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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Undone is author Michele Cushatts 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 lifes most colorful and courageous stories are written right in the middle of the mess.
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
jrutzen5 Stars Out Of 5so good!!!January 19, 2018jrutzenQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0such a good reminder that out of our challenges God can show us His goodness!
RNewcomb5 Stars Out Of 5A Story for All of UsOctober 25, 2015RNewcombQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Undone 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.
ECowgill5 Stars Out Of 5This Book Will Change Your LifeOctober 2, 2015ECowgillQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Open. 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.
jbrennan5 Stars Out Of 5Simply outstanding!July 31, 2015jbrennanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A 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!
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Unexpected LifeApril 10, 2015Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When 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.