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Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir

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Disillusioned, disenfranchised, and disinterested in anything churchy, Susan E. 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 E. Isaacs chronicles her rocky relationship with the Almighty--from early childhood to midlife crisis--and all the churches where s
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 7th 2011 by FaithWords (first published 2009)
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Susan Isaacs
May 25, 2008 Susan Isaacs rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a pulse and a desire to know the real God
Recommended to Susan by: My editor
Totally awesome. Since I wrote it.
Kristen Rudd
At the suggestion of my friend Brent, I went to hear Susan speak at an event here in the City on her book tour. It wasn't until the host introduced her that I realized that the event I had shown up for was billed by the church putting it on as a *SINGLES* event.

Yeah.

Awkwardness aside, I loved hearing her speak and ended up buying a copy of her book. I am so glad I did. I ended up reading it all in one day. If you grew up in church culture, there are so many jokes in this that are scathingly fu
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Emily Timbol
I was seriously freaked out when I read this book. Never before had I felt like the words on the page could have, and should have, been written by myself. The thing I love about Susan, and this book, is that she is always true to herself. She doesn't try to fit into any mold or stereotype in regards to what her faith should look like. This book was hilarious, and made me laugh out loud almost as often as I teared up, because I could completley relate to every heart breaking thing that happened t ...more
Marie
I discovered Susan Isaacs when I googled her name, expecting to find the web site of the novelist Susan Isaacs (not the same one). Instead I stumbled upon Isaacs' great blog (Gray Matter). She is one funny and snarky Christian.

At the church I attend (which is a Lutheran-Catholic community, one of a kind in the world as far as we know), we like to joke about the fact that Catholics are not the only ones who experience guilt. Susan Isaacs' "snarky but authentic spiritual memoir" proves that point.
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K
If you could bring God to couples therapy to work on your relationship with Him, what would that look like?

It’s certainly an original take on a memoir. Susan Isaacs (incidentally, not the Susan Isaacs of “Shining Through” et al.; until I realized that I was a bit confused), raised as a religious Lutheran, experienced ups and downs in her relationship with God throughout her life. After hitting rock bottom in her personal life, Susan sought couples counseling with God as her partner to explore th
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Shana
Just sped through Susan Isaacs’ Angry Conversations with God, a memoir of the author’s relationship with Christianity and God. The book flap suggested that this would be a fun read, but honestly, I found it quite depressing. Isaacs is constantly struggling to find meaning in her life and looks into various churches, some kookier than others, so that someone will tell her how the heck to live. She always seems to disappoint herself, and by extension, God. The book is set up in a way that you are ...more
Joyce
OK, so this was a non-fiction book that I actually read in just 2 sittings--usually the only way I can stay awake for non-fiction is if I have to read it for a course or study or something. I think it's because a) Isaacs is a good writer and sometimes really funny, and b) I could relate to some of the 'dark night of the soul' stuff she wrote about. I liked reading about her gay friend's journey, and his comment that if God could put up with polygamy and slavery for centuries, He could tolerate h ...more
Starry
A quick read: funny but also (to use a word the author would hate but -- hey, it's on the front cover so it's fair game) authentic.

Actress, writer, and comedian Susan Isaacs writes a spiritual memoir with a twist: during a spiritual low around age 40, she decides to take God to couples therapy, accusing him of "being gone too much" among other things. The ensuing dialog is hilarious.

Obviously, God doesn't speak for Himself. But by reviewing her life and providing her own idea of what God would
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Shannon
I don't recall where I heard about this book, but I have been having my own fair share of angry conversations with God lately, so I thought this seemed an apropos book to read. While there were parts of the book I found a bit distracting - or that left me indifferent - overall, I thought this book lived up to the label "authentic spiritual memoir." That alone made it worth reading - at least for me.

Like Isaacs, I have experienced God's absence and felt that acutely and painfully. Unlike the auth
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Ann
Sometimes you just want people to cut through the religiosity and say what they think, and Susan Isaacs certainly does that. In this refreshing and hilarious memoir the story of her life is intertwined with "marriage counseling sessions" with herself, God (the Father), Jesus, and a hippie former-minister-turned-counselor.
Susan vents about many frustrations, from her lack of success in her acting career, to her religious experiences (She was bullied at a Lutheran school as a child and as an adul
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Crae Achacoso
If I were a book, I'd be this book.
Crystal
It is very rare that I give a book one star. There are usually enough redeeming qualities in a book to at least say it was okay. I listen to this book on audio and it was read by the author which usually adds interest to the book. Isaacs’ "Memoir," as I would term it loosely, seemed more like a whining, selfish pity party. I get that we are in the post postmodern world that focuses on individualism and that many people carry the "it's all about me" attitude. Whether the author wrote this book, t ...more
Katie
This was a very emotionally powerful read. While the title might lead you to expect a lot of lighthearted irreverence--and there is some of that--there's also an awful lot of raw pain and struggle in the pages of Isaacs' spiritual autobiography. While the specifics of her life were often foreign to me, the emotional feelings were nearly as often somewhat familiar, particularly in the earliest parts of the book.

About halfway through, I was ready to wholeheartedly recommend this book to any adult
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Bryon
Author: Susan E. Isaacs
New York, FaithWords, 2009
Number of pages: 242

If The Shack left you with an itch you can't scratch, Susan E. Isaacs’ Angry Conversations with God deeply soothes. While Isaac's book is not fiction, it is a creatively written memoir that asks the irreverent questions about God most people have the sense to not ask out loud.

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 t
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Lydia Presley
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 pas
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Bailey
If you've struggled with your faith, read this book. Please.

If you've been in that place where you don't know which way is up when it comes to God and life and your career and your happiness, read this book.

If you've struggled with eating/body image, read this book.

If you're 25+ and still single, read this book.

If you're a Christian and you want to find a mate who shares your faith, read this book.

If you've struggled with alcohol abuse, read this book.

If you're a writer who HUNGERS TO WRITE, re
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Kandice
This book was a little too "snarky" for me in some places and a little too "holy-roller" in other areas. I admire her faith in that she continued to believe in God even when she felt He hated her. And I admire her accomplishments in dealing with an eating disorder and alcoholism. But her low self-esteem seemed to contribute to her belief that God was persecuting her most of her life. And this made her continued efforts at a relationship with Him seem almost masochistic. I didn't find a lot in th ...more
Sally
Loved this book, loved the author, loved her writing style. Her memoir takes the form of narratives about her life from childhood on, interspersed with the transcripts of counseling sessions. In her frustration with God, Isaacs decides to invite Him (the whole Trinity, actually) to couples counseling. As she works through her 'issues', she redefines her understanding of God and His sovereignty in Her life. I would recommend this book to anyone I know. The author's honesty and candidness in confr ...more
Sarah
This book is incredible. Really, really incredible. It was like all these feelings, and all these doubts and fears and hopes and worries that are inside me right now, that Susan Isaacs not only thought them and struggled with them before I did, but she was able to get them down in writing. I laughed, I teared up, I found myself nodding and taking note. And while some of it unsettles me (please, God, I pray, don't let me still be single at 40), it gives me hope. I need to "take God to marriage co ...more
Holly
I had my hopes up when I read the intro to this book, which was hilarious and I felt like I could really relate to this chick. But as the book went along, she drove me crazy with her dramatic behavioral shifts--like from dangerous promiscuousness to refusing to have sex with her committed boyfriend! Get a grip. I'm sure it's self-centered of me to expect every evangelical who questions God to end up where I am, but it was a letdown to get to the end of the book and find the author, now in her 40 ...more
Cathy
I liked the way this author questioned God and had God answer back, and the idea of entering "couples therapy" with God is pretty entertaining. However, I quickly grew irritated with the author's very literal interpretation of Bible passages and what she thought were God's answers to her prayers. Perhaps it was because of my personal religious teachings growing up, but I have always thought the Bible should be interpreted, not taken literally. I'm more in the "God helps those who help themselves ...more
Sophia
My well meaning friend purchashed this book for me. Due to my rather...unhealthy anger toward God I thought I would be able to relate to this book and perhaps have some of my questions answered. However, this book caused me only fustration and annoyance. The self-centered nature of the narrator was honestly amazing. I thought her anger would be about more philipsophical questions (I.E. the nature of hell and why it exists, God's wrath toward his people in the Bible, the hyprocrisy of the Christi ...more
Ron
I just like stories of real people and their encounter with God. This is one of those. Isaacs is honest and open, so if you don't like reality, and you think that any progression toward Jesus has got to be lined with silk and light instead of fallings and failings, this is not your book.

If, however, you want someone to tell you the truth, and do it with charm, grace, and humor, pick this one up.
Alexandra
This book was recommended by a friend as one that I'd appreciate. After reading the back flap, I was a bit leery...but went into it with an open mind. The result? I laughed at some points, nodded in complete agreement (or identified with) with others, and flat-out bawled through three-fourths of it.

There comes a point in every Christian's life when they feel that God is out to get them - where it seems that everything is going wrong and God doesn't care, when trials come in life and you're read
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Susy Flory
I wanted to like this book, and I did love the memoir portion. The author's voice is honest, likeable, witty, and self-deprecating. But I had a hard time with her conversations with God. It felt fake and seemed distracting. I ended up mostly skipping those parts.
Kathryn
This is an honest, laugh out loud funny memoir about one woman's spiritual journey and crisis as she worked out her relationship with God. As the person who recommended it to me said, it is not for everyone, but I sure liked it. Sometimes it is good to be brutally honest about the relationship that we have or don't have with God.

Susan was/is a woman struggling with her acting career and the pitfalls that life brought her. The book is written as part narrative, part verbatim from her counseling s
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Shannon
I listened to the audiobook, read by the author plus two other people.

I thought the book sounded interesting enough for an upcoming roadtrip, but I was wrong. I'm glad I read it though as a few parts were worthwhile. I was left feeling that the eight hours I'd spent listening though could have been summarized into a one hour one act show. Then I found out that's where it had started...

I felt preached to way too often and thought the author was really whining about her "middle class white girl" p
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Jackie
This book is super funny, or "snarky." It always deals with emotional growth and relationships. The place of religion in the author's life is huge--and that also goes through an emotional change. That development, as written, and spoken by Ms Susan Isaacs, is hard to phantom and forget.

One idea in the book surprised me, since I had never heard it in the setting it is used: Marriage to God. I had, until this book, only heard that nuns marry Jesus, and cannot marry (a) man. Ms Isaacs mentions her
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kylajaclyn
I found this book at Dollar Tree, which should have tipped me off, but there have been really good books there before. I was intrigued by the title, because I'm agnostic, so I thought Susan was actually angry with God and this would be about her losing religion, not finding it. It's the "spiritual" part that's misleading. Susan is a hardcore Christian, and she never stops being one throughout the book. Obviously she is having some problems with God, or else the book wouldn't exist. I found her l ...more
Tara
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Susan E Isaacs is an actor, writer and comedienne with many credits in TV, film and radio, including Planes Trains & Automobiles, Seinfeld, Parks And Recreation and more. She is an alumnus of the Groundlings performing company, has written for TV, read her work on public radio, and contributes to the Steve Brown and Burnside Writers blogs.

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