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 my thoughts on the Big Questions -- and updates on my prize-winning book, "Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith."

Looking for God? Try This

Looking for God? Check out the Helix Nebula in the constellation of Aquarius -- or better yet take a close look at your fellow human beings. By Barbara … [Read more...]

A Mother Who Died With Her Daughters at Auschwitz — Ernie Hollander’s Story

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Yes, Ernie Hollander's mother died at Auschwitz, but, no, she was not defeated by her tormentors. When she arrived by train … [Read more...]

A Dream About Wrestling With — Uh, Who Was That Anyway?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I had a dream about wrestling the other night. It maybe could have been a message from my deep psyche, some part of me that … [Read more...]

At the Feet of Annie Dillard, Memoirist, Essayist, Observer of the Real

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Ask me to name the writers I'd most like to sit down to dinner with and I'd say Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Marilynne Robinson … [Read more...]

Matthias Church — Budapest’s Splashy, Gorgeous, Over-the-Top Church of Kings

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I've got lots of favorite churches. Most of them you've heard of --  St. Peter's, of course. But also Chartres, Westminster … [Read more...]