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The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers

The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers

On 9/4 Jennifer Spica wrote: The Berenstain Bears are a classic literature standby for children.  From trips to grandma's, the consequences of eating too many sweets, or dealing with school troubles, the bear family has learned life's lessons for decades.  In a renewed aspect, the lovable family from bear country ... Book Review: Blessed are the Peacemakers

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3 Stars

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Goodnight, Ark

Goodnight, Ark

On 8/22 Jennifer Spica wrote: The tale of Noah and his infamous ark have been told in many ways.  From major motion pictures to simple Sunday School songs, there are few who do not know (even if only as a tale) the story of Noah building an Ark to hold two of every animal on earth and protect them from the epic, destructive ... Book Review: Goodnight Ark

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5 Stars

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Mary

Mary

On 7/31 Jennifer Spica wrote: I am a homeschool mom.  I also love children's literature and teaching children about the Gospel.  When I saw these Full Color Biographies for Kids available for review at BookLook Bloggers I jumped on board.  One in many of a serious of Biblical Characters by Nancy Sanders for Zondervan,  I ... Book Review: Get to Know Mary

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5 Stars

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 6/26 Jennifer Spica wrote: Through the BookLook blogger program, I had the opportunity to read and review another Tracy Higley historical fiction novel The Queen's Handmaid.  I wanted to give the author another try after not fully enjoying her last novel So Shines the Night.  Historical fiction is one of my favorite ... Book Review: The Queen's Handmaid

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3 Stars

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Hope Rising

Hope Rising

On 5/16 Jennifer Spica wrote: I have seen poverty. I have walked the muddied streets and seen the flooded "homes" of the third world impoverished. I have held a skin and bones child in the sweltering heat of a country who didn't know what to do with him. Poverty makes my stomach church and resolve grow.Scott C. Todd is a Vice ... Book Review: Hope Rising

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3 Stars

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Pirates, Mess Detectives, and a Superhero

Pirates, Mess Detectives, and a Superhero

On 3/7 Jennifer Spica wrote: Veggie Tales have not always been a hit at our house.  Our girls were intimidated by many of the 'bad/scary' characters of Samson, Nebby, and even Larry boy!  Over the years it has gotten better.  I find that Veggie Tales can be helpful in giving quick little life lessons that have base ... Book Review: Veggie Tales Pirates, Mess Detectives, and a Superhero

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4 Stars

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Love & Respect in the Family

Love & Respect in the Family

On 2/1 Jennifer Spica wrote: I am a huge Love & Respect fan.  Dr. Emerson Eggerich's book for couples has helped me communicate with my husband and understand his point of view better.  It also even helped me to put into words what I needed.  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see this concept of Love & ... Book Review: Love & Respect for the Family

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3 Stars

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 11/21 Jennifer Spica wrote: I have been a huge fan of Dave Ramsey for many years.  His concepts are Biblically based, right on target, smart, and he's not afraid to tell you like it is.  Its not often you find someone who is honest and doesn't skirt issues.My husband and I have worked very hard to follow a lot of Ramsey's ... Book Review: Total Money Makeover

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5 Stars

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Biff and Becka's Stupendous Vacation

Biff and Becka's Stupendous Vacation

On 7/17 Jennifer Spica wrote: As a trained elementary school teacher, homeschool mom, and mother to an avid reader who is just entering the world of chapter books; I was eager to review a faith based youth fiction book from WestBow press through booksneeze.com.  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.Biff ... Book Review: Biff and Becka's Stupendous Vacation

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3 Stars

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So Shines the Night

So Shines the Night

On 5/6 Jennifer Spica wrote: I was very intrigued by the concept of this Christian Novel.  The first church as described in Acts and the apostle Paul's writings is one of great fascination, awe, honor, and even curiosity.  I was excited about the idea of a novel that would place me in that time and place as it is not a ... Book Review: So Shines the Night

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3 Stars

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Intentional Parenting

Intentional Parenting

On 3/17 Jennifer Spica wrote: I'm not one to underline in books.  I read them, enjoy them, and apply them without the need to go back and reread.  Rarely have I come across a book that is filled with so much tidbit wisdom that I long to share with my spouse and I am itching to implement.  I found myself oozing with ... Book Review: Intentional Parenting

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5 Stars

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Next Door Savior

Next Door Savior

On 2/10 Jennifer Spica wrote: Max Lucado is a writing legend, known for his clear and direct writing that often opens a window to a simple and fresh take on scripture.  Next Door Savior is no exception.  Each chapter focuses on scripture or a story of Christ and how despite is full divinity, was also fully man.  Often ... Book Review: Next Door Savior

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4 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 11/3 Jennifer Spica wrote: I was really excited about the concept of John MacArthur's book Twelve Unlikely Heroes.  I have been on a journey of faith in recent months that has been exciting- and feel God is using me (despite feeling under-qualified and not the best choice for His task) do do something great.  I thought ... Book Review: 12 Unlikely Heroes

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3 Stars

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Called to Controversy

Called to Controversy

On 8/14 Jennifer Spica wrote: I was given a copy of Called to Controversy which is a biography of Moishe Rosen who was the founder of the Jews for Jesus.  This was nearly two months ago.  I had a such a hard time reading this book and really could not motivate myself to read through it in a timely manner.  The writer, ... Book Review: Called to Controversy

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3 Stars

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Redemption

Redemption

On 5/21 Jennifer Spica wrote: If any element of life is most commonly used as an analogy for the Christian's journey towards intimacy with Christ, it has to be running. Even the apostle Paul used the popular greek marathon as an example of what he set out to do as a messenger of the Jesus message. So it is perfectly fittig that ... Book Review: Redemption

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5 Stars

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The Beauty Book

The Beauty Book

On 4/18 Jennifer Spica wrote: I have two daughters aged 2 and 5.  I also have 4 nieces ages 2-8.  Being a tight-knit family, I'm almost loathing the years where the 6 girls in our family suddenly become tweens and teens.  I remember not enjoying that part of my life.  It was awkward, emotional, oily, confusing, ... Book Review: The Lily Series: The Beauty Book

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3 Stars

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 4/4 Jennifer Spica wrote: Jennifer Chandler is an experienced and acclaimed chef with books, television appearances, and other writings.  She is also a mom, so I can trust that many of her recipes are not going to have off the wall exotic ingredients, painstaking prep, or fanciful presentation.  I was hoping for simple, ... Book Review: Simply Grilling

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4 Stars

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 4/4 Jennifer Spica wrote: Jennifer Chandler is an experienced and acclaimed chef with books, television appearances, and other writings.  She is also a mom, so I can trust that many of her recipes are not going to have off the wall exotic ingredients, painstaking prep, or fanciful presentation.  I was hoping for simple, ... Book Review: Simply Grilling

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4 Stars

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Three Hearts DVD

Three Hearts DVD

On 3/8 Jennifer Spica wrote: Three Hearts is a documentary from Samaritan's Purse:  Children's Heart Project.  As a family we have done Operation Christmas Child thru Samaritan's Purse by filling shoe boxes that have been mailed around the world.  I had not idea that this was also an arm of their ministry.  The ... DVD Review: Three Hearts

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4 Stars

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Three Cups

Three Cups

On 10/27 Jennifer Spica wrote: Looking for a practical, long term teachable moment and implementation guide for money management in your children?  Three Cups by Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain should be part of that solution.  Beautifully illustrated by April Willy, you are immediately captivated by a story of a young ... Book Review: Three Cups

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3 Stars

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The Love & Respect Experience

The Love & Respect Experience

On 10/6 Jennifer Spica wrote: I am a huge fan of Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs.  It has been a great tool to enhance and improve my marriage.  It shed light on areas of communication and actions that I hadn't thought of before.  That is why I chose to receive the latest installment of the Love & Respect ... Book Review: The Love & Respect Experience

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2 Stars

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Gabby, God's Little Angel

Gabby, God's Little Angel

On 8/31 Jennifer Spica wrote: Thomas Nelson Publishers via Book Sneeze provides bloggers with books to read in exchange for unbiased reviews.  I am happy to present my review of Gabby God's Little Angel by Sheila Walsh.With pony's, pretty girls in frilly dresses, angels, rainbows- this story is sure to grab the attention of ... Book Review: Gabby God's Little Angel

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3 Stars

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Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

On 8/17 Jennifer Spica wrote: I love a good biography.  Inspirational stories of men and women brought the brink, tested to the limits, or just living life as best as they can.  Probably one reason I like to 'stalk' blogs :)  Real life is so full of drama, intrigue, and resolve.  With my love of biography's and ... Book Review: Thunder Dog

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4 Stars

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It's Not About Me

It's Not About Me

On 7/11 Jennifer Spica wrote: As a member of book sneeze for Thomas Nelson Publisher's I have the opportunity to review books on my blog.  In return, I'm given the book as a thank you gift.  Most recently, I finished reading Max Lucado's latest book It's Not About Me.Selfishness has infiltrated our society in so many ways.  ... Book Review: It's Not About Me

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4 Stars

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A Reluctant Queen

A Reluctant Queen

On 5/27 Jennifer Spica wrote: I was thrilled when I saw a fictionalized version of the story of Esther come up as an option to choose from as a Thomas Nelson Publisher book reviewer.  I have enjoyed the story as it comes from scripture and also its many versions (One night with King, Veggie Tales to name a couple).  A Reluctant ... Book Review: A Reluctant Queen

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3 Stars

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Rejoice (CD)

Rejoice (CD)

On 5/16 Jennifer Spica wrote: As a Thomas Nelson Publisher's book reviewer, I was given a copy of the Women of Faith Worship team's CD "Rejoice".  Worship and Christian music is a staple in our home with the entire family enjoying the genre.  I was pleased to hear a few renditions of old classics like "Great is Thy Faithfulness" ... Book Review: Worship CD from Women of Faith

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3 Stars

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Daddy Dates

Daddy Dates

On 4/24 Jennifer Spica wrote: I know what you're thinking, how come the 'mom' of the house is reading a book aptly titled towards the 'dad'.  Well, when I chose this book as part of Thomas Nelson's blogger reviewers, I was hoping to glean not only ideas for my husband but to also read how I can adapt some of the writer's concepts ... Book Review: Daddy Dates

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5 Stars

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The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives

On 4/7 Jennifer Spica wrote: I was given a copy of The Fight of our Lives by William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn to review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.  I felt this book was an appropriate and fair analysis of the current debates, battles, and news of the situation with the Islamic faith and it's radical spectrum.  News ... Book Review: The Fight of our Lives

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4 Stars

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The Story of the Bible

The Story of the Bible

On 3/17 Jennifer Spica wrote: Thomas Nelson was kind enough to send me a copy of The Story of the Bible by Larry Stone, a vice president of the company.  The large, 96 page book is glossy paged and full of photographs and art both ancient and modern.  Included with this hardcover book are numerous 'poster' style pull outs ... Book Review: The Story of the Bible

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3 Stars

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Regret Free Parenting

Regret Free Parenting

On 2/28 Jennifer Spica wrote: As a Thomas Nelson Blogger, I am given books to read and review.  This month I read Regret Free Parenting by Catherin Hickem.  Hickem is the founder of Intentional Moms and is a licensed psychotherapist and is a mom herself.  her insights into not only personal experiences with her children, ... Book Review: Regreat Free Parenting

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4 Stars

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 2/2 Jennifer Spica wrote: I recently finished reading Charles Foster's book "The Jesus Inquest".  I was intrigued with its law based argument set up- with two 'characters' that the author created to present the case for and against the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  I appreciated Foster's forthcoming of the ... Book Review: The Jesus Inquest

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3 Stars

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Jungle Warfare

Jungle Warfare

On 12/1 Jennifer Spica wrote: So, I'm not a salesperson, but I'm the wife of one. So, in efforts to help my husband with his business and to be (hopefully) an encouragement to him, I decided to read Jungle Warfare: A Basic Field Manual for Christians in Sales by Christopher Cunningham.Adapted from his Grandfather's World War II era ... Book Review: Jungle Warfare

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3 Stars

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Really Woolly Bible Stories

Really Woolly Bible Stories

On 10/20 Jennifer Spica wrote: I love finding Biblical resources for my little girls. I long to make the Bible relevant, meaningful, and applicable to their little lives. I was given the opportunity through Thomas Nelson Publishers and BookSneeze to review Really Woolly Bible Stories by Bonnie Rickner Jensen.This hardcover and cardboard ... Book Review: Really Woolly Bible Stories

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5 Stars

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The King's Christmas List

The King's Christmas List

On 10/5 Jennifer Spica wrote: We are born in sin, with a selfish nature. It is at its basic level seen in children- why is it so hard to share and give? While especially appropriate around Christmas time, the book The King's Christmas List by Eldon Johnson is a wonderful story to share with children (and even adults!) what it means ... Book Review: The King's Christmas List

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4 Stars

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Storm Warning

Storm Warning

On 9/19 Jennifer Spica wrote: As a Thomas Nelson book reviewer, I recently had the chance to read Billy Graham's updated version of Storm Warning. Originally written in 1992, Graham has taken the same concepts and applied current events (current economic crisis, 9/11, Iran, and more) to the equation. If you are looking for a play ... Book Review: Storm Warning

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4 Stars

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The Language of Love & Respect

The Language of Love & Respect

On 5/1 Jennifer Spica wrote: The book Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is a phenomenal book about the relationship between a man and a woman, particularly in a marital relationship. It clearly defines (whether we really realized it or not) a woman's need to be loved and cherished above all other things and a husband's need ... Thomas Nelson Book Review: The Language of Love and Respect

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4 Stars

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Redefining Beautiful

Redefining Beautiful

On 11/3 Jennifer Spica wrote: As a Thomas Nelson Publisher Book Reviewer, I choose Redefining Beautiful as my next book to read and review. I choose this book primarily as a mom. It is designed for young women- those in their teens and early twenties written by Jenna Lucado- daughter of Max Lucado. I want to prepare myself as ... Book Review: Redefining Beautiful

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4 Stars

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Read and Share Toddler Bible

Read and Share Toddler Bible

On 9/30 Jennifer Spica wrote: I jumped at the chance to review a toddler bible offered to me by Thomas Nelson Publishers. We are doing some homeschool activities instead of sending our daughter to preschool and have been looking for a great source for Bible learning. The Read and Share Toddler Bible is great start and introduction ... Book Review: Read and Share Toddler Bible

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3 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 7/4 Jennifer Spica wrote: As you may remember, I am a Thomas Nelson Publisher book reviewer. Its a great program and I enjoy doing it. The book I recently finished reading was The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns. He is the current president of World Vision- an amazing organization that is commited to serving and helping ... Book Review- The Hole in Our Gospel

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5 Stars

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Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century

Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century

On 3/30 Jennifer Spica wrote: Here is a review for Thomas Nelson Publishing's Christianity in Crisis by Hank Hangegraaff.Christianity in Crisis? I knew that around the world, including here in the United States, faith is under attack. I knew that the citizens of 'this world' want to fight, demoralize, contradict, and be rid of ... Book Review: Christianity in Crisis

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4 Stars

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The Great Eight

The Great Eight

On 2/2 Jennifer Spica wrote: Scott Hamilton is one of my favorite athletes. In my prime "figure skating fan" years- he was the highlight of every pro show and the infamous "stars on ice" tour. How much I loved his energetic programs! I remember when he was diagnosed with his initial cancer and was saddened by his more recent brain ... Book Review: The Great Eight

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The Unseen

The Unseen

On 1/8 Jennifer Spica wrote: I recently finished reading a rather interesting novel entitled The Unseen by T. L. Hines. I enjoy a good fiction book now and again as a form of entertainment. While I usually lean towards a romantic genre- I felt compelled to try this mystery/futuristic type book.Overall, I felt the book would highly ... Book Review: The Unseen by T.L. Hines

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Through the Storm

Through the Storm

On 12/6 Jennifer Spica wrote: A Review of Through the Storm by Lynne Spears and Lorilee Craker for Thomas Nelson Publishers.I must say I chose to read this book purely out of curiosity. Lynne Spears is the famous mother of the infamous Britney- a girl about my age who I have seen unravel before the public eye. I watched in shock ... A Review

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