"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall
Book Launch Party! Come Help Me Celebrate!

May 13th, Wednesday, 7pm: A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland/Montclair
May 16th, Saturday, 3pm: Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda

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.

Two More Big Bookstore Events for “Wrestling with God” — Join the Celebration

book events Barbara Falconer Newhall's book "Wrestling with God" is on display on a counter in A Great Good Place for Books bookstore in Oakland California. Photo by Barbara Newha

“Wrestling with God” on display at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland, California — just to the left of Cheryl Strayed’s book “Tiny Beautiful Things.” Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Come join the fun at two upcoming book events. I’ll be speaking, reading from Wrestling with God, taking questions and signing books at two wonderful San Francisco Bay Area independent bookstores during May. And, yes, refreshments [Read more…]


“Listen to Your Mother” — Moms Across the Country Get the Mic for Mother’s Day

Nancy Davis Kho read from her story published in "Listen to Your Mother" (Putnam)  book reading at A Great Good Place for Books bookstore in Oakland, CA, April 24, 2015. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Nancy Davis Kho read “In Praise of Other Mothers” at  A Great Good Place for Books.  Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It was a fun night at A Great Good Place for Books in the Montclair district of Oakland. Some very funny ladies gathered to celebrate the publication of Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, an Erma Bombeck style collection [Read more…]


Author Event at Book Passage in Corte Madera — Come Help Me Celebrate

Hey Everybody . . .

The Book Passage bookstore in Marin county is hosting an author event for me at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, California.

I’ll be talking and reading from my book, Wrestling With God: Stories of Doubt and Faith, just published by Patheos Press. One of the storytellers in the book, Cerridwen Fallingstar, will be there as well to read parts of her story for you. [Read more…]


KidSpirit OnLine: Where Young Souls Take On the Big–Old–Questions

The cover of The Best of KidSpirit OnLine, Vol. II, shows a intense sport bicyclist. Photo by Jack True.

Cover of the latest print version of The Best of KidSpirit OnLine Vol. III with a photo c 2014 by Jack True.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Does truth have inherent value? What is beauty?

Those are questions many writers won’t touch with a ten-foot pole, except maybe ironically. Or else so circuitously that no one will notice that we’re actually taking on one of the biggies . . . the better to save face if we mess up.

But the brave – very young – souls of something called KidSpirit OnLine [Read more…]


Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty: Foley, Sotloff Joined by Dozens Each Year

Memorial to journalists killed in the line of duty at the Newseum in Washington, D.C, bears the names of thousands of journalists. Photo by Sam Kittner/Newseum

A memorial to journalists killed in the line of duty at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Photo by Sam Kittner/Newseum

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

We know about James Foley. And we know about Steven Sotloff.

But how many of us know about Rodrigo Neto, a Brazilian journalist and the host of the show “Plantão Policial” (Police Shift) on Rádio Vanguarda who died in 2013 [Read more…]