In My Other Self Clarence Enzler—author of the multi-million copy seller Everyone’s Way of the Cross—guides readers in prayerful conversation with Christ wherein the reader is personally addressed as “my other self” and is urged to embody Christ’s love and compassion to others.
Modeled on the fifteenth-century classic The Imitation of Christ, this new edition of a little-known Enzler masterwork has now been reissued for modern Christians after being out of print for many years. This new edition includes an introduction from the author's son, Msgr. John Enzler, pastor of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C.
In this intimate guide to the spiritual life, Christ speaks directly to the reader, whom Christ admonishes to be his presence of love and service in the world. Through this creative mode of dialogue, Enzler leads the reader through the journey of the Christian life, beginning with the call to live in friendship with Christ and fulfill Christ's desire. He then examines the means of the Christian life: detachment, virtue, prayer, avoidance of sin, and the Eucharist. Finally he explores the goal of the journey: a life of union with Christ as his disciple and complete joy with him in eternity. Each chapter of My Other Self is divided into short, eloquent sections based on scripture and with beautiful prayers for meditation. These convenient divisions make the book ideal for use as a daily devotional, or a guide to prayer.
Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
Imprint: Christian Classics
“My Other Self captures something mysterious and elusive: the gentle, challenging, and compassionate voice of Christ. This book is a long, impassioned prayer of hope and a steady reassurance for a confused and anxious world. Across the decades, it still speaks to our times. This book is so clearly written, and so passionately articulated that you can’t help but want to accompany Clarence Enzler on this journey.”
From the foreword by Deacon Greg Kandra
Catholic journalist, author, and creator of The Deacon’s Bench blog
“In order to surrender my life to Christ, I need something more than the knowledge that he is real and speaks the truth. He needs to become real to me and speak directly to my heart. In My Other Self, Clarence Enzler makes that happen. When I open this book, Jesus becomes my spiritual director and guides me through each day. There’s an empty space in my bookcase reserved for this masterpiece and one of these days I'll put it down long enough to place it there!”
Radio host, speaker and author of Let Go of Anger and Stress!
“Clarence Enzler speaks of the need for surrender, 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. My Other Self is the type of book you should refer to again and again as you progress (or perhaps take a step backward) on your spiritual journey and are in need of encouragement.”
Catholic writer, editor, and author
“My Other Self is chock-full of opportunities for reflection and faith building. This is the ideal book for personal reflection during Eucharistic Adoration or simple daily meditation.”
The Catholic Book Blogger and host of Off the Shelf