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Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir Paperback – Bargain Price, March 7, 2011
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"Face it, folks, the church is made up of messed-up people all trying to deal with life. I appreciate writers like Susan who creatively face their issues with honesty and humor. ANGRY CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD is a really fun read." (Tony Hale, actor )
"Susan's brilliant comic idea of taking God to couples therapy is a terrific framework for the story of her personal journey of faith." (Jim Gaffigan, actor and comedian )
"Funny, biting, earthy and brilliant." (Publishers Weekly )
About the Author
- ASIN : B0071UNGQ2
- Publisher : FaithWords; Reprint edition (March 7, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446555444
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,073,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book met me exactly where I am at. My faith in God has never waivered, but my commitment has. This incredible book has made me a better Christian, given me a better relationship with God, and made me laugh.
Susan is an incredible writer, and she’s put into words feelings I could never express. I love this book, and I’m thankful she wrote it.
First the author is primarily an actress or even more narrowly a sketch comedic actress with serious improve skills. That background is the ground of why this book is so entertaining. It is not a traditional narrative nor does it have unduly long and introspective sections. The author's command of what is the core emotional point, where is the heart-rending funny and quick pacing keep the book moving and entertaining.
The surprising depth comes from two points. The first is that the author, like any great comedian, is unflinching when going for the jugular. What makes that amazing is the she is going after God's jugular and her own. In mythical language this is a modern day Jacob wrestling with God through the night. The second depth is that even though this is the tale of "middle-class white girl problems" as the author calls it, they are her problems and they force what Christianity would call a dark night of the soul. The humor of that juxtaposition is not lost on the author, but she tells her story with such vim and pathos that you recognize the universal condition. At one point she summarizes her problem as "the man who's stuck in the desert because God put him there looks exactly like the man who's stuck in the desert because he's lost. And I don't know which one I am. I don't know if I'm here to find friendship with God, or if I've been left to die (loc 2924)."
What starts as a potential cliché of marriage counseling with God becomes a lively and deeply honest wrestling. Does this faith that the author has carried since childhood as a gift from her mother die, or is it cleansed, renewed and blessed? What emerges from the book is both a picture of a mature and maturing faith and a highly personal and living faith. And that is hidden in, with and under the form of a funny read.
I see aspects of myself in Susan and her struggle to find a consistent relationship with Jesus/God/Holy Spirit. The book chronicles the up's and down's in her spiritual relationship with God. The excitement of finding Jesus, the enthusiasm of "rebirth and renewing", the questions about who and where is God. Is he with us? Why don't we feel it sometimes? Why can't we find a solid church that has "normal" people?
Susan's Protestant, Lutheran upbringing important to the story. Her point of view is 100% Protestant; the churches that she tries are non-denominational, Lutheran and Baptist. I am curious how a Catholic would see her point-of-view.
If you're on the fence, wondering if this is worth the $8.00 and time to read the book, then DO IT.
Susan has done a FANTASTIC job with this book and should be really pleased with herself!! I’m going to recommend it to lots of people (and already have)! Well done and well recommended!!
Isaacs brazenly writes about life's ups and downs and the human tendency to take credit for the peaks while blaming God for the valleys.
Isaacs assumes that her relationship with God is supposed to function like a marriage. If that's the case, then she and God need counseling. In fictionalized accounts of real counseling sessions Isaacs stands as God's accuser and questions his intentions. She is smarter than God and knows more about his motives and capabilities than he does. Both she and God bite back at each other with snippiness and sarcasm. Both constantly one-up the other. If you've been in marriage counseling this sounds familiar.
Ultimately, Susan wants a divorce. God stomps out of counseling and Susan doesn't hear from him for a large chunk of the book.
Isaacs covers topics like "Christians are weird," "the Church is hurtful," "Relationships are hard," and "If God is all powerful then why is my life so messed up?" For most of the book, Isaacs sounds like you and me; she whines. She readily admits that her problems pale in comparison with those suffering in Darfur. Her problems are "nothing but middle-class white girl tragedies." But if you're a middle class white girl, your tragedies are very personal. If God is supposed to be "personal" then why does he seem to be unconcerned and distant when it comes to the things that cause us distress in life?
The author concludes that there is definitely some kind of disconnect between God and his followers.
The book emphasizes that our relationship with God and our journey through this life looks quite a bit like Job's. Although we might not have the character of Job or the hardships of Job, we have the same questions as Job and the same problems with comprehending God.
The author doesn't have Job's perspective, however. She sees things through the eyes of a middle class white girl.
Angry Conversations with God is a fun read. It's rated PG13 at time; reader be warned. If you have the complaints of a middle class white girl, a disillusioned daughter, or you'd rather just sit and watch wile someone else complains, get this book. You'll have fun and you'll laugh out loud.
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Isaacs is indeed snarky, to say the least. Her sarcasm and sarcastic caricature of God is very unusual. Her honesty, though blunt and poignant, is commendable. While I wouldn't wish her journey on anyone, I do appreciate her sharing hers with us.
In her book, she takes God to task. She involves him in her therapy, a series of fictious marriage counselling sessions. A very unique approach to having a relationship with God. No holds are barred and she spars toe-to-toe and even in the end, when she loses, she actually comes out a winner. This is a combination: TheShack, BlueLikeJazz, & Job.