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Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things
$16.99
Format: Hardcover

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Quick Overview:

Sara Hagerty masterfully draws from her own story of spiritual and physical barrenness to birth in readers a new longing for God. With exquisite storytelling and reflection, Hagerty guides readers to a tender place that God is holding just for them---a place where he shapes the bitterness of lost expectations into deep, new places of knowing Him.
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In the age of fingertip access to answers and a limitless supply of ambitions, where do we find the God who was birthed in dirt and straw? Sara Hagerty found him when life stopped working for her. She found him when she was a young adult mired in spiritual busyness and when she was a new bride with doubts about whether her fledgling marriage would survive. She found him alone in the night as she cradled her longing for babies who did not come. She found him as she kissed the faces of children on another continent who had lived years without a mommy’s touch.

In Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, Hagerty masterfully draws from the narrative of her life to craft a mosaic of a God who leans into broken stories. Here readers see a God who is present in every changing circumstance. Most significantly, they see a God who is present in every unchanging circumstance as well.

Whatever lost expectations readers are facing—in family, career, singleness, or marriage—Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet will bring them closer to a God who longs for them to know him more. What does it look like to know God’s nearness when life breaks? What does it mean to receive his life when earthly life remains barren? How can God turn the bitterness of unmet desire into new flavors of joy?

With exquisite storytelling and reflection, Hagerty brings readers back to hope, back to healing, back to a place that God is holding for them alone—a place where the unseen is more real than what the eye can perceive. A place where every bitter thing is sweet.

Contributor Sara Hagerty , Katie Davis
Short Bio Sara Hagerty

Sara is a wife to Nate and a mother of five whose arms stretched wide across the ocean to Africa. After almost a decade of Christian life she was introduced to pain and perplexity and, ultimately, intimacy with Jesus. God met her and moved her when life stopped working for her. His Word and His whisper took on new shape and form to her in the dark. Sara writes regularly about life-delays, finding God in the unlikely, motherhood, marriage and adoption at http://EveryBitterThingisSweet.com.

UPC 025986339944
ISBN-10 0310339944
ISBN-13 9780310339946
Publish Date Oct 7, 2014
Weight 0.6200
Length 208.00
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $16.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Jackie
Overall Rating
Sara’s beautifully written struggle with accepting how much God loved her has turned into a beautiful book for any woman to read, enjoy and learn from. Just her, for being her. Not because of her actions or accolades, but just because she belongs to Him. What I learned from reading this book had nothing to do with how to talk to women who struggle with infertility or families waiting for adoption paperwork to be finalized. What I learned is that no matter what our struggle, we need to see each day as an opportunity to meet God. He sees us and wants to be a part of our process. Are we going to push Him off, anxious to move to the next thing, or are we going to let him into our every moment?

Sara Hagerty shares her struggle over this very thing and beautifully encourages her readers to see how much God wants to be a part of their everything. I encourage any woman that is struggling with seeing God in her daily life to read Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet. Sara has something beautiful to tell you.

{I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and a good review was not guaranteed.} (Posted on 10/13/14)
Review by Sally
Overall Rating
Quote From The book flap:
“Here you will see a God who is present in every changing circumstance. Most significantly, you see a God who is present in every unchanging circumstance as well.” Sara Hagerty takes her everyday life situations and shows God’s purpose and plan for each situation and more importantly shows how to listen when God speaks to your heart.

When I first started reading this book, I thought it would be another book about infertility and almost put it in my “to read later” pile, but as I kept turning the pages I couldn’t put it down because I found things that began to relate to my life. It has left me “longing to know more”. Although I have been a Christian for many, many years, I often long to feel the closeness of God in bad situations that Sara feels. I often find myself begging God to talk with me and show me the way and am often disappointed when it feels there is no answer. Sara shows through her life story you can have that kind of relationship, but it is something you have to work at and have to be willing to put God first. I think that is often the downfall of me and probably most of us, because when troubling situations arise, I forget to pray about them before I act, rather than praying after nothing I have tried works.

This is a book I will read again but this time with pen and paper as there are many scriptures listed after each chapter to help you continue your pursuit in learning God’s truths. This book could easily be used as a women’s group Bible Study.

Even though this was a difficult review for me to write, because I am struggling with so many emotions that came to surface while reading it, I would highly recommend this book especially if you are struggling with things in your life that leave you unhappy and wanting more of God in your life.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
(Posted on 10/7/14)
Review by Kristin
Overall Rating
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a very difficult book to read. A lot of the book felt like the author was whining. Have I experienced infertility? Yes. There were years that I was convinced that I couldn't have children. But did I whine, like I feel the author is doing in this book? No. Did I feel the torment of believing that I would never hold a baby of my own flesh and blood in my arms? YES!
The biggest problem that I had with this book was the fact that she was able to adopt, not just one, not just two, but FOUR children! And that still wasn't enough for her, she still cried and whined to God. Why couldn't she just say, "Yes, God, this is the motherhood that You have given me. I am the mother You have chosen for these children. It doesn't matter if they are my flesh and blood or not."
The entire book to me felt like the author couldn't accept the blessings that were right in front of her face. That in itself made it very difficult for me to read. (Posted on 9/26/14)

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