Seminary Dropout 90: Michele Cushatt, Author of ‘Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life’


Michele Cushatt

A storyteller at heart, Michele Cushatt inspires audiences with the warmth of her transparency and presence. Her unique style makes you feel like you just spent an afternoon with a good friend, sparking tears one moment and laughter the next. Having experienced both the best and worst of life, she’s unafraid to disclose her imperfect spaces, so that you know you’re not alone in yours.

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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. -From the Publisher

Some things discussed on the show…

…Michele’s life changed by orders of magnitude over the span of about 8 months. She got a cancer diagnosis and 3 new (to her) children under her care during that time.

…this quote from the book
“Cancer, as heinous and evil as it was, had delivered an unexpected gift. It taught us how to live. Not in regret over all the ways we wished we could go back and do it over. Not in mourning the countless unfinished, undone places that yet remained. And not in fear of the unknown future we couldn’t predict or control. Cancer–in both its presence and absence–had taught me the immeasurable value of today.”

…how the presence of God felt different to than Michele thought it would.

…how divorce is a part of Michele’s story and how that has made her more able to identify with those that have had a messy life.

…what it was like raising her own children and then essentially starting over with 3 other children.

…Michele has lived a pretty clean life and taken care of herself and her body before her diagnosis, and that moment of feel like “meaningless meaningless everything is meaningless”.

…how coming so close to the realness of death makes you treat yourself better, not physically, but internally and understanding just how valuable you are as a human being.

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