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

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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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--...
  • Jillian Vincent
    Jesus IS beautiful, Sara Hagerty. What a stunningly written book, with profound truths wrapped in a story told over a decade of time. Whatever your current and past hurt is, know that you can hope in a good healer NOW, not just for the future. His healing spans all times. I will never forget the chapter entitled “the glorious mundane” for giving me enlightenment on some frustration so very quotidian to my life. And my favorite one liners “H...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lizzie Lowrie
    This book is good - beautiful in parts and difficult in parts. I found the way Sara described the struggle in her marriage, with the death of her father, her infertility and the adjustment to family life after adopting really insightful and in parts beautifully written. I think culturally, the way she writes about a life of faith is at times hard to connect with - she does spend a long time designing how zealous she was that at times became repet...
  • 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...