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.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
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About the Author
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. A pastor's wife and mother of three, Susanna assists her husband, Scott, in various ministries at the church they planted in California.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Choose Adventure 9
1 For the Love of Risk 19
2 Accumulate Experiences 28
3 The Original Adventure 38
4 The Preposition That Will Change Your Life 49
5 Who Is More Important Than What 57
6 Stepping Stones 66
7 Shared Goals 74
8 The Locus of Love 82
9 Invaluable and Irreplaceable 89
10 Holy and Happy 97
11 Playing for Keeps 105
12 Never a Dull Moment 115
13 The Five-and-a-Half-Inch World between Your Ears 123
14 Books with Skin Covers 130
15 Learn as If You'll Live Forever 138
16 Success Is Succession 147
17 Reverse Mentoring 157
18 Fully Alive 165
19 Lineage and Legacy 173
20 Two Thumbs Up 183
Conclusion: Another Day, Another Adventure 193
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another Day. Another Adventure. 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.