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A Trip around the Sun: Turning Your Everyday Life into the Adventure of a Lifetime
by Mark Batterson and Richard Foth with Susanna Foth Aughtmon

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.


“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

"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

“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

Product Details

Format: paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5½ x 8½
ISBN: 9780801016837
Pub. Date: April 2015

Meet the Author

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, 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. Learn more at

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 their church plant in Redwood City, California. Learn more at
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