"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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Kirkus Reviews ‘Wrestling with God’ This Month

Kirkus reviews Wrestling with God. Cover of the Sept. 1, 2016, Kirkus Review, which contains a review of "Wrestling with God" by Barbara Falconer Newhall

The Sept. 1 issue, in which Kirkus reviews Wrestling with God.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The reviews are in, and the critics are saying nice things about “Wrestling with God.” There’s that starred review in Publishers Weekly that I told you about last year. It described WWG as “a wild and wonderful ride.”

More kind words have trickled in since. I’m especially proud of [Read more…]

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The Shame of Aging: The Big Seven-Five Has Finally Arrived

Experiencing the shame of aging, a writer has tossed old filed in a wastebasket. the Big Seven-Five. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The shame of aging: Tossing stuff out as The Big Seven-Five approached. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s here. It arrived this week — my birthday, The Big Seven-Five. I am now officially old. And I look it. There’s no avoiding it any more. Ever since my aging eyeballs got their sparkling new, man-made plastic lenses, I’ve been seeing my true self in the mirror. Every last wrinkle, sun spot and neck wobble.

You might wonder, what kind of mental and spiritual preparation [Read more…]

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Julie Hill Barton’s Dog Medicine Goes Big

Julie Hill Barton reads from her book, "Dog Medicine," at A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA. Here with a fan, Kirby, a brindle-haired boxer. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Julie Hill Barton read from Dog Medicine and greeted fans, including Kirby, a brindle-haired boxer. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

My writing pal Julie Hill Barton has lucked out. Her wonderful memoir, Dog Medicine, has been scooped up by a major publisher — Penguin. Julie made an appearance last night at Oakland’s popular bookstore, A Great Good Place for Books, before heading out on a whirlwind book tour today to St. Louis [Read more…]

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Brooke Warner: Getting Published Is Easier Than Ever. Getting Discovered, Not So Much

A stack of books on getting published in the library of author Barbara Falconer Newhall. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A new book by Brooke Warner will join this stack of how-to-get published books bristling with sticky notes. (If this image is a little soft, it’s because my trusty point-and-shoot is in the shop.) Photocopy by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall — Until I met Brooke Warner, I thought I’d never need to read another how-to-get-published book. I’ve got a whole shelf of them in my writing room, marked up in pencil and ink and bristling with [Read more…]

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Write Another Book? I Dunno . . .

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in Berkeley, California. Rob Bell signed copies of his "How to Be Here." He talked about -- write another book? Photo by Barbara Newhall

Rob Bell signed copies of his book and greeted well-wishers at the Bay Area Book Festival. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“Barbara, you’ve got to write another book,” a southern California friend said — quite emphatically — after finishing “Wrestling with God.”

And the other night, at a meeting of the Left Coast Writers salon at Book Passage in Marin, a fellow writer asked, “What’s your next book going to be?”

Another book? I dunno . . .

I don’t mind the effortful process of writing a book. Writing is [Read more…]

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