From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism  -     By: Chris Haw
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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 chronicles the journey of a young Christian seeking a personalrelationship 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.

Raised outside of Chicago, Haw experienced a tragedy in high school and was embraced by Willow Creek, a dynamic megachurch with thousands of active members and dozens of ministries. He became active at Willow Creek and, with a younger generation of radical evangelicals that include bestselling authors Rob Bell and Shane Claiborne, became a leader of the emergent church and new monastic movements. Haw founded an intentional Christian community in Camden, New Jersey, and soon after, began partnering the local Catholic Church. Haw's story and style will appeal to a vast variety of Christians - Catholics who champion the Church's social teachings, those drawn to monastic practices and living in intentional community, and those seeking inspiration and encouragement to live a life in solidarity with the poor and marginalized.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Ave Maria Press
Publication Date: 2012
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ISBN: 1594712921
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Publisher's Description

The bestselling coauthor of "Jesus for President" chronicles his fascinating spiritual journey to evangelical Christianity and then his return to Catholicism. 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.

Publisher Summary

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 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.

Raised outside of Chicago, Haw experienced a tragedy in high school and was embraced by Willow Creek, a dynamic megachurch with thousands of active members and dozens of ministries. He became active at Willow Creek and, with a younger generation of radical evangelicals that include bestselling authors Rob Bell and Shane Claiborne, became a leader of the emergent church and new monastic movements. Haw founded an intentional Christian community in Camden, New Jersey, and soon after, began partnering the local Catholic Church. Haw’s story and style will appeal to a vast variety of Christians - Catholics who champion the Church's social teachings, those drawn to monastic practices and living in intentional community, and those seeking inspiration and encouragement to live a life in solidarity with the poor and marginalized.

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Sometimes you hear someone share their story and you get the sense that they are pioneers, scouts, groundbreakers...blazing a trail that a lot of people will hike on after they are long gone. Chris Haw is one of those trailblazers (from the foreword).
Shane Claiborne, Author of The Irresistible Revolution

Chris Haw's journey from Willow Creek to Sacred Heart (and the Roman Catholic tradition) is an important addendum to the story of twenty-first-century American Christianity - not only because Haw's journey is representative, but because he has engaged the questions that come up along the way so well.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Author of The Wisdom of Stability

A gift to a Church too often divided by 'conservatives' who demand submission and 'liberals' who demand freedom. Chris Haw has, through his witness and his words, opened up a broader vision of a truly Catholic life beautifully lived.
William Cavanaugh, Professor of Catholic Studies and Senior Research Fellow, DePaul University

This book is really excellent, and reveals the maturity that seems to be showing itself in so many of our churches today. It is an ideal example of non-dual thinking, the contemplative mind that can see ‘beyond the shadow and the disguise’ of things. Before returning to the Catholic Church, Chris Haw did courageously from the outside what so many of us cradle Catholics seldom do - but need to do - from the inside.
Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

This book is perfect for those struggling to understand how they fit into the Church and world today, especially those young adults seeking to make sense of their faith in challenging times.
Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., Author of Dating God

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.
Brian McLaren, Author of Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

Author Bios

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 cowrote Jesus for President with his friend Shane Claiborne. Author Residence: Camden, NJ.

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. He is also a founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city.

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    a very personal account of the journey
    December 16, 2012
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    We have recently seen a number of people go from Protestantism to the Catholic Church. I have wanted to understand this change so took the opportunity to read this book.

    Chris was baptized into the Catholic Church as an infant, raised by a Catholic mother and Protestant father. Just before his confirmation at age 14, he heard of the Willow Creek youth program and started attending there.

    This experience altered his life trajectory, he writes. He wanted to understand the world and the Gospel and how they related to each other. He pursued sociology and Christian theology at Eastern. He went on a study program to Belize and that experience convinced him he needed to face the destructive elements and economy of the U.S. During the Iraq war he joined the peace movement of the Quakers.

    During his senior year at Eastern he heard a Catholic priest from Camden and Chris was inspired to move there. He and his wife moved into an area that looked like a war zone and formed an intentional Christian community. He began to attend the local Catholic church.

    That was the first part of the book, the action. He writes about his thoughts in the second part of the book, contemplation.

    He struggled with the ideas of being nondenominational, tradition, and ritual. This section helped me understand how he made the transition from Protestant thinking to Catholic.

    Here is one example of his thinking process in giving up sola scriptura:

    He shares how he came to believe that the Bible is a Church product, "or more particularly, the product of certain churches." (148) "The Jesus handed down to us is an interpreted Jesus. _ The gospels give us a Jesus interpreted and filtered by several different writers and communities, all of whom served the liturgical and story-telling needs of the Church." (148) He came to see that "a high view of the Bible implies a high view of the Church. This realization slowly dissolved my held belief in sola scriptura. _ [W]e cannot believe in scripture alone; it is simply impossible to believe only in scripture. For scripture is tradition. It is one of the traditions of the Church." (148)

    He also writes of entering into the Church just as the pedophile scandal was being made public and how he worked through it. He writes about escaping the lure of consumer Christianity, about rituals becoming more meaningful, and much, much more.

    Chris is not out to convince anyone to become Catholic. In fact, in his conclusion he says another person could write the same kind of book in traveling from Catholicism to Protestantism.

    And this is not a theological argument. This is Chris' very personal account of his own journey. It may not explain why the next person made a similar journey. If you are at all interested in how the journey might take place, this is a good place to begin.
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