Everyone's Way of the Cross

Ave Maria Press

Clarence Enzler’s perennially bestselling Stations of the Cross booklet has sold more than 3 million copies since it was first published in 1970 and is now updated with fresh, bold, commissioned woodcuts by renowned artists Annika Nelson and Gertrud Mueller Nelson. For more than forty years, the simple, intimate, and powerful words of Clarence Enzler’s Everyone’s Way of the Cross have invited readers to grow closer to Christ by embracing the mystery of suffering in the world. By joining Christ on this transformative journey, we learn to become his disciples—his other self—to a hurting world. Enzler’s classic is given new vibrancy with beautiful, meditative, commissioned woodcuts by Annika Nelson and her mother Gertrud Mueller Nelson. The artists express how these meditations show Christ among us—often in unexpected places. In their words, “We find him in the subway, yearning at the border, standing in the soup line—the bewildered soldier, the single mother, the abused child, the lonely senior, the bullied teen.” Also available in Spanish and in a large-print edition, this booklet is ideal for private study and for parish-wide distribution for Lenten observance of Stations of the Cross.
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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 US 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 the Catholic News Service). A prolific author, Enzler published articles in many national magazines, including The Ave Maria, and he wrote three books. He held a doctorate from Catholic University of America and was a deacon in the Archdiocese of Washington. Enzler and his wife Kathleen Crowley Enzler were the parents of thirteen children.

Annika Nelson is an award-winning visual artist whose work crosses cultural borders, stimulates dialogue between generations, and portrays images of everyday life and the environment through her colorful prints and illustrations. She has illustrated several books and her work has appeared in such publications as Cricket and the San Diego Union Tribune and has been used by such companies as Patagonia and Elite Racing. Nelson received her degree in studio art from the University of California at Santa Cruz and studied printmaking for a year at the Hochschule fur Angewandete Kunst in Vienna, Austria. Currently, she splits her time between her studio and University of California San Diego Extension, where she coordinates the art and photography program. Visit her online at annikamnelson.com.

Gertrud Mueller Nelson is an author, illustrator, teacher, and speaker. She is especially known for her clip art and her award-winning, bestselling book on ceremony and ritual, To Dance with God. Nelson has designed church furnishings, stained glass, and silver jewelry. She has taught Montessori and has studied art at the Kölnerwerkschulen in Germany and psychology at the C.G. Jung Institute in Switzerland. She is internationally noted as a speaker on ritual, liturgy, family, psychology, and sacred art. Nelson has three children and three grandchildren.

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Ave Maria Press
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Jan 27, 2014
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Religion / Christian Life / Devotional
Religion / Holidays / Easter & Lent
Religion / Prayerbooks / General
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