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.