Thursday, January 29, 2009
My friend and fellow Act One faculty member, Susan Isaacs, has a new book out, and has just gotten a starred review from Publishers Weekly (which I am excerpting below). Susan is one of the funniest people I have ever met - AND she's a Christian. Check out her book - it will be a riot, I'm sure.
Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir
by Susan E. Isaacs. FaithWords, $19.99 (256p) ISBN 978-1-59995-062-4
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)