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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 1/19 ML Michaels wrote: I am curious, why do we need a revised bible? What are we revising in it that hasn't been provided through the KJV or the other versions that have come previously. When I began reading this bible I was put off a little by its format and features. In all intents and purposes, I believe The Voice ... The Voice New Testament: Revised?

ML Michaels' Rating:

1 Stars

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

On 1/3 ML Michaels wrote: I remember Dostoevsky from his writing "Crime and Punishment," but I have never read a biography about him. I am not huge fan of biographies, but I do enjoy learning about other people's lives maybe just not in this fashion. I was bored with the book. I was expecting something sweeping about it and was ... Fyodor Dostoevsky

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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Gabby, God's Little Angel

Gabby, God's Little Angel

On 10/7 ML Michaels wrote: "Gabby God's Little Angel" by Sheila Walsh just gave me the desire to say awe. This very sweet book about angel's and how they work in children's lives is a special way of helping children visualize the concept. As a teacher, I recognize that there are a lot of words in the book for this to be an early ... Gabby God's Little Angel by Sheila Walsh

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

On 10/7 ML Michaels wrote: "Thank You, God, for Blessing Me" by Max Lucado is a poetic prayer for young children. It is a thoughtful book that uses gentle illustrations and simple poetic rhymes to get across the message of thankfulness for God's blessings. I love the little Hermie character from the "Hermie" cartoons and books. ... Thank You, God, for Blessing Me by Max Lucado

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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Just in Case You Ever Wonder

Just in Case You Ever Wonder

On 10/7 ML Michaels wrote: am always looking for thoughtful books to send as gifts that will encourage young people through the journey of childhood. But this very sweet book by Max Lucado entitled, "Just In Case You Ever Wonder," is also an encouragement to adults. Children need to know there is a place where they can go to when ... Just In Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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Your 100 Day Prayer

Your 100 Day Prayer

On 10/7 ML Michaels wrote: Prayer is an important part of the daily life of a Christian. The intimate bearing of our soul to our Savior is a part of what makes our personal relationship with Christ personal. He hears our every word from the smallest of worries to the grandest of needs, Jesus Christ is ready to hear our prayers. ... Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

On 8/20 ML Michaels wrote: "How to Write A Book Proposal" by Michael Larsen... a jammed packed book about writing a non- fiction book proposal for traditional publication. Agent and published writer Michael Larsen provides a step by step guide on how to hook editors and agents on to the non-fiction writer's work. This book includes ... How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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Let's Do Lunch

Let's Do Lunch

On 5/9 ML Michaels wrote: What started out as an attempt on my part to read a book that would let me eat calories and carbs without limit turned into another diet book. "Let's Do Lunch" by Roger Troy Wilson is another success story about someone else who lost weight by eating fruits and vegetables. Truthfully I was hoping for ... Let's Do Lunch

ML Michaels' Rating:

3 Stars

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 5/9 ML Michaels wrote: When was the last time you read a book that challenged your belief about people? Or what you thought your own Christian life should be about? It has been a long time since I have read a book that was well written, and in this case wasn't a work of fiction. "Same Kind of Different As Me" follows the lives ... Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Unleashed

Unleashed

On 4/24 ML Michaels wrote: What is so great about our faith? Could it be the endless hours of church services that we attend or the rituals that we participate in? While attending church and participating in the rituals surrounding our faith teaches us the Word and creates community within the body of Christ, it may not be everything ... Unleashed: Release the Untamed Faith Within by Erwin Raphael McManus

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 ML Michaels wrote: "Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions" by Max Lucado is one of his more compelling books so far. Max Lucado's books usually appear to be rehashed from earlier books, but I feel an attempt was made to offer a unique perspective to his writing. As Christians we have a lot ... Max On Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions by Max Lucado

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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No He Can't

No He Can't

On 4/12 ML Michaels wrote: "No He Can't: How Barack Obama is Dismantling Hope and Change" by Kevin McCullough is an insightful and frustrating book. McCullough suggests in his book that the mantle of hope and change was a ruse created by Barack Obama to get elected in 2009. He goes on to suggest that Obama is the most "dangerous ... No He Can't By Kevin McCullough

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 ML Michaels wrote: "The Final Summit" by Andy Andrews is another book that I will have to say is not my favorite. Although the concept of bringing the best and brightest together for a summit to solve the worlds problems appears extraordinary in theory, the final impression left me less than impressed. "The Final Summit" ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

ML Michaels' Rating:

2 Stars

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Doing Virtuous Business

Doing Virtuous Business

On 3/29 ML Michaels wrote: "Doing Virtuous Business: The Remarkable Success of Spiritual Enterprise" by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch is an intentionally Christian book with some flaws. In an attempt to play to all people in the business world, the book is watered down with pieces of religious and spiritual content that seem more ... Doing Virtuous Business by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch

ML Michaels' Rating:

3 Stars

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We Be Big

We Be Big

On 3/15 ML Michaels wrote: We Be Big: The Mostly True Story of How Two Kids From Calhoun County, Alabama, Became Rick & Bubba by Rick Burgess & Bill "Bubba" Bussey with Don Keith is a wildly entertaining book. If you are from the south it is probable that you have heard of Rick and Bubba and caught one of their radio shows. This ... Wildly Entertaining

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Jesus Calling - Deluxe Edition

Jesus Calling - Deluxe Edition

On 3/9 ML Michaels wrote: Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace In His Presence (Deluxe Edition) by Sarah Young is a devotional that encourages the reader to seek after Jesus for daily struggles. She has authored other books including Jesus Calling for Kids, Dear Jesus, and Jesus Lives. Sarah Young has a Master's in counseling and biblical ... Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace In His Presence (Devotional Deluxe Edition) by Sarah Young

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Couples Who Pray

Couples Who Pray

On 3/4 ML Michaels wrote: "Couples Who Pray: The Most Intimate Act Between A Man and A Woman" by Squire Rushnell and Louise Duart leaves a lot to be desired. Although the concept of encouraging couples to pray together is such an important topic, I don't believe the authors were able to connect what they truly were hoping to ... Couples Who Pray

ML Michaels' Rating:

3 Stars

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Defiant Joy

Defiant Joy

On 2/19 ML Michaels wrote: Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life and Impact of G.K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte is a biographical view of Chesterton in the words of some of his best writing. G.K. Chesterton was a literary giant in his day whose resume included works such as Heretics (1905), Orthodoxy (1908), and The Everlasting Man ... Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life and Impact of G.K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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Softly and Tenderly

Softly and Tenderly

On 1/18 ML Michaels wrote: "Softly and Tenderly" by Country Star Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck walks the reader through the life of a character named Jade. Married to her loving husband Max and owner of two successful boutiques, Jade appear to have an idyllic life from the outside. But when life seems to be going along swimmingly, ... Softly and Tenderly

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4 Stars

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Lonestar Secrets

Lonestar Secrets

On 1/2 ML Michaels wrote: "Lonestar Secrets" by RITA finalist Colleen Coble follows the life of single-mother Shannon Astor who has tried for the past five years to stay away from her past. Yet Shannon moves back to her hometown to try to begin her life over again. Seeing her old rival Jack McGowan's daughter leads Shannon on ... Lonestar Secrets by Colleen Coble

ML Michaels' Rating:

3 Stars

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Storm Warning

Storm Warning

On 12/30 ML Michaels wrote: "Storm Warning" by Billy Graham is an excellent update from the original version written in 1992. This revised version takes today's threats of recession, terrorism, financial destruction, and natural disasters and explains how these are continuous signs of the times. While warning us about the coming ... Storm Warning by Billy Graham

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Lies the Government Told You

Lies the Government Told You

On 12/29 ML Michaels wrote: "Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History" by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano attempts to reveal lies that he believes our government tells us. Every American wants to believe that their government would never lie to them, but in essence the government hasn't lied. The people ... Lies The Government Told You by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Captured by Grace (Trade Paper)

Captured by Grace (Trade Paper)

On 12/23 ML Michaels wrote: "Captured by Grace" by Dr. David Jeremiah epitomizes the essence of what it means to learn about grace. While most of us believe we have been to the end of ourselves through the disgrace of sin, this book teaches that God has better plans for us. "Captured by Grace" walks the reader through a three- ... Captured by Grace by Dr. David Jeremiah

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Face of Betrayal

Face of Betrayal

On 12/18 ML Michaels wrote: "Face of Betrayal" by Lis Wiehl with April Henry is a great murder mystery! The author, Lis Wiehl, is a popular legal analyst on Fox News and a former federal prosecutor. "Face of Betrayal" journeys through the lives of three professional women who all are tangled in a web of mystery because of the ... Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl

ML Michaels' Rating:

3 Stars

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Plain Paradise

Plain Paradise

On 12/8 ML Michaels wrote: "Plain Paradise" by Beth Wiseman is the fourth book in her Daughters of the Promise series. With talent and wisdom, Beth Wiseman creates characters and a place in time that appear real and relatable. In "Plain Paradise," Linda is a young woman living a very idyllic Amish life. She has two adoring parents ... Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Plain Promise

Plain Promise

On 11/29 ML Michaels wrote: "Plain Promise" by Beth Wiseman is a fictional novel about holding fast to God's truth and conviction in life. The main character Sadie Fisher is living alone because of the death of her husband, when a non-Amish man named Kade Saunders moves in to the cottage behind her home. Kade Saunders is a multi-millionaire ... Plain Promise by Beth Wiseman

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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Facing Your Giants

Facing Your Giants

On 11/27 ML Michaels wrote: "Facing Your Giants" by Max Lucado is one of many outstanding books penned by this author and pastor. Many of us face giants in our life whether it is debt, anxiety, fear, alcohol, or drugs to name a few. This book reminds the reader that our problems may be big, but our God is Bigger! Max Lucado says, ... Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Jungle Warfare

Jungle Warfare

On 11/26 ML Michaels wrote: "Jungle Warfare: A Basic Field Manual for Christians in Sales" by Christopher A. Cunningham is a great book! This 22-Day Battle Plan uses a unique structure to its format. Created like a military field manual for soldiers, the manual takes a step-by-step approach to daily life as a business person and ... Jungle Warfare by Christopher A. Cunningham

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/4 ML Michaels wrote: "On This Day in Christian History: 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories About Saints, Martyrs, and Heroes" by Robert J. Morgan is a daily devotional about little known Christians from our history of faith. Robert J. Morgan, pastor of the Donelson Fellowship and author of other best-selling titles such as ... On This Day in Christian History by Robert J Morgan

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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The Word of Promise New Testament

The Word of Promise New Testament

On 10/20 ML Michaels wrote: "The Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible" is one of the coolest things I have seen or listen to in a long time. I thoroughly enjoy listening to the actors portray the characters from the bible. I read along while the story is read. Many big named actors and musicians such as Jim Caviezel, the actor ... The Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 10/19 ML Michaels wrote: "The Grace of God" by Andy Stanley is a remarkable book. Once in a while a book comes along that shakes me to my core spiritually. God's grace is one of those topics that is difficult to tackle and even harder to grasp. As Christians we know that we are saved by grace, but at times we find ourselves ... The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Really Woolly Bible Stories

Really Woolly Bible Stories

On 10/19 ML Michaels wrote: "Really Woolly Bible Stories" by Bonnie Rickner Jensen is a wonderfully inspirational book for children. I absolutely loved the bible stories and illustrations. Each story is read like a poem. There are rhyming words and high frequency words that will help children learn the bible story, but also help ... Really Woolly Bible Stories by Bonnie Rickner Jensen

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/11 ML Michaels wrote: "Transforming Church in Rural America: Breaking all the Rurals" by Pastor Shannon O'Dell is a great guide book for all Christians. Reading like a page from his own journal and a business plan, O'Dell writes about the God dream in his heart to transform a small rural church into a center for biblical ... Transforming Church in Rural American by Shannon O'Dell

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids

On 10/5 ML Michaels wrote: "Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids" by best selling author Sarah Young is a thoughtful way to help our children to begin daily meditation on the word of God. Each page includes a coordinating bible verse, a meditation reading, and a verse to read on their own. This would be a great source to use ... Jesus Calling:365 Devotions for Kids

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

On 10/1 ML Michaels wrote: "Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half with America's Cheapest Family" by Steve and Annette Economedes is a great book for families looking for interesting ideas and tips to cut costs at the grocery store or when dining out. America spends much of their income on food supplies and families need help understanding ... Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half by Steve and Annette Economides

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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Uncle Sam's Plantation

Uncle Sam's Plantation

On 9/17 ML Michaels wrote: "Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It" by Star Parker is an interesting look into poverty and the welfare system in America. Parker draws on her own life story to include the reader on how the system is failing poor Americans. She believes that ... Uncle Sams Plantation by Star Parker

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 ML Michaels wrote: "Out Live Your Life" by Max Lucado is a call to Christians to get out their comfort zone of predictable Christian living toward a life focused on God's plan to help a hurting world. Lucado draws on the Acts of the Apostles as a model for Christians to be courageous in their walk, compassionate toward ... Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

ML Michaels' Rating:

3 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 ML Michaels wrote: "The Butterfly Effect" by Andy Andrews is a gift book that teaches how every action effects everyone around us. This inspirational story encourages readers to take notice to how we are living our life. A motivational speaker and New York Times best selling author, Andrews writes about a story that occurred ... The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

ML Michaels' Rating:

3 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 ML Michaels wrote: "The Boy Who Changed the World" by Andy Andrew tells the stories of four boys who changed the world. Andy Andrew takes children on a journey through the lives of Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver, and Moses Carver. Geared toward children pre-school to third grade, the book tells ... The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

ML Michaels' Rating:

4 Stars

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Seeds of Turmoil

Seeds of Turmoil

On 9/1 ML Michaels wrote: "Seeds of Turmoil" by Bryant Wright is an important book about the biblical roots and reasons for the problems in the Middle East. A historical scholar and pastor, Wright investigates the seed of discord between the Israelis and the Arab world. Beginning with Abraham, "Seeds of Turmoil" biblically dissects ... Seeds of Turmoil by Bryant Wright

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4 Stars

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The Skin Map

The Skin Map

On 8/25 ML Michaels wrote: "The Skin Map" by Stephen R. Lawhead is a sci-fi, fictional novel set in a time warp of adventure. Lawhead is the author of several acclaimed historical fiction book epics. "The Skin Map" is the first book in the Bright Empires novel series, that tells the story of Kit Livingstone a man stepping through ... The Skin Map by Stephen R Lawhead

ML Michaels' Rating:

2 Stars

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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

On 8/12 ML Michaels wrote: "Living With Confidence In A Chaotic World" by Dr. David Jeremiah is the follow up to his previous best selling book, "What in the World Is Going On". Dr. Jeremiah provides ten biblical ways to stay focused while the world around us is in chaos. The tens C's of being confident include, staying calm, ... Living With Confidence In A Chaotic World

ML Michaels' Rating:

5 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 8/6 ML Michaels wrote: "Fearless" by Max Lucado is an extraordinary book. Anyone who knows me personally knows what this book means to me. This is a different kind of book. With news stories and headlines breaking with catastrophe after catastrophe, I often wonder how we are going to survive. But, Max Lucado provides a biblical ... Fearless by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Cast of Characters

Cast of Characters

On 8/2 ML Michaels wrote: "Cast of Characters" by Max Lucado is an interesting read of stories written from several of his other books. This compilation made into a new book is a thoughtful book about the characters we read in the bible. It is an excellent source for new Christians trying to get a broad picture of the people of ... Cast of Characters

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3 Stars

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What In The World Is Going On?

What In The World Is Going On?

On 7/24 ML Michaels wrote: Dr. David Jeremiah, pastor and teacher at Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego CA, writes about the startling events we see going on in the world today. In his book, "What in the World is Going On?", Dr. David Jeremiah describes events from the oil crisis, Israel, the further unification of ... What in the World is Going On? by Dr. David Jeremiah

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5 Stars

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The Edge of the Divine

The Edge of the Divine

On 7/18 ML Michaels wrote: Sandi Patty’s new book, "The Edge of the Divine", is an interwoven tapestry of her and her family's life story written- during a time of dramatic change in her own life- as a reminder to its readers that forgiveness, grace, and redemption are available to all who believe. This is a book about faithfulness, ... The Edge of The Divine by Sandi Patty

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4 Stars

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