"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 Goodreads Book Giveaway Starts Tomorrow

Goodreads book giveaway. Easy chair and bookcases at Book Passage bookstore, Corte Madera. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A book giveaway coming up. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Tell your friends — if they don’t already have their very own copy of “Wrestling with God,” there will be a one-week book giveaway starting June 24 on Goodreads.

I’m giving away five copies of my book in honor of the awards that WWG has received — a first prize gold IPPY in the Religion Eastern-Western category [Read more…]

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Write Another Book? I Dunno . . .

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in Berkeley, California. Rob Bell signed copies of his "How to Be Here." He talked about -- write another book? Photo by Barbara Newhall

Rob Bell signed copies of his book and greeted well-wishers at the Bay Area Book Festival. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“Barbara, you’ve got to write another book,” a southern California friend said — quite emphatically — after finishing “Wrestling with God.”

And the other night, at a meeting of the Left Coast Writers salon at Book Passage in Marin, a fellow writer asked, “What’s your next book going to be?”

Another book? I dunno . . .

I don’t mind the effortful process of writing a book. Writing is [Read more…]

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The Bay Area Book Festival — My Idea of a Good Time

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in the streets and indoor venues of downtown Berkeley, California. The Lacuna sculpture garden and book giveaway.

The Lacuna sculpture garden and book giveaway at the 2016 Bay Area Book Festival. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Books everywhere. Authors all over the place. And best of all, writers I know from writing groups or my newspapering days. Talking about ideas, books and writing — my idea of a good time. [Read more…]

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The Oakland Tribune Tower — A 1923 Structure With a Twenty-First Century View

the view from the Oakland Tribune Tower. In the foreground, the Bank of America Building. In the background, the 1111 Broadway and the Clorox Building. In the distance, the Bay Bridge. Photos by Barbara Newhall

The view from the Oakland Tribune Tower. In the foreground, the Bank of America Building. In the background, 1111 Broadway and the Clorox Building. In the distance, the Bay Bridge and San Francisco. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I worked at the Oakland Tribune for years, but, working stiff that I was, I was never invited to the lofty heights of the Oakland Tribune Tower. I finally got my chance on April 4, the last day of my paper’s publication, to take the elevator all the way to the top and take in the view — the bay, the East Bay hills, the sometimes sleek, sometimes fanciful architecture produced in Oakland over the past 100 years. Young, [Read more…]

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Jesus Was a Loser — Does That Make Donald Trump a Winner?

Barbara Falconer Newhall with Scott Dikkers, editor of "Trump's America: The Complete Loser's Guide" at Book Expo America 2016. Photo by Barbara Newhall

One of the fun people I met at Book Expo America in Chicago was Scott Dikkers, editor of “Trump’s America: The Complete Loser’s Guide.” I went home with a copy of his belly laugh of a book. Barbara Newhall photo

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Does this sound like Donald Trump talking — “Jesus was a loser, a nobody who couldn’t keep his hair out of his eyes and whose apostles were a bunch of weirdos and lowlifes.” As for God, “he was a Grade-A loser who couldn’t control his brand.”

If it does sound like The Donald bloviating on the topic of faith, that’s because no less a comic light than Scott Dikkers, founding editor of The Onion, [Read more…]

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