Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Undone by Michele Cushatt

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

Allow me to open this review with a statement I rarely use:  If I had the means to do so, I would buy this book by the CASE to give to as many people as possible.  The message of Michele's book is so universal, profound and desperately needed by people--especially Christian people.

We all long to 'get it right'.  But life tends to happen without consulting our plans, dreams and even abilities.  I know very few people who have never met an "Undone" moment at some point in their lives.  In fact, I must correct that to read, I don't know ANYONE.

Sometimes those moments are life-altering, like Michele's battle with cancer (which is still ongoing, so please pray for this lovely woman of God).  Other times the moment when we come "Undone" is the moment our marriage unravels, our child rebels, our income is lost, or a beloved person leaves this life unexpectedly.

I myself can point to several "Undone" moments.  The beauty of those moments is simply this: if we don't waste them, those moments can change us, renew our perspective, and make us into the person we truly long to become.

"Undone" matures our faith, and we need that maturation.  Yes, life is hard, God is good, and we are imperfect people loving and serving a perfect Savior.  All of those things tend to drive us to unrealistic expectations and create a false drive toward the unachievable goal to be right, solid, perfect.

What we need to be is easily molded, purified, and continually set apart for His will.  Michele writes with gut wrenching honesty, and a transparency that gloriously reveals Jesus in her life.  In the midst of her already challenging life, even more of the unexpected occurs, resulting in another moment of being "Undone".

This book is deep, real, profound, and honest.  My thanks to my friends at Zondervan for allowing me the opportunity to take part in the "Undone" book launch, and for a complimentary copy.  I personally plan on purchasing as many copies as I can to give out to friends and family.

"Undone" is a must-not-miss read, and is one of the best memoirs I've ever had the privilege of reading.  If you knew how much I read, you'd know that is a really huge statement!  And "Undone" is a book that will be permanently placed in my 'library of influence", to be read over and over again.

Please, do NOT miss out on "Undone" or meeting Michele through her writing.  And keep tissues near by.  Keep Michele and her family in prayer as she continues her battle with cancer an influencing lives for Christ.

Happy Reading!



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