BARBARA’S BOOK

Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" book cover with photo of author Barbara Falconer Newhall

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

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The Writing Room: Two Must-Have Craft Journals for the Literary Writer

Poets & Writers and The Writer’s Chronicle are the only two magazines that never seem to make it to the stack of unread magazines forever piling up on my kitchen counter. If one of them shows up in our mailbox around lunch time, instead of plopping it onto the pile, I open it up and read. On those days, it can be an hour or more before lunch is over and I find my way back downstairs to my writing room.

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Book Openers: Green for God

A review of two new books that explore the confluence of spiritual and environmental concerns, “Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation” from Sierra Club books, and “The Green Bible: Understand the Bible’s Powerful Message for the Earth” from HarperOne.

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A Case of the Human Condition: A Mother Who Prevailed at Auschwitz

When Ernie Hollander’s family arrived at Auschwitz in 1944, his young sisters were ordered to go to the left as they left the cattle car that had transported them from their home in Hungary. Ernie’s mother was ordered to the right, but she refused to be separated from her daughters. She perished with them in the gas chamber.

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Writing Room: Ending Paragraphs and Sentences with a Bang

One of the handiest writing tips I know – and an easy one to implement – is this: The most powerful place in a paragraph is the last sentence. More precisely, the most powerful place in a paragraph is the last phrase or the last few words of that last sentence.

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A Case of the Human Condition: Choose Me, Please!

Jury duty is a lot like softball. I’d rather not do it. I’d rather not sit through the whiplash case. I’d rather not stand there in right field, breathing dust. Yet something in me wants to be on the team. If there is choosing going on, I can’t help wanting to be among the chosen.

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Book Openers: The Emerging, Emergent Church — What’s Up Next for Christianity?

“About every five hundred years the Church feels compelled to hold a giant rummage sale,” Phyllis Tickle writes in her new book, “The Great Emergence.” In the two thousand years since its founding, Christianity has reinvented itself several times.

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