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Days Like These

Days Like These

On 4/23 Sam Isaacson wrote: This is a chronological walk through Kristian’s cancer, in his own words. Blog posts he wrote during his struggle with cancer have been compiled into chapters with a summary section at the end of each written by his wife Rachel. It’s incredibly personal, very personal, and of course very emotional ... Days Like These by Kristian and Rachel Anderson

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4 Stars

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Altar Ego

Altar Ego

On 4/11 Sam Isaacson wrote: Yes, it’s another book about becoming who God says you are in Christ. This one’s split into three parts, basically covering who we are in Christ, what characteristics that means we should have, and how to be bold in obeying God. Craig Groeschel is biblical, challenging, humble and absolutely hilarious. ... Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel

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5 Stars

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gods at war

gods at war

On 3/19 Sam Isaacson wrote: This book is based around the simple concept that people are created to worship, and that the question is therefore not, ‘Do we worship?’ but ‘Who/what do we worship?’ All of us are guilty of idol worship, and Kyle Idleman deals with one idol per chapter, looking at things like money, family, ... Gods at War by Kyle Idleman

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5 Stars

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Draw the Circle

Draw the Circle

On 3/7 Sam Isaacson wrote: Leading on from Mark Batterson’s book The Circle Maker, this is a 40-day devotional-style book. In each of the 40 chapters there’s a Bible verse or passage, a true inspiring story of someone who prayed, and an application point for the day. The chapters are short and readable, and are well-suited ... Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson

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3 Stars

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Afraid to Believe in Free Will

Afraid to Believe in Free Will

On 3/4 Sam Isaacson wrote: This book is a bit of an odd one, because I can’t quite nail it down. I suppose I was expecting a comparison between Calvinism and Arminianism, and this is definitely not that. It’s quite academic in flavour, looking at the philosophical and psychological history of belief in free will along with ... Afraid to Believe in Free Will by Carl E. Begley

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3 Stars

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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 2/6 Sam Isaacson wrote: The Bible tells us to `number our days'. Robert Smith took that literally, and when he realised that he had been alive for 20,000 of them he decided to take 48 hours out to make sure that every day he'd do everything in his power to make it count. This short book is basically him communicating the lessons ... 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert Smith

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3 Stars

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The 5 Money Personalities

The 5 Money Personalities

On 1/30 Sam Isaacson wrote: This is a book for married couples who encounter conflict around money (i.e. every married couple). It suggests that there are 5 Money Personalities (Saver, Spender, Risk Taker, Security Seeker and Flyer), that we all relate to two of them, and that it’s our differences in Money Personality that cause ... Book review: The 5 Money Personalities by Scott and Bethany Palmer

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4 Stars

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Dirty God

Dirty God

On 1/24 Sam Isaacson wrote: The title of this book makes it sound like this is going to be some controversial ‘the secret hidden message of Jesus that makes all of historic Christianity a joke’ books, but thankfully it’s not. It certainly is controversial, but for all the right reasons; it’s controversial because Christianity ... Dirty God by Johnnie Moore

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4 Stars

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 1/11 Sam Isaacson wrote: This book is essentially a sermon series in book form, walking through the book of Ephesians from start to finish. The subtitle is ‘Finding Your True Identity in Christ,’ which captures the theme that runs through the book, but there’s a lot more in it than simply a redefinition of identity. I’ve ... Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll

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5 Stars

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The 360 Degree Leader

The 360 Degree Leader

On 1/3 Sam Isaacson wrote: The 360 Degree Leader is a book about leadership for people who are firmly in the middle of their organisation chart – supervisors, assistant managers, managers and so on. Looking at the challenges of leadership and management, the lies people believe, and a whole lot of strategies for growth, it’s ... The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell

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5 Stars

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Lifted by Angels

Lifted by Angels

On 12/4 Sam Isaacson wrote: This book is a study of who angels are and what they do, drawing on the Bible and early Christian teaching. It looks at the different roles of different angels, including the fall of Satan, guardian angels and the eternal future. It’s well written in that the style is pretty straightforward, and it’s ... Lifted by Angels by Joel J. Miller

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3 Stars

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1,000 Days

1,000 Days

On 11/28 Sam Isaacson wrote: Jesus’ teaching and healing ministry lasted for about three years – close to 1,000 days – and this book has been written to summarise that ministry so that we can apply it to our lives. Each chapter takes a different aspect of that 1,000 days and explains what it means for us and how we can apply ... 1,000 Days: The Ministry of Christ by Jonathan Farwell

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4 Stars

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The Fantasy Fallacy

The Fantasy Fallacy

On 11/19 Sam Isaacson wrote: This is a pretty unique book. Based partly on the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon but mostly on a prophetic picture Shannon Ethridge received, it’s a review of what sexual fantasy is, what it does, and whether it is (or can be) good or bad. First things first. Although the front cover of this book claims ... The Fantasy Fallacy (a 50 Shades of Grey response) by Shannon Ethridge

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3 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 11/9 Sam Isaacson wrote: The subtitle for this book is ‘Giving the gift of unconditional love and acceptance’, and it basically outlines a strategy for improving family relationships, quality and length of life through doing just that, enacting ‘The Blessing’. The book contains four parts, answering (1) why the blessing ... The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley

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4 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 10/11 Sam Isaacson wrote: For those who like a summary before anything else: just buy this book, and read it. For a more detailed breakdown, read on. I love this book. It's the story of Michael Leehan, and it's extraordinary. I love it, and it's extraordinary, for one reason more than any other: Leehan has experienced simultaneously ... Best book I've read all year

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5 Stars

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The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

On 9/19 Sam Isaacson wrote: Well, a book about grace. In terms of theological areas it’s tempting to think that this one’s been covered already, but the author admits this in the introduction and is pretty humble about it, which sets a good tone for the rest of the book. It’s split into two parts which roughly reflect the ... The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

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4 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 8/1 Sam Isaacson wrote: Ok, headline first: every church leader should read this book. Why Men Hate Going to Church is broken into three parts, basically explaining why it’s important that men are stuck into church, why they aren’t, and how to get them. Murrow frequently uses convincing statistics, stories and other facts ... Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow

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5 Stars

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Healing Is a Choice

Healing Is a Choice

On 5/1 Sam Isaacson wrote: Ok, before we get into the meat of this review, let me say this: this book is nowhere near as controversial as the title sounds, which is a shame because I was hoping to be angered by a word of faith teacher telling me I should put my glasses away. But this book isn’t really about physical healing ... Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn

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4 Stars

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Surprised by Laughter

Surprised by Laughter

On 2/29 Sam Isaacson wrote: This book is a study into C.S. Lewis’ approach to humour. The author acknowledges that in reality dissecting a joke stops it from being funny, so attempts instead to simply present Lewis’ ideas in their purest form, quoting from him liberally and attempting to communicate to the reader what he really ... Surprised by Laughter by Terry Lindvall

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4 Stars

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 1/3 Sam Isaacson wrote: When it comes to inspirational older Christians not many names come to mind as easily as Billy Graham’s, so I was excited to read the wisdom he’d gathered for the 200-ish pages of this great book. Without wanting to sound morbid it’s essentially Billy Graham’s well thought-through last words ... Nearing Home by Billy Graham

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4 Stars

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Rumors of God

Rumors of God

On 7/29 Sam Isaacson wrote: Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson have a theory that a relationship with God is bigger and better than we have been led to believe. There are these rumours of a God of love, justice, freedom, community, hope and abundant life banded around which don't seem to be true in our daily lives. By tackling one ... Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You've Only Heard About by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson

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4 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 6/30 Sam Isaacson wrote: This is the story of Ian Morgan Cron's life, with a particular focus on his experience of Jesus, and his relationship with his father which was rocky to say the least, and which involved his job at the CIA. This book does exactly what it says on the tin. I enjoyed Cron's storytelling in his interesting ... Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron

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5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 6/1 Sam Isaacson wrote: This is a fictional book about David Ponder, who is whisked away by the archangel Gabriel to lead a discussion with historical characters about the salvation of mankind. The group is given five opportunities to come up with the answer to ‘the question’, each time benefitting from the input of another ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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2 Stars

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A Conversation with God

A Conversation with God

On 5/13 Sam Isaacson wrote: This book is a collection of 55 questions asked to God, and an account of what His response would be based on the Bible. The questions are separated into various categories, such as God, the Bible, pain and suffering, and today's world. When I first received this book I was excited; the book naturally ... A Conversation With God by Alton Gansky

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2 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 5/12 Sam Isaacson wrote: In this book Max Lucado takes a whole lot of questions that he's found he's been asked over the years, and endeavours to respond to each one in one page each. The book is separated into several sections dealing with hurt, home, relationships, and so on. Max Lucado is a really good communicator and I ... Max on Life by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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This is Your Brain in Love

This is Your Brain in Love

On 3/11 Sam Isaacson wrote: This book is unlike any other I’ve read. Dr. Earl Henslin looks at five love ‘styles’ based on the ways our brains are wired, enabling a couple to identify their style and respond appropriately. I like the idea of the book. Henslin clearly knows what he’s talking about, and the practical advice ... This Is Your Brain In Love by Dr. Earl Henslin

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3 Stars

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 1/21 Sam Isaacson wrote: This book is a well-researched court case investigating the claim that Jesus Christ rose again from death. It takes the form of two lawyers, X and Y, who take it in turns to claim that Jesus was, and was not, resurrected. The book’s quite technical in its language so if you’re looking for a light ... The Jesus Inquest: The Case For and Against the Resurrection of the Christ

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4 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 12/20 Sam Isaacson wrote: The subtitle for this book is ’365 amazing and inspiring stories about saints, martyrs, and heroes’. The idea is that every day you can read about something that happened on this date in Christian history. The stories are historically interesting on the most part and have little Bible verses to link ... On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan

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2 Stars

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"Big Red" Holy Bible - Contemporary 3-D Art

On 10/29 Sam Isaacson wrote: This presentation of the International Children's Bible makes use of computer-generated images to drag God's Word into the 21st century. Like most children's Bible it's appended with reading tools. I like the pictures. They're pretty cool, and at regular intervals throughout the Bible...but pretty much ... Big Red Children's Bible

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4 Stars

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/28 Sam Isaacson wrote: This book is part autobiography, part leadership manual. O’Dell takes lessons he’s learnt from his experience leading a church in the middle of nowhere to equip other leaders – the book’s structured nicely and links through to a whole series of videos on his website: nlpg.com/bnc The primary ... Transforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O’Dell

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4 Stars

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Immanuel's Veins

Immanuel's Veins

On 10/25 Sam Isaacson wrote: This is a fictional story about a man's adventures in love, royalty, religion, and vampires. Ted Decker can really tell a story. He pulls you in, and somehow manages to convey the emotions of his characters as you're reading - his descriptions of the vampires really make you feel very uncomfortable. But ... Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker

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3 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 8/11 Sam Isaacson wrote: A collection of the finest and most respected apologists on the planet combined their skill and knowledge to bring this work to my bookshelf. By looking at a vast range of situations and audiences the book aims to inspire the reader to take apologetics beyond opinion to changed lives based on truth. The ... Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias (ed)

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4 Stars

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The Prophecy Answer Book

The Prophecy Answer Book

On 6/22 Sam Isaacson wrote: It always feels dangerous when you pick up a book called ‘the…answer book’ because there’s the hidden claim that there’s not another answer book out there, so I approached this with caution. In this work Dr. Jeremiah takes us on a journey, answering a lot of questions about ... The Prophecy Answer Book by Dr. David Jeremiah

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3 Stars

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Mind Your Own Mortgage

Mind Your Own Mortgage

On 5/26 Sam Isaacson wrote: This is a practical book about shopping for and looking after a mortgage. To be honest, that's pretty much it. Bernabé knows his stuff, is passionate about the subject, and writes well. The whole point of the book is pretty much: get a mortgage the same way you would any other commodity, based on price ... Mind Your Own Mortgage by Robert Bernabé

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4 Stars

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Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer

On 4/27 Sam Isaacson wrote: At almost 600 pages this thorough biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is no light read, but I don’t think you’d really want it to be. Metaxas follows Bonhoeffer’s life from conception right through to death, pulling plenty of quotes from a whole variety of letters and essays written by him and his friends. I began this ... Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

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5 Stars

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The Word of Promise New Testament

The Word of Promise New Testament

On 3/15 Sam Isaacson wrote: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Word-Promise-Testament-Audio-Bible/dp/0718024249/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268668444&sr=8-1 The Word of Promise New Testament is a dramatised audio version of the NKJV translation of the New Testament, with full orchestral soundtrack, sound effects, and the voices ... The Word of Promise New Testament

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3 Stars

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Where is God?

Where is God?

On 1/15 Sam Isaacson wrote: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Where-God-John-Townsend/dp/0849946867/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263556522&sr=8-1 People suffer in all sorts of different ways. The natural question to ask at times like this, in whatever form it takes, is ‘where is God?’ This book is written particularly ... Where is God? By Dr. John Townsend

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5 Stars

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The Sacred Meal 2

The Sacred Meal 2

On 12/15 Sam Isaacson wrote: This book is an attempt to convey the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper. It pulls on Gallagher’s experience to form opinions, and covers every aspect you could imagine of this Christian ritual. Let’s begin by saying that the contents did not lift my expectations; chapter titles include ... The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher

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1 Stars

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Obstacles Welcome

Obstacles Welcome

On 11/17 Sam Isaacson wrote: In ‘Obstacles Welcome’ de la Vega tells his life story and draws out lessons he has learnt to enable the reader to see as much success as possible. The title comes from the underlying message behind the book, namely that the biggest life opportunities come by welcoming, and overcoming, obstacles. While ... Obstacles Welcome by Ralph de la Vega

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4 Stars

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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

On 10/11 Sam Isaacson wrote: Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World is Dr. David Jeremiah’s attempt to give practical, biblical guidance as to what to do and how to live in the current world climate, with all the threats of terrorism and wars, not to mention the collapse of the global financial markets, job losses, and the ... LIVING WITH CONFIDENCE IN A CHAOTIC WORLD BY DR. DAVID JEREMIAH

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4 Stars

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What's He Really Thinking?

What's He Really Thinking?

On 9/18 Sam Isaacson wrote: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Whats-He-Really-Thinking-Relational/dp/0849918804/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253258273&sr=8-1 This book is written by a lady for ladies about men. I, however, am a man so ran the risk of reading everything wrong out of this book. For that reason I read it with ... What’s He Really Thinking? by Paula Rinehart

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5 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Sam Isaacson wrote: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fearless-Max-Lucado/dp/0849946581/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252399217&sr=8-1 The most common commandment in the whole of the Bible is ‘Do not be afraid’, yet it is fear that plagues us, and, as this book reveals, we are deeply affected in all manner of horrifying ... Fearless by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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