Come in the House – By Howard Williams
Howard Williams knew how to celebrate the little things in life, and that, more than almost anything else, is the purpose of this book: to remind us to celebrate the little things and to love one another while doing so.
Williams carefree days visiting his grandparents in Mississippi taught him the value of a story well told. As an introvert, he was a keen observer of the world around him and saw God's hand actively at work in all things, both large and small. Come in the House: Faith Lessons from Shake Rag and Beyond is a collection of stories from his youth.
Fred Craddock wrote that the most powerful communication of the gospel is in whispers. Howard was not a shouter. His soft voice carried truth and feeling. This journal whispers to us as he would tell his story to someone he loved. Williams has left us a diary of the ordinary that puts him in the class of “saints and poets.” The reader will be tempted to hurry through the book in a single sitting but it will be most effective in small bites followed by thoughts of one’s own journey.
An e-book is available on Amazon (Kindle).
Raised in Grenada, Mississippi, Williams was deeply impacted by the youth ministry of First Baptist Church in his hometown. After graduating from seminary in Texas, he served churches in Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky and Alabama, becoming a thoughtful and thought provoking educator, pastor and preacher. He died of the effects of a genetic disorder, Alpha-One Anti-Trypsin Deficiency, on Aug. 31, 2013, while awaiting a liver transplant.