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Overview Reflects upon the author's spiritual relationship with God and organized religion, relating it to a marriage with unachievable expectations, and humorously affirms her faith.
Publishers Description Disillusioned, disenfranchised, and disinterested in anything churchy, Susan Isaacs knew of only one thing to do when she hit spiritual rock bottom at age 40. . . . She took God to couples counseling. In this cuttingly poignant memoir, Susan Isaacs chronicles her rocky relationship with the Almighty--from early childhood to midlife crisis--and all the churches where she and God tried to make a home: Pentecostals, Slackers for Jesus, and the Aber-intellectuals who turned everything, including the weekly church announcements, into a three-point sermon. Casting herself as the neglected spouse, Susan faces her inner nag and the ridiculous expectations she put on God--some her own, and some from her "crazy in-laws" at church. Originally staged as a solo show in New York and Los Angeles, ANGRY CONVERSATIONS WITH GODis a cheeky, heartfelt memoir that, even at its most scandalous, is still an affirmation of faith.
From Publishers Weekly God in couples counseling? Sounds sacrilegious, but in the adept hands of comedian, writer and actress Isaacs, its a success. Isaacs reached bottom at age 40: no job, no boyfriend, no home. Of course, she blamed God. So off they went to counseling with the ever-patient therapist Rudy. Isaacs moves easily between recounting her life story and her counseling sessions. She describes encounters with the Nice Jesus of her Lutheran upbringing; the Oakie Pentecostal church and the militant counselor; the Rock-n-Roll church and the Orthopraxy, Dude church, plus her rocky acting career and her love life, including guilt-ridden sex and Mostly Mister Right. Isaacs readily admits to being snarky, but shes honest about her quest and its conclusion: I saw now all too clearly why I had married God: for the power and the glory. For the money. Isaacs goes on a Job-like search for explanations from God, but instead finds the problem to be her. Shes funny, biting, earthy and brilliant. (Mar. 12)Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.6" Height: 1" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
ISBN 1599950626 ISBN13 9781599950624
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More About Susan E. Isaacs
Susan E. Isaacs is a comedian, actress, and writer with many credits in TV, film, stage, and radio. She is an alumna of the Groundlings comedy troupe and contributing essayist for NPR's Weekend America. She has written specials for DirecTV & is a contributing essayist for Sit N Spin at the Comedy Central Stage and Show and Tell at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Susan teaches screenwriting for the Act One Program and has spoken at Pepperdine University's Screenwriting Weekend, International Arts Movement, and Inter-MissionNY. She and her husband, Larry Wilson, live in Los Angeles. For more information, go to www.susanisaacs.net.
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Review of Angry Conversations with God May 28, 2010
This book came along at the perfect moment in my life.
First, this is the second memoir I've read this week and this one, by far, stands out as combining all of the elements of what makes good reading. Humor, thoughtfulness, anger, honesty - it's all contained along with a good dose of humility and, of course, faith.
I laughed out loud at several portions of this book. Basically, Susan has decided that her marriage with God is in serious jeopardy and she takes him to couples counseling with a pastor, Rudy. Rudy encourages Susan to give voice to God and Jesus (She believes the Holy Spirit just.. is around), so she can work through her perceptions and beliefs in an environment that is there to aid her in her faith.
Susan struggles (as I myself have struggled) with finding a good church, a good body of Christ to worship with, to be strengthened and encouraged by. And she does find some doozy's, I'll tell you that right now. She struggles with finding a mate, a man who fulfills her needs both spiritually and physically (and by this, she really struggles with finding someone who wants her sexually but is willing to wait until, as Beyonce says, "he puts a ring on it").
SUSAN: Just say it: I'm angry and no one will like me.
GOD: No. I will not say that. But don't you think we ached for you to find a lover you could share your whole life with? I used your teachers to encourage you creatively when the church could not. I used Georgina to build structure in your life when you had none. I used the Rock'n'Rollers to heal you, and Pedro to wake you up. I worked with whatever I got my hands on. Can you see that?
SUSAN: The church terrified me to live.
GOD: The church healed your wounds. The church introduced you to me. And you're ungrateful because I didn't adhere to your timetable?
It's easy to get carried away with things and then, while repenting from them, blame God for not putting the right people in your life, blame Him for seemingly allowing temptation to step forward and take hold of you.
SUSAN: Well, you know who got the joke? You know who got me? You know who appreciated me and made me feel like I mattered? Heathens and drunks and potheads and Jews.
GOD: I sent whomever I could get!
SUSSAN: That was you? You put those people in my life? Then why were you so upset when I fell in love with David?
GOD: Don't boink the messenger.
JESUS: (To God) At least David was a Jew. She could have fallen for a pothead.
Through humor Susan takes us through her life, the ups and the downs. And how does it all end? .. Well I encourage you to check this book out and see for yourself.
This was supposed to be humor? May 22, 2010
As a "recovering Baptist" I thought this would be right up my alley. I couldn't be more wrong. I made it about an hour through the book on tape before it finally got on my last nerve and it got the big gong. Typical whiny, co-dependent, pandering religio-babble. But, seriously... this is supposed to be humorous?
disappointing Apr 21, 2010
I'm glad I did not buy this book and borrowed it from the library instead. All these 5 star reviews!!??? I would have given it 1 star but I will admit that I laughed out loud 3-4 times and she had a lovely poem in her book by a Sara Groves. In one part of the story, she talks about a job at a church and says that she's glad they didn't drink the koolaid. But, to me the majority of the book sounded like someone who drank the koolaid. I had such high hopes because it was such a fabulous concept to take God to couple's counseling! I thought that because the concept was so ingenious, so too will be the writer. No, sadly I found it to be childlike with a few bursts of creativity.
Angry Conversations with God: A snarky But Authentic spiritual Memoir Mar 8, 2010
Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir Susan Isaacs is a writer, actor and performer with credits in TV series, film, stage and radio. She earned her MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California and is an alumna of the Groundlings Sunday Company. She is the author of "Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir". Growing up, she was a middle class girl who had everything going well for her. Although, she does develop some daughter-father relationship problems, which later becomes a problem she has with God. She further compares God with her Dad after a couple's therapy session when she learned God was revengeful. She said, "And who would love God who liked evil? I understood, sort of. God's anger made sense, not like my dad's. God got angry at evil; Dad got mad at anything" (Isaacs 31). The lack of proper relationship with her father from childhood is seen to have an adverse effect over the course of her life and this drives her to finding a good and stable relationship with God, the Church and in men. In her introduction, she explains her relationship with God and the couple's therapy she attends alongside God. She documents the dialogue that goes on between her, Rudy (her therapist) and God during therapy sessions. As she tries to reconcile with God during these sessions, she also credits God for the misery she experiences in her life.
Angry conversations with God: a snarky but authentic spiritual memoir Feb 7, 2010
I had high hopes for this book since it received mostly 5 star ratings on this site. However, it struck me as whiny and overrated. I turned it back into the library before I finished it. Susan Isaacs had a middle class upbringing, was an accomplished student, had bouts of bulemia and fretted about who God would want her to date and whether she should go to school or go into acting/writing. I don't know, maybe if horrific things like Haiti hadn't been on the television every night while I was listening to this BOCD, I might have had more sympathy for her struggles. But as such, I didn't buy in to her need to write this book.