Angry conversations with God. I’ve had ’em. You’ve had ’em. The guy next to me at the coffee shop seems to be having one right now. Seriously. He looks like he’s about to start fist-fighting the air. I know he’s talking to God though, because he keeps rocking back and forth saying, “Oh, lord… Oh, God.” He’s definitely angry and… Yes, he is definitely fighting with God. And I think he is losing. Ha! It appears the Almighty has just hurt this guy’s feelings because now he’s pouting and his bottom lip is quivering and… OK, gross. He just passed gas. I’m sorry. It seems he was just having an angry conversation with a burrito. Good grief.
Moving on… So, we all have angry conversations with God, right? If you say that you don’t or you haven’t or you’d never ‘question the Savior or go to Him with anger in your heart,’ I would like to remind you that liars go to hell with their pants on fire. I’m just sayin’…
We all do it: “Why me?” “What for?” “How Long?” “But You promised!” “How dare You do this to me!?”
Sound familiar? Of course it does… You’re human. That’s what humans do. And those of us who are Christians are the worst! We have this unrealistic (and unbiblical) sense of entitlement that causes every one of us to question, condemn and become downright pissed off at the Creator of the Universe for something He hasn’t given us or allowed for us. Something we want. Something we simply must have… Or someone.
I know that’s how most of my ACWG start: Someone or some thing or some place or some job or some circumstance is not meeting a made-up, self-centered need and I go ballistic: “Why me?” “What for?” “How Long?” “But You promised!” “How dare You do this to me!?”
Think about it. We’re all fallen and self-centered and hurting and lost and needy individuals who cannot even begin to have the capacity to comprehend the vast treasures of God’s mercy and grace… So, we get angry… and we call Him out on the carpet. And you know what? He shows up…
Susan Isaacs has had A LOT of angry conversations with God. Susan is an actor, writer, comedienne… and friend of mine. I’ve never actually met her in real life, but our paths have crossed here and there over the past few years and I consider myself blessed to have found a kindred spirit with whom I can laugh and learn and languish and (other things that start with the letter “L” because alliteration is cool).
A few weeks ago, Susan sent me a copy of her book, Angry Conversations With God: A Snarky But Authentic Spiritual Memoir, and holy crap. I cannot recommend the book with any higher praise than to state the fact that I read it in 17 days. That might sound like a long time to some of you literary freaks, but if you know anything about me, you understand how big that is. Three other books make the short list of “TOOK BILLY LESS THAN A MONTH TO READ”: “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Kurt Vonnegut’s “Bluebeard” and Donald Miller’s, “Blue Like Jazz.” Yeah. It’s that good.
But don’t just take my word for it. Looky what Publisher’s Weekly wrote about it:
God in couples counseling? Sounds sacrilegious, but in the adept hands of comedian, writer and actress Isaacs, it’s 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 she’s 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. She’s funny, biting, earthy and brilliant. (Mar. 12)
I don’t know how I can possibly add to that praise… “she’s funny, biting, earthy and brilliant.” Well, there you go.
So, if you would like to go on a snarky journey with God in a very real and wonderful way (ahem… couple’s counseling), please buy Susan’s book.
You will be amazed, encouraged and absolutely entertained as you see God show up again and again and again.
(I AM GOING TO GIVE AWAY 4 COPIES OF Angry Conversations With God: A Snarky But Authentic Spiritual Memoir THROUGH THIS BLOG. IF YOU FEEL LIKE SHARING, POST YOUR “ACWG” IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW OR EMAIL ME AT PROTAGONISTHEORY(AT)GMAIL.COM. I’LL PICK THE TOP FOUR STORIES* AND SEND YOU SUSAN’S BOOK FOR TAKING THE TIME TO PLAY…)
*”Conversations” must at least seem genuine and should also make me laugh. Outside of that, there are no rules.
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