Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet by Sara Hagerty

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

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. Sh...

Details Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

TitleEvery Bitter Thing Is Sweet
Release DateOct 7th, 2014
GenreChristian, Nonfiction, Religion, Faith, Autobiography, Memoir, Christianity, Christian Living

Reviews Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

  • Kate
    I always feel like I need to defend 1 star reviews. Goodreads states that 1 star means "I didn't like it." There you go. I didn't loathe this book; I simply didn't like it. Several reviewers have noted Hagerty's whining tone. I agree. There is a gift to writing about one's inner struggles without coming across whiny or self-absorbed, and Hagerty was not able to do this. But what I find most disturbing in the book is what appears to be a lack of h...
  • Elizabeth
    Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty sounded like the perfect book for me. Tasting the goodness of God in all things. A lesson I could continue to learn.Yet, I just could. not. get. into. this. book. It made my head hurt. While the writing is good, Sara seems to whine a lot. And while she has reasons to whine, I never quite get the lessons out of her stories that she is trying to teach.Sara struggled with infertility and finally came to th...
  • Leah
    "A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, but to a hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet." Proverbs 27:7, NKJVI loved reading Sara Hagerty's story, hearing about the yearnings of her heart, and appreciating the model she provides for very slowly, randomly, surprisingly learning to trust God. And herself. Maybe Sara teaches us how to tell about our own struggles in ways that will benefit others, too?Some reviewers interpreted Every Bitter Thing ...
  • Faith
    "Every Bitter Thing is Sweet." This provocative title comes from Proverbs, where we are told that a full man will turn away from even honey, but for a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. I read that title and I thought to myself "How can this be?" Throughout the Scriptures, God comes to us with food. He prepares a table for us in the sight of our enemies. He feeds us with marrow and fatness. And Jesus' sacrament was bread and wine, eaten tog...
  • Jalynn Patterson
    About the Book: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 d...
  • Vanessa
    At age 15 when I first caught a glimpse of the God of the Bible, I began to fall in love with Him. I was certain then that I would always be fascinated in discovering this beautiful God! Looking back now, over a decade later, I have learned that the process of life has a certain way of wearing and tearing one down from that initial love-struckness. I've done my best in clinging to my dearest Friend Jesus that I first encountered over 10 years ago...
  • Amy E Patton
    There are a handful of books that wedge themselves gently and purposefully into my soul. This is one of them. An unsuspecting gift. Sara Hagerty pens her story of barrenness and the undoing that leads her to a deep discovery of new life breathed in her heart- life breathed from the Life Giver Himself. Every Bitter Thing is Sweet is as much story as it is deep introspection. I imagine Sara's words reflect those she journaled over years of pouring ...
  • Katie
    A beautiful story of our breathtaking God fills the pages of Every Bitter Thing is Sweet. With every chapter, Sara draws the reader nearer to the heart of God. The central question, “Is He good—to me?” is explored through various trials and answered with an unequivocal “yes.” While marriage struggles, infertility, and adoption comprise the main events of this book, the profound meaning that Sara draws out of these events will resonate w...
  • Nika
    Oh, I am so torn! I want to give this book four stars, but there is a serious editing problem within this book. Sara is a wonderful and sensitive writer, so honest and vulnerable. I enjoyed her poetic descriptions, for sure. However, for most of the book, I was lost, trying to regain my footing. The sections within the chapters are disjointed and choppy, moving back and forth in time in a way that is unclear. Many of the pronouns never give an an...
  • Kaley Humble
    "He is the God who remembers." I could have finished this book in a week...maybe even two days, but I had to let each page sink in and resonate with my heart. Never have I read a Christian book that directed my thoughts and gaze back to scripture and the Father's love more than this one has. I think I could read it over and over in different phases of life and learn something new about the goodness of God. Whether you can relate to her story of i...
  • Amy
    I've highlighted so many quotes that I hope to take with me and actually remember. I'm very thankful for that and to have read her (His) story. Hagerty's writing took a little getting used to; it kinda feels like small blog snippets that somehow connect to one another. I have since read a few of her posts on different websites and now enjoy this style. Yes, there is some whining and the "no one understands me" mindset as other readers have pointe...
  • Sally
    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 inf...
  • Casi Willis
    There are a few golden nuggets in this book, but overall, I found not that every bitter thing is sweet, but that out of all of the bitterness, the author could only find sweetness in one or two things. I loved her concept of hope and her dedication to prayer is admirable, but she seems so discontent the majority of the time when God has blessed her with a loving husband--whom some that long for never get to experience--and FOUR adopted children--...
  • Nicole Rice
    Every Bitter Thing is Sweet is a treasure. Sara Hagerty made me hungry to know God more deeply. She beautifully decribes the journey to knowing God more fully by allowing him greater access to our hearts. Sara’s honest stories of God meeting her in the dark places revealed constant God’s invitation to her in pain. She identifies a lens that allows us to see gold in the struggle and the mundane. Whether your pain is similar to Sara’s or not,...
  • Scarlett Pierson
    Oh my gosh! This book is amazing. She talks about the walk in a new way, in a way my soul totally resonates with and needed to hear. There are some very strong similarities here with Amy Carmichael. Her writing style kept taking by me back to Amy's poetry. So beautiful yet so painful. So needy, hungry, searching, seeking, emptiness. I loved reading this book. So beautiful. This is Christ interacting with a soul.
  • Amanda
    A beautifully written account of God's speaking through the pain of marriage troubles, infertility and adoptions to pull the author closer into relationship with Him. So much of experiencing hardships is isolating, and Sara Hagerty reaches up into God's arms and deep into His word for comfort and understanding. Her hunger for His Word and her heart for healing really excites me to seek Him more fervently.
  • Amanda Snow
    Beautiful writing and such truth on these pages. I loved it.
  • Joy
    Beautiful, beautiful book by my dear friend Sara. Read this!!
  • marylyn
    This book was thought provoking and insightful, as sara invites readers to engage with The Lord in the midst of pain. Her words stuck with me
  • Brittany
    It’s spring time. I woke up this morning to many inches of snow, and it is still coming down. I say all this because I went outside and took a picture of my flowers that are coming up because of the warm weather we were having the past couple days. Today the flowers are being covered and drowning in piles of snow; peeking out amongst the white. The last words in the book which title is, “Every Bitter Thing is Sweet” are: “Winter and Sprin...
  • Chris G.
    Hands down my favorite non-fiction book.
  • Nathan Albright
    [Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Zondervan Press in exchange for an honest review.]A book like this demonstrates a few important truths when it comes to writing deeply personal memoirs about longing. The most basic of those truths is that it is much easier and more satisfying to complete a book like this when the longing that prompted it has been fulfilled. Yet that places the author, ironically, in the position of so many...
  • Meredith
    Sara believes differently about some things than I do, so some parts of this book were hard for me to get into and understand. For example, I don't believe in a "one" that God perfectly lead me to; I believe that who to marry is a decision made by us alone, so when she talks about God giving her a contentious marriage in order to teach her about Himself it fell pretty flat. It sounded to me like Sara and her husband got married too fast and lacke...
  • Laura
    Title: EVERY BITTER THING IS SWEETAuthor: Sara HagertyPublisher: ZondervanOctober 2014ISBN: 978-0310339946Genre: Nonfiction / Women’s issues / Christian lifeIn 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 br...
  • Andrex
    For anyone who wants a closer walk with the Lord or if you have suffered the barrenness (infertility) that Sara faced or have adopted older children (orphans) this book is for you. In some ways parts of this book are depressing as Sara really delves into her heart to share with the reader what she has been through but there is always hope and Sara lets you in on how her relationship with God grows, how miracles happen through their adoption proce...
  • Tiffany
    I don't know that I would recommend any other person to read this book the week of Valentine's Day like I did, but I am very glad I read it. The author gives you a vivid glimpse into her heart, life and spirit during some of the most tender and heartbreaking times of her life. Through her story, you hear God's gentle words of love echo and touch your own spirit through written words. I cried at times, laughed during others and just sighed with sa...
  • Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
    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 ...
  • Meredith Kretz
    Sharing stories is something that draws people together; we often reflect on our own story as it applies to others as we use our own experiences to develop a deeper understanding of our own beliefs. Sara authentically pours out her heart as she shares her story, leaving no facet unturned as she speaks of a God who purposefully uses life to bring us to places where, knowing Him deeper, can be the only true conclusion one can draw. God’s faithful...
  • Cassie
    While I have not walked a path of infertility and adoption, this book has greatly impacted me. I was able to relate to Hagerty on a faith level and there is so much in this book that resonates with me. Years ago in a Bible Study, someone asked, "Do you know Jesus or do you know Jesus?" That simple statement set off a desire in me to know Jesus in a deeper way than just being able to recall a Bible story. Hagerty captures this in her book - she ...
  • Claire Johnson
    Beautiful story of her struggle with infertility and adoptions. Mostly a beautiful story of a woman who loves God. Gave me a new perspective on my kiddos. I cried a lot.
  • Georgia Herod
    Sara Hagerty weaves her narrative around the "undergirding story of her physical barrenness." As she longs for her body to be "blessed" while her life unfolds, she begins to see every challenging circumstance as an opportunity to learn more of God as He really is rather than as she has thought for many years. Those challenges are instances of barrenness which can only be filled with the God who remembers her, knows her, and sees her. She comes to...
  • Yvette Mcintire Ling
    There are books that happen just at the right times in your lives and this is one of them. I might have been drawn to the title because most things were indeed bitter in my life when I started reading this book. However, I knew deep down that it was a condition of my own soul and not the circumstances I found myself living out. So, I picked up this book wanting to dig deeper in my own life so that I could indeed find the sweetness of what I had p...
  • Katie Krombein
    Lots of good thoughts about aligning ourselves with what God says is true. Writing style was sometimes vague and hard for me to follow, but I liked her thoughts as I could track them. Some quotes that I started keeping track of near the end:"It wasn’t my effort and His. It was His effort and my weak yes. It was partnership, done His way.” pg 133"It hadn’t taken long for this daughter to find enough comfort in our home to let what simmered, ...
  • Claire
    My heart is forever imprinted with a new message. "He sees me" through the pain, confusion, loneliness, bitterness, glory, sweetness and celebrations. Thank you dear Sara. Thank you. Telling your story has taken so much courage, faith and love for your family and yourself. You and Nate have given the greatest of gifts to your children (and yourselves). Your children have been given a voice, a holy path to follow; indeed you speak to the "orphan" ...
  • Sarah
    What if our identity was not based on what was yet to come and still lacking but in a man, a God man who already sees us as whole and complete? Sara Hagerty spent her growing years searching for the love of this God man who sometimes seems so far away. But what if knowing who He is and who we are in Him was as simple as spending time at His feet?Every Bitter Thing is Sweet is a book for everyone. From the woman waiting with an empty to womb to th...
  • Kdriselli
    This is a book for all of us. For Christians, for those who left the church, and for those wondering whether church and faith are really true. This is a message that transcends where you are on the question of God, because Sara Hagerty offers an authentic glimpse into what a life of faith and a deep belief in God truly means: it isn't always pretty, it isn't pain-free, but it is always satisfying. In an era when we can have the answers we want ne...
  • Karen
    In Every Bitter Thing is Sweet author Sara Hagerty gives a voice to the longing of hearts in search of Faith, Hope and belief in the order of God's plan for every life. She bravely opens the door to the reader sharing her own long season of barrenness not only of her womb but of her heart locked away in a season of aridity. Readers exploring Faith and seasons such as Sara's may identify with her Holy loneliness, awash in the mundane events of lif...
  • Tina Simmons
    JunkThis is one loooong lament over her "barrenness", a term I find offensive, that ends with her dreams coming true. As a woman with infertility, I find her constant moaning irritating. At some point, you must accept what God has given you. Let go of dreams He has deferred. This author hangs on steadfastly and continues to wail over it.As an adoptive mom, I am offended by her continued wailing AFTER bringing kids home. Seriously, get some profes...
  • Kristin
    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 ...
  • Sara
    I enjoyed reading this book, but I definitely skimmed through parts. The author tends to write in choppy sentences, and leaves a lot of detail out. I assume she is trying to generalize her story, so that readers can relate, but it ends up just leaving me wanting to know what she actually went through and not just how she felt while she was going through "something vague." The best takeaway for me was learning about her practice of "Adoration, " o...
  • Brooke
    As someone who has struggled with loss expectations and shattered dreams, I felt like Sara was inside my head as she shared the deep pain and hurt her infertility has brought into her life. It was encouraging and reassuring to read some of her thoughts as some of them are the same thoughts I've struggled with. This book is truly one of the best books I've read on longings that have yet to be met. It's helped me look at my pain in a different ligh...
  • Lisa
    I really appreciated this book and its focus on how God brings hope to our brokenness and brings sweet things out of bitter things. The main suffering this book addresses is that of infertility, and even though I have never experienced that, the book was still really compelling and applicable to me in the different challenges I have faced. I took my time going through it since each chapter ends with a list of Bible verses to look up, so I used it...
  • Gretchen Louise
    This was the book I opened up on my Kindle in every waiting room, the words I stared at through tears during that night of false labor. It was no coincidence that as little reading I did during that time, it was Sara Hagerty’s book that kept me company through what turned out to be a very hard, high-risk pregnancy. With astounding honesty, Sara shares the bitter of her journey. Death, infertility, marriage struggles–she doesn’t gloss over t...
  • Anna Jennings
    This book is a must read for anyone who has ever experienced disappointment, loss, or delay (which is just about everyone!) Sara's words mirrored my own thoughts to the point that I found myself in tears because there was someone else who understood exactly where I had been. My view of God as Father has been largely shaped by the revelation she has personally shared both through her blogs and now her book. I cannot say enough about how Sara's obe...
  • Jennifer
    I am generally pretty lukewarm about books in this genre because they all end up seeming the same and I'm left thinking I just read something "Christian lite for women". This book surprised me. It's so beautifully written. So raw, so real, so hopeful. Despite the fact that my story is not Sara's story and my hopes and hurts are so different than hers, I'm left hungering for a relationship with God like the one she cultivated over the course of mo...
  • Suzanne Bowen
    A friend shared this book with me at a time when I truly needed it. Infertility can feel so isolating. It was comforting to read Sara’s experience as she eloquently put into words some of the emotions I struggled to explain. Everyone has a right to their opinion. That being said, those of you who complained of her “whining” tone, I fear that you missed the point. I challenge you to read this book again (or any book really!) and use it to le...