"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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Orinda Books to Host Local Authors — Including Me — on Saturday

Maria, the proprietor of Orinda Books, CA, and author Barbara Falconer Newhall. Photo by Jon Newhall

Maria Roden, the proprietor of Orinda Books, hosted a book talk and signing for “Wrestling with God” last spring. Photo by Jon Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Join me and other local authors at Orinda Books tomorrow for book talks and lots of book conversation.

The bookstore’s first Local Author Festival is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Orinda author and entrepreneur Tamara Monosoff will be there to talk about ways authors can market themselves and boost sales of their books.

Orinda Books is at 276 Village Square, Orinda, California. See you there!
The cover of Barbara Falconer Newhall's 2015 interfaith religion book "Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" shows two red chairs opposing one another. Design by Michelle Lenger.

Cover design for “Wrestling with God” by Michelle Lenger.




Yippee, an IPPY — “Wrestling with God” Wins the Gold

IPPY-awards Independed Publishers Book Awards

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Great news! “Wrestling with God” has won a gold medal IPPY  in the annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. That’s first place. Yea! The category is Religion, Eastern-Western.

As many of you know so well, “Wrestling with God” comes out of my experience as the religion reporter at the Contra Costa Times in the San Francisco Bay Area. The book follows my rocky pilgrimage through the religions of the world in search of a way to believe in God  — or something — in the 21st century.

Believers, Doubters, Seekers and Nones

Along with my story, WWG tells the first-person stories of a score of diverse Americans of varied religious traditions and temperaments. It’s a book for believers, doubters, seekers and the ever-growing legions of “none-of-the-aboves.”

You can get “Wrestling with God” as a paperback, or as an ebook [Read more…]


Blame My Spam-Riddled Inbox If I’ve Been Ignoring You

Papers stacked in a home office inbox -- like a spam-riddled email in-blox. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A few dozen items in my paper inbox, tens of thousands in my spam-riddled email inbox. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s been kinda lonesome here lately at BarbaraFalconerNewhall.com. The Contact button has been right there at the top of my Home Page ready to accept messages from one and all. But nobody’s been clicking.

Or so I thought. [Read more…]


‘Wrestling with God’ Celebrates Its First Year

Barbara Falconer Newhall, author of "Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith," reads from her book at the podium of the Book Passage Bookstore, Corte Madera, CA, April, 2015. Photo by Cheryl McLaughlin

Reading from WWG at the Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera, California. Photo by Cheryl McLaughlin

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s official, “Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith” has been out there for people to buy, borrow, read and talk about for a full year as of this week. Here’s what folks have been saying about it:

In the Media

A Wild and Wonderful Ride

Publishers Weekly, Starred review: “Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read [Read more…]


My First Royalty Check Has Arrived — How Cool Is That?

Barbara Falconer Newhall, author of "Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith," with her first royalty check in her home office. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Selfie by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Hey! Hey! My very first royalty check has arrived. It’s definitely not big bucks (you guys are going to have to go online or to your local bookstore and order up more copies if [Read more…]