Episode 03

Michelle DeRusha

Writing Your Own Story

Michelle Derusha joins me to talk about memoir and the challenge of telling your own story. Michell is the author of Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith.
Michelle Derusha joins me to talk about memoir and the challenge of telling your own story. Michell is the author of Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith.
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Show Notes:03. Michelle DeRusha—Writing Your Own Story: Using Writing As A Tool To Find God

Michelle Derusha joins me to talk about memoir and the challenge of telling your own story. We discuss how an author decides what to include and what gets cut, we talk about writing as a form of prayer, and we discuss the challenges of focusing your attention on the discipline of writing. You’ll appreciate Michelle’s honesty and vulnerability—hallmarks of a good memoir.

“Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult.” —George Eliot

“If we’re honest with ourselves, I suspect a lot of us are looking for the big, flashy miracle— the billboard moment when everything is crystal clear and all doubts are washed away for good, the media-worthy miracle that makes the evening news. I know that’s what I want. I find myself thinking, If only God could give me one clear sign, if only he would come down and do a miracle, then I would believe 100 percent for sure. If I got a clear sign, I wouldn’t have any more doubts. But I’m not so sure that’s the only way God operates. I’m beginning to think he gives us these ordinary miracles, these small blessings, these “Why not?” moments in the midst of the everyday instead, so we will learn to open our eyes and see him not just in the wild, over-the-top, media-worthy miracles, but in the hundreds of everyday miracles as well.”

DeRusha, Michelle. Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith

  • Cold nights mean blankets.
  • Link in bio. It's the season of giving and we all know how hard it can be to buy gifts for men. This season, give the men in your life a gift to help them grow into better men. The 5 Masculine Instincts is great for husbands, sons, and grandsons and best of all, it fits perfectly into those fireplace stockings.

Even better, today, Moody is offering the book at 50% off! You can buy the book anywhere you shop for books.
  • Snow, ice, and minus zero wind chill but we got the job done and had some great dog work. South Dakota pheasant hunting is hard to beat.
  • This week, I had the chance to spend a few days at the C4 ranch just out side of Coronado. The ranch is owned by a veterans organization that provides retreats and workshops for Navy Seal operators and their families. The ranch is ran by the Keatings, a gold star family, whose Navy Seal son Charles Humphrey Keating IV was killed in Iraq. This Veterans Day I’m grateful again for those who have sacrificed, including so many families. Thank you.
  • I’m so grateful to be an American and election days are a great reminder of the gift and responsibility we steward. And thanks to all the churches who open to serve as voting places. God give us all wisdom and guidance. May we honor you today. #votered
  • This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
  • Another evening filming for @bibleengagementproject. This was the 19th volume I’ve presented, 76 video lessons. I’m once again grateful for the opportunity.
  • Working from home.
  • This weekend, I got to do a book signing at Barnes & Noble. It was a great experience and fun to see these two kiddos stop by.
Cold nights mean blankets.
Cold nights mean blankets.
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Link in bio. It's the season of giving and we all know how hard it can be to buy gifts for men. This season, give the men in your life a gift to help them grow into better men. The 5 Masculine Instincts is great for husbands, sons, and grandsons and best of all, it fits perfectly into those fireplace stockings.

Even better, today, Moody is offering the book at 50% off! You can buy the book anywhere you shop for books.
Link in bio. It's the season of giving and we all know how hard it can be to buy gifts for men. This season, give the men in your life a gift to help them grow into better men. The 5 Masculine Instincts is great for husbands, sons, and grandsons and best of all, it fits perfectly into those fireplace stockings. Even better, today, Moody is offering the book at 50% off! You can buy the book anywhere you shop for books.
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Snow, ice, and minus zero wind chill but we got the job done and had some great dog work. South Dakota pheasant hunting is hard to beat.
Snow, ice, and minus zero wind chill but we got the job done and had some great dog work. South Dakota pheasant hunting is hard to beat.
Snow, ice, and minus zero wind chill but we got the job done and had some great dog work. South Dakota pheasant hunting is hard to beat.
Snow, ice, and minus zero wind chill but we got the job done and had some great dog work. South Dakota pheasant hunting is hard to beat.
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This week, I had the chance to spend a few days at the C4 ranch just out side of Coronado. The ranch is owned by a veterans organization that provides retreats and workshops for Navy Seal operators and their families. The ranch is ran by the Keatings, a gold star family, whose Navy Seal son Charles Humphrey Keating IV was killed in Iraq. This Veterans Day I’m grateful again for those who have sacrificed, including so many families. Thank you.
This week, I had the chance to spend a few days at the C4 ranch just out side of Coronado. The ranch is owned by a veterans organization that provides retreats and workshops for Navy Seal operators and their families. The ranch is ran by the Keatings, a gold star family, whose Navy Seal son Charles Humphrey Keating IV was killed in Iraq. This Veterans Day I’m grateful again for those who have sacrificed, including so many families. Thank you.
This week, I had the chance to spend a few days at the C4 ranch just out side of Coronado. The ranch is owned by a veterans organization that provides retreats and workshops for Navy Seal operators and their families. The ranch is ran by the Keatings, a gold star family, whose Navy Seal son Charles Humphrey Keating IV was killed in Iraq. This Veterans Day I’m grateful again for those who have sacrificed, including so many families. Thank you.
This week, I had the chance to spend a few days at the C4 ranch just out side of Coronado. The ranch is owned by a veterans organization that provides retreats and workshops for Navy Seal operators and their families. The ranch is ran by the Keatings, a gold star family, whose Navy Seal son Charles Humphrey Keating IV was killed in Iraq. This Veterans Day I’m grateful again for those who have sacrificed, including so many families. Thank you.
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I’m so grateful to be an American and election days are a great reminder of the gift and responsibility we steward. And thanks to all the churches who open to serve as voting places. God give us all wisdom and guidance. May we honor you today. #votered
I’m so grateful to be an American and election days are a great reminder of the gift and responsibility we steward. And thanks to all the churches who open to serve as voting places. God give us all wisdom and guidance. May we honor you today. #votered
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This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
This weekend, I’ve had the chance to worship and study The 5 Masculine Instincts with the men of @westgatechurch in the hills above San Jose. I’m so great full for the opportunity and for their generosity and spirit. Culture has a lot of negative things to say about men, but weekends like this remind me that God is building his church and redeeming men in ways the world overlooks.
4 weeks ago
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Another evening filming for @bibleengagementproject. This was the 19th volume I’ve presented, 76 video lessons. I’m once again grateful for the opportunity.
Another evening filming for @bibleengagementproject. This was the 19th volume I’ve presented, 76 video lessons. I’m once again grateful for the opportunity.
Another evening filming for @bibleengagementproject. This was the 19th volume I’ve presented, 76 video lessons. I’m once again grateful for the opportunity.
4 weeks ago
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Working from home.
Working from home.
1 month ago
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This weekend, I got to do a book signing at Barnes & Noble. It was a great experience and fun to see these two kiddos stop by.
This weekend, I got to do a book signing at Barnes & Noble. It was a great experience and fun to see these two kiddos stop by.
1 month ago
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