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Chris Haw

Chris Haw
A photograph of a man with facial hair
Haw in 2008
Born1981 (age 37–38)
Chicago metropolitan area
Alma materVillanova University
GenreChristian devotional literature
SubjectsNew Monasticism
Social justice
Notable worksJesus for President
From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart
Years active2008–present
SpouseCassie Haw
ChildrenSimon Haw

Chris Haw (born 1981)[1] is an important figure in New Monasticism.[2][peacock term] He was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church[3] and attended Catholic churches as a child until his mother started attending Willow Creek Community Church, a megachurch located in the Chicago metropolitan area of Illinois, and he switched to attending there as well.[4] He studied theology at Villanova University.[5] He spent a semester in Belize studying Christian views on environmentalism.[6]

In 2004, Haw founded Camden Community House,[7] a Christian intentional community in Camden, New Jersey, composed of people who seek to emulate early Christians by being actively involved in their community and by sharing their wealth among the community.[8] In 2008 he co-wrote Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals with Shane Claiborne,[9] whom he met at Willow Creek.[8] Haw is married. His wife's name is Cassie and they have a son named Simon.[10]

From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart

From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart
AuthorChris Haw
CountryUnited States
Religious conversion
Willow Creek Community Church
Christian apologetics
Christian devotional literature
Published2012 (Ave Maria Press)
248.2/42092 B
LC ClassBX4705.H3337A3 2012

From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism is a book of Christian apologetics by Haw that documents his transitions from Catholicism to evangelicalism and back to Catholicism.[2] The book was published by Ave Maria Press in 2012.[11] The first half of the book is autobiographical while the second half is a defense against evangelical criticisms of Catholicism.[3]

William T. Cavanaugh, who teaches Catholic studies at DePaul University, wrote the afterword for the book.[1] In a National Catholic Reporter review, Tom Roberts compares From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart to Kaya Oakes' Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church, calling them both "very smart books".[4] Fox News Channel interviewed Haw about From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart.[12] In his book Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience, Logan Mehl-Laituri writes about From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart, saying that he "cannot recommend it highly enough".[13] A Publishers Weekly reviewer suggests that the book will interest Protestants and Catholics alike because the book provides opportunity for both groups to learn and reflect on their spiritual lives.[14] LaVonne Neff, in The Christian Century, says that "Haw does an exceptionally fine job of uniting theology, personal narrative and contemporary social realities".[15]


  1. ^ a b Brachear, Manya A. (November 24, 2012). "A Catholic Homecoming: Chris Haw Explores His Journey from Evangelicalism Back to Catholicism". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on November 25, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2015.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ a b Braune, Joan (March 23, 2015). "The New Young Catholics". America. 212 (10). p. 36. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Writers Recount Their Own Faith Stories in New Books". Catholic Sentinel. December 25, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Roberts, Tom (July 20, 2013). "Swimming Against a Demographic Tide". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  5. ^ Westerlund, George (April 15, 2008). "Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals". Library Journal. 133 (7): 89.
  6. ^ Samson 2014, p. 97.
  7. ^ Jones 2010, p. 32.
  8. ^ a b Campell, Susan (June 22, 2008). "The Case for Jesus as President". Hartford Courant. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  9. ^ Swanson, David (March 28, 2008). "Book Review: Jesus for President (Part 1)". Christianity Today. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Catholic Again, After Living in Camden". Catholic Star Herald. October 25, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  11. ^ Claiborne & Campolo 2012, p. 270.
  12. ^ "Why I Went Back to the Catholic Church". Fox News Channel. November 9, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  13. ^ Mehl-Laituri 2012, p. 232.
  14. ^ "From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism". Publishers Weekly. October 8, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  15. ^ LaVonne Neff (January 10, 2013). "From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart, by Chris Haw". The Christian Century. Retrieved May 25, 2015.