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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.

Contributor(s) Sara Hagerty
About the Contributor(s) Sara Hagerty

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 who’s 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

UPC 025986339944
ISBN-10 0310339944
ISBN-13 9780310339946
Publish Date Oct 7, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.6200
Height 8.25
Width 5.50
Length 208
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $16.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Jackie
Overall Rating
Sara’s beautifully written struggle with accepting how much God loved her has turned into a beautiful book for any woman to read, enjoy and learn from. Just her, for being her. Not because of her actions or accolades, but just because she belongs to Him. What I learned from reading this book had nothing to do with how to talk to women who struggle with infertility or families waiting for adoption paperwork to be finalized. What I learned is that no matter what our struggle, we need to see each day as an opportunity to meet God. He sees us and wants to be a part of our process. Are we going to push Him off, anxious to move to the next thing, or are we going to let him into our every moment?

Sara Hagerty shares her struggle over this very thing and beautifully encourages her readers to see how much God wants to be a part of their everything. I encourage any woman that is struggling with seeing God in her daily life to read Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet. Sara has something beautiful to tell you.

{I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and a good review was not guaranteed.} (Posted on 10/13/2014)

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