I was provided with a copy of Every Bitter Thing is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
The quick consensus: If you have ever struggled to see the beauty in the broken, or taste the sweet when you’ve felt this world’s bitter sting, I think you’ll find something good inside the pages of Every Bitter Thing is Sweet.
The details: When I received the opportunity to review Every Bitter Thing is Sweet (by Sara Hagerty), I was really excited, because it sounded exactly like something I needed to read. And then I put it off, and put it off, making the excuse that I needed to be able to sit down and read it in a few good sessions, rather than in bits and pieces. But deep down I think it was because sometimes the truths we need are the hardest to hear. And, even though I hadn’t read it yet, I knew that there were truths in this book that I needed to hear. And, wow, was I right!
I know a lot of fellow readers who keep pens and highlighters near their reading chairs so they can make notes in the margins and highlight quotes and passages that captivate them. This bibliophile has never done that. With the exception of my Bible, I have never made a single mark in a book . . . until this one.
Just look at all those underlines and notes!
Even though the circumstances that brought her inner battles to life were not the same as mine, the doubts and struggles Sara shares about could nearly have jumped off the pages of my own journal (if I were a. keeping a journal and b. as eloquent a writer). At one point as I read, my husband glanced over to see tears streaming down my face and asked if were reading something sad. I invited him to read over my shoulder for a moment and he, too, surmised that Sara’s words echoed the current state of my soul.
If you’ve followed any of my sporadic posts, you’ll know that the last year and a half have been a rough road for us. But through this book, I’ve felt more encouraged, convicted, and motivated than I have in a long time, and I’ve also felt so much less alone.
Just take a look at this beautiful thought from Sara’s pen:
I was going down, not up. In, not out. But God wasn’t turning His head from my falling. He was near. My gaps . . . were an invitation. I had asked for more of You, God, and that meant more of me exposed.
At the end of every chapter, Sara includes several Scripture references “for your continued pursuit.” Right now I’m just taking in her story, soaking in the words God had her share as she wrote this beautiful book but, once I finish it, I plan to go through it again, this time with my Bible.
I think all of us have been through valleys. And though each one has its own unique terrain, and the climb back to the top looks different for each one, when we look up, we all see the same light. What’s written within the pages of Sara Hagerty’s book, woven between the threads of her personal journey, are truths that don’t change with our circumstances, because they are truths about God. A God who never changes, even when we do. A God who is still God even when we’re broken. A God who desires to help us taste His sweetness, even through the bitterness of this world.
P.S. I can’t help but admit that I also love that the cover is textured.
Disclaimer: I received this copy of Every Bitter Thing is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things from Family Christian, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. The post does contain affiliate links – thanks for supporting Honey and Cheese!