Book Review of Every Bitter Thing is Sweet

A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” Proverbs 27:7

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet


As a book reviewer for Harper Collins, I get to pick the books I review, so I always look for books most apealing to me and my readers. Today’s book Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty, was a great choice. Although I found the book description interesting, I had no idea it contained the author’s experiences with infertility, and how God was able to “shape the bitterness of loss into a new place of hope” for her. 

“…she had to try to understand. The fact that her experience made it impossible for her to connect with me made her healing words wounding. I had entered into a land where very few could know, intimately, the pain of time bearing down on me.” pg 76

Reflecting on the book:

Some questions this book asks are “What does it look like to know God’s nearness when your world stops working?, What does it mean to receive His life when earthly life remains barren?, and How can God turn the bitterness of unmet desire into new flavors of joy?” All three of these are questions I had to ask myself when I went through my own season of barrenness. As I read through this book I developed a strong connection with the author. She had experienced many of the same feelings I had over the years. The misunderstandings, the pain and confusion. All the times I questioned why God didn’t heal me, and learning to come to the point where I also had to answer, “If you never have a family, will you still love Me?” (pg 81)

“I knew that my womb wasn’t the only thing barren. My inability to respond with trust, to lean, to rest peacefully in what God could do, but hadn’t done, exposed me.” pg 106


This book is a wonderful testament to God’s love and grace. We all face disappointment, pain, and hardships; it’s a part of life. What we have to decide is how we are going to react. Sara Hagerty spent the first half of her life believing she was unworthy of God’s love. She believed her life to be one disappointment after the other, and when things went wrong, why should she expect it to be different? (pg 85) As she delved more deeply into His presence, she discovered that her pain was the best way to get to know Him more. Her pain was a way to see how limitless His love really was for her.

Filled with personal stories, including her father’s illness, learning to trust her husband with the most intimate parts of her heart, and her journey on the path to adopting four children, this book touched parts of my soul unlike any book I’ve read in a while. If your life is feeling a bit stale, or you want to re-kindle the love affair with your Savior, I highly recommend this book. Please let me know if you do read it and what you think about it. 

God never intends for us to ask, Who are You in this pain? only once. He wants us to make a habit out of coming near. Because His response to our pain will be safe.” pg 146

Book Details

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet
Sara Hagerty

Hardcover: 202 pages
Publisher: Zondervan, August 2014

You can find Every Bitter Thing is Sweet on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other bookstores.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.


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