A Trip around the Sun

Turning Your Everyday Life into the Adventure of a Lifetime

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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 us.

"This is a terrific book, written by two of my favorite people on the planet."--Bob Goff, attorney and author of Love Does

"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

"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


Mark Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker and The Grave Robber. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. Learn more at www.markbatterson.com.

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 who believes that God's story and our stories touch the world.

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 in various ministries at the church they planted in California.


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"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 favorite 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

"Mark Batterson and mentor Richard Foth prove each trip around the sun deserves a healthy dose of adventure, risk, and relationship. With unique perspectives and a joint message, these two inspire their readers to 'risk more, reflect more, and do more things that live on after we die.'"

Reggie Joiner, founder and CEO of Orange

"Shared life stories forge the chain of values that bind generations into cultures, then civilizations. As cultural DNA, these stories can be the 'good news' of human existence. When they mirror God's Word and God's Son, they are profound life road maps. For well over six decades, Dick has shared his life stories with me. For a score of years Mark has done the same, modeling devotion inspiring us to our highest and best. A Trip around the Sun is a trip well worth taking!"

John Ashcroft, former US Attorney General

"This book will stir your soul! The stories that weave through life and the adventures that shape who we are with each other are brought to life in a tangible, real, practicable way that will enhance and inspire your trips around the sun."

Curt Richardson, cofounder of OtterBox

"The synergy of Foth and Batterson is powerful. Everyone will find inspiration in these pages. As a father and grandfather I gleaned new ideas to involve my family in adventures that will bring them closer to Jesus."

Rep. Frank Wolf, 10th District, Virginia

"Batterson and Foth bring together an enormous treasure of life experiences and biblical principles to guide us into the larger adventure of living our years to the fullest! Whether you are young, old, single, married, parenting, or teaching, A Trip around the Sun is a must-read and re-read. It challenges you not to settle for the safe seat on the bus but rather to think big, take risks, and periodically recalibrate your life compass."

Barbara Melby, early childhood teacher

"I couldn't wait for the next chapter. I enjoyed it very much!"

Tony Hall, ambassador and former US Congressman

"Dick and Mark have captured powerful stories and lessons for us as we search to find ways to sharpen our ability to walk in faith. Dick's friendship and connection overlapped my walk in service to our nation in challenging days--like the tragedy on the USS Cole and the attacks on 9/11--when I was looking to my faith for answers and direction. Together these gentlemen share some of the excitement and adventure and the love principles that change lives in our journeys 'around the sun.' This is a great read. It challenges us all in our walk with Jesus."

Admiral Vern Clark, former Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy

"When two great communicators from two different generations collaborate on a book chronicling their adventures following Jesus, it's probably worth a look. Authors Mark Batterson and Dick Foth infuse warmth, disarming transparency, and insight into everything they do, and A Trip around the Sun is captivating and delightfully difficult to lay down. The gift of storytelling is in rare form here, and readers are invited into the authors' personal and professional journeys with moments from their mentoring friendship, vignettes from history, great quotes from some of history's great adventurers, and practical insights from God's Word. Everyday things become meaningful things, and generational perspectives engage us. No matter how many trips we've taken around the sun, Foth and Batterson whet our appetites to risk doing life with Jesus full-out, to do it with friends treasured and those yet to be made, and to leave a legacy of high adventure with God that will impact generations to follow. A Trip around the Sun is well worth the read!"

Dr. Beth Grant, author of Courageous Compassion and cofounder of Project Rescue


The Authors

  1. Mark Batterson

    Mark Batterson

    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 eight campuses in...

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  2. Richard Foth

    Richard Foth

    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...

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  3. Susanna Foth Aughtmon

    Susanna Foth Aughtmon

    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 coauthored A Trip around the Sun with New York Times bestselling...

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