Inspiring Stories that Open Your Soul to Grace . . .
260 True Stories that Focus Your Eyes on the Lavish Gifts of God
Have you ever found
a $20 dollar bill in
your coat pocket that you forgot you had -- or received a big fat
check in the mail that you weren't expecting? Have you ever
received a surprise gift from someone -- even though there was no special occasion?
Everybody loves getting surprise gifts they didn't know they had coming. Don't
you wish you could receive an
unexpected gift every day?
Especially a gift that nourishes your soul and changes your life?
Be careful what you ask for -- you just might get
J.P. de Caussade, the author of one of the greatest classics on surrendering our will
to Divine Providence, once wrote:
"Those who have abandoned themselves to God always
mysterious lives and receive from him exceptional and miraculous gifts by means of the most ordinary, natural and chance
Whether you realize it or not,
gifts are everywhere -- just waiting to be discovered. But in
order to see them -- and experience them in your life -- you need a special kind of spectacles.
Imagine for a moment that you're about to view a 3-D movie. When you view
it with the naked eye, the picture
seems somewhat blurred and out of focus, doesn't it? That's because in order to see the movie as it’s meant to be seen, you need 3-D
Likewise, our view of the world isn't quite what it should be when seen with the
naked eye. In order to fully experience the height, breadth,
depth and magnitude of God's gifts, you need special glasses
-- more particularly, the spiritual equivalent of 3-D
Exquisite Nuggets of Wisdom
"Rarely has a book roused in me so many profound
revelations as has Diane Eble's Abundant Gifts.
The real-life stories contained in her book are
exquisite nuggets of wisdom that unwrap God's miraculous
gifts to anyone who's willing to open their eyes to find them. I can't even count the
number of times I've read some of these motivational stories aloud to friends who needed
the right words spoken in due season.
"As you turn the pages of her book, read the words slowly -- and savor the rich
morsels as you would a meal so extraordinarily tasty you hope it never ends. There are 5
stories to be read each week -- one for every weekday -- but they're so
irresistible you'll be tempted to read all these motivational stories in one sitting.
This book has changed my life so much that I've given it as a gift to more people than
any other book I've encountered."
-- Maria Veloso, Author of Midwinter Turns to
Spring and Director of Web Copywriting University
What if you knew the secret to being happy right
now -- no matter who you are or what your circumstances? What
if you could ...
replace the stress of your everyday life with joy?
feel refreshed when
have something to lift your
spirits every time you feel a little "down"
-- when you're worried about finances, feeling lonely or heartbroken,
concerned about your health or the health of your loved ones?
turn your despair into hope,
your turmoil into peace,
your poverty into wealth,
your mourning into dancing?
feel loved and special all the
be triumphant, even on days when you feel defeated?
guidance when you come to
life's crossroads and dark hours?
If I could promise
you that there was a way -- a simple way -- to be happy despite your circumstances or background, would you be
interested? When you read every word of this article, you will discover the secret I stumbled upon somewhat accidentally, the
secret that has revolutionized my life for the past 9 years. I will show you a deceptively simple practice that, if you do it
yourself, is guaranteed to bring you unimaginable joy instantly.
If you've never experienced what it's like to be spoiled, lavished and showered with
unexpected gifts, you're in for an exhilarating adventure!
is an insightful, meaningful book of inspirational stories that will
open your eyes to the many gifts that are available to any of us
all the time."
-- Mark Victor Hansen
New York Times best-selling series, Chicken Soup
for the Soul, and Co-Author, One Minute Millionaire
God Wants to Give You His Best -- If You'll Let Him
My name is Diane Eble. I'm the author of 11
books, including Knowing the Voice
of God and MotherStyles: Using Personality Type to Discover Your Parenting
Strengths (as collaborator with Janet
In 1995, I developed a habit that has
enriched my life beyond measure --
and I'd like to share it with you.
It was the habit of
Over the past decade or so, I got into the practice of actively looking for God's
gifts -- especially the ones disguised as everyday things. Amazingly enough, there were so many of them that I
began to write them down in a "gifts journal."
As I continued with the practice, I began to see "glimpses of grace" -- and started
to perceive God's hand in the commonplace. I suddenly discovered freedom
from worry, hope in the midst of
adversity and comfort in
hardship. I began to feel that God was always there for me, showing me He
loves me right now -- every day. A newfound peace and gratitude began to define my every waking
Not only did God color the dark moments of my
life with joy but He began to shower me with every imaginable gift -- making my life complete,
lacking nothing. God did
not necessarily create perfect
circumstances in my life, mind you. Rather, He gave me the eyes to
see the wondrous gifts that I couldn't see before. And that led to
my feeling God's
And that changed everything.
I recalled the Scripture that states "God is
able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or think." I knew then that it was absolutely
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is
and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of
turning." -- James 1:17
Gifts Wrapped Up in
In the course of my work as an author, publishng coach and freelance book editor, I've encountered amazing people who, like myself, had
acquired the same habit of seeing -- the habit I fondly refer to as "the spiritual equivalent of 3-D glasses."
These people shared their stories with me -- and their motivational stories, combined with my own, have turned
into the 260 daily reflections that comprise my latest book, Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled
About one-third of Jesus' teaching was in brief stories (parables) from everyday life told by way of analogy
to illustrate spiritual truths.
Likewise, the 260 stories in Abundant
Gifts unravel the mysteries of God -- thereby
releasing His provision of priceless gifts from the rich treasures of His creation. "For it is God's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
never cease to encourage. It's one of those books you can read again and again, and pass
along to those who need to know that God is always there and working -- even when we
don't always see."
-- Francine Rivers, best-selling author of
And the Shofar Blew
When the first edition of my book was released in 1999, I
was unprepared for the tremendous impact it would have on the lives of the people who read it.
I sent a copy to Jan
Karon, renowned novelist whose best-selling Mitford series has sold more
than 18 million copies worldwide. I was both honored and humbled when she mentioned my book in the
“What I’m Reading” section of her
Fall 2003 newsletter. In her review, she said: “God speaks to me through
The following story is just another
example of the countless ways people have been affected by
When the Giver is the Gift...
On the morning of July 31, 2004, the phone rang and my husband, Gene,
answered it. The woman on the other end of the line asked for me. Gene told her I was in the
shower, and offered to take a message. The woman was crying inconsolably, which
prompted Gene to knock on the bathroom door and insist that I take the
Turning off the shower -- I was halfway
through, between the shampoo and the conditioner -- and dripping with moisture, I took the
phone Gene handed me. Who could be
calling? I felt a little alarmed, wondering
what was the matter, and somehow expecting bad news.
It turned out to be Maria, a woman I barely
knew at the time, whom I'd met recently on the Internet while researching ways to promote my
book, Abundant Gifts. She had been so helpful to me that I had sent her a
complimentary copy of the book a couple of weeks previously.
Between her tears, she told me she was on
the 9th day of reading the daily stories contained in my book. She said that every day she
read my book, her eyes were so reawakened to
God’s abundance in her everyday life
that she’d made it a habit to pick up the phone and call someone to share what she had
discovered in my book.
That particular morning, the day’s
meditation made her weep because it gave rise to profound revelations that
resonated with her. She said that upon reading the meditation, she came to the realization
that as abundant as God’s gifts are, they couldn’t compare with his greatest gift of all -
the gift of himself. "The Giver is the
gift!" she exclaimed, clearly stirred by her
I was heartened by Maria's words because,
more than anything, I want people to get the right idea about God. When I say he is a
gift-giving God, I want people to see that He gives gifts because of His gracious God-love.
He is not the some cosmic vending machine, dispensiing candy to greedy children. He gives so
lavishly for one purpose -- to draw each beloved child closer to His heart of
In this instance, the gifts kept coming.
Incredibly, after Maria shared with me what my book had done for her, I too received a gift
of immeasurable value.
For some time, I’ve had a jaded attitude
toward being an author. About two years ago, I got very discouraged about how my books would
get into print, then shortly thereafter go out of print. This made me wonder whether I ought
to write any more books at all -- and I even considered quit writing books altogether and
finding something else to do for "real money." Maria’s call made me realize that if my words
could touch people’s lives the way they’d visibly touched her, I had no business doubting
whether I should continue writing books or not. This ability to write was a gift that God
entrusted to me, and through which he intends to bless others. What right had I to refuse to
serve the gift?
Four days later, I received
yet another gift.
Maria had sent me a check in the amount of
$1,000. Maria knew I didn’t have much of a budget to
Gifts, so she said if a thousand dollars could help get my book into the hands of
more people, it was money well spent.
I thanked her profusely -- but she
insisted that the gift I had given her by sending her my book was an even greater gift to her.
In fact, to express her thanks, Maria
prepared something very special for me and all my Abundant Gifts friends: a Digital Personal Journal. This amazing software
acts like a diary.
Its pages turn like a real
diary -- and you can write on it like a real diary -- but it resides on your computer (not online) for your security and
privacy. Sprinkled liberally throughout the journal pages are inspirational passages,
quotes--and even music clips you can listen to.
Digital journals like these are selling for $39.95 or more --
but this one's
yours for FREE
You will also receive the Abundant Gifts e-zine, a newsletter
designed to help you develop the habit of seeing everyday gifts from a lavish God. (You may
unsubscribe at any time.)
get your copy of the Digital Personal
Journal, simply fill out the form
below. I hope you will enjoy
using this for keeping track of your abundant gifts ... or for whatever reason you
Click here to experience God's abundant
Your Sixth Sense: Seeing Beyond What Your Eyes Can
was published a few years ago, I've received a steady stream of letters
and e-mails from people whose lives have changed as a result of reading it. Suddenly, I came to this
realization: If I don't do everything in my power to help people experience the splendid gifts of our generous
God, I would be doing them a great disservice!
Therefore, when the book temporarily went out of print, it prompted me to seek a new
publisher (New Hope Publishers) to spearhead the second printing of the book. It was finally re-released in October
In 2007, that publisher decided not to reprint
another edition of the book, but I do have a limited supply of the books in stock. Because you are buying from
me, every book you request will be signed and personalized by the
author! Consider getting one for yourself, and one as
a gift for someone who needs a special touch from
It is my hope that
Abundant Gifts will bestow upon you, as it has done for many others, the sixth sense to see above and beyond what
your eyes can see -- and discern God's extravagant
gifts that He's been waiting to give you.
Here's what people are saying
"Diane Eble has such a wonderful way with words.
Besides being beautifully designed (in either edition) this book overflows with well-written, touching and timely
devotions. Abundant Gifts truly is a
gift!" -- Deborah Raney, author of A Nest of Sparrows and Playing by Heart
“Reading Abundant Gifts is
like sitting down with a box of Godiva
chocolates. It’s hard to stop at just one! But each is so
rich and satisfying.” - Peggy Stoks, Lino Lakes,
“When I start reading, I feel my spirit
ratcheting up a notch on the gratefulness, joyfulness scale.
Reading the motivational stories and quotes in your book is like receiving a big rope
that pulls me up out of the
doldrums. They turn my head around in a new direction
and get me off the 'things-
- Virginia Vagt, Wheaton,
“Your messages always give me a jolt
and wake me up to God's
blessings. It is a wonderful ministry that you give
to all of us.” - Doris Rikkers, Grand Rapids,
“Reading Abundant Gifts every day has
been God’s gift to me.”-- Bodie Thoene, author of
A.D. Chronicles and Zion
"I love your book. I
bought eight or ten copies and gave them away as
gifts. One friend reads it all the time and it has
been a source of comfort and encouragement to her. She loves you and doesn't even know you."
-- Debbie Fisher, Plantation, Florida
up Abundant Gifts again and again. Each time it's like finding one treasure at a time."
-- Lynn Lloyd,
"This book discusses the abundant gifts that God
has in store for us each and every day. The author not only urges us to discover these gifts in our
own lives, but also shows many examples in these devotions. By living in an
expectant fashion, we discover and are
amazed at what God does to personally affect our lives. I would recommend this book for all who believe in God. Busy people who
would like to take the time for a short devotion will appreciate how quickly it reads -- but
the message of each devotion will touch hearts." -- Anonymous Reader's
Review posted on Amazon.com
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The real-life, inspirational stories contained in
Abundant Gifts encompass life's struggles
and adventures and demonstrate how people have found joy in the hidden gifts of God
that they had never before looked deep enough to find. All we
have to do is unmask our eyes to the splendid
gifts of a lavish God that are evident in seemingly random,
This collection of 260 stories and
meditations - 5 daily readings for each week of the year - will open your eyes to experience God’s love in your everyday life, and
help you recognize His miracles that often go
unnoticed. It reveals how God
gives you exceedingly abundantly above all you could ever ask or
think. These reflections will help you see with your own
eyes how generous God is.
Here's a sneak peek at just 8 of the 260 stories that
- Spiritual Alchemy - If you've ever struggled with a difficult relationship or been surrounded with
people who seem determined to hurt you, this story will enable you to surrender your pain, fear, anger
and hurt to God and allow Him to transform them into something quite different -- forgiveness, freedom to love, and the
power to change yourself and your world. It is spiritual alchemy at its highest and grandest when
God turns your ashes into beauty through the miracle of
- The Day the Air
Sparkled - The morning after the worst snowstorm to hit the
Midwest in 30 years, I walked through two feet of snow, noticing that a persistent wind picked up the
fine, dry snowflakes and flung them into the sunlight. Mounds of freshly fallen snow shone like
huge pearls, and the air was
full of sparkles! This story presents a
heartwarming reflection that reminds us that the wind doesn't howl forever -- and that a sparkling day
waits around the corner .. after the storm. Because of the
- Songs for a Musician - This is the story of Jack Stone, a musician who led a church choir and
conducted the orchestra at a large university on the West Coast. One day, he was dismissed from his
position as the conductor of the orchestra. At first, he was stunned and dismayed, but he later realized
that the dismissal was God's special way of communicating with him and telling him he could finally
pursue his greatest love -- that of performing as a violinist. This story is a wonderful reminder that
even on days when God feels distant, He is always with you.
The Eight Words That
Changed My Marriage - If your spouse has ever stretched
your patience to the breaking point, or made you feel disappointed, disgruntled or dissatisfied with
your marriage, there are 8 words that I've found to be God's personalized gift for improving any
marriage. They are a prescription for how to love another
person, whether it be a spouse, a parent, friend or child.
I've received more thank-you e-mails for this story than all the other stories in the book. Quite a
few married people tell me this alone is well worth the price
of the entire book.
A Repeated Message of
Comfort - When JoAnn Harvey was twenty-two, her mother died. Because her mother and she had been
very close, she felt alone and devastated. Later, her own daughter died in her sleep quite suddenly and
inexplicably. If you've ever asked the question, "How could God let
this happen?" the words God whispered in JoAnn's ear will be
the sliver of light that will shine through your days of questions. The words, which come directly from
Scripture, are a verse you can pin your life
What God Gives When He
Takes Everything Away - Have you ever faced a situation you
couldn't understand -- and found it impossible to see God's hand in it? If you've ever had to live through
an extended period of suffering and difficulty, this story will give you the comfort to know that "...when
God takes everything else away, what He gives you in its place is Himself." It will give you hope that as
you seek God for Himself, not just as a way out of your pain, you will find a loving Savior and a
purpose for your suffering.
Finding God at
Home - If you've ever rebelled against doing domestic chores;
if you've ever begrudged having to do thankless tasks that are not fulfilling, such as laundry, dishes, and
cooking; or if you've ever yearned to be able to achieve, find fulfillment, and use your gifts outside the
context of the home; this story will give you an uplifting perspective. It will reveal how mundane and
routine acts of service, when done in the spirit of love can be used and blessed by
A Rose in the
Storm - This is the story of how novelist Michael Phillips
came up with the idea for the first volume in The Secret of the
Rose series, The
Eleventh Hour (Tyndale, 1993). He had been praying for a
story idea, but never expected God to answer through a rose plant that had been left for dead in the alley
behind his house. One January day at the end of a week of violent weather -- wind, hail, snow and ice -- a
rose bloomed miraculously out of the throwaway plant. That got Michael's creative juices flowing and
enabled him to not only start writing the book, but also finish it in record time -- two months! The
experience also caused Michael to open his eyes to see wonderful things -- in God's Word, in His person, in
His creation, and in His people. It's a wonderful reminder that our mysterious, creative God is always at
work making roses bloom where we least expect
"... The Stories Touched My
"I have been reading each day of this past year
from Abundant Gifts and I want you to know how much the messages mean to me. I hate to
see it come to an end. I plan on reading it again as the new year begins... So many of the
stories touched my heart. So many of them I could relate to. I have discovered anew this year the
power of prayer and how God touches our lives in so
many wonderful ways. And I do believe God has a
sense of humor!"
Arthur, Charlton, New York
Why You Need This Book
Earlier on, I told you I'd show you a
deceptively simple practice that, if you do it yourself, is guaranteed to bring you unimaginable joy instantly.
Here it is:
Name 3 things that you are thankful for.
Type them into the box below (don't worry -- no one will see
your answers but you).
Have you finished typing 3 things that you are
thankful for? If so, good! Now, add 2 more things to your list.
How do you feel now? Even better? If you
did this every day for 3 weeks, what do you think would happen?
According to a study reported in the Spring 2000
issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical
Psychology, people who kept a daily log of 5 things
they were thankful for reported increased
energy, less health complaints, and
greater feelings of overall
well-being at the end of just 3
This gives you an idea of the same kind of
joy that you'll experience when you open your eyes to receive not just 5 -- but innumerable gifts -- from God every day. When you
read one reflection from Abundant Gifts
each day and discover the lavish gifts of God, you simply can't help
but be thankful -- and this brings about a cascade of
benefits that exceed those reported in the
Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
Isn't this the way you'd like to live your life every day? A life filled with God's
best -- instead of a life of lack?
Then, you owe it to yourself to claim your abundant gifts today and start experiencing the fullness of joy
that you so rightfully deserve.
A Wonderful Way to
One woman, who asked to remain
the following story:
“When my husband was unemployed -- for the third
time in several years -- I felt totally stressed out. I was a witch to live with. I was at
my wit’s end, and couldn’t even
pray. My husband kept trying to tell me to have
faith, but that would only make me angrier with him.
“Then I picked up your book. Because I was
working two jobs to make ends meet, along with taking care of the family, the only time I had
to read was at 2 a.m. every night. I read your book every single night, and finished
it in a week.
“You would not believe the change it made in me.
It totally rearranged my whole
perspective. I began to see God’s love again. I
began to believe that things could turn around. And I became nicer to live with. My husband
noticed the change, as did my children. I was, quite literally, a different person.
“I don’t know if it was also a result of your
book and my increased faith or what, but the very next week my husband found a job!
“I have continued to look for God’s gifts every
day, and it is such a wonderful way to
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feeding children in developing countries.
Another Gift for You --
the Abundant Gifts E-Book Journal
Abundant Gifts gives you a running
start with 260 stories of God's wonders and surprises, there is nothing that compares with the experience
of plumbing the spiritual depths of your very own
stories of God's goodness and grace. Therefore, I've created
something special for you -- the Abundant Gifts E-Book
When or not you choose to own the book, Abundant Gifts , I would like you to have a free copy of your very own
Abundant Gifts E-Book Journal. It is
my gift to you.
The Abundant Gifts E-Book Journal is the perfect
Abundant Gifts. It
is a downloadable, printable journal filled with inspirational quotes and plenty of space to write your own
reflections and record your personal feelings about experiencing God's love and generosity on a personal
If you've longed for a sense that God is personally involved in your life, the
practice of writing your thoughts in this journal will accomplish that for you -- as my own journal writing did for
Whether you choose
the Digital Personal Journal or the E-Book Journal, I want you to start experiencing the power of recording God's gifts on a daily basis.You
simply won't know the tremendous value of this practice until you actually do it.
I could have created a fancy
product and offer it for sale to supplement the income for my book, as othher authors have done. However, I prefer
to offer them to you as a gift. You see, I created the journal out of my own gratitude for the gift of seeing --
and the difference it has made in my life. As a firm believer of the Scripture that states,
"Freely you have received, freely give," I therefore wish to give this journal free of charge to help you develop the habit of seeing -- that
sixth sense that will help you recognize God's miracles that often go
To get your
E-Book Journal, click
here. When you sign up for that and
confirm, you will receive an e-mail with the link to download your journal and print it out so you can start
using it immediately.
You can use the Journal to record your own
personal abundant gifts. You can also use it to record your family's blessings, on a daily or weekly basis. You can
reprint it as many times as you like, making it a perpetual way to record your blessings.
I can't tell you how my own Abundant Gifts
Journal has pulled me out of "the blues." Whenever I'm feeling down, I can pull out my Journal of God's goodness
and faithfulness, and it lifts my spirits every time. Because God is the same today and tomorrow as he was
yesterday, I know that he will continue to "pursue me with goodness and mercy" in the present and future, as he has
in the past.
I hope you will also
get your copy of Abundant
Gifts, which will give you those "3-D glasses" to see even more gifts than you probably would
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children in developing countries.
It's Not by Accident that You've Arrived at This
I'm convinced that it was through no accident that you've
found this website. There are no accidents in God's universe. I believe that your search for spiritual truth is
what brought you here -- and God reveals Himself to those who seek Him. "Seek first the kingdom of God and
everything shall be added to you."
I once defined joy as "knowing you're in the center of God's will." True joy is not
brought about by external conditions -- or by ideal circumstances based on worldly standards. Exuberant joy springs
from deep within us -- from knowing that there is a loving and personal God who looks after us and wants the best
for us. It is the joy that I -- as well as the countless people who have read Abundant Gifts
-- have come to know.
I believe you found your way to this website because you, too, are seeking that
exuberant joy -- the joy that comes with God's peace, which surpasses all
understanding. Claim it now--
and know that God delights in giving abundant blessings to those who seek Him.
We Often Overlook
the Wonderful, Ordinary Things...
“I want to write and thank you
Gifts, an act that is
a rare one
for me. I never write authors about their books. But yours has had a
effect on me.
"As I browsed in the bookstore, I was looking for a devotional that
would help me through the next year. I ended up choosing three different devotionals -- one dealing
with missions, one the Guideposts annual book, and
yours. Although I purchased all three, because I couldn’t choose, yours won the final
"The theme of Abundant
Gifts really spoke to me. So many times the
wonderful, ordinary things the God provides for us from day to day are overlooked. As his children,
we are blessed in so many ways that we take for
granted. I wanted to be reminded throughout the year in
the gray days that I knew would come that God is reaching out to me every day.
"Thank you for your reminders every day during this past year of the
blessings of God, the grace that he bestows daily, and the love he shows in circumstances that
don’t seem heaven-sent.”
-- T. F., Central, South
Unwrap a Wonderful Gift a Day
Someone once told me that
Abundant Gifts was very much like Christmas morning when you look forward with anticipation to opening
your presents. I happen to think it's infinitely
It's not just getting a bunch of gifts on a single day but it's getting a
"gift-a-day" -- wherein you're astonished anew each time you open the book and receive yet another gift. Best of
all, each daily gift comes from the most generous Giver of all -- the One no one could possibly
outgive. Almighty God!
heart’s desire is that you too would discover this “abundant gifts way of living.” Let God’s joy satisfy your
longings. Let His compassion free you from worry and see you through the dark moments of your life. Let His wealth
enrich your life in ways you never thought possible.
I invite you to wake up each day with a sense
of adventure as you encounter God in the ordinary and feast on His abundance.
May you be richly blessed today and
P.S. Don't forget -- after you've
ordered Abundant Gifts from Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com or other online bookseller, send me your order
confirmation/receipt via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Then I can send you the download link where you can get your
free gift -- the
Abundant Gifts E-Book Journal.
"It is truly a
"I was particularly moved by the
devotion in Diane Eble's book titled The Eight Words
That Changed My Marriage. Its wisdom applies
not only to
marriage relationships, but also to parent-child relationships, relationships between friends
and siblings, and practically all interpersonal
relationships. The other night, I read the devotion
to my daughter and my son-in-law while they were having dinner. They were
supremely blessed by it, as were all the other people I've shared it with.
"I make it a point to read Abundant Gifts every day, but
particularly on nights that I have difficulty falling asleep, my favorite pastime is to read as many
of the book's heartwarming stories as I can. My niece and my daughters-in-law are also enjoying the
book very much. It truly is a godsend!" -- Tita Gutierrez, Rancho Cucamonga,
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