Sunday Musings: Andre Agassi and God

I’ve been on a biography jag lately…finished up “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson (definitely recommend) and now I’m nearly done with “Open” by Andre Agassi. Even if you’re not a tennis lover, not into Wimbledon right now (really?!), I think you’d enjoy it. It’s a fascinating, well-written read.

Agassi’s father was very abusive and controlling–off the charts. Most of his life, it seems, is spent untangling his father’s influence over him. There’s a moment when Agassi seeks out a pastor. I’d love to know your thoughts on this conversation:

I talk about my father. I tell J.P. about the yelling the pressure, the rage, the abandonment. J.P. gets a funny look on his face. You do realize, don’t you, that God isn’t anything like your father? You know that–don’t you?

I almost drive the Corvette onto the shoulder.

God, he says, is the opposite of your father. God isn’t mad at you all the time. God isn’t yelling in your ear, harping on your imperfections. That voice you hear all the time, that angry voice? That’s not God. That’s still your father.

I turn to him: Do me a favor? Say that again.

He does. Word for word.

Say it once more.

He does.

I thank him.



About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


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