"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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My Purple Rain Garden: Is the Universe Trying to Tell Me Something?

Pansies so purple they appear black -- are they flourishing in honor of Purple Rain by pop singer Prince? Photo by Barbara Newhall

Pansies so purple they appear black — are they flourishing in honor of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain?’ Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Lots of rain this year. And lots of purple out in our front yard. Purple nemesia. Purple irises. Purple salvia. Pansies so purple they read as black. Why so much purple? What [Read more…]


Nancy Selvin Goes Big — My Favorite Potter’s New Show

mug shot of Berkeley, CA, ceramist Nancy Selvin. Photo by BF Newhall

Ceramic artist Nancy Selvin. Photo by Barbara Newhall

My favorite potter keeps potting away. Look what San Francisco Bay Area artist Nancy Selvin is up to now. I love it! Hmm. I wonder what else she will be showing at the Spun Smoke gallery in Berkeley, California, May 5 through June 26.

The pot in the announcement below is a big one, btw — nearly three feet tall.

More Berkeley artists — mosaic artisans and painters and sculptors.

 nancy selvin large pots show at spun smoke gallery 2016


Orinda Books to Host Local Authors — Including Me — on Saturday

Maria, the proprietor of Orinda Books, CA, and author Barbara Falconer Newhall. Photo by Jon Newhall

Maria Roden, the proprietor of Orinda Books, hosted a book talk and signing for “Wrestling with God” last spring. Photo by Jon Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Join me and other local authors at Orinda Books tomorrow for book talks and lots of book conversation.

The bookstore’s first Local Author Festival is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Orinda author and entrepreneur Tamara Monosoff will be there to talk about ways authors can market themselves and boost sales of their books.

Orinda Books is at 276 Village Square, Orinda, California. See you there!
The cover of Barbara Falconer Newhall's 2015 interfaith religion book "Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" shows two red chairs opposing one another. Design by Michelle Lenger.

Cover design for “Wrestling with God” by Michelle Lenger.




East Bay Heritage Quilters — Quilts, Dazzling Quilts

Quilts and sewing supplies on display at the East Bay Heritgage Quilters show "Voices in Cloth 2016" in richmond, CA Photo by Barbara Newhall

Quilts and sewing supplies were on display at the East Bay Heritgage Quilters show “Voices in Cloth 2016” in Richmond, Calif. Photo by Barbara Newhall

East Bay Heritage Quilters show "Voices in Cloth 2016" richmond, CA, inclluded a red and white quilt entited "Hopscotch," by Susan Fuller. Photo by Barbara Newhall.

“Hopscotch,” by art quilter Susan Fuller, features squares within squares. Photo by Barbara Newhall.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Lucky me. I got to treat my eyes to hundreds of quilts last month. The occasion was the Voices in Cloth 2016 quilt show put on by East Bay Heritage Quilters at the the Craneway Pavilion on the Richmond, California, waterfront.

I took tons of photos. Here are just a few.

Lots of quilts. Lots of quilters. Lots of vendors selling quilt supplies. And [Read more…]


Yippee, an IPPY — “Wrestling with God” Wins the Gold

IPPY-awards Independed Publishers Book Awards

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Great news! “Wrestling with God” has won a gold medal IPPY  in the annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. That’s first place. Yea! The category is Religion, Eastern-Western.

As many of you know so well, “Wrestling with God” comes out of my experience as the religion reporter at the Contra Costa Times in the San Francisco Bay Area. The book follows my rocky pilgrimage through the religions of the world in search of a way to believe in God  — or something — in the 21st century.

Believers, Doubters, Seekers and Nones

Along with my story, WWG tells the first-person stories of a score of diverse Americans of varied religious traditions and temperaments. It’s a book for believers, doubters, seekers and the ever-growing legions of “none-of-the-aboves.”

You can get “Wrestling with God” as a paperback, or as an ebook [Read more…]