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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John Donne — A Love Affair With a Poet Long Dead

John Donne's poetry is as turbulent and evocative as this Lake Michigan surf in summertime. Photo by Barbara Falconer Newhall

My college notes on the 17th-century poet John Donne were cautious and circumspect. My feelings fairly burst with yearning, spiritual and erotic. Read more.

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Two California Poets: One Romantic, the Other Not So Much

writers. cover of book of poetry by Rebecca Foust, "Paradise Drive," 2015.

Ina Coolbrith palled around San Francisco with Mark Twain, Jack London and Bret Harte. Rebecca Foust hangs out with PTA moms. Both are California poets. Read more.

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Jeff Greenwald and Kevin Griffin — A Funny Buddhist and a Happy One

Buddhist author Jeff Greenwald. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Jeff Greenwald is a master of the upstart art of finding God funny. Kevin Griffin writes about the commonalities between Buddhism and 12-step programs. 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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