Last Chance Hero by Cathleen Armstrong from Revell

Last Chance Hero

by Cathleen Armstrong 

from Revell

Last Chance Hero

by Cathleen Armstrong

What happens when your heart is intercepted before you even know it’s in play?

The folks in Last Chance, New Mexico, could not be more pleased. Dr. Jessica MacLeod has opened an office right on Main Street and Andy Ryan, the best athlete the little town ever produced, has come home from the NFL to coach the high school football team. Unfortunately, Dr. Jess immediately gets off on the wrong foot with this football-obsessed town when she admits that she’s never seen a football game, isn’t really interested in doing so, and in fact doesn’t know a first down from a goalpost. 

Despite having little in common, Jess and Andy find themselves drawn to each other. But when a disagreement over the future of an injured player puts them both on the defensive, it begins to look like this game is over . . . 

Cathleen Armstrong lives in Orange County, California, with her husband, Ed, and their corgi. Though she has been in California for many years now, her roots remain deep in New Mexico. Her debut novel Welcome to Last Chance won the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women’s Fiction. She is also the author of One More Last Chance and At Home in Last Chance. Learn more at http://www.cathleenarmstrong.com.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 Dr. Jessica MacLeod is the new Dr in Last Chance, New Mexico. Not realizing how much of a football town it was, Jessica let everyone know she didn’t know anything about football, had never been to a game. Which was not good for her. And to make matters worse, the Dr. is attracted to the towns high school football coach, who just happened to play for the NFL. Dr. Jessica better change her attitude about football or she could have problems in Last Chance. Even though I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the others in this series, it was still an enjoyable read. If nothing else, it sure tells you what happens when a new non-football person moves into a town crazy about their high school football team. Cathleen Armstrong weaves together a fun and entertaining story that will give readers several hours of good clean, enjoyable reading. This entire series is a wonderful set of books for you to add to your wish list!

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

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The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz from Revell

The Mistress of Tall Acre

by Laura Frantz
the mistress of tall acre

There can be only one mistress of Tall Acre . . .

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal–you will find it all in the rich pages of this newest novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz.

Purchase HERE

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Laura Frantz is just an awesome author! I love of her books, and I love her latest, The Mistress of Tall Acre! Sophie finds herself married to widower General Seamus Ogilvy and being mom to his small daughter. It was a safe sensible marriage. That is until another woman from the General’s past shows up unannounced on their doorstep, totally turning life upside down at Tall Acre.

Sophie was such a sweet character, and she was getting the bad end of the deal from every way. I was excited for her when she married the general. Even though she had the child to take care of, life was still difficult for her. But Ms. Frantz has a perfect way to weave all of these problems, and difficult situations together and bring the all to a heartwarming end. And I am not going to give away any more! I highly recommend this book to you, and especially of you love historical fiction. The history throughout this book is amazing and will make you want to be there at Tall Acre’s with the all of these characters.

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s DaughterCourting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.laurafrantz.net.

NIV Bible for Women Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World

NIV Bible for Women

Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World

NIV Womens study bible

Bible Description

What is on your heart today? Struggles at home or with a friend? The miracle and joy of a new birth? A misunderstanding with a boyfriend or spouse? Are you grieving a loss? Are you celebrating a new job? Or anticipating a move? Whatever you face, good or bad, the Bible is relevant to your joys and sorrows, worries, fears, pain and happiness. God loves you and gave you his Word, the Bible, so you could know him more. The NIV Bible for Women contains an inspiring foreword by Shauna Niequist and writings by women who want to share their experiences—their joys and their struggles—with you. Authors such as Naomi Zacharias, Alyssa Joy Bethke, Caryn Rivadeneria, Rachel Held Evans, Katie Davis, Enuma Okoro, Kathy Khang, Laura Ortberg Turner, Kristen Howerton (Rage Against the Minivan), Margaret Feinberg, Tsh Oxenreider (TheArtofSimple), and Annie Downs share their thoughts on topics ranging from cultural issues like social justice, economic inequality, and social media addiction to personal needs like prayer, decision-making, relationships, infertility, career, and calling. These thought-provoking topics are easy to share on social networks to strengthen and inspire your circle of friends while creating meaningful conversation.

The NIV Bible for Women will help your time spent with God grow deeper and richer as you dig into his Word, bask in his love, learn his ways and then in turn share your journey with others in all the situations you face.

In every NIV Bible for Women:

  • Enter into the presence of God through the devotions each weekday and the Myths for each weekend for a full year of readings for your quiet time
  • Apply the “Reflect” questions and the “Pray” prompts so you can take what you have read and become more intimately connected with God
  • Evaluate the culturally accepted myths that are presented in articles that challenge your previous notions with truth from God’s Word.
  • Utilize the topical index to enhance your personal study
  • Easily understand Scripture through the readability of the New International Version Bible (NIV)

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

So you say this is just another of many Bible’s for women. And it is but this one has some unique things that others don’t have. There are 260 devotions, fresh and new to read throughout this Bible. Each of these devotions deal with situations and struggles that women face every day, helping you to apply these principles to your life through prayer and the Reflect questions. I really enjoy study Bibles and this one is a really nice one to have. It is beautiful on the outside, a hardcover Bible with pretty dust jacket. And the inside filled with new ideas and study tools that will help you enhance your Bible study!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall

Ties That Bind

by Cindy Woodsmall

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About This Book

Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?

Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach.

Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish.
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Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.

Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

– See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=242924#sthash.6UVVnVks.dpuf

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 Five years have gone by since Quill and Frieda jumped the fence, leaving Quill’s girl Ariana behind, hurting because of the betrayal of her boyfriend and best friend. Then Quill shows back up in Summer Grove. It was kind of difficult sometimes to follow what was going on because the reason for Quill and Frieda leaving was so secretive, it didn’t make a lot of sense. The story gets interesting when Ariana’s parents come to Quill because they suspect their baby was switched with an Englischer’s baby at the time of birth. Resulting I a lot of tension and unanswered questions. Questions that only Quill could find out. This part of the story was so very interesting I couldn’t put the book down, because I wanted to see what happened to these two young ladies. I sure hope there is a book two coming soon because the book ended in the middle of the story, leaving me hanging off a cliff! Can’t wait to see what happens with these two young ladies!

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the Foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.

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Author Website is  http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/

The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick from Revell

The Memory Weaverby

Jane Kirkpatrick

The Memory Weaver

by Jane Kirkpatrick

“Jane Kirkpatrick puts flesh and blood on the bones of history. Set against an authentic nineteenth-century background, this is a superb story of a woman’s struggle to triumph over time and place. . . . A memorable book.”–Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author


Eliza Spalding Warren was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now a mother of two, Eliza faces a new kind of dislocation; her impulsive husband wants to make a new start in another territory, which will mean leaving her beloved home and her mother’s grave–and returning to the land of her captivity. 

Haunted by memories and hounded by struggle, Eliza longs to know how her mother dealt with the trauma of their ordeal. As she searches the pages of her mother’s diary, Eliza is stunned to find that her own recollections tell only part of the story.

Based on true events, The Memory Weaver is New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick’s latest literary journey into the past, where threads of western landscapes, family, and faith weave a tapestry of hope inside every pioneering woman’s heart. Get swept up in this emotional story of the memories that entangle us and the healing that awaits us when we bravely unravel the threads of the past.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Memory Weaver is based on facts taken from diaries and other documented facts found on the life of Eliza Spalding, daughter of missionaries Henry and Eliza Spaulding. Knowing this was real life stuff, the story takes on a different meaning than one that is fictional. Starting from a young age, Eliza lived a very sad and tragic life. In this book, Jane Kirkpatrick weaves a story together that tells of the trauma this young lady faced, along with the peace and healing as she gets older and has a family of her own. I was in awe as I read the events that took place in Eliza’s young life, and was amazed at how God took those things and made her the person she became. An awesome read that I recommend to everyone!
I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Litfuse Presents……God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies By Justin and Lindsey Holcomb

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About the Book
God Made All of MeGod Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies (New Growth Press, September 2015)

“God made every part of you!”

It’s easy to convey the message to children that their bodies—or particular parts of their bodies—are shameful. This misconception fuels confusion, embarrassment, and secrecy, and often prevents children from recognizing or reporting sexual abuse.

God Made All of Me is a simply-told, beautifully-illustrated story to help families talk about these sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children. Because the private parts of our bodies are private, the home is the ideal environment where a child should learn about his or her body and how it should be treated by others.

God Made All of Me starts from the fundamental truth that God created everything and applies that truth—the doctrine of creation—to kids and their bodies. It equips parents to talk with both boys and girls about their bodies and to help them understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others. God Made All of Me allows families to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of their own homes.

God Made All of Me is the first children’s book written by Rid of My Disgrace authors Justin and Lindsey Holcomb. Parents of young children themselves, the Holcombs regularly counsel victims of sexual abuse and are profoundly aware of the dangers kids face. Their simple and relatable story, designed to help children protect their bodies, will be an important resource for every family with young children.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is definitely a special and unique book, a book that is very much needed for all parents. God Made All Of Me gives parents a unique way to teach their children about their bodies, and how to handle their bodies. Sexual abuse is so scary, and it is sad that so many children are victims, and if this book keeps one child from that abuse, it is worth it all. Teaching children that God made all of them, every part of their bodies for a specific reason, and teaching them to protect themselves from abusers is what God Made All Of Me is about.

I encourage every parent to buy this book, follow the suggestions of the authors, Justin and Lindsey Holcomb, who have small children themselves, and go through this book with your child. It may save a lot of heartache for you and your child.

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Litfuse Presents…….A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn Shelley Shepard Gray

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn

About the Book
A Wedding at the Orange Blossom InnA Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Avon Inspire, September 2015)

A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A mischievous dog named Friankie and two Amish people who have lost their mates, makes for an interesting story. Jay and Emma were living separate lives, that is until Frankie brought them together. Thus the attraction began between the two. But what would people think, and especially her family, if Emma shows interest in another guy?

Another wonderful read from author Shelley Shepard Gray. I love the little Pinecraft community and the friends I have made there. The characters are so well developed, they seem like real family. And Jay and Emma and their ‘Brady Bunch’ family is a heartwarming story that will stay with you for a while! Pinecraft, Florida and the Orange Blossom Inn will have you coming back for more. I cant wait until the next book hits the shelves!

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Litfuse Presents…..Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer

About the Book
Let’s Learn about the Lord’s PrayerLet’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer (David C. Cook, September 2015)

In this first book of the HeartSmart series, preschoolers are invited on a playdate with Emma. Together they learn the Lord’s Prayer and practice “teaching” it to Emma’s favorite teddy bear.

Introducing HeartSmart, a Scripture memory series designed to create opportunities for children to fill their heart with God’s Word. HeartSmart combines key Scriptures with songs, giving parents a spiritual formation path for building a strong foundation of faith.

The entire Lord’s Prayer is included, along with a custom song (free download with access code).

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Catherine DeVries

Catherine DeVries has written twenty books for children, including the bestselling “The Adventure Bible Storybook.” As associate publisher of Children’s Resources at David C Cook, she leads product development for The Action Bible collection, which has sold over a million copies. Catherine lives with her husband, their three children, and their big furry dog in the Colorado forest.

Litfuse Presents…..Intersect DVD (Awaken Movement)

Litfuse Presents…..Intersect DVD

IntersectIntersect DVD (Awaken Movement, July 2015)

Follow the journey of five individuals as they tell authentic stories of circumstances that have forced them to examine how God might fit into their lives.

This five-week small group resource helps spark spiritual conversations. Starting spiritual conversations with those outside of the church is a worthy, yet often difficult and intimidating task. Intersect was designed to help overcome those barriers. It is an easy-to-use resource, perfect for sharing with co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family to enter into meaningful conversations.

Each film is accompanied by thought-provoking questions designed to encourage participants to examine the world in which they live and the life they are pursuing, always ending with a conversation on how Jesus intersects the current topic. Allow this powerful new film resource to engage those you are in relationship with and then propel them forward in their next step with Jesus.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a very interesting DVD, one that can be used as an individual study, or group or Sunday School class study. The DVD is divided into five sections, which are:

1. Expectations
2. Rest
3. Disappointment
4. Trust
5. Control

I like the way this DVD is presented. After watching each section, discussions can easily be started because each situation is discussed with ease, helping those who have problems talking about their difficult situations. These are things we all have problems with at one time or another, and I highly recommend this study to everyone, because I think everyone can benefit from it!

I received this DVD from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Rob Peabody and Cris Rogers

Rob Peabody is the cofounder and international director of Awaken, a nonprofit that exists to resource the church for action. Awaken creates resources that inspire, educate, and equip local churches to live as Kingdom-bringers in their communities. In 2011, Rob and his wife, Medea, along with their two boys left his position as a lead campus pastor at a megachurch in Texas to pioneer and lead a church seeking to engage unreached 20s and 30s in northeast London. He is the author of “Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom.” Cris Rogers is a writer, pastor, speaker, and church visionary. In 2010, he planted a church in the poorest area of London with a dream for it to be an explosion of joy within the tower block estate in which he works.

Rob Peabody and Cris Rogers

Rob Peabody is the cofounder and international director of Awaken, a nonprofit that exists to resource the church for action. Awaken creates resources that inspire, educate, and equip local churches to live as Kingdom-bringers in their communities. In 2011, Rob and his wife, Medea, along with their two boys left his position as a lead campus pastor at a megachurch in Texas to pioneer and lead a church seeking to engage unreached 20s and 30s in northeast London. He is the author of “Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom.” Cris Rogers is a writer, pastor, speaker, and church visionary. In 2010, he planted a church in the poorest area of London with a dream for it to be an explosion of joy within the tower block estate in which he works.

Litfuse Presents Israel’s Mission | That the World May Know® DVD Volume 13

Israel’s Mission |

That the World May Know® DVD Volume 13

Israel’s Mission

Israel’s Mission | That the World May Know® DVD Volume 13 (Focus on the Family, July 2015)

What’s your mission?

God gave the assignment to His people thousands of years ago: to bring “lost sheep” back into the love and safety of His kingdom. He said to become a “Kingdom of Priests,” and put God on display to show the world what He is like. It’s still our task today. In this thirteenth volume of the That the World May Know ® film series, you’ll glimpse the urgency and rewards of welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace. Discover the mission that can give your life – and the lives of those around you – greater meaning than you ever imagined.

Join renowned teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan as he guides you through the lands of the Bible. In each lesson, Vander Laan illuminates the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the sacred Scriptures. Filmed on location in the Middle East and elsewhere, the That the World May Know ® film series will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus.

Designed for use with That the World May Know ®: Israel’s Mission Discovery Guide.

Filmed on location at these biblically significant sites in Israel and Jordan:

—Back to the Father’s House – Negev Desert
—Show Them the Way – Timnah
—Prodigal Sons and Daughters – Qatzrin
—Return from the Far Off Country – Jerash
—Welcome Home – Qatzrin

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS DVD

I found this DVD and Study Guide very interesting, because it gave me a new insight on what it is like in the Holy Land. The sessions are short, the Study Guide is detailed with many question to help you learn more and in the easier way of actually writing down the answers. I can always learn more when I write things down. The 5 Episodes were filmed on location in the Middle East, so watching this is real. The studies are set up and organized very well, in order to help you take the study as deep as you want to, and if you study this alone you can certainly study at your own pace. This would also be a very nice small groups study or Sunday school class study. The discussions questions would be  more interesting in a group, helping you learn even more,

 Over all, this is a DVD/Bible Study that I highly recommend for you.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Ray Vander Laan

Ray Vander Laan is the founder of That the World May Know Ministries and creator of the Faith Lessons video series with Focus on the Family. An ordained minister, he holds the chair of biblical cultural studies as a religion instructor at Holland Christian Schools in Holland, Michigan. He and his wife, Esther, have four children and fifteen grandchildren.

A House Divided By Robert Whitlow

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A House Divided

   By Robert Whitlow

Book Description

A father’s mistakes nearly cost his children everything. Now his children must unite to take on the most important case of their respective careers.

Corbin Gage is slowly drinking himself into the grave while running a small law practice in a small Georgia town. The assistant DA in the same community is his son Ray, poised for a professional breakthrough based on a job offer to work for the best law firm in the area. Roxy is Corbin’s daughter, a rising star associate in Atlanta for an international law firm that specializes in high stakes, multi-million-dollar litigation.

Against the advice of everyone in his life, Corbin Gage takes on a toxic tort case on behalf of three boys who have contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to an alleged chemical exposure. The defendant, a herbicide/pesticide/fertilizer company, is the largest employer in the area. Because of the lawsuit, Ray’s job offer evaporates, forcing him to go to work with his father. Roxy’s expertise in complex litigation draws her into the drama.

As their investigation uncovers an audacious conspiracy to conceal dangers to their community, Corbin, Ray, and Roxy come to a personal treaty in their pursuit of justice. But they soon discover that burying a problem can have explosive results.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In his new book, Robert Whitlow deals with alcoholism, and the difficult problems that are caused by this really bad problem. There is a lot of tension flying around because of Corbin’s drinking problem, and it didn’t help any when he takes on a case forcing his son to work for him. This is one of the best suspense stories I have read in a while. It will sure keep you on the edge of your seats. The characters are just like real! It all seems like reading something about a real family and real situation. Mr. Whitlow does a fantastic job of writing a story, and this is one of his best. I highly recommend A House Divided.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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