Mansfield. I enjoy his style, and I look forward to getting more of his books.

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Phenomenal Story

A phenomenal story read by an engaging narrator. I heard Dr Mansfield on a podcast or two and was slightly familiar with the broad arc of the story but this was outstanding.

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great book!

I wasn't sure about it in the first chapter but I'm very glad I gave it a chance. the narrator is great. and i really appreciated the writing style and presentation the author gives. I thought I new about the story of Guinness but I was so wrong. what an incredible story of running a business with honor and generosity. As someone who is next in line to inherit a family business, this book has given me much to think about and much to aspire to when it comes to treating our employees with honor and being generous in the city's we are established in.

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you'll love Guiness even more...

a fascinating profile of the people behind the best beer ever. wish the women were a bit more storied.

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Christian conservative sermon

Barely a book about Guinness. If you leave out the parts about some not-beer-related preacher Guinness, it's about as deep study of Guinness as you get from a tour in the Storehouse in Dublin. And you get a pint there.