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

Intricate blue, red and white tiles decorate the wall of a mosque in Istanbul. Does Islam scare you?  Photo by Barbara Newhall

It’s the puritanical Wahhabi Muslims and their global proselytizing efforts that are giving Islam a bad name. Here’s how. Read more.

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Coleman Barks and Rumi — What a Few Lines of Poetry (and a Witch) Taught me

A trail alongside Bon Tempe Lake in Marin county, California. Photo by Barbara Newhall

I’d always imagined Coleman Barks to be a stern scholarly type — till I emailed him for permission to use a few lines from his Rumi translations in my book. Read more.

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The Hagia Sophia: Where Christianity and Islam Coexist — and Clash

As a Christian living in a mostly Christian country, I’ve never really known how it feels to have one’s faith and its most cherished symbols obliterated by a colonizing force. Until I stepped inside the Hagia Sophia.

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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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