In From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism the bestselling coauthor of Jesus for President, Chris Haw, chronicles his spiritual journey through evangelical Christianity and his return to Catholicism. Haw provides a respectful and engaging look at the megachurch movement and a heartfelt expression of love for the Catholic Church’s liturgy and its commitment to the poor. In the spirit of Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain and Dorothy Day’s The Long ...
In From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism the bestselling coauthor of Jesus for President, Chris Haw, chronicles his spiritual journey through evangelical Christianity and his return to Catholicism. Haw provides a respectful and engaging look at the megachurch movement and a heartfelt expression of love for the Catholic Church’s liturgy and its commitment to the poor.
In the spirit of Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain and Dorothy Day’s The Long Loneliness, Chris Haw’s From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart recounts the journey of a young Christian seeking a personal relationship with Christ within the context of a faith community committed to love, justice, and solidarity with the poor. Haw’s journey spans contemporary American Christianity—from a nominal Catholic background to megachurch Evangelicalism, to a new monastic community, and then back to Catholicism after an intense spiritual experience on Good Friday.
Haw’s story and style will appeal to Catholics who champion the Church’s social teachings, those drawn to monastic practices and living in intentional community, and those seeking solidarity with the poor and marginalized.
All Christians believe the same thing, right? Haw, co-author of Jesus for President, would whole-heartedly disagree. But he expresses that disagreement with a refreshing dose of respect, objectivity, and love. The author is an expert at describing the beauty and edifying character of both evangelical Christianity and Roman Catholicism, as well as the numerous challenges they face. After a number of years immersed in Protestantism, he ultimately chooses to return to the Catholic Church into which he was born. This homecoming, however, seems to be a choice "for" something rather than a choice "against" something else. The narrative is weakest when the author attempts tangential apologetics that are not likely to convince anyone. Conversely, it is strongest when he digs deep into his heart and expresses his love for faith, God, the poor, and the Christian tradition. The well-read Haw is able to draw upon numerous sources, including poetry, theology, and church history, to punctuate his musings about religious faith. This autobiographical "confession" will be of interest to both Catholics and Protestants as both will learn much and be invited to reflect deeply on their own personal profession of faith. (Oct. 8)
Chris Haw is a husband, father, carpenter, potter, adjunct professor at Cabrini College, and founder of Camden Houses, an intentional community. Raised in Chicago’s northern suburbs, Haw was baptized Catholic but joined Willow Creek Community Church as a teenager. Here he met and became friends with Shane Claiborne; the two would later become leaders in the New Monasticism movement along with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
He earned his double bachelor’s degree in theology and sociology from Eastern University and his master’s degree in theology and religious studies from Villanova. Upon returning from studies in Belize, Haw started an intentional community in an economically devastated section of Camden, New Jersey, which operates in partnership with Sacred Heart Church. This connection fostered Haw’s reassessment of his own faith and in 2006 he returned to the Catholic Church. In 2008 he cowrote Jesus for President with Shane Claiborne. He has been interviewed by Christianity Today, Sojourner's, CNN, and Al-Jazeera.
Shane Claiborne is a prominent Christian activist, speaker, and the bestselling author of several books including The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President, and Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers.