My Rocky Spiritual Journey

You don't have to be a big believer to find something interesting to read here . . . You'll find excerpts from the spiritual journeys of people I've met on the religion beat as well as reports of my own fraught encounters with religion and spirituality . . . as well as updates on my book, "Wrestling with God," to be published early 2015 by Patheos Press.

“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 [Read more…]


They’re Saying Nice Things About “Wrestling with God”

Author phil cousineau at the podium speaking to a 1-6-2014 Left Coast Writers meeting at Book Passage, Corte Madera, about his new book, "Burning the Midnight Oil" Photo by Barbara Newhall

Last year at this time Phil Cousineau was talking about his newest book, Burning the Midnight Oil, to a meeting of the Left Coast Writers at Book Passage in Corte Madera, Calif. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Some really nice people are saying some really nice things about Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith.

That’s because I asked them to. [Read more…]


It’s Here! A Copy of “Wrestling with God” Has Arrived

Author Barbara Falconer Newhall joyfully shows off her copy of Wrestling with God with cover design by Michelle Lenger. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The very cool Wrestling with God cover design is by graphic artist Michelle Lenger of Michigan. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It arrived on Monday. There it was right outside the front door. A small brown package from my publisher. And inside — a copy of my book, Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith. [Read more…]


I Searched for Jesus, and Here’s What I Found


A life-sized baby Jesus doll on sale laies on the pavement at the Mercado in San Miguel de Allende. Photo by Barbara Newhall

New to the world: A life-sized baby Jesus doll on sale at the Mercado in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Christmas was coming up soon — today — and I needed a Christmassy, Jesusy post. I could string some words together about choirs of angels and a poor baby in a manger, but [Read more…]


Advent: Witnessing to the Light – With Tinsel and a Plastic Santa

A box marked Advent overflows with Christmas decorations, including an angel, a Santa and shiney tinsel garlands. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Just one of many boxes in the basement labeled “Advent” or “Christmas.” Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s Advent, the traditional time of (quiet) preparation for Christmas.  This Sunday in churches around the country, congregations will be reading the Magnificat — Mary’s song in praise of God and God’s generosity and justice. They’ll also be hearing that odd desert wanderer, John the Baptist, testify to the Light that was to come.

As for me, every year, as my Christmas tree twinkles its lights at my children, my husband, our next-door neighbors and the occasional UPS agent bringing packages – I like [Read more…]