NEW RELEASE! {& a Sweet Christmas Special}

Nov 30, 2015

I have big news today. BIG. After months of anticipation, the Undone Is Beautiful Journal is NOW AVAILABLE! Hardback, full color pages, quotes from the book and inspirational verses on every page. I. LOVE. IT. Even better? I’ve put together a special Christmas gift package just for YOU!

Here’s the scoop: You can get Undone {the memoir} AND Undone Is Beautiful {the journal} for ONLY $20 TOTAL. Yup, that’s right. Only $20. But you can only get this Christmas special for a short time here. Stock is limited, so grab gifts for your favorite friend, mom, neighbor, sibling, teacher, Bible study leader (maybe even Santa himself) SOON … plus one for you too, of course. I want to make sure you have this before 2016 begins!

Here’s why.

Part of the reason this release is extra special to me is because journaling has long been a practice of mine. However, over the past twelve months, journaling has transformed from a “nicety” to a “necessity.” In all seriousness, it was key to helping me get through unbelievable circumstances.

For those who’ve never tried journaling—or panic at the thought—it doesn’t have to be a chore, I promise. I have zero time or energy for that. Instead, journaling can be a lifeline. Here are a few ideas to help you begin a journaling practice that will breathe fresh air into your undone life:

  1. Determine a Purpose: Over the years, I’ve had various journaling practices. Early on, my journal was a record of daily activity, like walking through the details of each day. Then it became more a collection of prayers. This year, my daily journal practice was all about searching for evidence of the Divine. The reason? I knew suffering would make it ridiculously easy to assume God either didn’t exist or didn’t care. Before the pain hit its peak, I determined to find one evidence of God’s presence every day. Some days it was a verse that came to mind at just the right time. Other days it was an unexpected text, gift or visit from a friend. I remember one instance when a smoothie showed up on my front step at the exact moment I needed it. HELLO. All of those seemingly random coincidences? They went in the journal, marked with the date. On the days when God seemed distant, they served as hard proof otherwise.
  2. Make a Promise: Although I knew I’d have far more days when I didn’t feel up to the practice, I made a promise to myself to do it anyway. At times, this amounted to only two or three minutes, the most my sick self could handle. But it wasn’t about the time invested; it was about making God’s presence more visible than my circumstances.
  3. Allow Creative Freedom: Historically, my journaling practice involved writing long amounts of text in pen. Not this time. Due to the fact my life was absent so much hope, this time I used different colored markers. I filled page after page with colorful glimpses of joy in difficult circumstances. In short, this rule involved throwing away the rules. I let the heart govern the practice. In a way, it helped bring my heart back to life.
  4. Involve Friends & Family: Perhaps the most unusual part of my journaling practice this time was the fact that I involved my community. Due to the fact that I couldn’t eat meals with my family for months at a time, I often sat at the dinner table with my journal and markers while my family ate. At times, I asked them to write in the pages, including their observations of God’s presence. Occasionally, a friend joined us and I asked her to write a note or two. The result? I now have a journal sprinkled with their handwriting and stories as well as my own.

My point is simple: A journal serves you, not you the journal. Regardless of how you choose to use it, the end goal is the same. As little control as we have over the details of our lives, we have absolute control over how we respond to it. A journal helps us process the losses and struggles while nurturing a perspective that lifts us above the circumstances themselves.

The best part of all? I now have twelve months and 130 pages detailing the evidence of God’s presence through the most difficult season of my life. An unparalleled gift to me and my family.

The new year is only 31 days away, my friend. We have no idea what 2016 holds, but you and I can choose to make peace with it before it comes. And the Undone Is Beautiful Journal is a great way to start off the year strong.

How have you benefited from a journaling practice?

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9 Comments

  1. Georgia

    I love your ideas about journaling – using markers, finding God each day, having others write. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Colleen van Nieuwkerk

    Keeping a journal for me has also been a progression. I started out writing a bit about the day, recording a verse that spoke to me, and writing a short prayer. Over the years I have expanded that and what has resulted is a convergence of many different methods that enabled me to share my heart with God, to express my deepest emotions, and to bring perspective to my circumstances. Thanks for sharing your journey of pain and vulnerability. Has spoken a lot to me…

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    • Michele Cushatt

      Thanks for sharing a piece of your experience, Colleen. Sounds similar to mine. Definitely worth the time.

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  3. Sharon

    I saw the advertisement for the book and journal. I forwarded it to my friend, who lives in Maryland, asking if she had heard of it. She hadn’t. But, she suggested that we both buy the set and complete them together. A book club for two far away friends to share! Our orders were placed this morning.

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    • Michele Cushatt

      I love this, Sharon! What a great idea. I hope the book-club-for-two is a beautiful experience for both of you. <3

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  4. Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet

    I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this journal! (I also still need to buy a copy of the book!!) What a wonderful addition to the Undone story and your work as an author. Congrats on this new release Michele!! 🙂

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  5. Teresa Burdick

    Hi Michele
    I ordered three journals which are BEAUTIFUL!!! I also love your suggestions. Problem is I received three SETS– but I was charged for what I ordered– so I need to send back the three extra books. However I don’t know how quickly I can send. My daughter age 32 is starting stem-cell transplant process on dec 18– so our family will be very busy/stressed. She has been in a two- year battle with lymphoma. This is actually how I found out about your story. And your book has been such a blessing. I pray for you and your family. I will send the extra books as soon as I can.
    Blessings
    Teresa Burdick

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  6. Christy

    Michele,
    Let me be the millionth one to tell you that your book is touching so many people. My mom is going through a difficult time and was impacted by it, so she passed it to me for encouragement while my husband has debilitating chronic illness. I mailed it to my friend in another state who is going through a bitter divorce, and she gave it to her mom who is supporting her through it, and they loaned it to a neighbor whose husband has ALS. Next it is headed to a young mom whose baby has just been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Who knows where that one copy of your book will go next? We all have different stories but the theme of seeing God in the midst of the unexpected rings true for all of us. May the Lord bless you for your faith and authenticity.

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