Susan Isaacs: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Susan Isaacs

Author, Writer & Performer

Jobless, loveless and living over a garage at age 40, actor-writer-Lutheran Susan Isaacs hit spiritual bottom. Her rocky relationship with God needed professional help, so she took Him to couples counseling. She chronicles her "middle class white girl's dark night of the soul" in Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir.

Susan cast herself as a neglected wife who confronts the ridiculous expectations she has for her spouse. Only after divorcing her perceptions of "drill sergeant Father, wimpy Jesus and drive-by Holy Spirit" does she move on to a mature faith.

Struggling with her career, an eating disorder, alcoholism, and relationships complicated by her desire to remain chaste until marriage, Susan tried everything: Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Rock-n- Roll Slackers 4 Jesus, Actors for Yahweh, and any support group or offer, including one to heal gays of their "gaiety" though she's not gay.

An encounter with controlling, abusive people and strange practices drove her away from church: "I had been violated by the people of God. Maybe I had Stockholm Syndrome. I'd been held hostage by wimpy Lutherans, parroting Pentecostals, fascist counselors, and rock-n-roll slackers."

Whenever Susan tells her "God story" in her writing and performances, she finds that "regardless of their religious beliefs, people are looking for the same things: a connection to God, a desire for meaning and a way to stay alive even when dreams die."

Susan E. Isaacs is a writer and performer with credits in TV, film, stage, and radio. She has an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California and is an alumna of the Groundlings Sunday Company. Susan has read her essays on public radio's Weekend America and is a contributing writer to Donald Miller's Burnside Writers Collective. She wrote DirecTV's Songs of Praise specials and teaches screenwriting for the Act One Program in Hollywood. She has appeared in films such as Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Scrooged, and on TV shows such as Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, My Name is Earl and many others.

At the podium, Susan explores whether comedy and faith can coexist. Susan discusses what she learned from taking God to couples counseling as well recalls her experience in exploring various faiths.

My mom always says it takes an exceptionally bright mind to be funny. This book is what happens when a comedian writes a spiritual memoir. Susan can articulate moments that defy words, say things most of us wouldn't dare to say, make you ache deep down, and laugh out loud.
- Kristin Armstrong, author of Happily Ever After and Work in Progress

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  • Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir
  • Can Comedy & Faith Coexist?

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