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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. Hardcover.
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Number of Pages: 202
Publication Date: 2014
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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 mommys 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 facingin family, career, singleness, or marriageEvery 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 Gods 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 alonea place where the unseen is more real than what the eye can perceive. A place where every bitter thing is sweet.
Sara Hagerty is the author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, a wife to Nate, and a mother of six, including four children adopted from Africa and one toddler whos found his voice amid them all. 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 www.SaraHagertyAuthor.com.
"From page one, Sara's poetic and vulnerable writing invites readers to truly experience the pain and redemption she has experienced and we can all relate to. Her hunger to experience God's presence and description of what that looks like will inspire you to find God in every circumstance of your life, bitter and sweet, and lead others to do the same." -Sara Hall, Professional Track Athlete
"Sara Hagerty in her book Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet has captured an unlikely route to joy. Instead of bitterness and resentment about her barrenness, Sara learned that out of something painful, something beautiful can grow. The book is like a garden of beauty that has so many blossoms of hope that were 'birthed' in her barrenness. What God taught Sara in her struggles will inspire any woman with a pulse." -Jackie Kendall, Best-selling author of Lady in Waiting
"Each year I choose a 'best book of the year' to recommend or give to friends. This year my choice is clear, for Every Bitter Thing is Sweet is a life changer! Sara Hagerty has a depth in her soul, the tongue of a skillful writer, and an amazingly compelling story. Thank you, Sara, for giving us what we need the most, whether we realize it or not: more intimacy with this mysterious God who sees us, shapes us, and shows up in our life with "bursts of glory." -Dee Brestin, Author of Idol Lies, The God of All Comfort, and The Friendships of Women
"God is still in the business of giving beauty for ashes. Sara's story proves it. Stunningly honest and moving. You don't just read this book, you experience it." -Stacey Thacker, Co-Author of Hope for The Weary Mom
"If you have struggled with the goodness of God in the valleys of life, then this book is for you. Sarah beautifully paints how God gently and tenderly revealed Himself in the midst of her seasons of longing and waiting." -Noelle Dienert Davis, RN, homeschooling mom to four, daughter of Ruth Graham, granddaughter of Ruth & Billy Graham
"With penetrating vulnerability and insight, Sara Hagerty brings us into the deep wrestling of our hearts in pain and delay, offering us the lifeline she found in the darkness: fellowship with the heart of Jesus. The gold of this book will leave you thirsting for more of God and equipped to find Him even in the hardest times." -Dana Candler, author, Deep unto Deep
"Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet is an exquisite love story between a woman and her God. Prepare to be swept away by Sara's storytelling and by the God who loves her and you! This is one of my all-time favorite reads by one of my all-time favorite authors." -Joy Forney, joyforney.org
"With vulnerability and insight, Sara Hagerty shares her story and invites the deep parts of us to find the deep parts of Him, where life is found. It is a profound testimony to the love and goodness of an intimate and beautiful God." -Stasi Eldredge, co-author of New York Times Bestseller Captivating
"Sara poetically takes us on a fresh, yet familiar journey - delays, pain, stress, loss - that leads us to the feet of the One whom our soul loves. Every Bitter Thing is Sweet is a tender cry for all of us to find His beauty in the middle of all of our frustrations, and a beautiful reminder that He sees us through it all. You will be deeply encouraged and moved by this stunning book." -Jennie Allen, author of Anything and Restless
"In her book, Sara poetically draws us into her story of loss, grief, and redemption and how God's name was written over every word of it, drawing her to Himself and showing her that He is not only a good God but a God who is good to her." -Kelly Raudenbush, The Sparrow Fund
"My favorite parts of Sara Hagerty's stories come as God gives her children whothough they were born on different soil to different biological mothersshare the same wounds as their American mother. This is a story of grace and miracles, a story of bitterness turned sweet, a story of hope for everyonefrom the orphan in Africa to the middle-American churchgoer-- who looks to God as healer." -Amy Julia Becker, author of Small Talk: Learning from my Children About What Matters Most
Deb5 Stars Out Of 5Every Bitter Thing Is SweetJanuary 26, 2015Debvery Good book. liked the follow up Bible verses after each chapter
kwestropeSun City, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Heart-wrenching and soul stirringDecember 23, 2014kwestropeSun City, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This a heart-wrenching and soul stirring book, based on the author's struggle with her longing for a child, yet inability to conceive. She very openly shares the deepest pain and secrets of her heart, while always pointing to the Giver of Life, Christ.
Interspersed with scripture and recommended meditation/reading, this book becomes a wonderful tool for others struggling to conceive. It will touch your heart and offer encouragement, as well as insight in to the working's of our Lord, and His awesome and perfect timing. Beautifully done.
Dianna A.South CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5It wrapped itself around my heartNovember 7, 2014Dianna A.South CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book drew me in. Even though Sara and I did not share the same infertility, I understand how the focus on ministry kept her from really getting close to our creator in ways that should come naturally. As she journeyed through her life and found herself knowing God in the many ways and forms that He exists in our lives, I cried with her. Ive learned the ways that our Father comes in and teaches us, loves us, disciplines us and most importantly raises us up to share our stories with the world around us.
Knowing God in the every day, the hard and the good can be both easy and hard. Finding out how to find joy on the journey of life and finding Gods goodness in every circumstance that surrounds us is vital to surviving and overcoming. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this book. Not that the writing was bad, in fact it was excellent, but how the story just wrapped itself around my heart. Sara has a way of writing that just envelopes you and paints beautiful pictures of her story in your minds eye. If you havent read it you really should. It is beautiful.
She put into words my desire to know Him more. To fill myself up with His words and allow Him to reach into my very being and change me. Sara is an artist with words.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BrookeGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Brave Honesty & TransparencyOctober 7, 2014BrookeGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As 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 light and helped me to see how God has used and is continuing to use it to invite me in closer to Him. Sara's transparency and pure honesty in sharing her story and telling how God continues to shape her is a gift. This book is for anyone who has tasted the bitterness of life and is searching to find some sweetness.
M_KretzKentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Perspective Changing!!!October 7, 2014M_KretzKentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sharing 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. Gods faithfulness is beautifully displayed in Saras desire to see the negative situations in life as launching points for deeper understanding of a God who never leaves us. Reading this book, no one can walk away and feel that, in the most difficult situations in life, you are alone. The things that hurt the most, the things that our hearts dont readily understand, are moments for a God of love to use for moments of sweet surrender in His presence. Saras story can be our own story, hungry for more than this world has to offer. Perspective change offers great opportunity to be filled with a God who longs to be known by His children because He knows each one personally. God made us to worship and in lifes cloudy moments, when worship seems like the last thing to do, hungry and crying out to Him is when God shows up in more marvelous ways than we could ever imagine. Thank you, Sara, for authentically and unashamedly sharing your story; your story is His story and through you, God will be glorified through shaping others stories as well.