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Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life Paperback – March 10, 2015
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"Michele is a friend that I adore and trust to speak truth over deep places in my life where I need a confidant. If you have ever felt burdened with unanswered questions and prayers, this book is a must-read. God's truths are woven through her many beautiful words and heartbreaking stories. She is wise. She is funny. She helps her reader find God's comfort, love and revelation in the midst of hardship. And best of all, she offers up bouquets of the sweetest grace on every page."
--Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author of The Best Yes & President of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"While this looks like a book, it's not. It's actually a life preserver, disguised as a book. Hearing Michele's story helped me understand more clearly my own story--and connect it to the even bigger story of God's fierce, persistent, and gracious love. It made me laugh, cry, and ponder anew the mystery of suffering and the meaning of life."
--Michael Hyatt, New York Times best-selling author, Former CEO, Thomas Nelson Publishers
"Do yourself a massive favor and read this book! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Michele is one of the most gifted communicators I've ever met, but more than that, she's one of the most Jesus-filled people I've ever known. Michele's story will inspire you, move you, and leave you feeling empowered that you, too, can face overwhelming odds and unknowns with courage and bravery."
--Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and New York Times best-selling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
"This is a hopeful, heartfelt memoir about finding the hidden beauty in the midst of life's greatest struggles. In Michele's story, you will see your own story -- and find something beautiful to hold onto."
--Jeff Goins, Author, The Art of Work
"The hardest things in life have a way of showing up unexpectedly, as do the most beautiful and breath taking. Through Michele's story, I found mine. Through her remembering, I was reminded. Reminded how God has shown up when I least expected; how Comfort and Peace have pulled up close when I felt alone. How strength came in the most unexpected ways. If you feel like you're coming undone, read this book and let Michele's words awaken the hope and courage your heart needs today!"
--Renee Swope, author of A Confident Heart and Proverbs 31 Co-Host of "Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee"
From the Author
If your life is everything you dreamed it to be, this book isn't for you. Just move along; you won't hurt my feelings.
However, if you've ever known what it's like to have a dream unravel, a hope or desire remain unfulfilled, regardless of how long and hard you've wished and prayed otherwise, then Undone isn't just my story.
It's your story.
Life seldom turns out like we imagine. Oh, we try to make it everything we've dreamed it to be. We work oh-so-hard on our marriages. We exercise, eat right and care for our health. We parent with feverish desperation. We read books, go to conferences, take notes and then try a bit harder. But regardless of our efforts, sometimes the unthinkable happens.
A marriage disintegrates. A child run aways from home. A doctor calls with bad news. A church splits right down the middle. In the span of seconds, ordinary life turns upside down. And everything you thought you knew and loved about your life is gone, evaporated in front of your eyes.
What you're left with resembles nothing of the life you dreamed. It's messy, uncomfortable, and just plain hard. Painful, even. And no matter what you do, no matter how many times you pick yourself back up again and try to fix it, the life you dream about remains out of reach.
So if you're at the end of your hope, if you wake up and wonder how in the world you can go on with this unexpected life you've been given, if you're tired of fear and desperate for a drowning of peace, pull up a chair, my friend. You're not alone.
And, believe it or not, undone is beautiful.
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As we grow up we dream of the perfect husband, house and number of kids the key is what we do when life turns out nothing like or even only partly like our dream. Michele Cushatt’s latest book Undone is an amazingly written memoir of her unexpected life.
I am an avid reader but I have to say I cannot remember the last time I read a book which impacted my heart and mind as much as Undone.
Michele’s vulnerability and transparency is an amazing blessing. She not only tells of the events of her unexpected life but shares her heart of both struggle and expectance through it. Her ability to show God’s hand and will in the middle of the mess is just what my heart needed.
It was a blessing to hear of how Michele struggled through an unwanted divorce, the blessing of a remarriage at the same to the challenges of step parenting, blending a family, battling cancer and adopting 3 high needs children. None of these events were her dream but through the journey of her life she sees how they were God’s plan for her.
Michele reminds us that in the thick of life we have to remember that God is good. He is there with us. He can see what we can not and He calls us to trust Him. Learning to take a step back and see the big picture is an awesome gift which will encourage our heart like so few other things will.
In the final pages of her book I find one of my favorite quotes:
“I’m undone. Hungry, questioning, searching, struggling. Not even close to polished and pristine. But I’m breathing. And believing. And loving this crazy, unexpected, and imperfect life.”
Is not this the words of all of our hearts?
Undone is a MUST read! I know it will bless, encourage, challenge and infuse hope in your heart as it did mine.
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What a wonderful story and I would urge all of you reading my post to get this book. I am not very good at writing reviews as they seem to come across as lame so just trust me when I say --GREAT READING
It is a memoir, but far from being a story about Michele, it is a story in which we can firmly plant our own feet and feel...planted. We can breathe a sigh and think, "Thank God, I'm not the only one who thinks like that or does things like that. It is reminiscent of Donald Miller's "Blue Like Jazz," which was one of my favorite books for the same reason...the fresh breathe of honesty blew through the pages, leaving me freer to tell my own truth.
In the same asking, who among us wants to be vulnerable enough to share our particular story in its ever present state of being UNDONE?
After reading Michele's memoir, UNDONE - A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life, she has inspired me to be more vulnerable and to allow my story to live on its own merits.
If you want to give yourself or another a gift which is worth the giving, go ahead and ADD this book to your cart, hit the BUY button, and wait for this precious account to arrive in your mail (or your Kindle if you really want to get into it sooner than later).
In doing so you will find a way to relate with a story which will offer you hope and will resonate in some way with the ups and downs of your own UNDONE life. You will not regret reading it.
A word of caution - once you start turning the pages, be prepared to allow yourself to be sucked into the VORTEX of UNDONE as you will not want to put it down!
Michele's ability to share seemingly disconnected parts of her life, then weave them together into a beautiful tapestry called NORMAL is exquisite! I am recommending this book to so many people. Moms, husbands of those moms, moms-to-be, cancer survivors and those who know them, and more. Thank you Michele.