"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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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…]


It’s Here! A Copy of “Wrestling with God” Has Arrived

Author Barbara Falconer Newhall joyfully shows off her copy of Wrestling with God with cover design by Michelle Lenger. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The very cool Wrestling with God cover design is by graphic artist Michelle Lenger of Michigan. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It arrived on Monday. There it was right outside the front door. A small brown package from my publisher. And inside — a copy of my book, Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith. [Read more…]


KidSpirit OnLine: Where Young Souls Take On the Big–Old–Questions

The cover of The Best of KidSpirit OnLine, Vol. II, shows a intense sport bicyclist. Photo by Jack True.

Cover of the latest print version of The Best of KidSpirit OnLine Vol. III with a photo c 2014 by Jack True.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Does truth have inherent value? What is beauty?

Those are questions many writers won’t touch with a ten-foot pole, except maybe ironically. Or else so circuitously that no one will notice that we’re actually taking on one of the biggies . . . the better to save face if we mess up.

But the brave – very young – souls of something called KidSpirit OnLine [Read more…]


Where Author Richard Rodriguez Sees the Face of God

Richard Rodriguez, author of Darling, signs copies of the paperback at Sagrada bookstore, Oakland, CA/. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Richard Rodriguez signed copies of Darling at Sagrada. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“Why do you believe in God?” Kaya Oakes wanted to know. The question was her opening salvo to fellow author Richard Rodriguez on a sunny September afternoon in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, California. [Read more…]