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 the words of this fine author and observer.”
Why Respect for People of Faith Matters
The most valuable insight I gained from reading Barbara Falconer Newhall’s elegantly written book, “Wrestling with God,” is deep respect for people who advance from doubt about religion in their lives to faith; some are ordinary and some not so ordinary. Newhall defines faith as trust, but it’s not trust derived from First Principles about the origin of the universe, or Darwin’s theory of evolution, or empiricism. For her, it is listening to people talk about faith and writing about them.
Reading Newhall’s stories of some twenty believers and non-believers, ranging from a Nobel Laureate in Physics, an atheist who loves Christmas, a ball-turret gunner who had to bail out of a B-17, a Holocaust survivor, a young Mormon missionary, a progressive Muslim woman activist, to a shamanic witch and priestess, the author is explaining to us her own journey toward discovering faith after her own wrestling with issues about God. “Wrestling with God” is not a breezy read, but it is an easy read because Newhall explains hers and others’ faith lightly.
A heartening reminder of what is universal about faith and doubt
By Nancy Davis Kho, author and humorist, MidlifeMixtape.com, Five stars on Amazon
It’s a Trip!
By Richard H. Wells, Five stars on Amazon
Accessible and Inspiring
The author put her all into this book, an almost 20-year project. She frames the narratives well and treats her interviewees with a great deal of respect, even though at times her religious beliefs don’t align in any way. She features people with vastly different backgrounds and religions—as I felt myself particularly attached to a few interviewees, another reader will likely feel a similar connection to a different few.
The last chapter—the author’s own search for God—felt especially meaningful, with its combination of doubt, hope, and gentle reverence. I could see anyone enjoying this book.
Wonderful stories of spiritual struggle
By Daniel D, Five stars on Amazon
By Constant Reader, Five stars on Amazon
I enjoyed your book on many levels
By Howard C., Five stars on Amazon
Great book club read
By Christine Okoren, Five stars on Amazon
Kind Words from Writer Colleagues
— Phil Cousineau, author of The Art of Pilgrimage and host of PBS’s Global Spirit
How to Get Your Copy of ‘Wrestling with God’
“Wrestling with God” is published by Patheos Press as both an ebook and a paperback. It’s available wherever books are sold. A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland has it in stock., and any bookstore, chain or independent, can order it for you. You can also go online to order it from Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, BooksAMillion.com and Indiebound.com.
For those of you looking for a book for inspiration during Lent, WWG is a great choice, imo. I also imagine that it would be a nice book to take along on vacation or business trip; its self-contained chapters let you read it in bits and pieces.