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"Ave Maria Press has done all of us a great service by bringing back into print Clarence Enzler's My Other Self. I enthusiastically recommend this book as a companion on life's journey with Christ." --Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

About the Author

Clarence Joseph Enzler (1910-1976) is best known for his classic Lenten devotional booklet Everyone's Way of the Cross, first published in 1970. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1937-1972, except from 1943-1945 when he served as the feature editor with the National Catholic Welfare Conference News Service (now known as Catholic News Service).
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Classics; 1.2.2011 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870612484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870612480
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deep, yet very real.
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This is a book that will help each one of us grow closer to what is really important in life.
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It is like Jesus speaking directly to you and in such a loving way.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cilina Rodriguez on January 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was shocked to see that the book was available again after being out of publication for so long. This book is great! It is just like Jesus is talking to you. You are able to hear about Jesus from the cradle to the grave. And He tells you, You are His other self. Highly recommend!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alan J. Varagona on February 25, 2011
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One of a handful of books that powerfully affected my spiritual maturity

I found "My Other Self" to be an excellent, Catholic, and personal reflection of the New Testament. Taking the same stated aim and mode of presentation of Thomas à Kempis's classic, "The Imitation of Christ," the reader will find Christ speaking directly to him (or her) in an intimate conversation. This conversation seeks to help the reader become aware of what it means to be a Christian, "another Christ," which Mr. Enzler refers to as Christ's "other self."
"The Imitation of Christ," has been referred to as second only to the Bible for religious instruction and inspiration and has brought understanding and comfort to millions for centuries. "My Other Self" is written in a candid and conversational style, updated for the modern reader. It has not, however been written in gender neutral language. This is to be expected since it was first published in 1958, long before this style of writing became vogue. So if one need to be in a place where they are not offended by this before they take up this book.
Again, similar to "The Imitation of Christ," the topics include liberation from worldly inclinations, preparation and consolations of prayer, and the place of Eucharistic communion in a devout life. The author seeks to explain the meaning of union with the Lord, both for the individual and for society. He takes up a similar thesis to that found in Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean Pierre de Caussade, showing that each present moment is Christ's moment, except that the presentation is much more practical than theological. This is an excellent book to use as a daily meditation or to assist in Eucharistic adoration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Wedel on July 12, 2011
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My Other Self: Conversations with Christ on Living Your Faith is a brilliant immersion in what the Gospel tells us about Jesus and about how we are to be His disciples. It is a book to pray with, sub-section by sub-section, and then reflect on -- a prayer book, not a read-through information book. With Jesus as the speaker throughout the book, the truth of what is said touches the reader's heart and draws him or her into the embrace of Christ. What once might have been clear to one's head about God's love now can become clear to his or her heart as well. I can't speak highly enough about this book!

There is one thing of particular note. Most books that provide spiritual direction have been written by priests or sisters -- people whose life structure differs from that of lay people. Clarence Enzler (1910-1976), the author of My Other Self: Conversations with Christ on Living Your Faith, was a lay man. He was married and he and his wife had 13 children. He worked for many years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and for a time as the editor of Catholic News Service, so we can know that he lived his faith out "in the world" as do the majority of us. In his later years he earned a PhD from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and became a deacon for the Washington Archdiocese.

For those who like to pray the Stations of the Cross, Mr. Enzler also wrote a beautiful book of meditations titled Everyone's Way of the Cross. I recommend it and "My Other Self" very, very highly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Art Anderson on June 19, 2011
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If you are looking for a personal walk with Christ and a feeling you are directly conversing with our Lord, buy this book! I read the original printed version over a period of a month, and could not wait to get to each chapter. Personally, this is the best book I have ever read, hands down!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on February 20, 2012
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"My Other Self: Conversations with Christ on Living Your Faith" was originally published in 1957. It has been reprinted as part of Ave Maria Press' Christian Classics line. The author, Clarence J. Enzler was a father of thirteen children who was ordained to the deaconate in 1972, four years before his death. He is best known for his "Everyone's Way of the Cross." In the introduction to "My Other Self," his children bear witness to the fact that he was a man who truly lived his faith. They write, "He was a model Christian, an outstanding Catholic, a defender of the faith, a gifted and skilled writer, a fabulous husband and an unparalleled father. But most of all, he was a man of God."

"My Other Self" was modeled after "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas à Kempis, but updated to include more modern theological ideas - for example, the writings of St. Therese, the Little Flower. Enzler writes as if Jesus were speaking directly to the reader, instructing him on the way he should go. In reading these pages, it is easy to believe that it is, in fact, Jesus speaking to you, inviting you to turn your whole life over to Him. He does not promise that the road will be easy. In fact, it will involve suffering. But, it is the only way to true happiness. Those who seek happiness in sinful pursuits will be bitterly disappointed, because such happiness can never last. "A saint is a person who is happy - forever."

Enzler speaks of the need for surrender and detachment, prayer, and developing virtue. His directions are simple and straightforward, always loving and very practical. Enzler makes holiness seem possible, even in the midst of our brokenness. Every page of this book contains wisdom and offers much to reflect on.
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