In the spirit of Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain and Dorothy Day’s The Long Loneliness, From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart chronicles 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 to Catholicism after an intense spiritual experience on Good Friday.
Chris Haw is a husband, father, carpenter, adjunct professor at Cabrini College, and founder of Camden Houses, an intentional community based in Camden, New Jersey. Haw, who returned to the Catholic Church in 2006, is a leader in the New Monasticism movement and in 2008 he co-wrote Jesus for President with his friend Shane Claiborne.
“Because of Haw’s lucid line of thought, it reminded me of G K Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. But the book offers today’s readers unique gifts as well, because Chris feels the peculiar challenges of the present moment. He proclaims a catholic faith (big or small “C”) that is simultaneously rooted in history and engaged with our gritty, conflicted, often superficial, and yet profoundly questioning world.” – Brian McLaren