*Disclosure: I received a copy of Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life from Zondervan for review purposes. No other compensation was received.*
I love the beach. I love the feel of digging my toes in the sand. The sound of the waves calms my spirit. The rhythmic crashing on the shore restores my balance.
Notice I said I love the beach?
I don’t particularly like getting in the ocean. The water is cold. It leaves my skin feeling funny from the salt. I can’t see what is lurking under the water. It’s rough and constantly moving.
Michele Cushatt reminds us in her book, Undone, that if we stay on the beach, we will miss the ocean. Even though the ocean can be dangerous and uncontrollable, it is also a place of adventure and thrill. Speaking for myself, when I do get in the ocean, I have memories of laughter and fun as we play in the surf and jump with the waves.
But we have to choose to dive in. We have to trust that the Ultimate Lifeguard is watching over us and will keep our heads above water when we tire of swimming in the deep.
Life is very similar. When I choose to dive in over my head, I am taking a dive of faith. It is rarely easy, but it is rewarding.
I found encouragement throughout Undone. Michele’s style of writing is captivating. It’s as if she were having a conversation with me. My life is not a mirror of hers, but her story resonated with me on so many levels.
There’s no step-by-step advice in this book on how to live, no sure-fire tips for making it through the day. But there is transparency and authenticity. In her memoir, Michele tells her story of making peace with an unexpected life.
We see the mess caused by life and how a perfectionist learns to accept the beauty in the chaos.
Those who know me well know how much that last sentence could easily have been said by me—a perfectionist struggling to make sense of the chaos.
Throughout Michele’s story of life unraveling and coming “undone,” she was reminded over and over of one simple truth and statement of love from our Heavenly Father,
Nothing will be able to separate you from me. Nothing!
This statement sank deep in my soul as I read Michele’s story. I didn’t just see Michele’s struggles to make peace with an imperfect life. I replayed mine as well. I saw the times I felt undone. I saw the redemptive hand of God as He allowed some circumstances in my life that prepared me for future challenges and allowed me to be the personal connection for someone else. I remember the feeling of Him drawing me closer to Him during those times.
Have you or a loved one experienced one of the following?
- fear, anxiety, or depression
- major medical diagnosis
- divorce, remarriage, or blending families
- foster or adopted children
- substance abuse
- parenting challenges
You can probably relate to at least one of these, maybe even several. Have they ever caused you to feel undone and not sure if you want to dive into the ocean of life again? Then this book was written for you.
Take the plunge.
Experience the thrill God has waiting for you. He will be there watching over you, ready to take your hand when you need it.