I recently received ‘Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet‘ by Sara Hagerty for review from Book Look Bloggers. I decided to review this book based on the things friends on IG said about it. Although this book mostly is a reflection of God working on Sara while trying to conceive and choosing to adopt children from Africa, I really understood her position. Her experience of being in a valley, feeling overlooked. Lord, it was as if she wrote portions of this for me. Her feelings of, “This is the way life goes. Why should I expect it to be different? If I want something, it will always elude me” are the sorrow song of my heart and I have felt this way for long periods of time, during several times in my life.
But her revelation, “there was a dance to be danced in this valley,” is what struck me. I haven’t learned to dance in my valley. It’s a little bit of loneliness, depression, frustration at myself and my fear of failure. Hagerty spoke to my heart. Travis and I have decided not to have children. But her recalling the adoption of her daughter Lily brought me to weepy tears on my couch. (it was embarrassing, thankfully no one else was home). Her adoption stories are beautiful and clearly honest. I loved this book, although I honestly had a hard time liking Hagerty for the first third of the book, I felt she was difficult to connect with. But then in Chapter 5 everything changed for me. And I read the entirety of the book in one sitting once I started chapter 5.
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