{review} Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

I’ve often wondered what to say to women who want, painfully want, to conceive a child but cannot. I don’t know what infertility feels like or sounds like in the middle of the night. I know what crying babies sound like, or what hyper tweens that don’t want to go to bed yet sounds like. But the silence of infertility is not something I’ve had to battle.

It was that lack of knowing that made me say ‘yes’ when asked if I wanted to review Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet. I’ve been trying to only take reviews that fit into three categories – homeschooling, mothering or books for children. I knew that Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet fit right in to the mothering category. I naively thought that I would just be learning something about a facet of motherhood that I didn’t know. Adoption and infertility are definitely a big part of this book. But even bigger? Sara’s beautifully written struggle with accepting how much God loved her. Just her, for being her. Not because of her actions or accolades, but just because she belongs to Him.

What I learned 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.


IMG_1721About the book:

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.

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 http://EveryBitterThingisSweet.com

{I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and a good review was not guaranteed.}

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