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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Book Openers: Jon Krakauer — A Macho Writer Who Hooks Me in Every Time

I don’t want to read a book about people dying on the slopes of Mt. Everest. I don’t want to read about murderous Mormon polygamists. Unless, that is, it’s Jon Krakauer telling the story. In which case, I’m in.

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Why Can’t a Dad Be More Like a Mom? . . . Do We Really Want Them To Be?

My friend Carol calls them “the little inequities.” She is talking about the small, countless ways that men fail to notice what needs to be done for their children.

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Shepherd Bliss and Men’s Secrets — No Women Allowed

Men’s No. 1 secret, Shepherd Bliss told me, the secret men most want to keep from women, from other men, from themselves – is that they, too, feel powerless.

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A Case of the Human Condition: I Want to Kill My Snapdragons

I don’t like the snapdragons growing in my front yard. Their color, somewhere between scarlet and maroon, gets on my nerves. If I rip them in full bloom out of the ground am I an assassin? They may be ugly, but they are alive.

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Book Openers: Barack Obama — How He Got So Smart

If you haven’t yet read President Obama’s memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” don’t miss it. It explains, I think, how Obama got so smart.

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The Rhetorician in the White House — Or, How I Learned to Love the Passive Voice

The passive sentence gets a bad rap — it’s weak, it’s vague, it’s passive. But sometimes a neatly turned passive sentence is just what our ever-shrinking world needs. Obama’s Cairo speech is an example.

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