Christopher West

I am a proud husband and father of five. My global lecturing, best selling books and multiple audio and video programs have made me the world’s most recognized teacher of John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” – a bold, biblical vision of love and sexuality that takes us to the “cor” of what it means to be human.  As founder and president of The Cor Project, I lead an international outreach devoted to spreading this liberating teaching and empowering others to learn, live, and share it. My work has been featured in The New York Times, on ABC News, Fox News, MSNBC, and countless Catholic and Evangelical media outlets.

Beyond my work as a popularizer of the Theology of the Body, I have been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the subject since the late 1990s, having served on the faculties of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, and as a visiting professor of the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia. In 2004, I helped establish the Theology of the Body Institute near Philadelphia, Pa., and serve today as Senior Lecturer of Theology and Christian Anthropology. My week-long courses there continue to draw students from around the world.

I travel across the globe each year leading an average of 50 evening talks and full-day seminars to help spread this life-changing teaching. You can learn here about the various events I offer, which tackle many of today’s hottest cultural issues regarding marriage, family and sexuality.

My latest book is Love Is Patient, but I’m Not: Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist. Love Is Patient, but I’m Not was inspired by Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) and his beautiful meditation on St. Paul’s famous “Hymn to Love” (“Love is patient, love is kind…”) in 1 Corinthians 13. In short chapters, I take you line by line through the passage, sharing some intimate aspects of my own faith journey, my wound of perfectionism, my challenges as a husband and father, and the ups and downs as I struggle to work it all out. My hope is you’ll realize that we aren’t the only ones who find it hard to live out the love St. Paul describes for us. But our wounded hearts can be transformed by opening to God’s unconditional love and mercy.

Interspersed throughout the book are short prayers and questions for reflection designed to help you open your heart to God and experience his unconditional, merciful love more fully. Read this book for a dose of spiritual encouragement and for a real-life look at what it means to live the joy of love.

The below book Q&A also tells more of my life story: