Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty ~ Taste the Goodness of God in All Things {Book Review}

Sara Hagerty
Christian Life


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 newlywed 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 weaves fabric from the narrative of her life into the mosaic of a Creator who mends broken stories. 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.

Whatever lost expectations you are facing--in family, career, singleness, or marriage--Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet will bring you closer to a God who longs for you to know Him more.

Going beyond the narrative to offer timeless insight, Hagerty brings you back to hope, back to healing, back to a place that God is holding for you alone--a place where the unseen is more real than what the eye can perceive. A place where every bitter thing is sweet.

My Thoughts

After reading the first chapter of this book I was hesitant to continue. Not that it wasn't good, in fact it was very well written and quite touching. It just didn't seem to pertain to my life. In that first chapter Sara opens up with her heart-wrenching story of infertility. As a woman I feel sorrow for her plight, but I've never struggled with that area so I almost gave the book a pass.

Yes this book is about Sara's battle with infertility, but it contains so much more. If you've ever had an unmet expectation you'll be able to relate to this book. If you've ever had a dream that you found dashed you'll relate to this book. This book is really about being a woman in this fallen world. We all have hopes and dreams and ambitions that sometimes materialize but often don't.

We've all tasted the bitterness of rejection. Whether it is from a friend or foe it doesn't seem to matter, it all tastes awful! But what if you could find a way to turn that bitter taste into something deliciously sweet? Sara takes you on a journey through her life experiences that shows you the secret of doing just that. The key to it all is to find a longing so desperate of God's desire that even the bitterest of circumstances seem sweet because God Himself is in it.

After reading the whole thing I now know why so many people are recommending it. It is a beautiful story of the redemption of God in a seemingly ruined life. I think you'll come away from it uplifted and encouraged.

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