Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things ➮ Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things Read ➶ Author Sara Hagerty – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 f In the Thing Is PDF ´ 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 Every Bitter ePUB Ò had lived years without a mommy s touchIn 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 wellWhatever 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 What does it look like to know God Bitter Thing Is PDF ´ 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 real than what the eye can perceive A place where every bitter thing is sweet.


About the Author: Sara Hagerty

Sara Hagerty Thing Is PDF ´ is a lover of God, a wife to Nate, and a mother of seven four adopted from Africa and three through miracle pregnancies She s also a bestselling author and speaker As a lifelong admirer of words, Sara has experienced their power to revive Raw words written in tearful honesty and shared with her readers Words whispered in hidden places as conversation with God and worship to Him Today Sara s words offer God s hope to readers facing unexpected life circumstances You can follow her on Instagram sarahagertywrites.



10 thoughts on “Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things

  1. Kate Kate says:

    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 healthy community in a church and body of believers 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 healthy community in a church and body of believers The few times that church or a group from church is mentioned baby showers, bible studies she is always on the defensive Church simply brings up painful memories or ideas to her People from church don t get her People can t connect with her because she is alone in this She is quick to dismiss baby showers and discussions with women about babies and birth But what about single women Single men Widows and widowers People who didn t get to have yet to experience marriage There is no push to look outside of her own immediate situation and look at all the types of people God has brought together What of other people s struggles What of other people s joys Where is the sharing of these things In sharp contrast, Wendell Berry s chapter on The Membership in Hannah Coulter comes to mind These were people who had experienced deep loss, deep poverty, deep hurt, and yet they experienced it all together Leaned on each other together I see none of this in Hagerty s book I see unfortunate Lone Rangering in the suffering department and perhaps an idolization of family that leads to a narrow view of what God s goodness looks like


  2. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    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 the conclusion of adoption I got the sense from her 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 the conclusion of adoption I got the sense from her that this wasn t good enough and only at the end of the book, when she does have her own child, does she make it seem like everything fell into place and God did this all for the good of them I wonder if she would be ending the book this way had she not been able to conceive her own child I didn t get that feeling I found parts of this book to be rambling and sometimes didn t even see what the point was trying to get across I really wanted to like this book but had to end up skimming the rest


  3. Leah Leah says:

    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 Is Sweet Tasting the Goodness of God in All Thing 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 Is Sweet Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things mostly as mostly about the author sthan a dozen years long inability to conceive and birth a biological child, but I feel that part of the book s all but peripheral Like many of us, Sara had major problems with openness and vulnerability, and she tells us about sometimes intentionally, at other times almost accidentally opening herself to her husband, her kids, to God She describes theologies not only spoken, but also worn and within with our entire beings Several times Sara refers to the covenant relationship she has with her husband We live in the mercy filled, loving sovereignty of the God who covenants, the God who remembers, and this includes God remembering that we humans frequently forget In the copy of the book I received, chapter 14 is all about The One Who Remembers Every Bitter Thing is Sweet demonstrates Sara s daily solid grounding in scripture in my theological tradition, that would include a close parallel of being grounded in the sacraments A snippet of scripture heads each chapter scripture passages For Your Continued Pursuit conclude each chapter I hope you ll visit Sara s Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet site and blog, too Becausevine sent me a prepublication copy that s missing the foreword by Katie Davis and possibly other features I only can comment on Sara s own words Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see how good God is Blessed are you who run to him Psalm 34 8, MSG


  4. Nika Nika says:

    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 antecedent, so I moved through story after story, no 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 antecedent, so I moved through story after story, not knowing who had been doing what I understand the need to protect identities or be cautious when relating heart issues, but some things were presented too vaguely to understand An example would be that I never understood what happened to her father the first time he appeared sick Was it part of the event that happened later or was it something different Also many phrases in this book are obviously repeated, and not just to create parallelism It feels as if they were just overlooked when compiling several of her blog posts on a similar theme I connected with this book on many levels and wish a better style of editing had been employed to give this book the clarity it deserves


  5. Jalynn Patterson Jalynn Patterson says:

    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 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 himWhat 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 isreal than what the eye can perceive A place where every bitter thing is sweet About the Author Sara 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 www.EveryBitterThingisSweet.com My Review Sara Hagerty had learned to live with the understanding that she would never have a child But she remembered all the good times, God was with her Through her teenage years and her early ministry, He helped her through the hardest of times When she was first married, she had doubts like any other newlywed But through the love of her sweet husband and the grace of God she found her way through it As the time comes for the happy couple to start making plans to extend their family, Sara and her husband feel incomplete and lost because they are having some trouble in that area Soon God places on their hearts the idea of adoption and its not long before their hearts are wanting to take inbabies than they had ever imagined Sara tells of her experiences with God in a beautiful way to encourage and inspire us all She chose God over bitterness She wants us to walk away from reading her book feeling confident in God and all He is able to do in your life, if you just allow Him to I loved her book, her message and I pray that it inspires many If you would like to learnabout this book, you can here Disclosure This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher


  6. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    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, but throughout the journey I have honestly strug 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, but throughout the journey I have honestly struggled Sara s book has been one of the most encouraging and impactful books that I have ever read on remembering the goodness of God s beautiful heart in every season of my life Her own vulnerability creates a unique invitation to the reader to follow suite, and realize that all of life especially the difficulties is an invitation to personally draw near to our God in a perpetual discovering of His beautiful heart for us To the man and to the woman that loves God, and longs to only growin love throughout the progression of life this book is a must read


  7. Katie Katie says:

    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 with a wide audience Anyone who is drowning in a performance 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 with a wide audience Anyone who is drowning in a performance driven life, longing for the fulfillment of deferred dreams, or seeking an authentic relationship with God will find themselves in this story and will be led to a deeper understanding of God in the process I know I will return to this book time and again as I continue pursuing Him


  8. Amy E Patton Amy E Patton says:

    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 her heart out to her Father God This book is a gi 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 her heart out to her Father God This book is a gift to any who open it s pages It will lead you to places deep in your own story and deeper still into the deepest story of all the one where your story intersects intimately with Christ s I highly recommend this book to any one who has ever felt pain the whole human race


  9. Meredith Meredith says:

    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 lacked adequate communication and conflict resolution s 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 lacked adequate communication and conflict resolution skills, and most definitely would have benefitted from some marriage counseling early on Some tough times are not things we just have to deal with, but show us things about ourselves that need to be managed and not left to fester The other aspect of this book that was troubling to me was the way that Sara talked about adoption On page 134, discussing 2 of her 4 adopted children Sara uses the phrase they were made to be in my home No, Sara, they were not made to be in your home They were made to live with their biological parents in their home country, but through the brokenness and evil of the world they found themselves homeless orphans Adoption is a redemption, it is not the plan all along God doesn t create children to make them orphans and He doesn t create them to be ripped away from their homeland because of tragedy I was also uncomfortable with the feeling that Sara gave that she was rescuing these children While adoption is a rescue from the life they were living, it just gave me a white savior concern after all, American adoption from Africa will always have undertones of privileged white family saves poor black children Although, perhaps this isof an indication of my own discomfort with international adoption.Overall, I found Sara s writing to be beautiful and encouraging When we have a faith in God, going through hard times can draw us closer or push us farther from Him, and she paints a picture of how to find the gold nugget in all the crap The overarching painful story in this memoir is the one of Sara s own infertility, and while there is much to get out of this from those who have not dealt with the inability to bear children, those who have or are going through that will relate a littleclosely to the story I do have to wonder though, if Sara was not finally pregnant afterthan 10 years, would she be writing this book Would she still be finding the sweetness in the pain if not all of her trouble times had come with happy endings While I am thrilled for her, there are so many who never receive that yes at the end of the road


  10. Tina Simmons Tina Simmons says:

    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 professional help Adoption DOES NOT cure infertility, n 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 professional help Adoption DOES NOT cure infertility, nor the feelings of loss However, bringing children from HARD places into your home requires you to LET GO of you Focus on those hurting littles Pray for their healing Quit focusing on the yourself.The pregnancy reveal at the end was just another gut punch She spent THE WHOLE BOOK lamenting her barren womb, only to reveal she is actually expecting I d be happy for her if she presented a better attitude through out the book


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