Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Book Review: "Every Bitter Thing is Sweet"
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.
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.
Thank-you Zondervan for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.
We all face many different struggles in life as we have mountains and valleys. Sarah Hagerty shares her deep pain as she touches our heart to press in further to the understanding that DADDY God is and will always be NEAR and pursuing each of us! Sarah leaves us with a deeper hunger to jump into God's word as she leaves suggested Bible verses in the "For Your Continued Pursuit" section at the end of each chapter.
I enjoyed reading Sarah's heartfelt story and how she remained Faithful and full of hope but this story but beyond that Sarah has a way with words that penetrate your heart. God is using Sarah and this book to reach many readers into HIS loving arms as he is pursuing each and everyone of us.
This truly is a great story to read and watch and be in awe of how God worked HIS love in each of this families lives.
Posted by Praises from a Wife and Mommy! at Tuesday, January 06, 2015