THE WORD MADE FLESH: Breathing Life Into the Story

Compiled by Dennis Dewey, Tracy Radosevic and Klara Tammany




Anderson, Herbert, Foley, Edward. Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals: Weaving Together the Human and the Divine.
San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, c1998


Bartholomew, Gilbert. Pass It On: Telling and Hearing Stories from John.
Cleveland, Ohio: United Church Press, 1992


Bausch, William. Storytelling: Imagination and Faith.
Conn.: Twenty-Third Publications, c1984


Boomershine, Thomas. Story Journey: An Introduction to the Gospel as Storytelling.
Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, c1988.


Coward, Harold. Sacred Word and Sacred Text.
Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, c1988


Crossan, John Dominic. The Dark Interval: Toward a Theology of Story.
Niles, Ill.: Argus Communications, c1975.

Cupitt, Don. What Is a Story?
London: SCM Press, 1991


Eslinger, Richard L. Narrative & Imagination: Preaching the Worlds That Shape Us.
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, c1995


Harrell, John and Mary.  To Tell of Gideon: The Art of Storytelling in the Church.

Jensen, Richard. Thinking in Story: Preaching in a Post-literate Age.
Lima, Ohio: C.S.S. Pub., c1993


L'Engle, Madeleine.  The Rock That Is Higher: Story as Truth.
Colorado Springs, Colo.: Shaw Books, c2002


Liebelt, Philip. Making Connections: Telling and Hearing the Parables in Luke.
Australia: The Joint Board of Christian Education.

Powell, Mark Allan. What is Narrative Criticism?
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, c1990


McKim, Donald. "Story Theology" in What Christians Believe About the Bible.
Nashville: T. Nelson, c1985


D. Rhoads, J. Dewey, D. Michie. Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel.
Philadelphia : Fortress Press, c1982


Shea, John. Stories of God.

Allen, Tex.: T. More, c1996



Stewart, Sonja and Berryman, Jerome. Young Children and Worship.
Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, c1989.

Stroup, George. The Promise of Narrative Theology.
Atlanta: John Knox Press, c1981

Tilley, Terrance. Story Theology.

Wilmington, Del.: Michael Glazier, 1985




“Storytelling” in Encyclopedia of Religious Education p. 616- 620

“Remember the Story” Issue theme of Weavings vol. IV no.1, Jan/Feb 1989

"Witness Magazine" vol. 83 #12, Dec 2000.  Issue focus on Narrative Theology

Brown, Robert M. "My Story and 'The Story'" in Theology Today, v. 23, #2, 1975

Fisher, Walter. "Homo Narrans: Storytelling in Mass Culture and Everyday Life" in Journal of Communications #35, 1985

Bartholomew, Gilbert, ed. "The Journal of Biblical Storytelling" (NOBS)

Simpkinson, Anne. "Sacred Stories" in Common Boundary, November/December 1993



Bardt, Kevin. Story, a Way of Knowing.


Baltuck, Naomi. Apples From Heaven: Multicultural Folk Tales About Stories and Storytellers

North Haven, CT: The Shoe String Press, Inc., 1995.


Graham, William. Beyond the Written Word.
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987


Harrell, John. Origins and Early Traditions of Storytelling.

Kensington, Calif.: York House, c1983

Kelber, Werner. The Oral and the Written Gospel.
Philadelphia: Fortress Press, c1983


Kelm, Herbert. Oral Communication of the Scriptures.


Lord, Albert. The Singer of Tales.
Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1960.


Ong, Walter. Orality and Literacy.
London; New York: Routledge, 2002.

Ong, Walter. The Presence of the Word.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967

Ong, Walter. "Oral Tradition" in The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible.


Pinkola Estes, Clarissa. The Gift of Story.
Sounds True, 1993.





Grenz, Linda. Doubleday Pocket Bible Guide.
New York, NY: Doubleday, c1997.

Russell, Joseph. Sharing Our Biblical Story.
Wilton, CT: Morehouse-Barlow, c1988.


Smith, Dennis and Williams, Michael ed. The Storytellers Companion to the Bible.

Abingdon Press, 1999.

Perry, Michael ed. The Dramatised Bible.


Peterson, Eugene. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language.
Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, c2003


The American Bible Society.  The "Contemporary English Version" of the Bible. 

See also their CD-Rom "The Learning Bible" in the CEV, and other various resources such as Bible stories on video, children's bibles, storybooks etc.  All very affordable.  International Bible Society





Atkinson, Robert. The Gift of Stories: Practical and Spiritual.
Westport, Conn.: Bergin & Garvey, 1995


Fegal, Daphne ed. Don't Just Sit There: Bible Stories That Move You. (2 vol. 3-5 yr olds, and 6-8 yr. olds)
Nashville: Abingdon Press, c1997


Livo, Norma and Rietz, Sandra. Storytelling: Process and Practice.
Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1986

Maguire, Jack. Creative Storytelling: Choosing, Inventing and Sharing Tales for Children.
New York: McGraw-Hill, c1985


Martin, BIll and Archehambault, John. Knots on a Counting Rope (children's book).

New York: H. Holt, c1987

Tmekar, Florence. Bible Origami.
Heian Intl Pub Co., December 1994.


Pritchard, Gretchen Wolff. Offering the Gospel to Children.
Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications, 1992.

Russell, Joe.  Sharing Our Biblical Stories.
Wilton, CT: Morehouse-Barlow, 1988.

Ward, Elaine M. Lent: The Season of Sacred Stories.

Williams, Bernard. The Rhyming Gospels.  (op)

Hannibal, Mo.: Hannibal Books, 1990

Wright, Kare and Beuschlein, Marti. I Love To Tell Bible Stories
Louis: Concordia Pub. House, c1992


"The Storykeepers" An animated 13 part series designed to teach children the Gospel stories, and in the process they and the teachers learn to be storytellers.  Available via Lumicon at


August House: (Folktale and Story Arts Catalogue) 1-800-284-8784


Training Workshops:


Halverson, Delia in How to Train Volunteer Teachers p. 49-50 “Storytelling in the Classroom” Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.


Davidson, Robert G. Using the Story (part of the 6 volume  "Leadership Series" a teaching training resource) and Anne Gilbert. Training That Makes a Difference (see p. 48-51) both from Educational Ministries (1-800-221-0910). 


On the Web:

Network of Biblical Storytellers (NOBS):,

School of Sacred Storytelling:  Robert Bela Wilhelm, Director

Lumicon Digital Productions, a weekly worship media resource

Homiletic helps

The Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts