Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet

By: Sara Hagerty

Sara Hagerty allows us to enter her world during some of her darkest hours.  She authentically shares moments of her life that many people try to keep hidden.  She discusses many facets of her life where she desperately searches to find the depth of God’s goodness and His love for her.  She sought God out during times of struggle in her marriage, when barrenness plagued her, during a difficult adoption process and dealing with the deep scars of her adopted children.  She often found herself questioning not the goodness of God but was He good to her.  Through time and much prayer she was finally able to grasp the depth of God’s love for her and how He used the bitter things in her life to bring out the beauty in her.  She appropriately titled the book after Proverbs 27:7.

The title of this book captured my attention as it made me reflect upon the challenging times in my own life.  Was I able to find the goodness of God during these times?  When hard times hit am I searching for His goodness or trying desperately to find an answer to ease the pain?  I must confess I often find myself wanting answers.  My mind convinces me that an answer will lead to peace when my heart knows otherwise.  As I dove into this book I could not put it down.  Although Sara is a complete stranger her story drew me in.  Our stories do not mirror one another, however; they do have similarities.  I appreciate Sara openly sharing her life struggles to help others.  I have also purchased this book for a friend as I know it will encourage her. 

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