A Trip Around The Sun (Paperback)Mark Batterson & Other
A challenge to choose adventure.
If you had your life to live over again, what would you do differently? New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson and his mentor, Richard Foth, will help you answer that question before it's too late. In a storytelling style, Mark and Dick challenge you to take more risks, dream bigger dreams, 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.
Want to grab life and squeeze every ounce of adventure out of it? Be inspired by this unapologetic celebration of the life Jesus died to give you.
"There is no word in the English language like the word adventure. A Trip around the Sun will awaken your hunger to make your life your adventure. If you can read this book without being stirred to life--check your pulse." - John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and author of Soul Keeping
"This is a terrific book, written by two of my favourite people on the planet. I've known Dick and Mark for many years, and they're trusted friends and guides. Though they are authors, scholars, leaders, and pastors, they don't care at all about titles. They care about people. I've seen the way they embrace the disenfranchised and the way they interact with leaders of entire countries. It's exactly the same. That's because they've learned to love people the way Jesus did. You'll want to do the same after reading this book." - Bob Goff, attorney and author of Love Does
"A magnetic message of risk, reflection, and relationship. Throw this one in your luggage for your next trip around the sun." - Christine Caine, author of Unstoppable
"This book will inform and inspire you during your annual trip around the sun. Writing from the overflow of remarkable living, Mark Batterson and Dick Foth provide an owner's manual for an abundant and adventurous life." - Dr Barry Black, Chaplain of the United States Senate
About the Authors
Mark Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, The Grave Robber, A Trip around the Sun, and If. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one church with seven campuses in Washington, DC. Mark has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children.
Richard Foth is the father of four and grandfather of eleven. In his roles as a pastor, college president, and conference speaker, he is best known as a storyteller believing that God's story and our stories touch the world. He holds a DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Ruth, live in Colorado.
Susanna Foth Aughtmon is the author of All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans, My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself, and I Blame Eve. She co-authored A Trip around the Sun with New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson and Richard Foth. A pastor's wife and mother of three, Susanna assists her husband, Scott, in various ministries at the church they planted in Redwood City, California, and blogs about life's adventures.
ByMark Batterson & Other
Size216 x 140 mm
Number of Pages192 pp
PublisherBaker Book House
For the Love of Risk
June 10, 1945. Fifth Avenue, New York City. A gigantic roar
lifted to the skies as ticker tape filled the air. People began to
shout, “There he is! Here he comes!”
In short pants and waving a small American flag, I was held
by my dad in a crowd of shouting New Yorkers. The day was
bright and the air electric. People flooded the sidewalks like
ants, spilling down surrounding streets. Their cheers rose and
fell like the roiling waves of the Atlantic. The tides of World
War II had turned, and a beachhead of peace had been estab-
lished in Europe. Radios and newspapers trumpeted the news
that Germany and its great tyrant, Hitler, had fallen to the push
of the Allies and a treaty had been signed. The troops in Europe
were coming home.
Glistening horses ridden by New York’s finest in dress blues
cantered past us. Suddenly, there he was. General Dwight David
Eisenhower, Allied Supreme Commander in Europe, swept by
standing tall in the back of a gray convertible, grinning famously
and waving with abandon to screaming crowds. That powerful
image stays with me to this day.
Fast-forward a few weeks to the salt-sprayed decks of the SS
Gripsholm, a Swedish ocean liner. I was a three-year-old on a
journey by sea to India with my missionary-educator parents and
sister. We had just dropped anchor in Naples, Italy. When chased
out, the Nazis had blown up the harbor facilities. Bombed-out
storage areas pocked the view, as did the shattered prows of sunken
ships that pierced the surface of the harbor like tombstones in a
watery graveyard. But I don’t remember being scared. The briny
scent of seawater filled my nose and the thrum of the ship engine
vibrating beneath my feet translated to one thing: adventure!