"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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The Home Office Blues

A 1986 home office with computer, crib, toddler and cat. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Our 1986 home office complete with kids, crib, rocking chair, changing table, cat — and computers. Photo by Barbara Newhall

This old Oakland Tribune column is riddled with late-20th-century artifacts: videocassettes, an Apple desktop, an 8086 microprocessor, He-Man toys, a long-forgotten computer game called Choplifter, and a lone 60-watt light bulb.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, June 8, 1987

Christina, 3, has the best room in the house, the one with the view of Mount Tamalpais.

At least, it used to be Christina’s room. Now, she has just the dim, windowless half of it. The part with the view belongs to our home office. [Read more…]


My First Royalty Check Has Arrived — How Cool Is That?

Barbara Falconer Newhall, author of "Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith," with her first royalty check in her home office. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Selfie by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Hey! Hey! My very first royalty check has arrived. It’s definitely not big bucks (you guys are going to have to go online or to your local bookstore and order up more copies if [Read more…]


Jack Shoemaker of Counterpoint Press Shares Fifty Years of Book Publishing Wisdom

Jack Shoemaker of Counterpoint Press spoke at the Oct. 5 meeting of Left Coast Writers at Book Passage, Marin. Photo by Barbara Newhall.

Jack Shoemaker spoke at Book Passage, Marin. ‘The best publishers should be invisible.’ Photo by Barbara Newhall.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Publisher Jack Shoemaker of Counterpoint Press got his start working in a bookstore as a teenager. Fifty years later, he had these words of wisdom to share at this month’s meeting of Left Coast Writers at the Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera, California.

Readers and the World Wide Web: “The web has turned out to be a magnificent marketing [Read more…]


Crime Novelist David Corbett: Acting Taught Him How to Write Scenes

david corbett, crime writer and travel and writing teacher, speaks at 8-3-2015 meeting of Left Coast Writers, book passage, corte madera on the occasion of pub of "The Mercy of the Night'  Photo by Barbara Newhall

David Corbett, author of “The Mercy of the Night,” spoke at a meeting of the Left Coast Writers. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

What’s the best way to master the art of scene writing? By acting out scenes by the play-writing biggies. That’s the advice of writer David Corbett. [Read more…]


“Wrestling with God” Got a Starred Review From Publishers Weekly — And I’m Doing the Happy Dance

Author Barbara Falconer Newhall opens her copy of Publishers Weekly magazine, which had  just arrived in the mail, to find that her book, Wrestling with God, got a starred review in the January 21, 2015, issue. PHoto by Jon Newhall

The January 19, 2015, issue of Publishers Weekly magazine. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I’d planned to give my readers a little break from chatter about my book this week. I had intended to talk about something else for a change — the Super Bowl, or quilting, or atheists, or green tea, something totally not “Wrestling with God.”

But then I got some news. Huge news. “Wrestling with God got a starred review [Read more…]