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Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" book cover with photo of author Barbara Falconer Newhall

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“Wrestling with God” Got a Starred Review From Publishers Weekly — And I’m Doing the Happy Dance

Author Barbara Falconer Newhall opens her copy of Publishers Weekly magazine, which had  just arrived in the mail, to find that her book, Wrestling with God, got a starred review in the January 21, 2015, issue. PHoto by Jon Newhall

The January 19, 2015, issue of Publishers Weekly magazine. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I’d planned to give my readers a little break from chatter about my book this week. I had intended to talk about something else for a change — the Super Bowl, or quilting, or atheists, or green tea, something totally not “Wrestling with God.”

But then I got some news. Huge news. “Wrestling with God got a starred review from Publishers Weekly this week. They reviewed my book, and they gave it one of their big, fat, red stars.

Author Barbara Falconer Newhall opens her copy of Publishers Weekly magazine, which had just arrived in the mail, to find that her book, Wrestling with God, got a starred review in the January 21, 2015, issue. Photo by Jon Newhall

My copy of Publishers Weekly arrived in the mail yesterday and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Photo by Jon Newhall

I’m not kidding. “Wrestling with God got a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

For those of you not familiar with PW and its stars, it’s one of the preeminent trade magazines for the book industry. Librarians read it. Publishers read it. Agents read it. Bookstore owners read it.

With a review — a starred review — from Publishers Weekly, “Wrestling with God” is sure to sell some copies here and there, in addition to the ones you, I hope, I hope, will buy, dear readers. (Release date is coming soon . . . you’ll be the first to know when you can get a copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore.)

I have to confess, my very secret, long-held but never-before-admitted-to hope for WWG was to win one of those flashy, red PW stars. Being reviewed in PW would mean that my reading, writing, publishing colleagues thought my book was making a contribution. What more could a writer want?

I know, as a writer I shouldn’t pay too much attention to reviews, especially since sooner or later some bad ones will come my way. But, you know, I don’t write for myself; I write for readers, and I care whether people get what I’m trying to say.

Meanwhile, I’m doing the happy dance, and last night I opened a very special bottle of Piesporter brought up from Rancho Cucamonga by a special friend. It had been waiting and waiting for an occasion big enough to crack it open.

Cheers, everybody. Thanks for being there.

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  1. Wonderful news! Bless you for your well-deserved recognition.

  2. great news — and no surprise to your faithful readers

  3. Mike Shaler says:

    Barbara, that’s fantastic. Wonderful! I hope to be at a reading of yours in one of our local bookstores. I’m sure you will do so, but let us all know when that’s happening.

  4. This is wonderful, Barbara ! Congratulations–and well deserved. I’ve ordered my copy!

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