Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

Since I haven’t finished a book since my last review, it feels like a long time without blogging. Here’s what’s happening right now:

- Reading Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch (one of my reading program prizes, yay!)

- Continually expecting to see Alex’s first tooth, but it’s being stubborn. ;)

- Tim’s got a few loose teeth! :)

- I’ve been making my own iced tea lately. Two bags of decaf tea, sometimes a bit of vanilla syrup for sweetener, a bit of hot water and then top up the jug with cold water before chilling. Yum!

- Also eating lots of salad. :)

- TV via Netflix: Chuck (Season 4), Video Game High School (just finished!), Call the Midwife (Season 2), Cracked (Season 1), Dance Academy (Season 1) and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Season 2). We get our money’s worth, don’t we? (The kids like it too for the cartoons.)

This was a fun book with a daydreaming main character I loved. And the author worked sign language into the tale, making it even more cool than your average story about a girl wanting her own horse. ;)

Tyndale Summer Reading Program Book #17

Another good read from Mackall! I liked the main character, the horses (again) and the whole family. Good plot, great resolution and I want more!

Tyndale Summer Reading Program Book #16

O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

This was really good teen fiction. I’ve always liked horses, so I was with Winnie the whole way in wanting to rescue Wild Thing. She was a great character, easy to like, and so was the horse! :) The plot was realistic as well and the minor characters quite interesting. I could definitely see myself happily reading more in the series!

Tyndale Summer Reading Program Book #15

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

I enjoyed this novel, with its emotional ups and downs. The characters were great, especially the son. Some of the baseball content was over my head, but not enough to detract from the plot and my connection with the main character – I really wanted to follow him on the journey. I’m glad I picked this book!

Tyndale Summer Reading Program Book #14

The plot for this book sounds like it could be good, but I was thrown off by the choice of writing style. First-person point of view works when the author sticks with just one character, but short chapters where each is from a different character, all are first-person and the narrative jumps all over the place in time as well? It was just a mess. I couldn’t fall for the characters and unfortunately, didn’t care what happened to them.

Tyndale Summer Reading Program Book #13

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