I first learned of Michele Cushatt through her time spent co-hosting a podcast with Michael Hyatt. Piece by tiny piece, I learned more about her story as they talked each week. When her first book released, Undone, I grabbed a copy right away and devoured it. I, too, needed to make peace with an unexpected life. Then, as life does, time passed, and I moved on to other podcasts and authors.
Not too long ago, a friend asked me about Michele, and I quickly looked her up to see what she’s been doing lately. I found this newest book written by her. Once again, I was curious and had to check it out.
From Eden until today, humankind has lived marked by the wounds and wars that changed us. ~Michele Cushatt, Relentless
Description from Amazon: Relentless: The Unshakable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves
How do you hold onto faith when faith itself seems lost? Whether in struggle, illness, death, or failure, the presence of pain causes us to question the presence of God. We pray and watch the sky, crossing our spiritual fingers for hardcore proof of God’s nearness. And in the silence, we sense something more sinister: perceived abandonment.
But what if we could collect evidence that God hasn’t left us? What if we could be absolutely certain of God’s presence and affection, strengthening our faith against any assault?
Woven throughout Scripture sits a single, extraordinary theme: God is with us. Ours is a God who speaks through burning bushes and leads through pillars of fire, who responds to a broken world by giving himself.
Like the Old Testament story of Joshua’s altar of twelve stones, Relentless delivers twelve key biblical stories that demonstrate God’s unfailing presence. Each chapter offers an invitation to identify a “stone” in your own life as tangible evidence of God’s nearness. With the turn of the last page, you will have discovered twelve markers of your own, an altar of memory to carry you through questions and losses, even ones yet to come.
For the truth-seekers, those drowning in impossible questions, and those who find themselves swallowed up by the dark, Relentless is an invitation to search for divine presence in our everyday stories. With Michele Cushatt’s engaging narrative style, this transformational journey provides biblical authority and modern story to illuminate the historical proof and reassurance that God, indeed, is with us.
What I Thought
In a world that pulled away from pain, Jesus pushed in. He reached for it, experiencing pain so we would know we’re not alone in ours. ~Michele Cushatt, Relentless
I’m still trying to get my thoughts together about this book, but it is one that I will think about for a long time to come. Michele graciously pulled back the curtain on her life and asked us to come in as she processed her difficult story and nagging questions, yet each chapter ends with great hope and faith-building truth. She gets to the heart of the question: Can I believe in and trust a loving God when life feels tremendously unloving. Her gentle answer echoes to my heart’s core.
Although I listened to Michele read this book on Audible (a wonderful treat), after finishing it, I purchased a paperback to keep on my shelves. This is a book I not only know I will share with others but will return to myself. Thank you, Michele, for fighting through to pen the words that so lovingly ministered to my heart in the midst of my own difficult journey.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
In the depths of our worst affliction and suffering, the pain and crises and heartaches that crush us under their weight, God does not turn away. Instead, He yokes Himself with our affliction, carrying it right along with us..~Michele Cushatt, Relentless
Many of you will find comfort and peace within the pages of this book. Michele is authentic in her writing and gentle in her message. Ultimately, even in the uncertainty surrounding her, Michele speaks with the utter confidence of a woman who has unshakably learned God is faithful. If you need bolstered or encouraged in that truth, this is the book for you.
About the Author
A lover at heart, Michele Cushatt communicates with a rare warmth and transparency that draw people in. Within minutes, men and women feel like they’re hanging out with an old friend, often laughing one moment and tearing up the next.
A three-time head and neck cancer survivor and parent of “children from hard places,” Michele is a (reluctant) expert of trauma, pain and the deep human need for authentic connection. Thus, she’s absolutely committed to sharing her honest struggles, experiences and questions, so you know you’re not alone in yours.
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