The CiRCE Institute has spectacular book recommendations, and thanks to them I am enjoying an intriguing book by Stephen Mansfield, The Search for God and Guinness. In this podcast, Dr. Brian Phillips interviewed Stephen Mansfield about his book on the Guinness family legacy and their impact on our culture. The podcast was tremendous. The book is even more so.
My ancestry is mostly Scotch-Irish, with some German and Dutch, on both sides. The Scotch-Irish legacy dominates everything about us. Inexplicably, I have always felt a certain homesickness for Ireland. My freshman year of highschool, I attended Kylemore Abbey in Connemara. While at Oxford during my Hillsdale exchange, I returned to Ireland out of sheer homesickness.
I am not sure what about Ireland calls to me but I think that it has something to do with the faith of her people. A robust, perfectly flawed, totally passionate, and deeply Catholic faith. Mansfield’s book is giving me more to celebrate about Ireland and has even made Guinness beer a staple in my home.
The Guinness family motto, Spes Mea In Deo Est, which governed their professional ventures, as much as their personal lives, is living in my heart. This week I am trying to cling to that proclamation and the promises that it entails.
What are you reading this week? Here is a round-up of the open books on the nightstands of the Librarians at Potato Peel Pie Society: