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What happens when we take Jesus at his word when he says, "I have come that you might have life and have it to the full?" New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson and his mentor Richard Foth have done just that with their lives--and in A Trip around the Sun, they show readers how they too can experience their life and faith as the ultimate adventure. In a fun, story What happens when we take Jesus at his word when he says, "I have come that you might have life and have it to the full?" New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson and his mentor Richard Foth have done just that with their lives--and in A Trip around the Sun, they show readers how they too can experience their life and faith as the ultimate adventure. In a fun, storytelling style, Mark and Dick challenge readers to shake off fear, dream big, and quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. The accumulated wisdom from their combined 117 trips around the sun radiates from every heartfelt page, invigorating those of us who have found ourselves stuck in a rut dug by our sense of duty and our fear of the unknown. Anyone who wants to grab life and squeeze every ounce of joy out of it will be inspired by this unapologetic celebration of the life Jesus died to give us.


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What happens when we take Jesus at his word when he says, "I have come that you might have life and have it to the full?" New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson and his mentor Richard Foth have done just that with their lives--and in A Trip around the Sun, they show readers how they too can experience their life and faith as the ultimate adventure. In a fun, story What happens when we take Jesus at his word when he says, "I have come that you might have life and have it to the full?" New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson and his mentor Richard Foth have done just that with their lives--and in A Trip around the Sun, they show readers how they too can experience their life and faith as the ultimate adventure. In a fun, storytelling style, Mark and Dick challenge readers to shake off fear, dream big, and quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. The accumulated wisdom from their combined 117 trips around the sun radiates from every heartfelt page, invigorating those of us who have found ourselves stuck in a rut dug by our sense of duty and our fear of the unknown. Anyone who wants to grab life and squeeze every ounce of joy out of it will be inspired by this unapologetic celebration of the life Jesus died to give us.

58 review for A Trip Around the Sun: Turning Your Everyday Life Into the Adventure of a Lifetime

  1. 5 out of 5

    Callie

    "A Trip Around The Sun" is written by the author of The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson, and his mentor, Richard Foth. I had never read The Circle Maker, but this book looked interesting. The subtitle caught my attention "Turning Your Everyday Life Into The Adventure Of A Lifetime". I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting when I started this book, but the first third of it kind of threw me for a loop. Each chapter of the book is written half by Batterson and half by Foth, and covers a certain topi "A Trip Around The Sun" is written by the author of The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson, and his mentor, Richard Foth. I had never read The Circle Maker, but this book looked interesting. The subtitle caught my attention "Turning Your Everyday Life Into The Adventure Of A Lifetime". I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting when I started this book, but the first third of it kind of threw me for a loop. Each chapter of the book is written half by Batterson and half by Foth, and covers a certain topic or phrase. The back-and-forth style was confusing to me at first, and it seemed that a large portion of each section seemed to be the authors telling personal stories about people in their lives. I thought that would be interesting if I knew any of these people, or was already a fan of the authors, but I hadn't heard of any of them before. The first third came off a little self-centered to me, and I was having a hard time getting into it. But once I settled into the rhythm of the book, I realized that rather than a practical handbook, this book is half inspirational or challenging thoughts, and half memoir. Once I realized where the book was coming from, the personal stories seemed less self-congratulatory and more as attempts to encourage readers to live their lives well. I think the point of the book actually is summed up very well in the sub-title - and the true adventure is stepping outside the comfortable and following Jesus wherever He wants to take us. I appreciated the message more the further I got into this book, and by the end I was left feeling really inspired to make sure I am not wasting my own days - precious days that could be more intentionally lived for Jesus. If you pick up this book and find it hard to get into, give it a little time and you'll start to enjoy it, I'm sure! There are a lot of good ideas and inspiring advice in this book once you get into it a little further. Definitely an encouraging read! Note: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is my honest opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deb Todd

    I was thrilled to see that Dick Foth had written, or in this case co-written, another book. Dick was my Pastor when I was a teenager attending Urbana Assembly of God. Pastor Foth married my husband and I and gave us good counsel prior to marriage that we have we have never forgotten. Pastor Foth was an encourager to me and my parents as my dad navigated the serious illness that eventually too his life. My dad was Paul mentioned in the book that the young college student wanted to pray for "just I was thrilled to see that Dick Foth had written, or in this case co-written, another book. Dick was my Pastor when I was a teenager attending Urbana Assembly of God. Pastor Foth married my husband and I and gave us good counsel prior to marriage that we have we have never forgotten. Pastor Foth was an encourager to me and my parents as my dad navigated the serious illness that eventually too his life. My dad was Paul mentioned in the book that the young college student wanted to pray for "just because I like him." Such precious memories........Pastor, the people whose lives you touched at UAG haven't forgotten you either.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Newton

    A Trip Around The Sun is an interesting, motivating and challenging read. Interesting, because authors Dick Foth and Mark Batterson tell countless stories of interesting and adventurous experiences in their life to illustrate the points they want to make. Motivating, because I always try and see everyday life as an adventure but don't always know how, and these guys lead by example. And challenging, because this kind of living is often easier said than done, especially for a person like me who d A Trip Around The Sun is an interesting, motivating and challenging read. Interesting, because authors Dick Foth and Mark Batterson tell countless stories of interesting and adventurous experiences in their life to illustrate the points they want to make. Motivating, because I always try and see everyday life as an adventure but don't always know how, and these guys lead by example. And challenging, because this kind of living is often easier said than done, especially for a person like me who doesn't always like being outside the comfort zone. Batterson and Foth emphasise that the secret to an adventurous life lies in relationships. Relationships, childlikeness, learning and faith. This is not really any new astounding information for me, but the way they convey it through story-telling of their own families, friends and experiences make it very real, practical and exciting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vonetta

    3.5 stars Pastor Mark and Dick Foth both have great voices that translate well onto the page, so I generally enjoy reading their prose. I wanted this to go deeper, though. It's hard to explain what I mean by that, so I'll just say that I wanted more; not more words, but more depth. ha. 3.5 stars Pastor Mark and Dick Foth both have great voices that translate well onto the page, so I generally enjoy reading their prose. I wanted this to go deeper, though. It's hard to explain what I mean by that, so I'll just say that I wanted more; not more words, but more depth. ha.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    `A Trip Around the Sun` is a Christian Living book co-authored by Mark Batterson and Richard Foth. The theme seems to be, "If you had your life to live over differently what would you do?" Love of adventure is what helped bring these authors together. Borrowing a quote from Ashley Montagu, "I want to die young at a ripe old age", is Mark's mantra. (16) I was not all that inspired by the artwork on the cover. However, I liked the title, so I chose the book for that alone. The chapters alternate `A Trip Around the Sun` is a Christian Living book co-authored by Mark Batterson and Richard Foth. The theme seems to be, "If you had your life to live over differently what would you do?" Love of adventure is what helped bring these authors together. Borrowing a quote from Ashley Montagu, "I want to die young at a ripe old age", is Mark's mantra. (16) I was not all that inspired by the artwork on the cover. However, I liked the title, so I chose the book for that alone. The chapters alternate between Dick's story and Mark's story, making this a first person narrative. A quote that stood out to me is, "Love people when they least expect it and least deserve it. " That is the kind of love Jesus shows to us. (p 87) Chapter eight expounded upon Jesus` love for us; not because of who we are but because of who He is. This is a great book for the adventurous reader. It is listed under Christian Living and consists of 202 pages; with medium size font which makes for easy reading. A quote I wish to end this review with is, "If we believe life is an adventure, life is an adventure. If we believe we will make it through great trials, we will most often make it through great trials. If we believe that there is joy to be had each day of our lives, we will have it!" (pg 124) "This trip around the sun I will choose adventure by....." Mark Batterson [email protected]://www.facebook.com/markbatterso... Book to read next: Susanna Foth Aughtmon the author of All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans. Disclaimer: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    I really loved this book. Way more than I expected to. In fact, it's a book I'll be reading and re-reading multiple times in the years to come (mostly on audiobook). In fact, though I have both the audiobook and the written book, this book is really best experienced on audio because the two authors do such a great job of narration. You can really get a sense for the affection and respect they have for each other just by listening to how they talk/write about each other. Honestly, the book started I really loved this book. Way more than I expected to. In fact, it's a book I'll be reading and re-reading multiple times in the years to come (mostly on audiobook). In fact, though I have both the audiobook and the written book, this book is really best experienced on audio because the two authors do such a great job of narration. You can really get a sense for the affection and respect they have for each other just by listening to how they talk/write about each other. Honestly, the book started off a bit slow, but still interesting. Mark Batterson and Dick Foth trade off writing/talking about one topic per chapter. Initially it comes across as Mark is the young learner and Dick is the more seasoned mentor. But clearly they both spur each other on to greatness. After reading this book, it really makes me want to write a book myself with one of own mentors. I think it would be a valuable exercise. And this book is really a gem with lots of spiritual wisdom in it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Bisulca

    I thought this book was a lovely testament to a deep friendship. Both authors, Mark and Richard, have learned much about God, themselves and life through their relationship. I did not finish the book desiring to turn everyday into an adventure of a lifetime, but I did rejoice in the blessing of friendship.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Eberle

    Every time I read one of Batterson’s books or hear one of his sermons, the same word comes to mind: uplifting. Batterson exudes joy, and I finished each chapter feeling refreshed. Batterson and Foth both told fascinating stories filled with inspiring, memorable quotes. I agree with some of the other reviews in that this book could have contained more depth, but it was still a delight to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Dembeck

    Mostly musings about life's adventures for the two authors. Mostly musings about life's adventures for the two authors.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Kopenski

    “Destiny is not a mystery. Destiny is a decision. Choose adventure.” What an inspiring book! I’m ready for the next adventure!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Head

    A very good read. Interesting stories and an invitation to the quest of a vibrant Christian walk.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Cronin

    Love the conversational, back-and forth format of this co-authored book filled with wisdom.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Some great points for living life to the full for Christ's kingdom and the glory of God. Some great points for living life to the full for Christ's kingdom and the glory of God.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michele Morin

    I’ve never read a book quite like A Trip around the Sun. Picture two guys — good friends on camera and off — moving with easy, relaxed conversation from one topic to another before an audience in a cozy, intimate studio. That’s the atmosphere created by Mark Batterson and Richard Foth, as they weave into their collective story the hard lessons and moments of crisis along with the neon threads of dream fulfillment and the gift of adventure. Dick Foth is all about people, whether it’s a fisherman o I’ve never read a book quite like A Trip around the Sun. Picture two guys — good friends on camera and off — moving with easy, relaxed conversation from one topic to another before an audience in a cozy, intimate studio. That’s the atmosphere created by Mark Batterson and Richard Foth, as they weave into their collective story the hard lessons and moments of crisis along with the neon threads of dream fulfillment and the gift of adventure. Dick Foth is all about people, whether it’s a fisherman off the coast of Cape Hatteras or a tall, skinny college kid. He engages people in conversations that are life changing for them — and for him! More introverted and scholarly by comparison, Mark Batterson tends to live inside his head, and he shares the insights he has gained from study, family life and his years as a pastor/church planter. Through these varied lenses, the authors examine two life-times of adventures that have shaped their believing and their thinking. Here are my top five take-aways from common threads that run throughout the book: 1.Marriage and parenting are exceptional teachers. Foth has served as a college president, and Batterson has two masters degrees and a doctorate under his belt, but both attest to the fact that they have experienced their greatest learning through their wives and kids. “With” is their most important preposition, for what you do is not nearly as important as whether you are doing it “with” the right person. I loved Mark’s idea of paying his kids every time he uses one of their stories in a sermon illustration. (Apparently the going rate is $5 per mention, but if it’s embarrassing, it pays $20.) 2.Gratitude makes everyday count. Like Mark, I also keep a journal for numbering my blessings. He calls it having a “grateful eye” and likens this to “the good eye” in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The Apostle Paul redeems some of Qui-Gon Jinn’s “Star Wars theology” with Philippians 4:8: “Your focus determines your reality,” or, more biblically, “whatever is true, honest, just, pure, noble, lovely — think on these things” — and be thankful! 3.Aging is an adventure! As his mentor and friend, Foth is teaching Batterson that every trip around the sun is a gift. Even near death experiences are valuable because they teach us how to live. The message is this: commit right now to becoming a life-long learner because “every ‘ology’ is a branch of theology.” 4.Mentoring and being mentored is the key to success, which Mark defines as “when those who know you best respect you most.” Both of the authors trace their own professional success stories to a chain of godly men and women who graciously poured themselves out for the benefit of others. 5.There is absolutely nothing that can’t be lived as an adventure. Mark and Dick have spent their ministry-lives hanging around modern-day wells hoping that someone thirsty would come along. They would likely re-image Jeremiah 29:11 to understand God saying, “I know the adventures that I have planned for you . . .” As uplifting as “chicken soup for the soul,” but a much stronger brew, the ponderings and exhortations found in these twenty chapters are the kind of thing I wish I’d had in my tool belt when I was seventeen, but I am happy to receive them now, on my fifty-third trip around the sun. I received this book from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Travis Heystek

    I’m going to be honest and just start out saying that this wasn’t my favorite book written by Mark Batterson. It wasn’t bad, just not my favorite. That being said, let’s talk about it a little bit. I felt that the book had a compelling premise. Making life the adventure of a lifetime is something that I think is applicable to everybody, and a lot of people are stuck not knowing how to make that happen. For someone seeking advice this wouldn’t be a bad place to start. I really liked hearing how th I’m going to be honest and just start out saying that this wasn’t my favorite book written by Mark Batterson. It wasn’t bad, just not my favorite. That being said, let’s talk about it a little bit. I felt that the book had a compelling premise. Making life the adventure of a lifetime is something that I think is applicable to everybody, and a lot of people are stuck not knowing how to make that happen. For someone seeking advice this wouldn’t be a bad place to start. I really liked hearing how they drew from both Dick and Mark’s stories. It was interesting to see how their lives came together and how their experience compliments each other. It allows the reader to see a wide range of experience in a short amount of time. As a pastor something I’m very conscious about in literature is the use of scripture. Is there scripture used? How often is it referenced within context? Is it used as anecdotal wisdom? In this book the scripture references were limited. There has been an effort made to direct us to scriptures by utilizing footnotes, however I don’t believe that is adequate. The issue is that it allows the readers to interpret it for themselves and the interpretation may not be what the writer intended. I’d imagine that its probably hard to make great use of scripture and limit the book the a manageable amount of pages. But, I did feel the lack of scriptural support was a major downfall to this book. I also felt that the book as a whole was a little too “feel good.” I’m sure that sells well across markets both Christian and “secular,” but I found myself wondering where is the real example of Christ in this. Richard and Mark both used their lives as an example of one to be followed. I wouldn’t disagree with either example. They both seem to be exemplary, however as Christian our ultimate example is Christ. I would much rather see a book propped up on Christ’s perfect example and use our lives as humans to show support that living a life motivated by our relationship with Christ is possible. The problem with this is that no one person is able to encapsulate all that God expects of us, so by using our example as opposed to Christ’s we miss a piece of the puzzle. As far as readability goes this book is great. They both use compelling stories and I did find myself challenged to become a better person. They used language that is readable for anyone without compromising the quality of content, which is not always easy to do. And, I thought the consistency of Richards story being followed by Mark’s story and “mini-conclusion” was good. It allowed the reader the ability to know what to expect without the result of the book being predictable. It made the writing accessible and understandable. I also like the cover art. It is consistent with “The Circle Maker” which is one of Mark’s other books. It makes it recognizable as one of his literary works. It is attractive and would look good on the shelf of someone’s personal library. All of this being said I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. It really isn’t a bad book and it is worth a read. I wouldn’t necessarily make it a priority book as someone who tries to read 2-3 books a month, but I think it would find its way into my reading schedule at some point. I received this book through Baker Book Bloggers in order to read and review the book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    James

    Mark Batterson is the pastor of the National Community Church in Washington, DC and the author of several Christian bestsellers (The Circle Maker, The Grave Robber, All In, Soul Print, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase). While I have read Batterson profitably, even if I have areas of critique. Richard Foth is a retired pastor a generation older than Batterson. When Batterson and his wife Lora arrived in DC to plant a church twenty-one years ago, they developed a friendship wi Mark Batterson is the pastor of the National Community Church in Washington, DC and the author of several Christian bestsellers (The Circle Maker, The Grave Robber, All In, Soul Print, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase). While I have read Batterson profitably, even if I have areas of critique. Richard Foth is a retired pastor a generation older than Batterson. When Batterson and his wife Lora arrived in DC to plant a church twenty-one years ago, they developed a friendship with Dick and Ruth Foth after they had Thanksgiving dinner at the Foth home. Foth became a mentor, friend and kindred spirit for Batterson. Foth and Batterson team up to challenge us toward adventure. A Trip Around The Sun shares Foth and Batterson's stories of how they each chose a lifestyle of adventure. In each of the twenty chapters, Foth and Batterson relate parts of their life journey. They tell stories of risk, adventure, learning, prioritizing relationships, investing in family, and trusting God. They aim at inspiring their readers to do the same. Each chapter closes with a succesories-style-slogan summing up a little life lesson. Things like: "Choose Adventure" "When You Follow Jesus, All Bets Are Off" "Catch People Doing Things Right" "Never Lose a Holy Curiosity" "Don't Sacrifice Your Family on the Altar of Success" "No One Can Worship God Like You or For You" Both Batterson and Foth are good communicators (or Susanna Foth Aughtmon is, who helped them write this). I underlined things I found personally inspiring. Their challenge towards risk-taking and adventure is something I need to hear. I don't want my life, vocation,or faith to just happen to me. I want to press into life, grab all that God has for me, participate in his mission of redemption for my community and world. I want to love well and live well. To the extent that I feel pulled in that direction by Batterson and Foth, this is a good book. But I can't say that I connected well with what I was reading. Foth talks about being raised as a third-culture kid (before the term existed), of meeting famous people, and his lifestyle of trying to live faithfully. Batterson tells of church planting, taking his kid to a super bowl game, reading two hundred books a year and kissing his wife on the eiffel tower. These accumulated experiences are fun, significant, important, but Foth and Batterson never connect the dots for me in a way I found particularly helpful. They offer slogans instead of a compelling vision. But I did appreciate their relationship and the way their friendship finds their way into each others' stories. Batterson sees Foth as a godly mentor for him, which I am certain he is and has been. In the acknowledgments, Batterson admits that his primary goal for this book was 'to capture Dick's stories for posterity' (201). Dick sings Batterson's praise throughout these pages. I like the way they model a godly mentoring relationship. I give this book three stars. I appreciate their overall message, even if aspects left me feeling flat. Still, I choose adventure. . . Notice of material connection. I received in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    A Trip Around the Sun is a book which encourages Christians to make the most of this trip around the sun… the year in which they find themselves. The authors share their inspiring stories of adventure and friendship which are sure to get you excited to lay a hold of those good works which God has prepared for you to walk in this year. I found the book to be motivating but seemed just a little off center. While the authors did emphasize that our adventures are those things which God has planned f A Trip Around the Sun is a book which encourages Christians to make the most of this trip around the sun… the year in which they find themselves. The authors share their inspiring stories of adventure and friendship which are sure to get you excited to lay a hold of those good works which God has prepared for you to walk in this year. I found the book to be motivating but seemed just a little off center. While the authors did emphasize that our adventures are those things which God has planned for you, at times the focus seemed to be heavier on adventure and light on seeking after God. However, to the authors credit, when we seek God He often leads us unto adventure. Our focus should and must be set upon seeking God however, and not adventure itself. If we seek God He will bring the rest into our lives as we continue to seek Him. I kept waiting for the focus to shift from seeking adventure to seeking God but as I neared the end of the book I realized that may have not been their intent. Is there anything wrong with seeking adventure? No- absolutely not! However, I expected a little more from the book. As it turns out, this book is not about Explicit Christian Living, but rather, living the Christian life with an eye for adventure. And that my friends, is perfectly okay. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Books , a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Pickwell

    What will you do with this day? How will you spend this trip around the sun? I honestly had never thought of it in those terms. I love the reminder from authors Mark Batterson and Richard Foth, that we are only granted a certain number of trips around the sun. It is totally up to us how we spend them. Batterson and Foth dare us to choose adventure. They ask us to consider experiences over possessions. A Trip Around the Sun consists of twenty chapters with a contribution from each author in every What will you do with this day? How will you spend this trip around the sun? I honestly had never thought of it in those terms. I love the reminder from authors Mark Batterson and Richard Foth, that we are only granted a certain number of trips around the sun. It is totally up to us how we spend them. Batterson and Foth dare us to choose adventure. They ask us to consider experiences over possessions. A Trip Around the Sun consists of twenty chapters with a contribution from each author in every chapter. My favorite of the twenty was Playing for Keeps (Chapter 11). Specifically, I loved Mark Batterson’s words regarding being famous in your home with your kids. Making memories and sharing moments with our kids while we have the opportunity is priceless. His thoughts were a good reminder to be intentional. This summer my husband and I are taking our boys on an extended vacation to visit some of the most beautiful places in the States. We have been counting down for the last year and I can’t wait to live this adventure with them for 42 trips around the sound. We decided on this trip long before I read this book, but I could not help but feel my excitement renewed. (The packing was making me regret a little.) This book is a great encouragement and might be the nudge you need to live each day as if it were the only one you had left. Life is so short and I am always thankful for the reminder. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This book isn't at all what I expected from the promotional material. I thought the adventures the authors were calling us to take were ones geared to promoting the kingdom of God. Instead, the authors tell of their adventures, like Batterson taking his son to a Super Bowl game, kissing his wife at the top of the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Galapagos Islands. And Foth writes about visiting the Normandy shore and having lunch in the Senate dining hall. I guess these are the kinds of adventures the This book isn't at all what I expected from the promotional material. I thought the adventures the authors were calling us to take were ones geared to promoting the kingdom of God. Instead, the authors tell of their adventures, like Batterson taking his son to a Super Bowl game, kissing his wife at the top of the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Galapagos Islands. And Foth writes about visiting the Normandy shore and having lunch in the Senate dining hall. I guess these are the kinds of adventures the authors want us to have. Yes, they do draw some spiritual lessons from their adventures, but I felt the book was weak. Near the end, Batterson says his primary goal in writing the book was to capture Foth's stories for posterity. (201) He succeeded. So if you like to read about somebody else's adventures, you'll like this book. If you want to be inspired to go out of your comfort zone for Jesus, you'll have to look elsewhere. See my complete review at http://bit.ly/1PIo4hR. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paige Gordon

    This book was written in a very interesting style that I can't remember having read before, but that I found thoroughly enjoyable. In each chapter, both Mark and Dick share a "story" which related to the topic of that chapter. This writing style made the book very readable and personally, I think it helped cement the points they were trying to make more than anything else could have. Their message of encouragement to not just "get through" life but to live it as the grand adventure it was design This book was written in a very interesting style that I can't remember having read before, but that I found thoroughly enjoyable. In each chapter, both Mark and Dick share a "story" which related to the topic of that chapter. This writing style made the book very readable and personally, I think it helped cement the points they were trying to make more than anything else could have. Their message of encouragement to not just "get through" life but to live it as the grand adventure it was designed to be, was something all of us need to be reminded of occasionally. Overall this was a enjoyable, motivating read that I think anyone would benefit from. Well worth your time! Favorite Quote: "When you rise to the challenge of adventure living, your days will be richer and your soul will be fuller. There will be more risks, more dares, and more obstacles. And in return, there will be more memories that started out as dreams. Adventure doesn't happen by accident. It has to be intentional."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cliff

    Dick Foth is incapable of writing or saying anything that I don't find interesting, thoughtful, observant of human nature, and ultimately affirming about the hope we find in Christ. His protege, my pastor Mark Batterson, is still the learner (I think Mark would happily admit this), yet when you put them together, you really do get the sense that they share a special bond and make each other far better advocates for Christ than they would be separately. This book is largely anecdotal and topical, Dick Foth is incapable of writing or saying anything that I don't find interesting, thoughtful, observant of human nature, and ultimately affirming about the hope we find in Christ. His protege, my pastor Mark Batterson, is still the learner (I think Mark would happily admit this), yet when you put them together, you really do get the sense that they share a special bond and make each other far better advocates for Christ than they would be separately. This book is largely anecdotal and topical, basically a meditative collaboration between two thoughtful men. It is not deep theologically, nor is is thorough. What it is, however, is real, honest observations from men that have been thinking about these issues and observing and caring for people most of their lives. That comes across well, and the book is much stronger for it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    Hello and welcome. Come on in and have a seat. Can I pour you a cup of coffee? This book reads like a great conversation between friends at the kitchen table over a great cup of coffee. The coffee is good but the friendship, complete with laughter and tears, is better. From start to finish this is sage wisdom from well-lived and well-rehearsed stories, each told from a unique vantage point. Welcome to the world of at least two individuals who wish to walk the narrow road of faith that is also si Hello and welcome. Come on in and have a seat. Can I pour you a cup of coffee? This book reads like a great conversation between friends at the kitchen table over a great cup of coffee. The coffee is good but the friendship, complete with laughter and tears, is better. From start to finish this is sage wisdom from well-lived and well-rehearsed stories, each told from a unique vantage point. Welcome to the world of at least two individuals who wish to walk the narrow road of faith that is also simultaneously the path of adventure, faith and daring. The only potential drawback I found in my reading was the common challenge of building our faith on experience, but in response I would say what good is faith without experience. Dedicated to Bob Rhoden, author of Four Faces of a Leader, this book deserves a wide readership and a hearty reception.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ronald

    I recently retired and am reading a couple of books about enjoying life when I ran across this book. I know Richard Foth and always enjoyed his story telling gifts so I started the book. It is a combined writing between Foth and Mark Batterson, whom I had read before. In each chapter both write a segment regarding the title of the chapter. The book is a focus on recognizing adventure in the events of life. As I read the book I realized I have had more than my share of adventure throughout my lif I recently retired and am reading a couple of books about enjoying life when I ran across this book. I know Richard Foth and always enjoyed his story telling gifts so I started the book. It is a combined writing between Foth and Mark Batterson, whom I had read before. In each chapter both write a segment regarding the title of the chapter. The book is a focus on recognizing adventure in the events of life. As I read the book I realized I have had more than my share of adventure throughout my life with my family. I decided to sit down and list them. It would have been so much better had I gone into each event with the thought of enjoying the adventure. I highly recommend A Trip Around The Sun, especially for young families.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    An inspiring, wonderful book of truth, adventure, and joy in the journey. I challenge you to read this book and not be moved to action in some way. It's life-altering. I know mine has been altered. Now to put some feet to the conviction and excitement bubbling up in me after reading these words. Take a moment and digest this book. Mark up the pages. Highlight the parts that speak to you (although, if you were touched like I was, the whole darn book might just get highlighted). Pray about what to An inspiring, wonderful book of truth, adventure, and joy in the journey. I challenge you to read this book and not be moved to action in some way. It's life-altering. I know mine has been altered. Now to put some feet to the conviction and excitement bubbling up in me after reading these words. Take a moment and digest this book. Mark up the pages. Highlight the parts that speak to you (although, if you were touched like I was, the whole darn book might just get highlighted). Pray about what to do with the emotions and the decisions that might start fomenting in your brain. But read this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I quite liked this book. It was inspiring and interesting and generally well-written. I would recommend it to others. However, it's a bit of a knowledge dump, and Batterson and Foth try to outdo complimenting each other and fist-bumping about their own great relationship. The pace is frenetic and over the top and a bit exhausting. But the book pesters the reader to want to really live in the day to day, embrace adventure (of all sorts), and fill one's life with people, meaning, and fun and to th I quite liked this book. It was inspiring and interesting and generally well-written. I would recommend it to others. However, it's a bit of a knowledge dump, and Batterson and Foth try to outdo complimenting each other and fist-bumping about their own great relationship. The pace is frenetic and over the top and a bit exhausting. But the book pesters the reader to want to really live in the day to day, embrace adventure (of all sorts), and fill one's life with people, meaning, and fun and to that end it was a success.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    I have never read a book like ATrip around the Sun. It asks if you had to live your life over again, what would you do differently. I have pondered that question occasionally, but have not come up with a definite answer. Batters on and Froth, the authors, talks about turning your life into an adventure; that our goal in life should not be to arrive safely to the grave. That it is not too late to rewrite our epitaph. "An epitaph is not the period at the end of our life sentence. How you live out I have never read a book like ATrip around the Sun. It asks if you had to live your life over again, what would you do differently. I have pondered that question occasionally, but have not come up with a definite answer. Batters on and Froth, the authors, talks about turning your life into an adventure; that our goal in life should not be to arrive safely to the grave. That it is not too late to rewrite our epitaph. "An epitaph is not the period at the end of our life sentence. How you live out your days on this earth will determine how you will live out your days in eternity."

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wendi Klaiber

    I read this book while on a great adventure to Uganda. Each night when I would wake up at 3:30 a.m. because I could not sleep due to the jet lag I would read a couple of chapters. The chapters were inspirational and challenging calling us to make the most of every moment that God has given us to serve Him and others. I ended up going back to each chapter and taking notes so that in the future I could skim the book and reflect on the exhortations.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan B

    Mark Batterson and Richard Foth share their life experiences and the wisdom they've gleaned through the years. There's a lot here for the reader who wishes to change/improve his/her life. A lot of quotes by which to live. I'll be recommending this one to family and friends and posting quotations on Goodreads. I received this book free through the First Reads (Goodreads Giveaway) program, but my rating and review reflect my honest response to the contents. Mark Batterson and Richard Foth share their life experiences and the wisdom they've gleaned through the years. There's a lot here for the reader who wishes to change/improve his/her life. A lot of quotes by which to live. I'll be recommending this one to family and friends and posting quotations on Goodreads. I received this book free through the First Reads (Goodreads Giveaway) program, but my rating and review reflect my honest response to the contents.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Thomas M. McCoy

    Another Day, Another Adventure on the Path of God Knowing Dick Foth, and having heard both him and Mark Batterson preach many times, this book is true to their inspirational teachings and their personalities. Their love and respect for each other combines in this book into an extraordinary and intensely personal expression of how the love of God makes all the difference.

  30. 5 out of 5

    William

  31. 4 out of 5

    Baker Books

  32. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

  33. 4 out of 5

    Kay Card

  34. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  35. 4 out of 5

    Noel

  36. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  37. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Gunning

  38. 5 out of 5

    Wonderliv

  39. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

  40. 5 out of 5

    Kim Myers

  41. 5 out of 5

    Tara

  42. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  43. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  44. 4 out of 5

    Kay Butz

  45. 5 out of 5

    Ainy K

  46. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

  47. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Kennedy

  48. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Cole Marie Mckinnon

  49. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

  50. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Obrien

  51. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  52. 4 out of 5

    Melitta Cross

  53. 4 out of 5

    Jeani

  54. 4 out of 5

    Daryl Moad

  55. 4 out of 5

    Skhan

  56. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette M

  57. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  58. 5 out of 5

    Grace

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