"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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The Writing Room

I’m a writer who loves to talk about writing, so if you’re a writer or an aspiring writer I hope you'll stop by now and then and keep me company . . . You’ll find writing tips here as well as my thoughts on the writing life. Watch out, though. The Grammar Geek will be putting in her two cents from time to time.

Crime Novelist David Corbett: Acting Taught Him How to Write Scenes

david corbett, crime writer and travel and writing teacher, speaks at 8-3-2015 meeting of Left Coast Writers, book passage, corte madera on the occasion of pub of "The Mercy of the Night'  Photo by Barbara Newhall

David Corbett, author of “The Mercy of the Night,” spoke at a meeting of the Left Coast Writers. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

What’s the best way to master the art of scene writing? By acting out scenes by the play-writing biggies. That’s the advice of writer David Corbett. [Read more…]


Goodreads Giveaway Results: Wow. A Lot of People Want a Copy of “Wrestling with God”

Barbara Newhall's book "Wrestling with God" is on display at A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair, Oakland, CA. Photo by Barbara Newhall

“Wrestling with God” on display at A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair, Oakland, California. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wow. A total of 685 people clicked “Enter” during this week’s Goodreads Giveaway. I was giving away three copies of “Wrestling with God,” and people had four days or so [Read more…]


Goodreads Giveaway: Win a Copy of “Wrestling with God”

Barbara Falconer Newhall, author of "Wrestling with God," is shown with a copy of her book. 2015. Newhall is offering free copies of her book through the Goodreads Giveaway program. Photo by Barbara Newhall

This book could be yours. Selfie by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

OK, the odds of winning are against you: I’m giving away three copies of my book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway contest, and typically hundreds of people enter those contests.

But — if you’re already a Goodreads user, there’s no downside to entering. Just click away and
you have a chance of winning a free copy, signed by me, of Wrestling with God.

If you aren’t on Goodreads, now’s a good time to think about joining. Goodreads is a fun [Read more…]


I’m a Studs Terkel Wannabe — He Captured American Voices

Studs Terkel, photo by Nina Subin

Studs Terkel. Photo by Nina Subin

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I’m a big fan of Studs Terkel. I love his books Working, The Good War and Hard Times. I admire the way Terkel captured voices, the individual, distinctive voices of Americans at work, at war, and in the throes of the Great

Studs let people talk and tell their stories. Every voice was different. The way Studs did it, it felt like you were sitting in a room with that World War II sailor or that guy who lost his business in the Great Depression.

Imitating Studs Terkel

It was with Studs in mind that, [Read more…]


A Great Good Place for Books — A Great Good Place for a Book Party

Author event at A Great Good Place for Books for Barbara Falconer Newhall's "Wrestlng with God" book, May 13, 2015. Jon Newhall foto

I read from “Wrestling with God” and signed books at  A Great Good Place for Books bookstore in the Montclair district of Oakland.  We filled the place up.  Photo by Jon Newhall 

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Friends and acquaintances from all parts of my life joined a capacity crowd last night at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland to hear me read from “Wrestling with God”– my editor from my Oakland Tribune days, a buddy from my Zumba class, folks  [Read more…]