Books

The Search for God and Guinness
A Biography of the Beer That Changed the World
Stephen Mansfield (Thomas Nelson)

The New York Times-best-selling biographer of the religious lives of U.S. Presidents (The Faith of George W. Bush, The Faith of Barack Obama) turns his attention to a weightier subject: beer. Centuries before the business-as-mission trend, Arthur Guinness launched his own for-profit outreach. He brewed a healthy alternative to the dirty water and hard liquors plaguing 17th-century Ireland, invested his profits into workers and the needy, and along the way founded his country's first Sunday schools. Teetotalers and imbibers alike should appreciate this entertaining tale of Ireland's first family of stout.

The Spirituality of Jesus
Nine Disciplines Christ Modeled for Us
Leslie Hardin (Kregel)

Surely the incarnate Son of God didn't need to be spiritually formed. Or did he? Leslie Hardin opts to take seriously the Gospels' claims that Jesus "grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God," and that he cultivated a reliance on the Holy Spirit. Though the results in Jesus' life were often miraculous, Hardin writes, the spiritual disciplines he practiced were mundane. Students of formation will enjoy this look into the practices that Jesus did—and in some cases, did not—make his habit.

God Hides in Plain Sight
How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World
Dean Nelson (Brazos Press)

For those with eyes to see, writes Dean Nelson, glimpses of the divine are everywhere. This journalism professor roots his gentle, moving essays in the seven historic sacraments—vocation, Communion, confession, confirmation, marriage, baptism, and last rites—as well as a new one he christened, service. Nothing too jarring here; ...

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