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Christian Optimystics: Running the Rapids of the Spirit Paperback – April, 2006
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Christian OptiMystics is vital reading for all clergy, lay leaders, and middle judicatories that seek to move to deeper levels of discipleship. -- Stone-Campbell Journal, Spring, 2006
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Christian OptiMystics is a personal story of clergy misconduct and real spiritual practice. Using the metaphor of running white-water rapids, it takes readers on an adventure surging with spirit, morality, and calling. From sin, guilt, hurt, despair, and failure come forgiveness, grace, healing, hope, and mission. Bandy and Ratzlaff's insights for clergy, congregations, and denominational leaders hold transforming potential for both the wounded and the wounded healers. Readers who hear mostly about the loss of clergy credibility can now see the other side of repentance, confession, reconciliation, and restoration. Those who doubt the value of desperation can see it as the breeding ground of profound encounter with God. Christian OptiMystics resurrects hope for all who experience failure in fundamental ways. When we are in sync with God's design, good choices in the present can overcome destructive choices from the past.