I first heard of Michele Cushatt on the Michael Hyatt podcast This is Your Life. At first she came across as sweet, thoughtful, and genuine. And then one day, Michael turned the tables and interviewed her about her new book. Wow! What a life full of pain and uncertainty.
Fear has only as much rope as I give it.
Book Description from GoodReads
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.
What I Thought
Wow. For all the words I know, that comes closest to summing up this book. I don’t always race through nonfiction books, but this was one I had trouble putting down. It was one I made time for “just one more chapter,” and one that I postponed a couple of chores so I could spend more time reading.
Michele doesn’t cushion the blows in her story. She shares with great emotion the life she’s lived, and she opens the curtain so we could see her at her most frail. She tells us the moments she utterly failed, and tenderly shows us the take-your-breath-away moments she wondrously got right.
While I’ve not struggled with the same problems and health concerns as Michele, I found myself relating to her anyway. My life’s journey was very different, yet I found similarities, which is probably why her story spoke so clearly to me. I loved the truths she discovered, the gentle moments when God whispered, “Nothing will be able to separate you from me.” And the best: I could hear Him whispering to me too.
This book is so full of hope, so overloaded with the challenge to believe God, that I can’t wait to share it with others.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
It’s not often I give a hearty five-star, everyone-should-read-this, review, but here it is. This is one of those books that can change your perspective, and thereby change your life. What do you have to lose?
About the Author
A storyteller at heart, Michele Cushatt inspires audiences with the warmth of her transparency and presence. Her unique style makes you feel like you just spent an afternoon with a good friend, sparking tears one moment and laughter the next. Having experienced both the best and worst of life, she’s unafraid to disclose her imperfect spaces, so that you know you’re not alone in yours.
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