Man Enough by Nate Pyle

Man EnoughMan Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood by Nate Pyle

If it seems strange that I read this book, well, I had a couple of reasons for wanting to. Thanks to Twitter I discovered the author, Nate Pyle, who is a pastor at a church in the Indianapolis area – since that’s where I live I began following him and wanted to read what he had to say. And as my son grows up, I find myself thinking about how he is maturing; what kind of man am I raising?

I appreciated with his premise (that manhood shouldn’t be defined by cultural ideals and expectations) and enjoyed parts of the book quite a bit. One of the strongest sections is when he writes that as Christians (whether male or female) our focus should be on becoming more Christ-like. He notes that “when characteristics are godly, they transcend masculinity and femininity and become traits that all people should seek to embody.” The final chapter was also excellent as it talked about risk aversion and vulnerability.

It’s very personal, with much of Pyle’s story informing the structure and examples given throughout the text. Unfortunately, it ends up being fairly repetitive, and feels like he’s continually circling around the same concept, without ever developing it further.

There was a small section that talked about parenting boys, and I would have loved to see more there – how do we as parents avoid raising our sons into aiming for the cultural male-ideal.

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Publisher’s Description:
Man Enough challenges the idea that there is one way to be a man. The masculinity that pervades our church and culture often demands that men conform to a macho ideal, leaving many men feeling ashamed that they’re not living up to God’s plan for them. Nate uses his own story of not feeling “man enough” as well as sociological and historical reflections to help men see that manhood isn’t about what you do but who you are. It’s not about the size of your paycheck, your athletic ability, or your competitive spirit. You don’t have to fit any masculine stereotype to be a real man.

In our culture and churches more thoughtful, quieter, or compassionate personalities, as well as stay-at-home dads, are often looked down upon; and sermons, conferences, and publications center on helping men become “real men”. This pressure to have one’s manhood validated is antithetical to Gospel living and negatively affects how men relate to each other, to women and children, and to God.

Man Enough roots men in the Gospel, examines biblical examples of masculinity that challenge the idea of a singular type of man, and ultimately encourages men to conform to the image of Jesus – freeing men up to be who they were created to be: sons of God who uniquely bear his image.

Book Details

Title: Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood
Author: Nate Pyle
Category: Nonfiction / Christian
My Rating: 3 Stars

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Some highlights from the books you shared about in last month’s linkup:

Between Shades of GrayTanya (The Other Side of the Road) said her favorite book for the month was Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray. I tried to read this ages ago, but knew I wasn’t up for it emotionally then. Someday I’ll get to this, as well as her newest one, Salt to the Sea.


The One-in-a-Million BoyJill (Days at Home) includes One in a Million Boy as one of the book she’s recently gotten. I think I’ve already mentioned that I’m on hold for that at the library, so I’ll get to it eventually.


Truly Madly GuiltyKate (Mom’s Radius) has some great books mentioned this month – she’s also reading a Ruta Sepetys (Out of the Easy), which I really enjoyed (more than she did actually). And she’s already reviewed two others I want to try: Towers Falling, and The Museum of Heartbreak. But the one that I’m most excited about is Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty, which comes out tomorrow.


Give Your Child the WorldStacie (Sincerely Stacie) has two books on her reading stack that I highly recommend – Give Your Child the World (which I’ve been posting about frequently since it was released last month, it’s such a great resource), and What Alice Forgot, which was one of my favorite book club books ever.


Undaunted CourageArwen (The Tech Chef) added a TON of books in June – including Undaunted Courage, which has lingered on my TBR for well over a decade. How sad is that? I think I need to either prioritize it or admit it’s never going to get read. I liked Ambrose’s book The Wild Blue quite a bit, so I’m not sure why I’ve hesitated to try another one by him.


It Ain’t So Awful FalafelErika (Middle School Book Stop) shared a list of books on immigrants and adjusting to life in America – I was surprised at how many I’d read or have on my list to get to soon. The one I’d never heard of also sounds really appealing and it’s now on my TBR list – It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas. I’ve already got it on request from my library.


Swear on This LifeJessica (Quirky Bookworm) has two books on her July reading list that intrigue me: The Paris Librarian, and Swear on This Life. Both of them are releasing next month, so I’m keeping an eye on my library catalog to see when I can get them. I’m especially interested in the premise behind Swear on This Life, so I’m hoping it’ll pop up in the catalog soon.


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7QT: Wrapping up Summer Edition

— 1 —

I really didn’t expect to be saying this, but I think I’m ready for summer to be over and for us to get back into our regular routines. I had planned on restarting homeschool the same day the local schools start back up, but now I’m rethinking that plan, and may begin August 1.

Part of the advantage of that is that it’ll give us extra flexibility later in the fall, when hopefully things are cooler and we can spend more time outside than I’m wanting to do currently.

— 2 —

5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I’m still moving along with the reread of Harry Potter. I’m in book #5 now, and I’d forgotten just how long it took for them even to get back to Hogwarts. No wonder this book is so long! I’m savoring every appearance of Fred and George in the book, before they make their dramatic exit.

— 3 —

G has a special outing with his dad coming up next month – they’re going to go and see a baseball game in Cincinnati! G’s favorite team is the Cardinals (why? who knows.) and they’re going to be in town playing the Reds. He’s super excited. We knew H would never last through an entire game, so she’s staying home with me and M.

Instead of going along to the baseball game, H got to go to the movies with daddy last weekend. She was thrilled. They also stopped for ice cream on the way home and she was beyond thrilled about that. :)

— 4 —

I’ve been trying to make some adjustments to my diet and while breakfast has been easy, lunch is a bit more challenging, and snacks have been a real issue. I didn’t realize how much I relied on dairy until I tried limiting it. I find myself reaching for a cheese stick mid-afternoon when I need something quick and easy, and then trying to think of something else. :)

— 5 —

Over the last few years my kids have done VBS at 6 different churches (not all in one year, just that many different places). It’s really been interesting seeing the varying drop off and pick up routines the various churches have – some of them work much more smoothly than others, although I will concede that some of the churches are working with lots more kids than others. Some of them are also much more organized than others as far as passing information along to the parents.

— 6 —

I’ve been working on a homeschooling update for ages now, talking about how I combine Sonlight and Timberdoodle. It’s taking for.ev.er. I need to rethink how I’m structuring it or I’m never going to get it done. Maybe just list the favorite Timberdoodle items we’ve added, instead of trying to be comprehensive with it. But I have very strong negative feelings about some things too, and I kind of want to note that as well, and possibly save someone else their money.

— 7 —

32 Yolks

The best book I’ve finished lately was 32 Yolks – it was perfect for my reading mood at the time, and I flew through it.

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Reading Around the World: Week 2 – Africa

Give Your Child the World Week 2 AfricaContinuing on with Jamie Martin and Sarah Mackenzie’s children’s book club, although I’m quite behind their official schedule.

Week two is coordinated with the chapter on Africa from Martin’s fantastic book Give Your Child The World.

This week I read the following titles with my kids:

Lala SalamaLala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby by Patricia Maclachlan, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Beautiful illustrations, and a soft and gentle story that’s perfect for bedtime.

Elephants of AfricaElephants of Africa by Gail Gibbons
Informative nonfiction title – my older two weren’t that interested in it but the youngest liked making elephant noises for every page.

Anansi and the Moss-Covered RockAnansi and the Moss-Covered Rock retold by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Janet Stevens
Generally I don’t like folktales (from any culture) so I wasn’t feeling enthusiastic about starting this title, but it was a lot of fun.

Rain SchoolRain School by James Mumford
Great story, and I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book set in Chad before, so that was nice.

Jambo Means HelloJambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book by Muriel Feelings, illustrated by Tom Feelings
We skimmed this one mostly, but the illustrations are wonderful.

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti PlainBringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain: A Nandi Tale by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
My oldest had wandered off when we read this one, but I hope to get him to listen to it later – I’m curious to see if he recognizes the structure of it being like “This is the House That Jack Built”

Throw Your Tooth on the RoofWe also read Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby Beeler, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, although that really would have been a better fit with week 1, as a multicultural book. My kids got a little bit bored with it, and we just kind of dipped into it here and there, mostly seeing how many cultures were mentioned having tooth traditions involving 1) mice 2)throwing the tooth on the roof or 3) burying the tooth.

Anna HibiscusAnd I was somewhat hoping to get to it this week but it didn’t happen. Later this year though we will be reading Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke, as it is *such* a great book. It’s not a picture book though, which is all we managed this week. :)

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Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7sCounting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Poignant story about a twelve-year-old genius whose adoptive parents are unexpectedly killed in a car crash, leaving her completely alone in the world. While that may have the possibility of being a heart-wrenching story, overall the tone is hopeful, and not as emotionally wrenching as it could have been.

My biggest criticism of the book relates to the ending, so I’ll hide it in the next paragraph. If you’re not opposed to being somewhat spoiled, highlight the text block:

The ending is probably too unrealistically happy, but it’s satisfying and considering the target age range for readers, I can’t really complain too much. There’s plenty of time for middle grade readers to get more realistic conclusions to novels, and the wrap-it-all-up-in-a-bow aspect of it did make me happy for Willow. And yes, I just admitted to feeling happy for a fictional character.

I loved Willow as a character – she’s delightfully odd. I loved Mai and Pattie and how they take charge of Willow, and get Dell to do what they need and want. There’s a few too many happy coincidences throughout the book, but I can forgive it because I liked the characters so much.

Heartwarming and uplifting, I really enjoyed it.

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Publisher’s Description:
In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life… until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

Book Details

Title: Counting By 7s
Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Category: Middle Grade Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars

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32 Yolks by Eric Ripert

32 Yolks32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line by Eric Ripert with Veronica Chambers

My general dislike of celebrity memoirs runs into my love for food memoirs: which wins?

In the case of Eric Ripert’s new book, the food memoir trumps the celebrity angle: I enjoyed this quite a bit. It probably helps that he had a solid coauthor, Veronica Chambers, crafting the account.

I’m really only familiar with Ripert from his appearances as a guest judge on Top Chef, and the book stops long before his first TV appearance, so virtually everything in it was new information to me. (And by virtually everything I mean I knew that he was French.)

The writing is smooth and his story compelling – I finished the book in two days because I kept wanting to know just a little bit more. It feels like you’re listening in as he’s telling stories from his childhood, and even when they’re difficult stories, you can’t help but want more.

His love of food shines through the pages. This book isn’t a food memoir as that term is so often used (as in, a memoir interspersed with recipes; there are no recipes in this book), but it’s a food memoir in that it traces the impact food has had on his life. It made me wish I could try some of the things he described, and it made me so grateful that I’ve never experienced anything of the sort of on-the-job training that elite chefs go through.

My only complaints with the book are that it still felt a little distant – maybe it was because of the coauthor writing his story, but it didn’t feel as personal as a truly great memoir does. In addition, it was very disappointing that the book ended just as he came to America – I am so curious what happened after that! Hopefully that’s just because it’s the setup for a second memoir to come in the future.

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Publisher’s Description:
In an industry where celebrity chefs are known as much for their salty talk and quick tempers as their food, Eric Ripert stands out. The winner of four James Beard Awards, co-owner and chef of a world-renowned restaurant, and recipient of countless Michelin stars, Ripert embodies elegance and culinary perfection. But before the accolades, before he even knew how to make a proper hollandaise sauce, Eric Ripert was a lonely young boy in the south of France whose life was falling apart.

Ripert’s parents divorced when he was six, separating him from the father he idolized and replacing him with a cold, bullying stepfather who insisted that Ripert be sent away to boarding school. A few years later, Ripert’s father died on a hiking trip. Through these tough times, the one thing that gave Ripert comfort was food. Told that boys had no place in the kitchen, Ripert would instead watch from the doorway as his mother rolled couscous by hand or his grandmother pressed out the buttery dough for the treat he loved above all others, tarte aux pommes. When an eccentric local chef took him under his wing, an eleven-year-old Ripert realized that food was more than just an escape: It was his calling. That passion would carry him through the drudgery of culinary school and into the high-pressure world of Paris’s most elite restaurants, where Ripert discovered that learning to cook was the easy part—surviving the line was the battle.

Taking us from Eric Ripert’s childhood in the south of France and the mountains of Andorra into the demanding kitchens of such legendary Parisian chefs as Joël Robuchon and Dominique Bouchet, until, at the age of twenty-four, Ripert made his way to the United States, 32 Yolks is the tender and richly told story of how one of our greatest living chefs found himself—and his home—in the kitchen.

Book Details

Title: 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line
Author: Eric Ripert with Veronica Chambers
Category: Nonfiction / Memoir
My Rating: 4 Stars

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In the Kitchen: Blue Apron vs. Home Chef

Dinner kit delivery services are all over my facebook feed – there are tons of different companies offering the service.

I’ve now tried two of the biggest ones – Blue Apron (what I tried first), and Home Chef (what I currently use). Since I’ve mentioned them both in my monthly recaps, I wanted to give an overview of what I thought of them in general, and the two companies in particular.

Blue Apron vs Home Chef

Overall Impressions and Usefulness

Despite feeling like I should be able to handle the dinner routine without help, it is a STRUGGLE for me many nights. Kids losing their minds right when I need to be in the kitchen, lack of energy to think of things to cook, needing to get to the store (and trying to avoid taking 3 kids there because that is misery for me): it all adds up to dinner being one of my biggest challenges right now.

So I decided to try the meal delivery boxes and see if it helped.

Turns out the meal-in-box really is helpful. Yes, I still had to cook, but having things pre-measured and the recipe right there, and all the ingredients right there = so much easier. Some of the recipes were SO GOOD too, and it helped me get out of the cooking rut I was in. I tried new techniques and ingredients, and that was awesome.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron

What I didn’t like with Blue Apron was their ordering setup. They supposedly have 6 meals to choose from each week. Except you can’t really pick from 6 meals: invariably they’ve got it set up where if you pick one meal, it won’t allow you to pick one or two other ones.

A couple of times I went ahead and ordered a box, and “settled” on a meal I didn’t really want. Invariably those meals I ended up not really liking, and I’m done doing that. When the meals sound like ones I like, I always have liked them, but I’m a picky enough eater that selecting within their restrictions didn’t work for me. (I don’t even think I’m that picky – it was things like I don’t eat shrimp – but when you combine it with their required groupings, it was an issue.) If you will eat anything, you would probably have no issues with Blue Apron, and when I liked their meals I did really like them.

Home Chef

Home Chef

After becoming frustrated with Blue Chef’s ordering restrictions, I discovered Home Chef, and I haven’t looked back. They have more menu options each week, and they let me order anything. No restrictions on combining this-with-that. I love it! They even include a breakfast option each week as well as a fruit basket and smoothie. I have tried the smoothie once, but haven’t ever gotten the fruit basket or breakfast meal.

Unlike with Blue Apron, Home Chef’s meal prices can vary. The smoothies and fruit basket are a lower price, and occasionally they include a “premium” meal that’s a higher price. For Valentines day they had a fancier steak dinner with dessert as an option. They also seem to have other meals that to tie into holidays better – grill-friendly options for Memorial Day and Fourth of July, an April Fools’ Day dessert, etc.

Other comparisons between them

Home Chef prints their recipe cards in a landscape orientation, and Blue Apron uses portrait. I really prefer portrait, but not enough to switch back to Blue Apron.

Home Chef usually bags the ingredients for each meal together in the box, and labels it. Blue Apron has it all in the box, but you have to sort it. Every once in awhile Home Chef has something not in the bag, but it’s always been really obvious – like a head of cauliflower or something similar. Meats are always separate as well. Home Chef’s method is quicker for me both in unpacking the box, and when it comes time to grab the ingredients for dinner. However, Blue Apron’s method is better for not inadvertently refrigerating things that shouldn’t be refrigerated. (Ask me how I know).

Blue Apron ingredients

Available delivery dates vary for each company, so you may find that one or the other one will deliver on a better day for you.

Blue Apron’s instructions are better for really beginner cooks. They explicitly say things like “while you are doing this, start this” or “when this has cooked for this many minutes, start that.” Home Chef has good instructions, but if you’re not used to multitasking, or figuring out when to start one thing to time it correctly with another item, it doesn’t make it as easy as Blue Apron did. If I was wanting to use this as a cooking class for older kids, I’d pick Blue Apron for them.

Giving Them a Try

If either of these sound appealing to you, and you’re interested in trying one or both, I have discount codes available. For Blue Apron I have to know your email address to send it to you (it’ll get you 3 free meals), so you can email me at sheila(at)deliberatereader.com and ask for the referral link. I have one for the first five people who request it. Home Chef will give you $30 off your first box if you use this link (and heads-up, I’ll get $30 credit too).

Both of them have been very easy to cancel deliveries – and both of them publish their delivery schedule far enough in advance that it hasn’t been a problem doing that. I have it on my calendar to remind me to check my deliveries so I don’t get any that I don’t want. While I initially got a box a little more frequently, right now I’m getting a delivery about every 3 weeks. It’s enough to provide new meals to try (and get a very welcome break from menu planning and shopping) without being overwhelming.

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Quick Lit: Recent Series Reads

Harry Potter 1 2 3I’m in the midst of a Harry Potter readathon (so fun!) and have completed the first three books, and am thisclose to finishing book four. I’ve been listening to them all via Audible and while it takes longer (which is why I’m only just now almost finishing book four), I’m really enjoying the slower pace and wonderful accents that Jim Dale brings to it. Years ago I listened to some of them on CD, but it’s different hearing them now, after a break, and after completing the series.

Among the MadAmong the Mad (Maisie Dobbs #6). I think I enjoy this as a series more than any one book in particular – I like Maisie as a character quite a bit, and Billy is great too. I’m anxious to continue reading the series to see what happens with them both. Does Maisie find love again? Does Billy’s wife improve? Do Billy and his family move to Canada?

Flavia de Luce 6 and 7The Dead in their Vaulted Arches and As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce books 6 and 7). I’d been trying to read this series s-l-o-w-l-y because I don’t want to reach the point of no more to read. And now all I have left is a short story, The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse. I shouldn’t have too long to wait though, as book #8, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d is releasing September 20th. I’m planning on pre-ordering the Audible version as soon as it’s available.

The Mystery of the Blue TrainMystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6)
Fairly convoluted plotting, but I still enjoy Christie and will keep reading her.

For more peeks at what people are reading, head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s link-up!

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Two years ago: Favorite Books from the first half of 2014
Three years ago: Best Books {from the first half} of 2013

50 Picture Books about Australia

On Monday I shared the books we’ll “officially” be reading as part of our Family Book Club. But perhaps your library doesn’t have Mem Fox’s Possum Magic, or perhaps you just want one or two dozen others to read because your kids are like mine and can’t get enough picture books. In that case, I’ve compiled a list of 50 possibilities for you.

50 Australia picture books

Headed to the library? I’ve got a printable for that.

If you want to look for any of these titles at your library, here’s a PDF printable of all 50 books.

And some others, which I didn’t have the chance to preview:

Still Want More?

Despite including several titles by Mem Fox already in this list, she’s got plenty more – not all of them very Australia-heavy on their content, but every one of hers I’ve read has been worthwhile. My kids are particularly partial to Where Is the Green Sheep?

In addition, Bronwyn Bancroft has many additional picture book titles besides the three listed in this post, and all are very Australia-focused.

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little LiesBig Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty by Liane Moriarty

Last month’s book club read, and I completely forgot to do a final wrap-up post about it. My apologies! I thought I’d have more blogging time during the summer but I’m not finding that to be the case – either I need to accept that this is the new reality of time available, and make adjustments to my expectations, or else hope that the school year structure will let me get back into my previous routine. Or maybe some of both?

Anyway, back to Big Little Lies. I LOVED it. Such a satisfying read, and it was a perfect vacation book – compelling and easy to read, but enough depth that I didn’t feel like I was wasting my reading time on pure fluff. There’s some real substance to Moriarty’s stories that provides a lot to think about even as you’re swept along in her storytelling.

The structure was really enjoyable to me – I liked how she opened it with the big event, and then went back to the beginning to let the reader see how it got to that point. I liked the interviews that were interspersed throughout the text – it was fun seeing personalities emerge from those little snippets. I really liked how not only was I trying to figure out who the killer was, but also who the victim was!

A heads-up as well if you liked this one: Moriarty has a new title, Truly Madly Guilty releasing July 26. I am *so* excited about this, and keep going back and forth about pre-ordering the Audible version. Anyone trying it?

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Publisher’s Description:

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Book Details

Title: Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Author: Liane Moriarty
Category: Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars

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