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The Beauty of Believing

The Beauty of Believing

On 9/30 Troutwife wrote: Another kids' devotional to review! This time I chose one that is in the age range of my youngest daughter. This book, The Beauty of Believing is in the Faithgirlz series and is made up of daily devotionals taken from earlier books by the following authors: Tasha Douglas, Mona Hodgson, Kristi Holl, Lois ... The Beauty of Believing (Faithgirlz)

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5 Stars

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The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family

On 8/16 Troutwife wrote: The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family by Dr. Kara E Powell is written for parents and grandparents of children. It is a follow-up to research that has been done and publicized in recent years about how few children that are raised in a Christian home/church will continue in that tradition as they become ... The StickyFaith Guide for Your Family by Dr. Kara E. Powell

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4 Stars

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Snap Decision

Snap Decision

On 7/2 Troutwife wrote: Ahh! Time to read a book designed for my middle child, an almost junior-high boy! :) I actually like a lot of his reading choices right now (Hardy Boys, Hardy Boys, and Hardy Boys! haha); occasionally he does take a break from the Hardy Boys and read other books :) SO I knew this book would be a great ... Snap Decision by Nathan Whitaker

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3 Stars

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Body and Soul

Body and Soul

On 6/16 Troutwife wrote: The book "Body & Soul" is written by Bethany Hamilton (of the "Soul Surfer" movie fame). The front of it says "A Girl's Guide to a Fit, Fun, and Fabulous Life." I chose this book to review because I have a 14 yr old daughter who LOVES the Soul Surfer movie and thus is interested in Bethany Hamilton ... Body & Soul by Bethany Hamilton

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3 Stars

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Life Behind the Wall

Life Behind the Wall

On 5/17 Troutwife wrote: Great historical fiction book for teens/tweens! The book Life Behind the Wall by Robert Elmer is a collection of three different books, intertwined, connected by family and location. The books focus on young teens and their lives in East Berlin, just as the Wall was built, during the time that the ... Life Behind the Wall by Robert Elmer

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5 Stars

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Storming the Black Ice

Storming the Black Ice

On 4/16 Troutwife wrote: Do you like military suspense books? Here's one for you! Storming the Black Ice by Don Brown is a military-suspense type book, published by a Christian publisher, and though there's little "Christian-y" type stuff, it IS a pretty clean book, not saturated with swearing as some suspense books are. ... Storming the Black Ice by Don Brown

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4 Stars

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A Promise Kept

A Promise Kept

On 1/3 Troutwife wrote: A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher is a Christian fiction book definitely worth your time to read. It's a wonderful story of life, disappointment, forgiveness, and hope. It's not a romance, but just a story that seems taken from real life. Allison, the main character, is a newly-divorced empty-nester ... A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher

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5 Stars

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An Amish Miracle

An Amish Miracle

On 12/18 Troutwife wrote: An Amish Miracle is a collection of three fiction stories of Amish life, written by three different authors. The great surprise is that they are all set in the same community, with intertwining characters!! I guess I didn't realize that until I was starting on the second story--it made the book even ... An Amish Miracle by Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid, and Mary Ellis

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5 Stars

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Stones for Bread

Stones for Bread

On 11/20 Troutwife wrote: Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish is a very interesting read. The heart of the story is very moving, and it is told in a style that makes your brain work a little :) Liesl (the main character) is a woman whose passion in life is bread. She is an artist and a scientist, with bread her art form, ... Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

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5 Stars

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City on Fire

City on Fire

On 10/6 Troutwife wrote: This book, City on Fire by Tracy L. Higley is subtitled "A Novel of Pompeii." When I saw this book, I was very interested, as in our homeschooling this year we are learning about ancient Rome--I thought maybe it would be a book that we could read aloud from, I mean, it is a Christian novel. . .about ... City on Fire by Tracy L Higley

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1 Stars

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She's Twelve Going on Twenty

She's Twelve Going on Twenty

On 8/20 Troutwife wrote: Well, here's my review for the book She's Twelve Going on Twenty by Kim Camp. Hmmmmm. Not my favorite. I really did not care for this book! I have a new teenager and a couple of preteens, so I was very excited to check out this book, but as I began reading, I had to make myself read the book since ... She's Twelve Going on Twenty by Kim Camp

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2 Stars

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Lead Me Home

Lead Me Home

On 7/23 Troutwife wrote: Lead Me Home is a fictional book, the story of a stay-at-home mom and pastor's wife. A woman who lives with a life-crushing secret. The main character, Shiloh, has many roles. She is the mom to 4 boys, aged 9-17. She is the wife of a pastor, the daughter of a pastor. She is active in the church ... Lead Me Home by Stacy Hawkins Adams

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5 Stars

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Victim of Grace

Victim of Grace

On 6/17 Troutwife wrote: Have you ever read any of the Sisterchicks books? Or the Christy Miller Series? Sierra Jensen? These are some of the series that were written by the author of my most recent read, Robin Jones Gunn. I have read and enjoyed many of her Sisterchicks books -- light, quick-read Christian fiction books; ... Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn

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5 Stars

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Prayer Warrior Mom

Prayer Warrior Mom

On 5/8 Troutwife wrote: This book, Prayer Warrior Mom, is subtitled, "Covering your kids with God's blessings and protection." The author, Marla Alupoaicei, is obviously concerned with you and I getting serious about praying for our children. The author addresses many ideas in this book. Ideas about how to pray for our kids, ... Prayer Warrior Mom by Marla Alupoaicei

Troutwife's Rating:

3 Stars

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Moon Over Edisto

Moon Over Edisto

On 2/4 Troutwife wrote: Looking for an enjoyable read? Give Moon Over Edisto a try! This book writeen by Beth Webb Hart is all kinds of good reading -- makes you cry, makes you hopeful, makes you love the characters, and is a well-written, all-round enjoyable book!The main character of the book, Julia, is a 40-year old woman ... Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart

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5 Stars

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Confessions of April Grace: Chocolate-Covered Baloney

Confessions of April Grace: Chocolate-Covered Baloney

On 12/2 Troutwife wrote: Chocolate-covered Baloney is the second book by KD McCrite that I have read to review. It's a book written for the middle-school aged girl, and as I have a child in that age group, I was interested in checking it out. My review of the other April Grace book, Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks is here. ... Chocolate-covered Baloney by K D McCrite

Troutwife's Rating:

2 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 10/31 Troutwife wrote: Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur is a book which gives a brief bio/overview of the life of several Bible characters which the author has labelled as heroes. This list contains many of the "obvious" ones (if you've been brought up reading/hearing the Bible) -- such as Joseph and Esther and some ... Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur

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3 Stars

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Fully Alive

Fully Alive

On 9/2 Troutwife wrote: I just finished reading "Fully Alive" by Ken Davis and I'd like to share my thoughts about this book with you! I was excited to read this book, as I've heard Ken Davis's little spots on the Christian radio station for years now and they have usually elicited a laugh. The book begins with a story of ... Fully Alive by Ken Davis

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3 Stars

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Call of A Coward

Call of A Coward

On 7/29 Troutwife wrote: Call of a Coward by Marcia Moston is subtitled "The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife). That title alone is intriguing to me, introducing thoughts of cowardice and what it is/is not and how that is reflected in my life. And that was before I even read the book!I thoroughly enjoyed reading ... Call of a Coward by Marcia Moston

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5 Stars

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Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

On 7/11 Troutwife wrote: Teenagers! I do not yet have one, although it’s coming soon! You hear all kinds of horror stories about parenting during the teenage years, so why not try to head it off and have at least a game plan for the teenage years? Sounds good, right? This book Tough Guys and Drama Queens gives stories ... Tough Guys and Drama Queens by Mark Gregston

Troutwife's Rating:

4 Stars

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Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

On 5/29 Troutwife wrote: Christian parents will see the title of this book and think, yes! Great! Raising our kids to love the Lord--this should be a goal of a Christian parent for sure. As parents we have so many things to do/think about that we often tend to live in a reactionary way rather than intentionally setting our ... Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord by Dave Stone

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4 Stars

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 4/3 Troutwife wrote: Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to making dinner? Take a quick look at the book Simply Grilling and you'll want to jump out of that rut and try some new and delicious sounding meals prepared on the grill! I'll readliy admit that our meals tend to folow the same patterns--I do like to try new things, ... Simply Grilling by Jennifer Chandler

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5 Stars

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Stand By Me

Stand By Me

On 3/4 Troutwife wrote: Another great book by Neta Jackson! Have you read any of the Yada Yada Prayer Group books? Or the House of Hope books? This book, Stand By Me, is in a new series, called the SouledOut Sisters. Though I call it a “new series” it’s really a spinoff, with favorite characters from the other series ... Stand By Me by Neta Jackson

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5 Stars

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Surprised by Laughter

Surprised by Laughter

On 1/31 Troutwife wrote: This blog post will be a review of the book Surprised By Laughter, The Comic World of C S Lewis, by Terry Lindvall, PhD. Well, where to start? I could be facetious and say that if this book inspires laughter, it would certainly be a surprise! Let me go on and give you my review. When I received ... Surprised by Laughter by Terry Lindvall

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2 Stars

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Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me

On 12/21 Troutwife wrote: This nice-sized book entitled Love Lifted Me by Sara Evans is my latest read-for-review book. I HIGHLY recommend it! I'll just start my review that way so you know what's coming! :) Although it is the third book in a series, I had no difficulty picking up the story line. The author did an excellent ... Love Lifted Me by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck

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5 Stars

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Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

On 11/29 Troutwife wrote: Cliques, hicks, and ugly sticks by KD McCrite is a book which I thought sounded much more interesting and better than it actually was. It’s a book about April Grace, a 6th grader entering middle school—hating math, having a former friend turn her back on her, fighting with her sister, typical jr. ... Cliques, hicks, and ugly sticks by KD McCrite

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3 Stars

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Heroes and Villains of the Bible

Heroes and Villains of the Bible

On 11/29 Troutwife wrote: Wow! I liked this book right from the beginning! (no question there of how I feel about the book, huh?!) The title, Heroes and Villains--grabs kids attention--including my own children's attention. The intro speaks beautifully about heroes and villains, ". . .But what made one person a hero and another ... Heroes and Villains of the Bible

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5 Stars

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Pershing

Pershing

On 10/5 Troutwife wrote: General Pershing is known by most people as a famous person they learned about in school for his great command duties in World War I, but what else do you know about him? This biography, though fairly short ( 222 pages) is quite comprehensive in covering the many aspects of his life and his career. ... Pershing: Commander of the Great War by John Perry

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4 Stars

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Wrapped in Rain

Wrapped in Rain

On 9/4 Troutwife wrote: Wow, what a book! I started off a little bored and dreading such a long book, but after a few chapters I began enjoying it and actually stayed up way past my normal bedtime in order to finish it. A quick summary. . .the story follows two brothers, both of who were terribly abused in their childhood ... Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin

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4 Stars

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Water's Edge

Water's Edge

On 7/18 Troutwife wrote: I haven’t read a book like Water’s Edge for a long time; not since I used to read stuff by Grisham. I don’t know how I stopped reading these “legal thriller” type books, but I was so pleased with this one! I do not have any background in the legal field, and that did not stop me from enjoying ... Water's Edge by Robert Whitlow

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5 Stars

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Billy Graham in Quotes

Billy Graham in Quotes

On 6/21 Troutwife wrote: The book Billy Graham in Quotes is a great reference book authored by his son Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney. Billy Graham used the Bible as the source for his ideas and preaching, and that shows forth through the quotes which were chosen for this anthology. The quotes are organized by topic into ... Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney

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4 Stars

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 6/6 Troutwife wrote: Finding true abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving is the subtitle of this book, and it sums it up nicely! This book about how the Amish deal with issues relating to money is a very interesting read, full of good, practical ideas. Some of these are themes we already know and should be following, ... Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

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5 Stars

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The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

On 5/20 Troutwife wrote: The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead was an easy book to read, despite its length. As I sit down to write a review, however, I have mixed feelings about how to portray it. It’s a science-fiction/fantasy type book in that its primary story line is that there are Ley Lines, which are portals to alternate ... The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead

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3 Stars

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Knitting Knee-Highs

Knitting Knee-Highs

On 5/2 Troutwife wrote: What an inspirational book! Reading this book was so enjoyable—great pictures, great stories, great text, great instructions!! This book by Barb Brown contains patterns for twenty awesome patterned knee socks. The patterns run the range from conservative to frilly to a little funky (in a good way!) ... Knitting Knee-Highs by Barb Brown

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5 Stars

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Lead. Serve. Love.

Lead. Serve. Love.

On 4/20 Troutwife wrote: Lead Serve Love is an attractive looking book on the outside, and an interesting inspirational book on the inside. It’s a smallish chunky book with retro design—would look great on a desk! So, superficialities aside (though they truly add to the book!)—let’s talk about the book itself.This ... Lead Serve Love by Gregory E. Lang

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5 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Troutwife wrote: I enjoy reading Max Lucado's books, hearing his insights; some of my favorite quotes are by him. I was happy to see this new book of his added to the list of other books he's written.In reading through this new book, Max on Life, I was a little surprised at the format--instead of a read-through book, ... Max on Life by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 4/11 Troutwife wrote: The book Johann Sebastian Bach by Rick Marschall is in a series of books called “Christian Encounters”. This series of biographies has been written to show the Christianity that was a large part of some of history’s familiar characters. It is a nice small-sized book, with fold-over covers that ... Johann Sebastian Bach by Rick Marschall

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3 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Troutwife wrote: Amazing book! I hardly know where to begin telling you about it! This book, The Final Summit, follows Andrews' earlier book The Traveler's Gift. Reading the inner cover summary I honestly didn't think I'd be too interested in this book. To summarize without giving too much away. . .David Ponder, ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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5 Stars

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Time With God For Fathers

Time With God For Fathers

On 3/28 Troutwife wrote: This book, Time with God for Fathers by Jack Countryman is a nice little devotional to supplement a man’s time with God. It is set up as a little reading for each day, so for about 3 months there is a Scripture passage followed by a very short (one paragraph) discussion of a topic as it relates to ... Time with God for Fathers

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4 Stars

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The Story of the Bible

The Story of the Bible

On 3/16 Troutwife wrote: The Story of the Bible by Larry Stone is a wonderfully written and illustrated book, great for educating the whole family about how today’s Bibles came to us. This large book tells the story, in a form understandable to everyone from children to adults, of how the Bible was written, translated, and ... My new favorite book! The Story of the Bible by Larry Stone

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5 Stars

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The Velveteen Bible

The Velveteen Bible

On 2/25 Troutwife wrote: The designs of Bibles these days can run the range from very plain to highly decorative, and that’s just the outer cover! What appears in addition to the actual Bible text (study guides, maps, etc) also sets some apart from others. The Velveteen Bible is a Bible is nicely designed for young children. ... The Velveteen Bible

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5 Stars

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Who Is My Shelter?

Who Is My Shelter?

On 2/14 Troutwife wrote: I just finished reading the book Who is My Shelter by Neta Jackson, author of the Yada Yada Prayer Group books. This most recent book is book number four in the House of Hope series. It focuses on a mother of two boys, Gabby, and a whole cast of characters who are a part of her life. Her day-to-day ... Who is My Shelter?

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5 Stars

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Girl Talk With God

Girl Talk With God

On 2/1 Troutwife wrote: There are so many things for teen girls to be reading; how many of them are listening to the Lord speak to them through Scripture? The easy-to-read dialogue format of this book encourages reading in short bursts, chapter by chapter. The topics are timely for today, and show how to talk to God and listen ... Girl Talk With God

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4 Stars

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