Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: A Book Review

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 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.

About The Author:

 Sara Hagerty 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.

My Review:

This last year was one that should have caused me to become bitter. Losing four loved ones to death in a seven month period was just a tad more than one should have to deal with. It really was an incredibly difficult year in 2014, but yet I am not bitter. Why is that? Well, perfectly simple, it's only because of Him that I can go through the grief process without giving into bitterness. And that is one of the things that author Sara Hagerty has discussed in her new book, Every Bitter Thing is Sweet. 

Hagerty is completely honest, humble, open and unabashed when discussing her life journey through infertility and marriage crisis'. Her writing reminds me much of Ann Voskamp, Sarah Bessey and Jennie Allen. The book is well written and flowed wonderfully from beginning to end and is that cover not the best ever! I related to the author in many ways including having journeyed through infertility myself. I could have chosen to become bitter than, and through my own marriage crisis but I am so glad that even through I journeyed through other emotions, I was able to give them all to God who gave me hope in despair.

I loved the "For Your Continued Pursuit" section at the end of each chapter, which contained scripture verses for the reader to dig deeper into on their own, as they relate to our own journey and stage of life. This is a perfect reminder that even in the hard, oft dark times, of life God is there, always and extends His hand to us always. We just have to let go and let Him. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet at your favorite retailer of Christian books, as well as online through Amazon.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of BookLook Bloggers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are mine and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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