"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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From the Eric Hoffer Book Award — More Kudos for ‘Wrestling with God’

The Eric Hoffer Book Award is in honor of American working class philosopher Eric Hoffer

Thanks to InspirationBoost.com for this timely quote from Eric Hoffer.


By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Great news. “Wrestling with God” has won yet another honor. This time the recognition comes from the Eric Hoffer Book Award, which has named WWG a finalist in its international competition recognizing books from small, academic, and independent presses.

The awards honor the American working class philosopher Eric Hoffer, whose seminal book, “The True Believer,” dropped into the American intellectual [Read more…]


My IPPY Gold Book Award — Celebrating High Above Chicago


Veda Stamps ("Flexible Wings," IMO Books), barbara Newhall ("Wrestling with God"), Laura A. Ackley ("San Francisco's Jewel City," Heyday), Aleta George ("Ina CoolBrith," Shifting Plates Press) at IPPY awards 2016. Photo by Jon Newhall

Four California writers — Veda Stamps (“Flexible Wings,” IMO Books), Barbara Falconer Newhall (“Wrestling with God,” Patheos Press), Laura A. Ackley (“San Francisco’s Jewel City,” Heyday), Aleta George (“Ina Coolbrith,” Shifting Plates Press) — IPPY winners all. Photo by Jon Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Hey, everybody. I’ve got my IPPY gold  medal in my hot little hands, and it’s a beaut. As many of you know, “Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith” won a first prize — an Ippy — in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

The  awards ceremony took place Tuesday evening at the Skydeck on the 99th floor of [Read more…]


Oakland Tribune: The Trib Is Dead, Long Live the Tribbers

The Oakland Tribune Tower. On April 4, 2016, former employees of the Oakland, California, Tribune, had a wake in honor of the paper's last day of publication. Photos by Barbara Newhall

On the Oakland Tribune’s last day of publication, dozens of former employees marked the day with a trip to the top of the 1923 Tribune Tower. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Another newspaper has bit the dust. The last edition of the 150-year-old Oakland Tribune with its familiar gothic nameplate was stuffed into local news racks and tossed onto driveways around San Francisco’s East Bay on Monday morning, April 4. Twenty-four hours later, the Oakland Tribune would be no more.

It would be subsumed, along with a handful of other Bay Area newspapers, [Read more…]


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 [Read more…]


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…]