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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A Patch of Fireweed in the Northwest — What Color Are Those Blossoms? Do I Need to Know?

The sun was shining on a stand of fireweed, so the blossoms were pink and the foliage bright green. PHoto by Barbara Newhall

I couldn’t make up my mind about that tall stand of fireweed I saw growing on the edge of a woodlet in the Pacific Northwest last summer. Were those blossoms purple? Blue? Pink? Or what? Read more.

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San Juan Islands Flora: Or, I Cling, Therefore I Am

Granite rocks with lichen and pickle grass in Washington's San Juan Islands. Photo by Barbara Newhall

We cling. We cling to stuff. We cling to moments in time. On vacation last summer I clung to the verdant San Juan Islands flora. Read more.

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Atheist to Catholic–Two Brainy Women Get Religion

Outdoor photo of Holly Ordway, author of "Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms"

Two memoirists, both very smart, move from atheism toward God, and from there smack, dab into full-fledged Catholicism. Read more.

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James Dobson: Bully Your Pet, Hit Your Kid, Make Them Obey You–And God

Recent photo of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson at a podium, talking.

In his 1978 parenting book, “The Strong-Willed Child,” James Dobson says disobedient childen, like dogs, must be spanked into submission to parents and God. Read more.

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Where Author Richard Rodriguez Sees the Face of God

Author Richard Rodriguez spoke at Faith Presbyterian Church, Oakland, CA. Photo by Barbara Newhall

When asked why he believed in God, Richard Rodriguez, author of Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography, answered the question with a story about Mother Teresa. Read more.

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