Tuesday, July 07, 2009

"Angry Convos" Lead to Fruitful Convos

One of the highlights of my two days on Twitter has been a little exchange with Susan Isaacs, the author of Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir, which some young adults from our church are reading together on Monday nights.

Last night being Monday, I tweeted that we were about to start our book group meeting. Right around that time, I started "following" Susan Isaacs (AKA "@angryconvos"). She replied "oh my! let me know how it goes." So, I did, but limited to 140 characters as I was, I did not get to express to her how great the book is for young adult discussion.

So, why not do it here? (After all, it's my blog and I'll ramble if I want to... crap, now I'll have "It's My Party" stuck in my head for hours, like I did on my birthday Saturday, only then it was "It's my party and I'll drink another glass of sangria if I want to," but I digress.)

I've written before about anger and authenticity, inspired by this book, but that's only one of the pull-able threads Isaacs offers. The book is so perfect for discussion because it touches on so many issues pertinent to young adults: dating, sex, career, calling, parents, and the nature of God. Here are just a few of the questions that have come up:
  • What would God say he loves about you, and what would he say hurts him?
  • Do you pray to God (the father) or to Jesus?
  • How did your parents or childhood pastor influence how you see God?
  • Do you agree that "people love rules?"
  • To what extent can we blame God for the hurtful actions of his people?
  • What makes sex "healthy" or "unhealthy"?
  • Can two people of the same faith still be "unequally yoked"?
  • How do we know what God wants us to do with our lives?

Lots of fodder for discussion. And if that doesn't convince you, maybe this gem from p. 25 will:

"If women ran the UN, it would be brutal. 'That beeotch didn't invite me to her summit. I am so vetoing her ass.'"

1 comment:

Susan Isaacs said...

Jessica! I'm honored you chose my book for a young people's book group. And I LOVE the questions it brought out! Some things I wouldn't have thought got noticed, like the "people love rules" theme, or being unequally yoked with Christians even. Very astute you are! Anyway, I'm thrilled. Keep me posted on how it goes. And congratulations on your little Kate, she's beautiful! Susan

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