William Elliott

International author, lecturer, traveler, adventurer and golfer, William Elliott has spent many years asking extraordinary people profound and meaningful questions. His books are a combination reportage and memoir; both intensely personal and universally appealing. Several years ago he embarked on a journey to find answers to the questions that continued to haunt him – What is the purpose of life? Does God exist? What happens after death?

His travels resulted in the bestseller Tying Rocks to Clouds, an engaging narrative about the renewal of faith he achieved through the simple act of presenting his questions to a broad spectrum of thinkers and spiritual leaders from the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa to Ram Dass and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

Dalai Lama and William Elliott

Dalai Lama and William Elliott

The review in Publishers Weekly summed it up this way: “This invaluable record deserves to be a bestseller, not only for its inherent wisdom, but also for its clarity and respect for the many ways there are to be and to believe.”

A Place at the Table, his second book, is a charming chronicle of Elliott’s quest to understand Jesus as he interweaves his own personal, often quirky, epiphanies with insights of well-known men and women of every spiritual tradition from Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson to Mother Teresa and Billy Graham. The memory of praying for his dying mother beneath an ornately framed painting of The Last Supper triggered Elliott to discover the role Jesus plays in people’s lives.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

For his third book, Falling into the Face of God, William Elliott spent forty days alone in the Judean desert in Israel. His book is a chronicle of his time there, during which he learned many deep and poignant truths about himself, his world, and his relationship with God. He writes: “I was called into the desert and my job was to get myself there with as few expectations as possible, and then allow the desert, God, the Spirit—to show me why I had come.”

A reader said: “Elliot’s writing reminds me of the spiritual quest of Anne Lamott or C.S. Lewis with a dose of Nick Hornsby’s humor and spot on observations.”

William Elliott devotes most of his time to traveling in his motor home, interviewing spiritual leaders, and giving talks at universities, hospices, churches, and bookstores. When he’s not on the road, he likes to play golf and drink coffee with friends. He makes his home in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

A beautiful video by Jim Carroll, featuring a poem from the book.