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Christian Optimystics

Paperback|Apr 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...


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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.
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Christian OptiMystics: Running the Rapids of the Spirit, by Dwayne O. Ratzlaff and Thomas G. Bandy, is unique in methodology. A personal story of clergy misconduct is caught through the lens of a real-time spiritual practice. The book employs a dynamic methodology to present the story to the public. The template of transformation is dialogue. In dialogue with God, self, history and a diverse group of rafters, who approach as strangers then become team-mates. The metaphor of life is river-running white-water rapids. Adultery capsizes a pastor into chaotic waters. A white-water adventure surging with spirit, morality and calling becomes a dangerous and painful odyssey in search of all three. Desperation thrives in the undertow. The book explores the depths with vivid white-water imagery. Rescue teams dispatch from the great streams of Christian spirituality. The converging rapids of the Spirit heal a broken spirit, restore moral integrity, renew a call and transform a future. The book is unique in purpose. The purpose of the book is to pay forward the lessons earned from chaos. It is vulnerable in service of the greater good. The in-put of sin, guilt, hurt, despair and failure can out-put forgiveness, grace, healing, hope and mission. The insights for clergy, congregations and denominational leaders hold transforming new futures potential for both the wounded and the wounded healers. Readers in the marketplace who hear mostly about the loss of clergy credibility can now see clear through to the other side of repentance, confession, reconciliation and restoration. Readers that doubt the value of desperation can see it as the breeding ground of profound encounter with God. The book resurrects hope for all who experience failure in fundamental ways, including the clergy. In sync with God's design, good choices in the present can overcome destructive choices from the past. God co-creates new futures with real-time human choices. It sees all God's futures infused with faith, hope and love.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 250561
  • Product Code 082720504X
  • EAN 9780827205048
  • Pages 194
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Church Life/issues
  • Publisher Chalice Press
  • Publication Date Apr 2006
  • Dimensions 225 x 164 x 13mm
  • Weight 0.363kg

Thomas G Bandy

Thomas G. Bandy is a widely respected interpreter of North American congregational life, and partner in the church interventionist group Easum, Bandy and Associates. He is the author of Kicking Habits; Growing Spiritual Redwoods (with Bill Easum), Moving Off the Map; Christian Chaos; Coaching Change and most recently 95 Questions to Shape the Future of Your Church.

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