"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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Is That a Fibonacci Blooming in Our Yard?

Purple columbine blossoms in our rock garden in spring. A fibonacci number expressed. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Columbines nod their symmetrical heads in our rock garden. Actual flowers? Or just a bunch of fibonacci numbers? Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Is ours a strictly mathematical universe? Are those stems, leaves and buds pushing up out of the dirt in our front yard no more real than so much digital code, a string of fibonacci numbers? A recent NOVA segment, “The Great Math Mystery,” suggests that maybe that outrageously purple columbine blossom bobbing in a [Read more…]

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Brooke Warner: Getting Published Is Easier Than Ever. Getting Discovered, Not So Much

A stack of books on getting published in the library of author Barbara Falconer Newhall. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A new book by Brooke Warner will join this stack of how-to-get published books bristling with sticky notes. (If this image is a little soft, it’s because my trusty point-and-shoot is in the shop.) Photocopy by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall — Until I met Brooke Warner, I thought I’d never need to read another how-to-get-published book. I’ve got a whole shelf of them in my writing room, marked up in pencil and ink and bristling with [Read more…]

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Is an Istanbul Trip Too Risky for You? Here’s What You’re Missing

Two older, German-speaking Turkish women wearing colorful headscarves in Istanbul. Photo by Barbara Newhall

These two Turkish women spoke fluent German; they told me they had spent many years as household workers in Germany. Most of the women we saw in Istanbul in 2009 did not wear hijab. These two had just come from prayers in the mosque and were dressed in their finest. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Jon and I took the kids to Istanbul back in pre-ISIS, pre-Arab Spring 2009. What we experienced was a energetic culture with a complicated past, great food and beautiful people. Not to mention gorgeous architecture: the Blue Mosque,  [Read more…]

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Write Another Book? I Dunno . . .

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in Berkeley, California. Rob Bell signed copies of his "How to Be Here." He talked about -- write another book? Photo by Barbara Newhall

Rob Bell signed copies of his book and greeted well-wishers at the Bay Area Book Festival. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“Barbara, you’ve got to write another book,” a southern California friend said — quite emphatically — after finishing “Wrestling with God.”

And the other night, at a meeting of the Left Coast Writers salon at Book Passage in Marin, a fellow writer asked, “What’s your next book going to be?”

Another book? I dunno . . .

I don’t mind the effortful process of writing a book. Writing is [Read more…]

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The Oakland Tribune Tower — A 1923 Structure With a Twenty-First Century View

the view from the Oakland Tribune Tower. In the foreground, the Bank of America Building. In the background, the 1111 Broadway and the Clorox Building. In the distance, the Bay Bridge. Photos by Barbara Newhall

The view from the Oakland Tribune Tower. In the foreground, the Bank of America Building. In the background, 1111 Broadway and the Clorox Building. In the distance, the Bay Bridge and San Francisco. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I worked at the Oakland Tribune for years, but, working stiff that I was, I was never invited to the lofty heights of the Oakland Tribune Tower. I finally got my chance on April 4, the last day of my paper’s publication, to take the elevator all the way to the top and take in the view — the bay, the East Bay hills, the sometimes sleek, sometimes fanciful architecture produced in Oakland over the past 100 years. Young, [Read more…]

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