Spoken into Being
Divine Encounters through Story
Author: Michael E. Williams
Everyone is a storyteller, according to Michael Williams, and all of us are on a spiritual journey. Storytelling helps us make sense of our lives, the world around us, and God. When we tell stories, we speak a world into being—just as God did in the creation accounts in the book of Genesis.
Spoken into Being is both a guide to telling our own stories and a reminder that we have been spoken into being as part of a much larger story. It is a voyage of discovery for those of us who wish to deepen our experience of God’s presence in our lives.
Employing poetry, personal narrative, and retellings of biblical stories, Michael Williams leads us to a deeper knowledge of the power of narrative. Storytelling is not simply a means of expressing spiritual insights already learned but also a way of exploring our lives and the world around us in order to encounter the divine presence anew.
Not all stories serve us well, however. Stories of fear stop us in our tracks and become roadblocks on the journey, while stories of fantasy, no matter how alluring, are dead-end streets. Spoken into Being points to a path beyond fear and fantasy, a way toward encounters with the Holy, where all things are being made new and the unexpected is the norm.
About the Author
Michael E. Williams is a United Methodist pastor who served in the Tennessee Conference for over 40 years, most recently as senior pastor at West End United Methodist Church, Nashville. The author of numerous articles, stories, poems, plays, and books, he was general editor of The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible series (Abingdon Press). Michael has been a featured storyteller at the Nashville Storytelling Festival. He and his wife, Margaret, live in Nashville and have two adult daughters.