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A Trip Around The Sun – Book Review

Basically: Read this book!!  It is well written and full of great stories from two men who live incredible lives.  Even if you’re not a Christian, this book is full inspiring and encouraging words.

The subtitle, ‘Turning Your Everyday Life into the Adventure of a Lifetime” is a perfect summary of the book.

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My husband and I were talking the other day about how it seems I have more of a desire for adventure than most people.  He’s steady, loves routine, could eat the same thing every day for a year and not think twice about it.  I love those qualities in him.  I am a bit different.  While he prefers the more dangerous adventures once in a while, I enjoy every day adventures.  I have to work on a routine, write it down and remind myself of it, it takes discipline for me to establish routines.  I don’t even like eating the same thing for dinner two nights in a row!

I like to look at life and find ways to make it fun, exciting, memorable.  I live intentionally and seek ways to make the most of my days.  For me a life well lived is one where I have wrung out every ounce of joy, energy, adventure and opportunity of my days.  

I love to travel, try new experiences, foods, cultures, most anything.  Sometimes this can be difficult on the days that seem ‘normal’ or routine.  When I came across this book I knew I was going to like it!  Anytime I can find encouragement for making the everyday better, I get excited.

This book is endorsed by Bob Goff, one of my favorite authors and speakers and along the same subject as one of my favorite books, ‘Cold Tangerines’ by Shauna Niequist.  Look them up!  I had a pretty good feeling about this book and it didn’t disappoint.

The authors are inspiring men who have done some incredible things like pastor some healthy churches, and serve as the president of Bethany College.  One of them reads an average of 200 books a year!  The book is filled with their adventures and experiences and accounts of some incredible people they have known. Really too many to talk about, just read it!!  

Each chapter has a message, two of my favorites are: 

“True greatness is being great at the Great Commandment.”  The Great Commandment is found in Matthew 22:37, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  What better litmus test for success in your life than to make sure you are excelling at the thing Jesus said was the most important.

Martin Luther said, “Live as if Christ was crucified yesterday, rose from the dead today, and is returning tomorrow.”  Can you imagine the urgency in which you would do ministry and live your life if this was your perspective?

Have you read this book?

What’s your favorite subject to read about?

Do you seek out adventure?!  Share with me!  I want more ideas! 😉

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