"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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‘Wrestling with God’ Celebrates Its First Year

Barbara Falconer Newhall, author of "Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith," reads from her book at the podium of the Book Passage Bookstore, Corte Madera, CA, April, 2015. Photo by Cheryl McLaughlin

Reading from WWG at the Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera, California. Photo by Cheryl McLaughlin

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s official, “Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith” has been out there for people to buy, borrow, read and talk about for a full year as of this week. Here’s what folks have been saying about it:

In the Media

A Wild and Wonderful Ride

Publishers Weekly, Starred review: “Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read [Read more…]


The Cataract Chronicles: Letting the Light Into That Other Eye

Barbara Falconer Newhall's left eye prior to cataract surgery. Here eyes are brown. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Once the eye has healed, I’m off to my favorite aesthetician for a make-up re-do. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Today’s the day! My left eye is getting its brand new bespoke lens, and it won’t be long before I’m seeing the world out of two eyes again.

My right eye is doing just fine, thank you, despite my earlier moaning and groaning over discomfort and general fuzziness. Once that eye is corrected for astigmatism, it will see [Read more…]


I’m Going to Be a Grandmother — Or Will I Be a Grannie? A Grandma? A Nana?

My Grandma Falconer at age 97 with pearls, up-do and 19th century-pince-nez.

My father’s mother, born in 1876, was known as Grandma Falconer. Here she is with up-do, pearls and 19th century pince-nez.

My mother's mother, born in 1896 and glamorous, went in for furs, lipstick and sassy headgear. Everyone in town called her Toto. Photo by DG Falconer

My mother’s mother, born twenty years later and glamorous, went in for furs, lipstick and sassy headgear. Everyone in Pentwater, Michigan, called her Toto. Photo by DB Falconer


By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Help! My son Peter and his wife are about to transform Jon and me into grandparents.

What shall I call myself? Something tried and true like Grandma, Grannie, Nana, or Grandmother Newhall? Or should I revive one of my childhood nicknames — [Read more…]


‘Dog Medicine’ — A Dog-Lover’s Journey From Depression to Health

Cover of "Dog Medicine," a memoir by Julie Barton, Think Piece Press, 2015.

Cover photo by Bev Sparks

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“I hope you’ll see yourself in this book,” Julie Barton writes in the prologue to her new memoir “Dog Medicine.”

No, I don’t see myself in this book. I don’t have depression, not the major type anyway. My brothers didn’t beat me up as a kid. And I’m not crazy about dogs. But I am [Read more…]


The Cataract Chronicles — I’m Not Lovin’ My New IOL

Author Barbara Falconer Newhall after cataract surgery and IOL in right eye. Photo by Barbara Newhall

After cataract surgery — a brand-new IOL in the right eye . . . Photo by Barbara Newhall

Note: Husband Jon thinks I get a little cranky and whiny in this post. If so, my apologies. My experience with writing personal essays has taught me that it’s wise to wait until a life challenge gets resolved before writing about it. That way you stand a better chance of avoiding bathos and self-pity. But these are The Cataract Chronicles, after all. My first surgery was three months ago. It’s time for an update, and today’s news is — I’m feeling cranky and whiny.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“You’re going to love it,” everybody was telling me as my first cataract surgery approached.

They were wrong. I don’t love it.

Friend after friend told me how, wow, when the doctor took the bandage [Read more…]