"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall
Book Launch Party! Come Help Me Celebrate!
May 13th 7pm: A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland/Montclair

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith


"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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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.

The Best Things in Life . . . Have Been There Since High School

Cindy Weyant plays chess at the National Open in Las Vegas in 2010. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Cindy played chess at the National Open in Las Vegas in 2010. Attending a chess tournament en masse is the Newhall family’s idea of a good time. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Jon looked at me over the telephone receiver. His brother was calling. “Cindy died,” he said. “She died last night. In her sleep.” [Read more…]


What Happens When You Drop Your Cell Phone Into the Sacred Buddhist Sand Painting?

Monks of the Yellow Hat Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism create a sand paining in    Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery of the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism created a sand painting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in December, 2014. A photo of the Dalai Lama is at left. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The red-robed monks have spent days creating this intricate Tibetan sand painting. It’s a sacred mandala. At its center sits the Ashokbhya Buddha. Meditating on his image will help you overcome your anger and hatred. In his hand the Ashokbhya Buddha holds the vajra scepter representing unshakable enlightenment. The painting is nearly finished, and it is exquisite. [Read more…]


Today: Radio Host Bob Dutko and I Get Real on WMUZ-FM Radio

Bob Dutko talks about God’s sovereignty and his daughter’s sudden death.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Conservative Christian radio host Bob Dutko will be calling me up at 2:30 ET today to chat about my new book, Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith.

Bob’s nationally syndicated show is broadcast out of Detroit at WMUZ [Read more…]


Now’s the Time to Order “Wrestling with God” — And Read My Lake Michigan Story

Lake Michigan with a colorful sky at sunset, seen from Michigan. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Sandy Lake Michigan at sunset. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

More about Lake Michigan in a minute.

First — if you haven’t already done it, now’s a good time to order “Wrestling with God”. You can get both the Kindle ebook and the paperback through Amazon, or you can order the paperback through your local bookstore. It’s also available as a Nook ebook. To find out more, visit WrestlingWithGodBook.com. [Read more…]


It’s Launch Day for “Wrestling with God” and I’m Hoping You’ll Buy a Copy . . . or Two or Three

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

Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s launch day for Wrestling with God. It’s out there and ready for you to buy, and I’m hoping, hoping, hoping you’ll go to Amazon or your local bookstore (in person or on their website) and order yourself a copy . . . and maybe one or two for friends and family.

The book now has its own site where you can read about it and order it. It’s  WrestlingWithGodBook.com. [Read more…]