Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Undone (Book Review)

Seasoned speaker for Women of Faith, Focus on the Family, Hearts at Home and others, Michele Cushatt is a storyteller at heart who will inspire readers of Undone with the warmth of her transparency about her journey to make peace with a complicated life.
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.
"...her journey to make peace with a complicated life."  That's probably the phrase that got me to request a free review copy of Undone by Michele Cushatt from BookLookBloggers.

We all go through deep waters sometimes, but Michele Cushatt and her family have experienced deeper waters than some of us will ever see.  The story begins at the very start of the book:  On the first page of Chapter 1, the reader learns that, at age 39, the author was diagnosed with cancer.

I really like this quote, partially because it was my experience, as well:
The day cancer showed up in my life, God showed up bigger.  He served up a portion of his presence, enough for one day.  Enough to assure me I'm not alone.  He did the same a hundred times over in the days that followed.
Not too far into the book, it seems as though the crisis is over.  But, as happens so often, another crisis was on the horizon.  And another.  And another.

The central theme of Undone is God working through all of these trials to transform the author's heart.  She's transparent about her weaknesses and gives God the glory in triumph.  No airbrushing the rough parts, but also no prolonged whining.  (Let's be honest:  most of us whine sometimes when life is particularly difficult.)

I really enjoyed Undone.  It's a true story of a real woman who faced real challenges and, through them, leaned on the Lord and let Him change her in ways both real and significant.  In spite of the serious topic, the author manages to inject humor even as she shares the truths she has learned.  I'll give you two more quotes that I marked:
  • I'm convinced God has a sense of humor.  No doubt about it.  I told him he needed new material.
  • Where is my faith?  In myself, more often than not.  Which is why an unexpected squall--every last one of them over the span of two years--unraveled me.  A boat anchored to itself is not anchored at all.
I absolutely recommend Undone!

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Disclosure:  I received this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions expressed are my own.


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