"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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Jesus Was a Loser — Does That Make Donald Trump a Winner?

Barbara Falconer Newhall with Scott Dikkers, editor of "Trump's America: The Complete Loser's Guide" at Book Expo America 2016. Photo by Barbara Newhall

One of the fun people I met at Book Expo America in Chicago was Scott Dikkers, editor of “Trump’s America: The Complete Loser’s Guide.” I went home with a copy of his belly laugh of a book. Barbara Newhall photo

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Does this sound like Donald Trump talking — “Jesus was a loser, a nobody who couldn’t keep his hair out of his eyes and whose apostles were a bunch of weirdos and lowlifes.” As for God, “he was a Grade-A loser who couldn’t control his brand.”

If it does sound like The Donald bloviating on the topic of faith, that’s because no less a comic light than Scott Dikkers, founding editor of The Onion, [Read more…]


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…]


Scaling the Mighty Willis Tower — With My Acrophilic Husband

View of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago from the Willis Tower, Chicago. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Looking east over Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago from Willis Tower. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The Willis Tower — aka the Sears Tower — is Jon’s kind of place. High up, with a view that goes on forever.

I’ve known about Jon’s acrophilia for a very long time — ever since we made a trip to Europe together, early in our romance. I’d been to Europe before, so [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…]