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Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things

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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.

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.

Customer Reviews


This book so clearly translate much of the pain I've felt in my season of winter. After battling PTSD from a horrible miscarriage to infertility diagnosis, I'd arrived at a hopeless place of tears and anger towards God. Sarah's story so beautifully walked me through each memory, letting me know that I wasn't alone. That my questions were her questions. That my feelings were her feelings. Thank you for leading me back to hope. I'd certainly recommend this book to anyone struggling with spirituality in their infertility. The writing style does seem to bounce around etween time periods, but it all makes sense in the end.

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

A move, a baby, and a job change later, these past few months have found me not only once but TWICE soaking in the truths of this book. Sara writes with a level of vulnerable honesty that draws in our hearts - in understanding- to the ache of those questions that stare us in the face and challenge who our God is. She leads readers through each painfully beautiful season of her life, introducing them not only to the God of newness and breakthrough, but the God who is completely sufficient even in the "not-yet." I close the final pages of her book craving more of this God. The one who is strong in my weakness, who binds up my broken pieces, and calls my story beautiful as he wraps every detail - both bitter and sweet- into a bigger story of redemption than I could ever imagine. Thank you, Sara, for baring your story before the world so that others might be caught up in the glory of this man Jesus who makes all things new.

God is ....

Sweet, tender, forgiving,
understanding and more.
I believe God made us all unique.
"All things are possible with God."
Thank you.

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Christianity
  • Published: Oct 07, 2014
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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