"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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Does Islam Scare You? If So, Here’s Why

Ceiling and arched windows of a mosque in Instanbul, with hanging lights. Does Islam scare you? Photo by Barbara Newhall

Mosque in Instanbul. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Does Islam scare you? Does it feel like an aggressive religion is trying to take over the world, subjugate women, persecute the LGBT community, and cut off your hand if you’re caught stealing?

Well, you’ve got good reason to be scared — but not of Islam. Islam is a fine old wisdom tradition with millions of kind, reasonable, neighborly adherents in the US and around the world.

It’s the fundamentalist, anti-modern Wahhabi brand of Islam that is scaring you. [Read more…]

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Dying Jesus . . . Dying Churches?

The flogging of Jesus Christ, and crucifixion,  a painting at the Melk Abbey, Austria. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Just one of the many images of the dead and dying Jesus that I saw in Europe last month. Here, the crown of thorns and the mocking of Christ, a detail from the sixteenth-century Joerg Breu altar at Melk Abbey, Austria. Photo by Barbara Newhall

 

This stone imae of the crucifixion, of Jesus on the cross is on the outside of the University of Bamberg auditorium. Aula. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Stone image of the dying Jesus on the outside wall of the University of Bamberg auditorium. Even today, crucifixes are a common sight in public buildings in Austria and Bavaria. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Churches were at the top of my list of photo subjects as Jon and I set out last month for a three-week river trip across Europe. Stained glass windows, paintings, mosaics, murals — I knew those old buildings would be stuffed to their soaring arches with wonderful old art objects. And I planned to capture as much of that medieval and renaissance beauty as I could.

I saw a lot of Jesuses in those old European churches. But, sad to say, in church after church, Jesus was almost always . . . dying. Or dead. Or staggering under the weight of a cross.

True, there were plenty of images of the Baby Jesus: unblemished and adorable, but often (it seemed to me) no more than a stage prop to highlight the sanctity of Mary, [Read more…]

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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…]

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Atticus Finch — Meet Mother Emanuel

My copy of "Go Set a Watchman" on the counter of my local bookstore. Atticus Finch  story. Photo by Barbara Newhall

My copy of “Go Set a Watchman” on the counter of my local bookstore today. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I haven’t even cracked open my brand-new copy of Go Set a Watchman. But already I’ve got opinions.

For months now, I’ve been looking forward to taking a look at the long-lost book that was the original version of Harper Lee’s famous, much-loved, much-read [Read more…]

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The Goodreads Giveaway Is Underway

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

Or . . . you can head over to A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland, or Book Passage in Marin — and just buy a copy.  Photo by Barbara Newhall

The Goodreads Giveaway for “Wrestling with God” is now officially underway — through July 14. To participate, click here, scroll down a bit and click on the Enter Giveaway box.

You don’t have to buy anything and you don’t have to be present to win. Just click that box.

Who knows, you might wind up with a free copy of WWG. Autographed by the author. How cool is that?

 

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