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Evidence That Demands a Verdict

Evidence That Demands a Verdict

On 10/26 JG wrote: Evidence That Demands a Verdict was written by a man who set out to intellectually and historically disprove Christianity.  Yet instead, he discovered that the claims were true!  This book is a collection of the evidence that he gathered, giving Christians a solid defense of what they believe ... Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh & Sean McDowell

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5 Stars

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A Time to Stand

A Time to Stand

On 10/15 JG wrote: When I'm subbing at the high school, I enjoy reading a good fiction book now and then to pass the time.  This story revolves around a crime that has been committed...a young black man being shot by a white officer.  But it goes beyond the crime to explore the racial tension in the community ... A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow

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3 Stars

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Cherish

Cherish

On 3/2 JG wrote: The definition of cherish is to "protect and care for (someone) lovingly, to hold something dear".  When applied to marriage, this goes beyond merely committing to your spouse - it means making him/her feel special.I've been married for almost 17 years and recognize the importance of renewing my ... Cherish by Gary Thomas

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4 Stars

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NIV Bible for Teen Guys

NIV Bible for Teen Guys

On 11/23 JG wrote: I have one teenage son, with two following quickly behind, so this Bible caught my attention.  I'm always on the lookout for content that will help them engage with and relate to God's Word. The main thing you need to be aware of is that this is a devotional bible, NOT a study bible.  You will ... NIV Bible for Teen Guys Review

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4 Stars

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Riley Unlikely

Riley Unlikely

On 11/13 JG wrote: This book is the heart-warming story of how God has and is using a teenage girl to impact the world.  Can one person really make a difference?  Absolutely.  All it takes is one step of obedience at a time.Riley Banks has an aunt and uncle who were going on a short-term medical missions ... Riley Unlikely by Riley Banks-Snyder

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5 Stars

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Uninvited

Uninvited

On 9/22 JG wrote: See if you can relate to any of these scenarios:*You feel alone in a crowded room and wish you could somehow hide and avoid the awkwardness.*A rejection from the past is causing you to have trust issues in your current relationships.*You catch yourself assigning thoughts to others that they never actually ... Uninvited Book Review

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5 Stars

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Today's Moment of Truth

Today's Moment of Truth

On 8/7 JG wrote: While we have not been the most consistent in doing family devotions, we have found one time of day that works well for our family...right after dinner while waiting for the slow eaters to finish up. (If the kids want dessert they need to pay attention!) We have used sports-focused devotionals in the ... Today's Moment of Truth by Lee Strobel

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4 Stars

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Pressing Pause

Pressing Pause

On 4/25 JG wrote: The title of this devotional for moms really jumped out at me...Pressing Pause.  Isn't that what we all want to do from time to time?  Pause the noise, the chaos, the arguing, the constant activity, and take a quiet moment to reset.  This book contains 100 short devotionals that can help ... Pressing Pause - A Devotional for Moms

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5 Stars

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Walk to Beautiful (Paperback)

Walk to Beautiful (Paperback)

On 2/11 JG wrote: I had never heard of Jimmy Wayne before picking up this book, but now that I know his story, I doubt I will ever forget. This is an auto-biography of a boy who went through unbelievable hardship as a child, was transformed by the love of an elderly couple, ascended to country music stardom, and then ... A Touching and Inspirational Story

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5 Stars

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#Struggles

#Struggles

On 12/23 JG wrote: Craig Groeschel has delivered an eye-opening, culturally relevant book for this generation.  I too have a love-hate relationship with technology.  Sure, in some ways technology makes our lives easier.  But does it also come with a cost?  This book reveals the ways that our "devices" ... #struggles by Craig Groeschel

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5 Stars

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe - Paperback

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe - Paperback

On 10/31 JG wrote: I have read many non-fiction books written by Max Lucado and already liked him as an author, so I was excited to see this fictional novel hit the shelves.  I was not disappointed with the story-telling...Max is a master at weaving truth into compelling stories.  My only complaint is that the ... Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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A House Divided

A House Divided

On 9/4 JG wrote: Sometimes I pick fiction books to read to occupy my time while I'm waiting.  My criteria is that it must encourage good morals and be entertaining enough to keep my attention.  This novel did both!  It wasn't quite what I expected (I don't agree with the reviewer who compared it to John ... A House Divided by Robert Whitlow

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4 Stars

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Believe Kids' Edition

Believe Kids' Edition

On 6/30 JG wrote:  While at the Exponential conference a few months ago, I attended a meeting for church leaders sponsored by Zondervan in which the company introduced a new church curriculum by Randy Frazee called Believe.  I was given a copy of the adult book (pictured on right) and told about other editions ... Believe:Kids Edition review

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5 Stars

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It's a God Thing Volume 2

It's a God Thing Volume 2

On 6/8 JG wrote: Do you ever feel like God no longer performs miracles in this day and age?  If so, you may change your mind after reading a book like this one!  It's a God Thing is a compilation of 58 testimonies in which individuals share the miraculous ways that God has intervened in their lives. Some stories ... It's a God Thing - Volume 2

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4 Stars

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Undone

Undone

On 5/26 JG wrote: Making peace with an unexpected life.  Isn't that something we all need to learn how to do?  No matter how much planning is done, life has a way of surprising us with the unexpected.  Michele Cushatt has experienced a good share of challenges and shares with us in this book her experiences ... Undone by Michele Cushatt

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5 Stars

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Seven Men - Paperback

Seven Men - Paperback

On 4/4 JG wrote: There are 2 reasons I decided to read this book.  The first is that I didn't know much about these 7 men and I wanted to learn their stories.  George Washington. William Wilberforce.  Eric Liddell. Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Jackie Robinson (I was probably most familiar with him due ... 7 Men by Eric Metaxas

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5 Stars

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Frederick

Frederick

On 1/14 JG wrote: Frederick Ndabaramiye has a powerful story to share!  He grew up in Rwanda during the genocide, losing his hands because he refused to follow the soldiers orders to kill his countrymen.  In Rwanda, to have no hands meant there would be no hope of having a productive life.  That is, ... Frederick: A book review

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5 Stars

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Never Ever Give Up

Never Ever Give Up

On 1/7 JG wrote: This is an inspiring story on many different levels. Some may have heard of 12-year-old Jessie and her battle with cancer or her famous NEGU "Never Ever Give Up" motto. Others may have seen her on the news or heard of fundraisers to fill JoyJars for children with cancer. Or, like me, you may have ... Never Ever Give Up

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5 Stars

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Thrive Student Edition

Thrive Student Edition

On 10/13 JG wrote: Do you want to merely survive, or to thrive?  While the content of this book is applicable to anyone, I decided to read the Student Edition specifically to decide how I could use the teaching at home with my boys, or in our youth group at church.  The main message of Thrive comes from Psalm ... Thrive:Student Edition by Mark Hall

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5 Stars

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Snap Decision

Snap Decision

On 6/29 JG wrote: I am the parent of an 11 year old sports nut!  My oldest son is constantly doing something sports-related whether it's playing the game, watching clips on ESPN, playing sports video games, or reading!  Sports fiction is mostly what he's been reading recently.  As his mother I sometimes ... Snap Decision by Nathan Whitaker

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5 Stars

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Gods at War Student Edition

Gods at War Student Edition

On 4/8 JG wrote: It may be a little early, but I'm starting to collect a library of books for my boys, the oldest of which will be a teenager in 2 years. (Wow...it's strange to even write that!) I'm on the lookout for books that will keep his interest while at the same time teaching him truths that I want him to ... Gods at War: Student Edition - Kyle Idleman

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5 Stars

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It's A God Thing

It's A God Thing

On 3/6 JG wrote: This book is exactly what it proclaims to be...a collection of stories from everyday people sharing how they have seen God work in their lives. There is no teaching concerning what the Bible has to say about miracles, or reference to biblical stories. It is simply people sharing their personal experience....witnessing ... Powerful Testimonies

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5 Stars

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The Passion Principles

The Passion Principles

On 2/2 JG wrote: It's no secret that long-lasting marriages are hard to come by these days. And what's one of the most common reasons for marital tension? Sex. It's a topic that is sensitive and sometimes hard to talk about. Most of the information we do get is from the media, which is often very misleading. That's ... Would make a great Valentines Day gift!

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5 Stars

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Luminary

Luminary

On 1/7 JG wrote: Luminary is the 2nd book in the Anomaly Trilogy by Krista McGee. You can read my review of the first book here. This is a fictional story which takes place in the future, after our world has nearly destroyed itself by a nuclear war. In this book, Thalli encounters two groups of people who have survived ... Hard to Put Down!

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5 Stars

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One Light Still Shines

One Light Still Shines

On 11/1 JG wrote: I remember hearing about the Amish schoolhouse shooting that happened in 2006.  I heard about how the Amish were quick to offer forgiveness and it warmed my heart.  But I never thought much about Marie, the wife of the shooter, and how this event would have changed her life forever.  ... One Light Still Shines by Marie Monville

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5 Stars

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

On 9/29 JG wrote: Matthew West, a popular Christian musician, invited people from all walks of life to share with him their stories of forgiveness. The result is this small book and several songs that the stories inspired. The stories are divided into sections: Forgiving Others, Asking for Forgiveness, Forgiving Yourself, ... Very Well-Written!

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5 Stars

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Encouragement for Today

Encouragement for Today

On 9/3 JG wrote: 100 days of encouragement...from one woman to another.  This book is a collection of devotions written by various women.  Each devotion is two pages long and includes a point to remember, a question to reflect on, a suggested way to respond, and related Scriptures to look up.  ... Encouragement for Today

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5 Stars

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NIV Worship Together Bible

NIV Worship Together Bible

On 8/17 JG wrote: Being the wife of a worship pastor, I was excited to get the opportunity to review this Bible.  My husband and I are frequently looking to identify which Scriptures inspired various worship songs so that he can reference them during the service.  Many of the songs highlighted in this Bible ... Worship Together Bible

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4 Stars

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Fight

Fight

On 8/5 JG wrote: Since this is a book for men, I have a guest blogger today...my husband!Craig Groeschel is a man’s man!  He knows how men think, and his writing style reflects it.  I have only read a handful of books in my life, most of them fiction, but this is probably the quickest read of any of them.  ... Fight by Craig Groeschel

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5 Stars

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Anomaly

Anomaly

On 7/9 JG wrote: It's summertime...which means it's the perfect time to get lost in a few Christian fiction novels! This one is a real page-turner (I read it in 2 days!) I can easily see this book being turned into a movie someday. Anomaly is a sci-fi story set in the future. The world has been destroyed by a nuclear ... Anomaly

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5 Stars

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The Passionate Mom

The Passionate Mom

On 5/13 JG wrote: The Passionate Mom is the best book on motherhood that I've ever read...and I read a lot of books!  What makes this book unique and memorable is that Susan used the biblical story of Nehemiah to draw parallels between his task of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem with our ... The Passionate Mom by Susan Merrill

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5 Stars

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God's Not Dead

God's Not Dead

On 3/23 JG wrote: I decided to read this book because the back cover promised "clear, easy-to-follow explanations of the key concepts and controversies" regarding the Christian faith.  But be warned...unless you are a very intellectual and scholarly-type thinker, this book may be over your head.  In my opinion, ... God's Not Dead by Rick Broocks

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2 Stars

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Six Hours One Friday

Six Hours One Friday

On 1/28 JG wrote: Anyone familiar with Max Lucado know what to expect from his books...scriptural truth woven with relevant stories and analogies to help the reader connect the messages of Scripture with everyday life.  This one is no different.  When the storms of life come, will we be blown away or held steady ... Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Dreams and Visions

Dreams and Visions

On 11/29 JG wrote: When I first picked up this book, I had a fear of it being dry and over my head...but I am pleased to report that this was far from the truth.  This is one of the most fascinating books I've read all year!  The majority of the book consists of stories from Muslims in various Middle Eastern ... Dreams and Visions by Tom Doyle

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5 Stars

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Call of A Coward

Call of A Coward

On 10/1 JG wrote: What would you do if your husband came home one day and announced that he thought your family was being called to go minister in Guatemala for a year?  Would you agree to go or would fear hold you back?  This is what happened in Marcia Moston's life.  Her book is an honest look at the ... Call of a Coward by Marcia Moston

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4 Stars

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The Reason

The Reason

On 9/10 JG wrote: While it's been fun reading some fiction over the summer, this will be the last for a while.  Time to get back to reality! Anyhow...I have mixed feelings about this fictional story.  The book is well-written and interesting to read.  There are several characters who are each searching ... The Reason by William Sirls

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3 Stars

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The Choice

The Choice

On 8/4 JG wrote: Teenage pregnancies are on the rise.  This fictional story is about the choice that each of these young girls must make...what to do with the life growing inside of them.  The main character is Sandy who gets pregnant while in high school.  We follow her as she examines all possibilities ... The Choice by Robert Whitlow

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5 Stars

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Through Rushing Water

Through Rushing Water

On 7/8 JG wrote: While I don't read fiction very often, summer is a great time to get lost in a novel.  I enjoyed this one for several different reasons:1.  The story was inspired by true events.  Taking place in 1876, the plot follows Sophia, a missionary who was assigned to be a teacher for the ... Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond

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4 Stars

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By Faith, Not By Sight

By Faith, Not By Sight

On 5/9 JG wrote: Many people know Scott MacIntyre as the blind American Idol contestant who made the Top Ten Finalists in 2009.  This book tells the rest of his story, from overcoming obstacles such as blindness and kidney failure to rejoicing in is academic and musical success.  Scott says "God works ... By Faith, Not By Sight by Scott MacIntyre

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5 Stars

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Redemption

Redemption

On 4/24 JG wrote: While I have not been an avid watcher of the Olympic Games, sometimes an athlete will catch my attention.  Now after reading about the journey of gold medalist Bryan Clay, I am looking forward to watching him compete in August 2012 in the decathlon with hopes of winning a third medal.  Bryan ... Redemption by Bryan Clay

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5 Stars

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He Chose the Nails

He Chose the Nails

On 4/5 JG wrote: These past 15 days (leading up to Good Friday), I decided to read a chapter of this book a day as a devotional to help me focus on the cross and what Jesus has done for me.  Max Lucado does an excellent job blending the truth from Scripture with stories and analogies that help the reader ... He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

On 3/15 JG wrote: This book caught my interest because it is written by a well-respected Christian leader who has lived nearly eight decades.  If she has advice to share, I figured I could benefit from it!  The book is organized into 50 short chapters, only 2-3 pages each.  Each chapter focuses on a "simple ... Luci's Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

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3 Stars

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Three Hearts DVD

Three Hearts DVD

On 2/28 JG wrote: I was recently given a chance to review this new documentary put together by Samaritan's Purse about the Children's Heart Project.  This film follows three children from Mongolia with congenital heart defects who were chosen to participate in this program, from the moment they are told they ... Three Hearts

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5 Stars

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 1/23 JG wrote: Going Deep is a fictional story that attempts to answer a serious question many Christian leaders are asking today...how do we develop spiritually mature people?  Or using the books terminology, how might a church go about cultivating deep people who will become future leaders in their churches ... Going Deep by Gordon MacDonald

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3 Stars

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The Lucado Inspirational Reader

The Lucado Inspirational Reader

On 11/29 JG wrote: Max Lucado has been preaching and writing for over twenty-five years.  He uses his knowledge of Scripture, personal experiences, and stories to illustrate many biblical concepts.  This inspirational reader takes excerpts and quotes from 25 of his books and arranges them by topic for easy ... The Lucado Inspirational Reader

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5 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 11/10 JG wrote: This is a true story of one man's journey into the depths of satanism, followed by his ascent into the light of Christ.  It will open your eyes to the reality of the spiritual realm.  Satan is real, but God is greater.  And what was intended for evil God can redeem ... Ascent From Darkness by Michael Leehan

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5 Stars

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