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She never expected a devastating divorce and single motherhood. Or a second marriage marred by the challenges of a blended family. Undaunted, Michele worked hard to put her upside-down life back in order. Until, at the age of thirty-nine, she received a cancer diagnosis. Undone is Michele's story of discovery, of learning that all her attempts to control her life were robbing her of its vibrancy, and that faith in the midst of the unknown is the only real kind of faith at all. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310339782
ISBN-13: 9780310339786

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Undone is author Michele Cushatt’s quest to make peace with a complicated life. It is an honest confession of a diagnosis of cancer and the joys and disappointments of motherhood and marriage, ripe with regret over what is and, yet, still hopeful for what could be.

With enough humor to ease the rawness of the story, Undone takes the reader on a roller coaster two-year journey through the unexpectedness of life. A look back makes Michele long for a do-over, the chance to make fewer mistakes and leave less of a mess to clean up. A look forward makes Michele wonder if all her attempts to control life have robbed her of the vibrancy of it. And, in the middle of this internal chaos, she finds her once-pristine house filled with the sights and sounds of three small, uncontainable children who just want to be loved.

In the end, Undone turns complication into a beautiful canvas, angst into joy, and the unknown into an adventure, revealing that sometimes life’s most colorful and courageous stories are written right in the middle of the mess.

Author Bio

Michele Cushatt is a successful speaker and author who shares about the complicated intersections of real faith and real life, speaking for Women of Faith, Compassion International, Focus on the Family, and Hearts at Home. She and her husband, Troy, have been married for fourteen years and share a stepfamily of three boys, and more recently have added three small children, just as they thought they were preparing to enter the empty-nest phase of family life. They live in Denver, Colorado.  Website/Blog: http://www.MicheleCushatt.com

 

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Michelle Cushatt is a successful speaker and author who shares about the complicated intersections of real faith and real life, speaking for Women of Faith, Compassion International, Focus on the Family and Hearts at Home. She and her husband Troy have been married for twelve years and share a stepfamily of three boys, and more recently have added three small children.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story for All of Us
    October 25, 2015
    RNewcomb
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Undone is an inspiring story by Michele Cushatt. Although Undone is Michele's personal story, it is the story of all us. Each of us in our own way are undone. Undone shows us that in life's unexpected and unplanned events there is beauty and God is working on us.

    Undone will inspire you and build your faith and help you see God's plan for you in new and unique ways. Undone will help you begin to understand the challenges, difficulties, and unexpected moments in life are part of the Master's design.

    An excellent, touching read. You will be changed and inspired.

    I received this book as part of the BookLook Bloggers Review (www.booklookbloggers.com). All opinions are my own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    This Book Will Change Your Life
    October 2, 2015
    ECowgill
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Open. Honest. Vulnerable. Raw emotion.

    Fear. Faith. Pain. Peace. Alone. His Presence.

    These characteristics and emotions are laid bare for all to see in Michele Cushatts book, Undone.

    Michele has opened her lifeand that of her familyto share her journey through raising teenagers, adopting three littles as she calls her little children, all while going through the big C. Cancer. Cancer of the tongue. This for a woman whose career centers around speaking and teaching.

    She writes of normal days and happier times. She shares about panic-stricken, fearful days when she could only cry out, Help me, God. Please help me.

    In her journey, she learned many things about herself and about how God sees her. She tells of these lessons throughout the book:

    In the relinquishing of independence, I discovered community. My brokenness gave me connection, relationship. I thought asking for help was an admission of weakness. Instead, I discovered it a declaration of independence.

    Our God is a refuge for the broken, not a shelf for the display of the shiny. No more pride for those who have it all together, or shame for those who dont. Only stripped-bare humility, crowns on the ground. Together.

    I learned that faith in the middle of the unknowns is the only real kind. And peace cant be found in the past or the future, but only in a Person, and in whom you believe him to be, today.

    From the back of the book: that faith in the midst of the unknown is the only real kind of faith at all. It is her call for each of us to relinquish perfection and embrace what is. To lean in. Because right here, right now, in your own unfinished story with its missteps and misfortunes, there is peace. And there is Presence. Because sometimes lifes best stories are written right in the middle of the mess.

    If you want to read a book that sugar coats life, this is not the book for you. But if you want to read about life Undone, and the faith that comes from that undone-ness, this is the book. It will change your life.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Simply outstanding!
    July 31, 2015
    jbrennan
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A must read for EVERYONE. Life never goes according to plan and the messy canvas that becomes the landscape of our lives can be too overwhelming to see beyond. Regardless of who you are or what you've faced, regardless of whether your difficulties are in your past or on your doorstep or loom ahead, this book reminds us of God's grace and unconditional love and how you can find peace in the chaos. Wonderfully written with candure and humility in a kitchen table-"esk" style that is comforting and disarming. Spotted with humour and full of many great insights.

    I highly recommend this book!
  4. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Unexpected Life
    April 10, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When my plans go awry and the unexpected happens, all the cracks in my theology show up. I like to believe that if I do A, then B will happen, and I might just have some teensy control issues, so Michele Cushatts memoir, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life held me in its grip from start to finish. Micheles cancer diagnosis could not have come at a worse time. Her three teenage sons required energy and attention and, on top of that, her career in public speaking was taking off all good things! But how could she manage this in the aftermath of a surgical procedure on her tongue that would leave her speechless and in unrelenting pain?

    Through a vulnerable narrative of her circumstances, Michele reveals that the day cancer showed up in my life, God showed up bigger. In words, raw and relevant, she traces the lessons in one day at a time living that came with a second marriage and blended family. She addresses the futility of worrying, her frustration with the imperfection that accompanies mothering, and the miracle of providence all the times that God showed up to prove His faithfulness and to demonstrate His love.

    Just because something is hard doesnt mean were not called to it; and just because its hard doesnt mean its not good, became a watch word for Michele as she lived the hard gift of mothering through cancer. Then, just as the Empty Nest (The Promised Land!) seemed to be within her grasp, the Cushatts added three special-needs preschoolers to their family. In spite of her best efforts, she could not make perfection happen in the midst of the upheaval of their PTSD and attachment disorders, and once again, her readers have a front row seat to witness the miracle of Gods grace at work in the circumstances of her life.

    Undone marches through the heaviness of some very intense days, but Michele brings her humor and creativity of expression into the telling so that grace gets the last word. The reader who battles perfectionism will find food for the soul in reading about Micheles relinquishment of the day-to-day struggle to keep all the plates spinning in unison and about her acceptance of the the holiness of a rough-draft life. . . Of trying and stumbling, but finding the grace to get up and try again.

    This book was provided by Zondervan through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Vulnerable, captivating, relevant, and inspiring
    March 10, 2015
    jsunne
    Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Michele's timeless book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life, takes us on a 2-year journey where she comes to the end of herself. Where she eventually discovers that complicated can be beautiful, joy can replace fear, and the unexpected is really an invitation for adventure.

    Her memoir chronicles a journey through cancer as well as unexpected turns in motherhood and marriage. Yet, this book is not just about the author.

    Michele's story is our own. A story of unexpected twists and turns in a messy life and the faithfulness of a sovereign and loving God.

    In all honesty, the events in Undone at times feel disjointed as references to cancer surgeries and doctor calls pop in to set up the next scene. The jumping around in time left me a bit confused. How many cancer diagnoses? Where did the littles fit in the timeline?

    But then again, I guess that is often how real life seems.

    Michele Cushatt's memoir is vulnerable, captivating, relevant, and inspiring. I found myself nodding along as she described yet another scene of being undone.

    Not just a book on surviving cancer or the messiness of parenting, Undone is a treasury of experiences that all point to one eventual realization, there is beauty and peace to be found not in conquering this difficult and messy life, but in the midst of it.

    A gifted writer, Michele led me into her story and showed me how it applied to mine. Her thoughts and revelations matched what I've felt but didn't have the words to express. The lessons she has learned through her unexpectedly messy life, although gleaned while walking a vastly different path, still somehow parallel each of ours.

    She writes raw and honest, with profound insights.

    "Somewhere in my thirty-nine years, my love affair with this life had eclipsed my anticipation of the next. Living had become my idol, more the object of my worship than the Lifegiver himself.To think only of heaven is to miss out on the gift of life. And to dwell on this life is to miss out on the grandeur--and anticipation--of what is yet to come."

    Throughout this journey with Michele, I rejoiced in her break-throughs and wept in her struggles.

    And coming out the other end of the book, I found my spirit emboldened to embrace this adventure God has planned for me. Not in a naive, whatever-will-be-will-be way, but in a real, vulnerable, let-go-and-trust-the-Almighty-Provider one.

    Undone has ignited in me a desire to allow myself to experience life, not control it. To allow myself to enjoy the adventure God's leading me on. To trust Him with both my forever and my now.

    To invite God in to "show me [His] glory."

    Pros: Vulnerable, captivating, relevant, and inspiring: a book for anyone who desires to find peace in the midst of their complicated life. You won't want to put it down, and it will change how you view your life.

    Cons: The events at times feel disjointed as references to cancer surgeries and doctor calls pop in to set up the next scene. The jumping around in time left me a bit confused. How many cancer diagnoses? Where did the littles fit in the timeline?
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