A Holiday Gift for Our Times: Give Them a Copy of ‘Wrestling with God’

Detail of the cover of Barbara Falconer Newhall's book, "Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith." An terrific holiday gift for our troubled times.

A holiday gift for tumultuous times.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Ready for some shameless self-promotion? Here it comes:

How about ordering copies of my book, “Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith,” for some of the folks on your holiday gift list?

It’s a book for our times, imo. It addresses our multi-faith, multi-cultural world head on with stories of spiritual seekers of diverse traditions and spiritual temperaments — from a fundamentalist Christian and a progressive Muslim to a Buddhist monk and a bona fide Witch.

A Holiday gift for our times: Barbara Falconer Newhall's 'Wrestling with God' on display in a book store. photo by Barbara Newhall

It also takes on science and the challenges science presents to the teachings of the world’s great wisdom traditions. An atheist speaks his mind. A practicing Episcopalian talks about reconciling his faith in Darwinism and his faith in God.

“Wrestling with God” is a book for believers — Christians, Jews, Buddhists — who feel the need to reconcile the reality of their own belief systems with the reality of traditions that seem to contradict theirs.

It’s also a book for skeptics — folks in search of a way to believe in God, or Something, in our 21st-century world.

Most important, it’s a book for readers who are picky about the quality of the books they spend time with: It’s won some awards, and Publishers Weekly gave it a coveted starred review.

I really believe in this book. It took me years to write it. It helped me to find a way to reconcile my 21st-century skepticism with my 20th-century Christian upbringing. It deserves to be read.

It’s my gift to the world.

You can order a holiday gift of WWG on-line through Amazon. But any book store can order it for you. Order soon, as it can take a week or so to fulfill. You can find some handy links at WrestlingWithGodBook.com.

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