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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I Love Pope Francis — Or Do I?

A score of Catholic clergy were present at the annual conference of the Religion Newswriters Association in Philadelphia, August, 2015. Photo by Barbara Newhall

My honeymoon with Catholicism’s newest pope is over. I’m done with getting all goosebumpy over Pope Francis and the tone he’s setting for his church. Read more.


The Atheists Are Coming – Out of a Closet Near You

A bumper sticker offered at the Religion Newswriters Conference in 2014 reads "Praying Is Begging." Photo by Barbara Newhall

The Openly Secular movement is calling on atheists in America to come out of the closet and declare their unbelief to friends, family and coworkers. Read more.


They’re Saying Nice Things About “Wrestling with God”

Author phil cousineau at the podium speaking to a 1-6-2014 Left Coast Writers meeting at Book Passage, Corte Madera, about his new book, "Burning the Midnight Oil" Photo by Barbara Newhall

Some really nice people are saying some really nice things about Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith. That’s because I asked them to. Read more.


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.


Religion in Public Affairs — Americans Think Religious Influence Is Waning

Staffers at Pew Research Center presented finding of ther9-22-2014 poll on religion and politics at the annual Religion Newswriters Association conference.

A report on religion in public affairs from the Pew Research Center says religion is losing influence in American life. It also found that 50 percent of Americans finds homosexulity sinful — and 52 percent support same-sex marriage. Read more.


Xi’An to TX and Mao to LBJ — I’ve Been Traveling and I’m Back

Writer Barbara Falconer Newhall poses with a mock-up of Pope Francis at the Religion Newswriters Association conference in Austtin, 2013. RNA photo

China, Austin, a Religion Newswriters conference — I had a great, traveling September. It started with on my birthday on September 6, which lasted only a few hours because Jon and I were on a plane to Shanghai when somewhere over the Pacific we hit the International Date Line. Read more.