A Trip Around The Sun - Liked It

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.
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Amanda Godin said...

I just started reading Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children by Batterson. I'm not very far into it, but, so far so good!

Cheryl Smith said...

Thanks for sharing about this book! Sounds like a unique one, for sure. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day! God bless you.

Callie Nicole said...

That sounds like a good one! I like reading prayer books, because I'm not great at keeping my prayer time, so it's a good reminder. :-)

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