What do you do when you're 40 years old and at spiritual rock bottom? You take God to couple's counseling to find out what's wrong with your relationship! Casting herself as the neglected spouse, comedian and NPR essayist Isaacs faces her "inner nag" and offers a running commentary on the ridiculous expectations she puts on God. Faith-affirming! Hardcover.
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 über-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 GOD
is a cheeky, heartfelt memoir that, even at its most scandalous, is still an affirmation of faith.
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.