By Michele Cushatt
Undone: A Story of Making Peace in an Unexpected Life
PEACEFUL, PREDICTABLE, AND HAPPY. A LIFE SHE COULD CONTROL…
She never expected a devastating divorce and single motherhood. Or a second marriage marred by the challenges of a blended family. Undaunted, Michele worked hard to put her upside-down life back in order. Until, at the age of thirty-nine, she received a cancer diagnosis. And eight months later, she opened her near empty-nest home to three little ones in crisis. The resulting chaos proved far more than she could contain.
THE SECRET TO PEACE IS FINDING EYES TO SEE
Undone is Michele’s story of discovery, of learning that all her attempts to control her life were robbing her of its vibrancy, and that faith in the midst of the unknown is the only real kind of faith at all. It is her call for each of us to relinquish perfection and embrace what is. To lean in. Because right here, right now, in your own unfinished story with its missteps and misfortunes, there is peace. And there is Presence. Because sometimes life’s best stories are written right in the middle of the mess.
A note from the Author, Michele Cushatt
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.™
“From page one I found this book hard to put down. Not only was I immediately engaged in the story, but I found myself underlining all the nuggets of wisdom dispersed throughout each chapter. I love how real and inspiring Michele is, she puts into words what I have felt a thousand times. Love this book!”
—Tracy L., Noblesville, IN
What People Say about the Book
“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.”
“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.”
“I knew Michele Cushatt has amazing artistry with words. What I didn’t know was how Undone would settle into my bones, with startling impact. Michele has spoken for all humanity in its pages, pointing to the Master Creator, reminding us of our imperfect lives and how they are beautiful, no matter the unexpected struggle. Bravo, Michele, bravo. I’ll be reading this, again.”
July 23, 2018
Bloom, Book Signing • San Francisco, CA
August 10, 2018
Draft, Book Reading • Los Angeles, CA
Available Aug 16, 2018
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