Monday, November 24, 2014

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet

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Every Bitter Thing is Sweet
By Sara Hagerty

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 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?

My thoughts:
"Every Bitter Thing is Sweet" is a heavy book and for me, hard to get into. Sara Hagerty has dedicated her life to ministry but feels a very deep hunger and emptiness in her own life. She realizes it is because she spends all her time telling others about Jesus instead of getting to know Him herself. "Every Bitter Thing is Sweet" is her narrative of the journey she traveled to learn that God is good, even when things don't work out according to our plans.

The book seemed more like a collection of essays and I didn't always know how to connect the dots between the chapters. At times I felt like she was a bit redundant and from the back cover copy I expected it to be more inspirational than to be written like an English lit essay.

I think "Every Bitter thing Is Sweet" has the ability to connect and encourage some people, it just didn't click for me this time.

*I received this book free for review from BookLook Bloggers*
Rating: 4 carats

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