Friday, 26 December 2014

The Beer Drinker's Guide to God

"Oh taste and see
that the Lord is good."
Psalm 34:8

Among the books I received as Christmas gifts this year is one whose title intrigued me perhaps more than any other that I've read in a very long time. It is called, "The Beer Drinker's Guide to God: The Whole and Holy Truth About Lager, Loving, and Living." Doesn't that title just make you want to sit up on your pew (or bar stool) and say, "Hmm?"

This interesting book hails from the pen of Father William (Bill) Miller, "an Episcopal priest at St. Michael and All Angel's Episcopal Church in Kauai, Hawaii. He is also co-owner of Padre's, a live music venue/watering hole in quirky Marfa, Texas."

To whet your whistle further, here's a descriptor from the back cover of the book:

"Being upright does not mean you have to be uptight - at least according to Father Bill Miller, an Episcopal priest/bar owner. As a fan of both spirits and the Holy Spirit, he is very familiar with the intoxicating lure of some of God's finer creations, and in The Beer Drinker's Guide to God, he brews up insightful, beautifully written reflections about the strange intersections of God, and, well ... beer.

"In this humorous collection of essays, he weaves together stories from his life ministry, his travels in search of the world's best Scotch, his conversations with Trappist monks, and colourful evenings in his bar, Padre's. He also reflects on the lessons he's learned from baseball, Playboy bunnies, Las Vegas, and his attempts to become chaplain to the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, all while (somehow) crafting essays about the spiritual importance of generosity, sacrifice, openness, and spiritual transformation. Really.

"Essays include:

  • WWJD: What Would Jesus Drink?
  • Brewed Over Me and Distill Me, O Lord
  • Pearls of Great Price
  • Chicken Soup for the Hooters Girl's Soul
  • Miss Hawaii and Other Miss Takes
  • Don't Leave Me Hanging: The Theological Significance of Athletic Supporters

"From the deeply touching to the laugh-out-loud funny, these stories ultimately open our minds to the glory of God and our mouths to some of God's more delicious creations. The Beer Drinker's Guide to God is a smart, hilarious book for those thirsty for God's truth."

Well there you have it; "The Beer Drinker's Guide to God: The Whole and Holy Truth About Lager, Loving, and Living." As a Christian who is also a self-proclaimed humorist and beer enthusiast, you had to know that such book would catch my attention. Clearly the gift-giver knows me very well too.

So now if you'll excuse me, Chapter 1 awaits. Happy reading.

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