"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

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.

My Purple Rain Garden: Is the Universe Trying to Tell Me Something?

Pansies so purple they appear black -- are they flourishing in honor of Purple Rain by pop singer Prince? Photo by Barbara Newhall

Pansies so purple they appear black — are they flourishing in honor of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain?’ Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Lots of rain this year. And lots of purple out in our front yard. Purple nemesia. Purple irises. Purple salvia. Pansies so purple they read as black. Why so much purple? What [Read more…]


God’s Sin — Or Ours? My Gino Geraci Talk Revisited

The remains of a dead bird, probably killed by a domestic cat, lie on a brick wall with a camellia blossom. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The bird. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

In our radio conversation on KRKS-FM in Denver last week, talk show host Gino Geraci — a very sensitive, congenial guy, btw — and I bumped up against the topic of sin. I have to confess that I kind of talked my way around the subject. I’m a polite Midwesterner by nature, and I didn’t want to get confrontational. I assumed that, as a traditional Christian pastor, Gino [Read more…]


My Chat With Gino Geraci — Here’s the Link

KRKS_FM talk show host and Christian pastor Gino Geraci hosts the Crosswalk radio show in Denver. Crosswalk photo.

Gino Geraci. Crosswalk photo.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

If you missed hearing my conversation last week with Gino Geraci on his KRKS-FM 94.7 radio show in Denver, you can hear it for yourself on his March 16, 2016, Crosswalk podcast.

The highlight of the conversation for me was hearing Gino say that he’d be preaching from my book, “Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith,” for years to come. He saw in it lots of stories, lots of pithy sermon material, which is what I’d hoped as I wrote the book.

Tomorrow: Gino and I bump up against the topic of sin.

More stories about my travels with “Wrestling with God” at “Wrestling With God on the Shores of Lake Michigan.”  Also, “What If You Threw a Book Launch and Everyone Came?”





Gino Geraci, the Denver Talk Show Host, Will Be Plying Me With Questions Today

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I’m posting a day early to let you know that I’ll be interviewed today — Wednesday, March 16 — by Gino Geraci of KRKS-FM radio in Denver. The time is 4 p.m. Mountain Time. [Read more…]


Winter in the Midwest — When Trees Bare Their Souls

Deciduous trees in upper Midwest in winter, without leaves standing in snow with bright blue sky. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Photo by Barbara Newhall

Note to Readers: This post is the 400th essay I’ve posted on my website since I began blogging seven years ago. There’s lots of interesting old stuff to read. You can explore it by clicking on the Don’t Miss images in the column to your right, or by diving into the category archives at the top of the page. Have fun!

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

My Midwestern gardener friend looks out on her yard and the surrounding woods these days and finds it all a bit depressing. Depressing — her word, not mine. She lives there year-round, so she’s entitled to feel bummed out by skies that darken at 4 p.m. and trees stripped of all signs of life.

Me, I swoop in from a 60-degree, greened-up winter in California [Read more…]