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Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story
     

Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story

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by Jill Eileen Smith
 

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When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech's family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for

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When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech's family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law's homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it.

Combining meticulous research with her endless imagination, Jill Eileen Smith gorgeously renders one of the most beautiful stories in Scripture. Readers will adore this third installment of the inspiring Daughters of the Promised Land series.

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Publishers Weekly
12/12/2016
Smith (Wives of King David), beloved for her biblical fiction bringing new life to women from the pages of Scripture, turns her imagination to Ruth, a Moabite who returns with her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Israel. Naomi lost her husband and two sons in Moab after moving there to avoid famine in their hometown of Bethlehem. Readers familiar with the tale will enjoy this retelling of the love story between Ruth and Boaz, a kinsman who redeems the lost family’s land and finds a worthy wife in the process. Smith’s attention to detail regarding Moab and Israel’s feasts and laws makes the narrative believable without distracting from the engrossing narrative. Side plots such as that of Hamul and Hava will please readers deeply familiar with Scripture. Those who don’t know the story will learn a lot about ancient Bible lands, practices of the Jewish faith, and love and redemption in Smith’s fine rendition of this much-loved story. Agent: Wendy Lawton, Books & Such Literary (Feb.)

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ISBN-13:
9780800720360
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/14/2017
Series:
Daughters of the Promised Land Series , #3
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
83,091
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of The Crimson Cord, The Prophetess, The Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and the ebook novellas The Desert Princess, The Shepherdess, and Daughter of the Nile. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.

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Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
llparrish782 2 days ago
ne of favorite stories of the Bible and one of my favorite biblical authors. I love Bible stories because I enjoy watching our God work at changing people whether they want to not. I admire Ruth and most especially Boaz. Boaz more since he's lost so much and remained kind and even kept his faith through all of his tragedy. Someone asked if this is,Ruth's story or Naomi's. I think it would be both because without Naomi, Ruth wouldn't be where she is now. God has a plan for each and every one of us. When He closes the door like he did with Boaz sometimes whether we realize it or not there's better things waiting for us I admire Ruth. Ruth is a special lady. I admire how she just up and left just like that. How I wish I could just do that sometimes. I haven't because I believe something is keeping me here in good ol Lexington, Kentucky. Grief has no time for ending. For Naomi it was a while. I couldn't imagine a great loss. Grief does get better as time goes by even though we miss our loved ones. I can relate with Naomi. I still miss my people. I'm the soul survived of my mom and dad's family. It does get lonesome at times. It's why I'm grateful for my son and husband. God has blessed me and continues to open my eyes with these wonderful biblical stories that His redeeming Grace is sufficient. All we have to do is ask
LanguageTCH 2 days ago
Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith is the amazing story of hope and second chances—Ruth’s Story. This Bible-based story is a well-crafted, well-researched novel. All of Jill Eileen Smith’s stories about women of the Bible are very believable fictional works that rely on solid Bible foundation. Redeeming Grace is one of the series, The Daughters of the Promised Land. I enjoyed this story as much as the one, The Crimson Cord. As with all of this author’s stories, the reader becomes immersed in the culture and times of the characters. The setting and the way of life of Naomi and Ruth are presented in such a skillful way that one feels connected to their experiences and plight. Beautiful descriptions and authentic characterization bring this story to life. Essential scriptures lead into the story and close the story. The Moabite, Ruth, attracts the attention of Naomi’s son, soon after his family move from Bethlehem to Dibon to escape the drought and famine in their home. Both of Naomi’s sons find the Moabite women attractive, and each marries into that people and culture. After the death of Naomi’s husband, she sinks into despair; yet, she still has her two sons and their wives, even though the family struggles to make their way. The sons slowly respond to the influences of their new culture and to the festivals and rituals of the god, Chemosh. As one misfortune after another occurs, Naomi is left destitute except for Ruth, her faithful daughter-in-law. The two return to Naomi’s people, and as Ruth accepts more fully Naomi’s God, His love and mercy reach down to them. Instead of cursings and despair, they encounter redemption and grace. I highly recommend this book, as well as other works by this author. If readers enjoy Biblical fiction and Bible stories that come to life, these novels will not disappoint. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Leonas_Lines 2 days ago
Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith is Book #3 in the Daughters of the Promised Land series. It is a fictional, yet historically, biblically based story of Ruth, the Moabite woman who is redeemed into a Hebrew family. There are so many wonderful things I would like to say about this book, yet I know I must limit my words in this review to just a few. The book creates a very believable story regarding the events written in the bible's account of the book of Ruth. It offers historical facts regarding the cultures of the people of that time period. It brings the biblical account to life by adding a believable true to life story based on historical facts done by Jil Eileen Smith. The way the author weaves fact and imagination together throughout this book makes it something that is not easily put aside, and as much as this book compelled me to keep reading it to the finish, it also made me not want it to end when I came to the final page. Although I have read the book of Ruth many times in the bible, this book, Redeeming Grace, held my attention fast with each page and made me wonder what would happen next, even though I knew the outcome of each event from reading the bible. It also made me aware of historical facts that I had not known regarding people, places, customs, and cultures. As I read the book I experienced the sadness, fear, and confusion of Ruth, a Moabite who was unhappy with her pagan life and wondered if there could be a better way to live. I shared in her confusion and awkwardness as she chose a new path for her life which led her away from her family and into a new land and new relationship with a God she didn't know, but chose to trust and believe in. I felt the sadness and sorrow of Naomi at the loss of her home in Bethlehem and then the loss of her husband and sons in a foreign country. Yet, I also felt her strength and her faith in her God, whom she loved in spite of all her grief and how she was faithful in her love for Him no matter what misfortune beheld her. I also felt the grief of Boaz as he dealt with his adverse life experiences, yet kept an unwavering faith in God through them all. The story shows the reader Redemption, Renewal and Restoration for those who believe. It is also a glimpse into the second coming of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, our Bridegroom who will soon be coming for His Bride, the true believers who have chosen to believe and receive Him. It shows how God works all things together for good for those who love Him as it says in Romans 8:28. I hightly recommend this book. It is an excellent read and one which will enrich your love for Adonai, the Lord God, and make you aware of his plans and purposes in your life as you believe, trust, and love Him. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but a positive review was not required. My opinions are entirely my own. --Leona J. Atkinson--www.leonajatkinson.com
Virginiaw 2 days ago
This was a wonderful biblical fiction story. I did not want to put this book down. I loved Naomi and Ruth. Naomi and Ruth had many trials to overcome in their lives. Jill Eileen Smith put true life to these people from the Bible. Can Ruth be redeemed? I received this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
slm76 3 days ago
Once again, Jill Eileen Smith has taken a well-known Bible story and brought it to life. The story of Ruth begins with her future mother-in-law assisting Boaz’s wife in childbirth. It establishes Naomi as a woman who is familiar with Boaz and his family, placing Boaz as her husband’s cousin and creating a brother-in-law as well to act as the relative closer to Naomi than Boaz. After reading Redeeming Grace I had to review Ruth’s story for a Bible study. Thanks to this novel, I saw the story with new eyes. We don’t know why she was so willing to leave her home and everything that she knew to go with Naomi. Here, Smith has given her a realistic reason, as well as an interesting theory on how and why Naomi’s sons might’ve died. It was refreshing to see Ruth portrayed as a Moabite, as some authors I’ve read have gone out of their way to ignore this aspect of her character. Ruth was a foreigner, although it’s acknowledged that her people were descended from Abraham’s nephew, Lot. I found Redeeming Grace difficult to put down. As well as being entertaining, it was also thought provoking. For example, why did God let Naomi’s husband and sons? Was it punishment for moving away from the Kingdom of Judah? The final paragraphs hint, however, of what was to come from Bethlehem and the line of Boaz and Ruth: the Messiah Himself. Thank you to Revell and the author for my complimentary copy of Redeeming Grace: Ruth’s Story, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
wileysmSM 5 days ago
Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #3) by Jill Eileen Smith (Goodreads Author) F 50x66 Sharon Miller's review Feb 20, 2017 · edit it was amazing An excellent historical fiction story on the Biblical character Ruth. The story retells the story of Naomi and Elimelech, daughters-in-law Orpha and Ruth and their husbands, Mahlon and Chilion. The story speaks of great loss, great love, forgiveness, redemption and hopelessness turned into joy. Ruth's character is my favorite because of her unconditional love, decision making skills, and discerner of others' characters. She also aligns herself to Naomi with incredible loyalty, obedience and trust. Very admirable. Ruth remains positive even when Naomi's moods go up and down with her circumstances. I also admired Boaz for his treatment of Ruth from her days as a gleaner to their marriage. I highly recommend this novel. The culture of the time is beautifully described in Israel and in Moab. The differences in worship of the true God in Israel to the many false gods of Moab. The roles of women in both places are also well described. I was asked for this review in exchange for this book by the publisher.
poodlelover 5 days ago
I have read several of Author Jill Eileen Smith’s books and she does not disappoint. Her research is meticulous. The story of Ruth from the Bible is one of my favorites, and Redeeming Grace breathes life into the struggles Naomi, Ruth, Boaz and their families experience. Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres. It doesn’t add to scripture, it simply helps the reader understand the times, traditions and everyday struggles of very real people. As a widow, Ruth assumes the care of her mother-in-law and adjusts to her new life in Bethlehem, will she find happiness and the answer to her question “does God accept me?” A charming story that never grows old. The Daughters of the Promised Land series are stand-alone offering faith, hope and forgiveness. A definite addition to your to-be-read stash! I was given a complimentary copy from the author and publisher.
iStudyScripture 5 days ago
Jill Eileen Smith brings a fresh perspective to the book of Ruth through her latest work, Redeeming Grace. We learn from the Bible (Ruth 1:1-5) that Naomi, her husband, and their two sons sojourned in Moab during a famine in Israel. Smith’s decision to expand and dwell in this 10-11 year period is what sets Redeeming Grace apart from other stories written about Ruth. The first half the book is set in Moab, allowing the author to draw a stark contrast between Israel’s God and the false god Molek, portray how Elimelech and his sons may have been seduced by the depravity of the Moabites, and extol the benefits of living in biblical community. In the second half, set in Bethlehem, Smith’s depth of knowledge about Old Testament law shines through Naomi’s conversations with her daughter-in-law. My current reading plan has me in Leviticus, so reading detailed explanations about ritual cleansing, the Sabbath, kinsman redeemers, and the Passover Feast in a narrative format has been both interesting and rewarding. I could see where it may weigh the story down for some, but I got a lot out of it! To have an author as skilled as Smith pen flesh, bones, and heart to Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz was a delight. I felt she remained true to the character they display in scripture and by the end of the book I felt as if I’d walked a mile in their shoes. As it is biblical fiction, there are some characters who come from the authors imagination, of them Hamul is my favorite! His story is artfully interwoven with the overarching theme of redemption. If you haven’t read the first two books in the Daughters of the Promised Land series, don’t fret. Due to the gaps in time between each book, this book and the others can stand alone. Redeeming Grace released February 14th from Revell which means you can start reading today! Many thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.
AlyssaRossBlog 6 days ago
This book was fantastic. It made the story of Ruth and Naomi more personal and relatable. It was heartbreaking to really think about the pain they experienced. Even though it is a story we all know, it was very different when we put it in a different context and give more thought to what their lives were like before. It is easy to just read through the Bible and just move on, but I think we owe it to ourselves to really think about these people, and this was a fabulous way to do it. Though this is a work of fiction, it seemed really well researched.. Even though we don’t know Ruth or Naomi’s background or the history of the family from the Bible, this seems to be a reasonable scenario. I was actually hooked on this from the beginning. Knowing what was going to happen didn’t take away the suspense at all for me. I couldn’t put it down and now I have to go back and read the Book of Ruth to compare and contrast! I recommend this book to anyone! I think especially Christian women would enjoy this book. *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*
Anonymous 7 days ago
Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith I've always loved the story in the Bible about Ruth. This was a lovely portrayal of how Ruth's life may have been. It was especially interesting to see how Jill developed the characters of Naomi, her family, Boaz, and several others. The book knit each of these characters together and brought a refreshing portrayal of Ruth. As you enjoy this book, Ruth encounters love for the first time and a true sense of family and friendship in her mother, Naomi. Travel with Ruth on the journey of single maiden to married woman, widow, and a woman given a fresh new chance at love with Boaz. One of my favorite quotes from the book was when Ruth said to Naomi after the death of her first husband, "But I cannot change what has happened. I can only change how I view things." This is just one of the spiritual truths that the reader can glean from this book. How view things in life truly determines how much peace we experience in our hearts. Ruth learned to love the God of Israel and experienced peach in the truest sense. I appreciate how the author bases her writing so closely to the scriptures. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Sharon Bargo
Sbargo 7 days ago
Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith I've always loved the story in the Bible about Ruth. This was a lovely portrayal of how Ruth's life may have been. It was especially interesting to see how Jill developed the characters of Naomi, her family, Boaz, and several others. The book knit each of these characters together and brought a refreshing portrayal of Ruth. As you enjoy this book, Ruth encounters love for the first time and a true sense of family and friendship in her mother, Naomi. Travel with Ruth on the journey of single maiden to married woman, widow, and a woman given a fresh new chance at love with Boaz. One of my favorite quotes from the book was when Ruth said to Naomi after the death of her first husband, "But I cannot change what has happened. I can only change how I view things." This is just one of the spiritual truths that the reader can glean from this book. How view things in life truly determines how much peace we experience in our hearts. Ruth learned to love the God of Israel and experienced peach in the truest sense. I appreciate how the author bases her writing so closely to the scriptures. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
booklovingmomof5 9 days ago
Redeeming Grace -- the third book in the “Daughters of the Promised Land” series -- is the newest Biblical fiction story by one of my very favorite authors, Jill Eileen Smith. I had been waiting for its release since her last book hit the shelves, and it did not disappoint! In fact, it is my favorite in the series to date! This beautifully written, thoroughly researched book tells the story of Ruth, Boaz, and Naomi from the Bible’s Old Testament. The story fleshes out the beloved tale of three individuals who were joined together through loss, grief, and ultimately renewal through the grace of our redeeming God. It was so uplifting to follow Ruth, born a Moabite, as she grew in her faith, giving up her hope in false gods to serve and develop a personal relationship with the one true God. I highly recommend reading this beautifully written book, but be sure to have tissues near at hand. Rest assured you will be smiling through tears as this wonderful story of grace and renewal unfolds. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but a positive review was not required. My opinions are entirely my own.
Anonymous 9 days ago
She stood there, in despair and sorrow, as her husband took his last breath. Her life was now changing, right before her eyes, as she watched his chest slowly stop rising. The feeling of despair, reeking with fear, and uncertainty. I felt her pain as though I was there standing next to her. I couldn't put this book down. I had to read more about Naomi, her husband Elimelech and their two sons who lived in Bethlehem in 1297 BC. I stumbled along trying to remember who was who in the first few chapters of this book. The further I read, the more I wanted to know. The author, Jill Eileen Smith had taken me into the streets of Bethlehem, into everyday life around the time of 1297 BC. Their daily life now became a picture in my mind, not just words on a page. Ruth's daily life, as I imagined, became vivid in my mind thanks to the  words of Ms. Smith. Her ability to describe their life became the story for me.  I knew about the Book of Ruth, a short book in the Old Testament, had been unrelatable other than lessons in church. Now it had been put into a story so riveting and full of descriptions I could easily picture their faces, their emotions, and their daily life. "believe with the eyes of the soul, even if the eyes of the body could not see" page 291 Redeeming Grace will immerse you in nagging doubt, loneliness, uncertainty and the joy of loyalty and faithfulness, finally reaping the reward of eternal love and forgiveness. I am so glad that I read this book. Ms. Smith is an excellent writer, whose written words have allowed me to see through the pages and into a world I had never imagined before
amybooksy 10 days ago
Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story is book three from the Daughters of the Promised Land series. I loved this book and I believe it is my favorite of the series. I thought Jill Eileen Smith beautifully told Ruth's story. I enjoyed how she imagined how Ruth, Naomi, Boaz and others lived. The descriptions are so vivid that I felt like I had stepped back in time and into the pages of the Book of Ruth. I highly recommend this fantastic fictional account of Ruth's life and others who lived during her time. 100 stars
joyful334209 11 days ago
This story is authentic, beloved, dependable, downright dramatic, kindhearted and honor. The story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz is such a historic Biblical story. When you start off reading the story it starts you right of with Boaz's second wife in the middle of something very serious and strenuous that causes some major problems enough that it broke my heart in two - it honestly made me cry - this author really knows how to pull at your emotions and that is what you want when you are reading. You want to be involved just like the characters are and you are in this novel. This book keeps to the story of Boaz and Ruth and Naomi true to form and adds things that would be true to that time - or at least what you would picture in your head. All I can say is get this book - it tugs at your heart yes - stomach yes - head yes. I am not going to tell you the story of the three because I don't want to ruin the Bible story for you but it is one of my favorites and the author truly made it incredible. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
annelr 12 days ago
Redeeming Grace is the third book in the Daughters of the Promised Land by Jill Eileen Smith and is a wonderfully written historical novel. Redeeming Grace is Ruth's story. A much-beloved story of the Old Testament becomes even more endearing and real with the expert touch of this author's hand. Naomi, heartbroken, leaves her drought-stricken homeland only to find more heartache in the land of Moab. She became more wretched than she ever thought possible--her heart felt nothing but pain. Ruth, a Moabitess, an alien in a foreign land, a young woman who just wants to be loved, finds herself married to an Israelite whose God might just be One who hears her prayers. Boaz is a trusted elder and leader in Bethlehem who knows following God's Law is always the right thing to do, despite the sometimes inexplicable harshness of life. The blending of these three lives as they each go through loss and grief, filled with disillusionment, anger, and bitterness is a testament to a gracious and redemptive God. The author gives great attention to historical detail and with beautiful prose and dynamic dialogue fleshes out these characters so they seem to step out of history right into the reader's heart. To watch Ruth's faith grow from belief in a false god to believing in Naomi's God and on to belief in a personal God is marvelous. To read how God changes seemingly wasted years in Moab into a blessing for Naomi is miraculous. And to recognize that even though one is often left with the broken remains of what once was, there is hope that God makes all things new. Redeeming grace is a wonderful story of renewal, resurrection, and redemption...a story you will not want to miss. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher. A positive review was not expected and the opinions are my own.
ReginaFujitani 15 days ago
I have always been a fan of Jill Eileen Smith’s books. She is one of my favorite Biblical fiction writers. She can take an entire account of a Biblical woman and paint her in a wondrous fictional book. In fact, I don’t see her writing as fiction, but her making the stories come alive! We step back in time to 1297 B.C. Not only did these people walk and breathe by devoting their whole lives to Adonai, to God. They obeyed His law. But some still sinned. Due to the drought, Naomi’s husband moves them from the protection of Bethlehem. To a place that worships false gods, where God isn’t worshiped. We see the struggles Naomi has to endure. In a tragic event Naomi loses her husband. Then a few years later, she loses both her sons. The conniving governor takes her land, leaving her nothing to take home. As the story goes, she leaves with her two daughters-in-law, but then she tells them to go back home. Only one turns back. Ruth remains steadfast to Naomi. Ruth is completely devoted to her mother-in-law. When they return to Bethlehem, they find nothing was left of their house. Ruth gleams in the fields. Thus, this is where she encounters Boaz, and Boaz takes a notice of her. Naomi urges Ruth to go to Boaz, to lay at his feet, this is so he can he be a redeemer husband. I have always loved this story of Naomi and Ruth. Especially Ruth’s strength and determination to stick by Naomi. It takes a lot of love and commitment to follow someone, to move away from country and family. I, too, understand this, because after marrying my husband, we moved away from my home state. It was a big change for us. Jill Eileen Smith has written another stellar Biblical fiction book! I highly recommend this book, and if you haven’t read her other books, I encourage you to do so! This book kept me riveted to the pages. It was Biblical history written like none other! Disclosure statement I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
TrixiO 15 days ago
Short back cover blurb: “One devoted woman is about to discover the power of love” The biblical account of Ruth and Naomi has long been a favorite of mine. Since I am a romantic at heart, the tender love story between Boaz & Ruth at the end always stirs my emotions. To say I was excited to read this authors perspective is putting it mildly! It was so much more than I expected; with a depth that brought this story to life in a new & refreshing way. To step into Naomi’s shoes in the beginning opened my eyes to how life was in 1297 B.C. Not only would it be fulfilling to be among a people who devoted their lives to Adonai (God), but also lived obeying His law. Even in the hard times of drought that plagued Bethlehem, they put their trust in God! Even when Adonai took her husband and two sons, God provided in ways she never expected! Ruth was a devoted daughter-in-law who left Moab not only to care for her, but to also make Naomi’s God her God. To watch the life journey these two took left me with a new appreciation for their devotion and love for each other. And to question whether I would do the same in Ruth’s position. It was very thought provoking! Finally, to watch Boaz care for all that Adonai blessed him with; the abundant crops, servants who tended to everyday things, and how he provided for the poor which eventually included Ruth & Naomi. His faithfulness to obey the law Adonai laid out made me glimpse the type of Godly man he was. Reading the entire account in novel form was a true delight! It brought new meaning and understanding to how life was, how the people lived, and even how the law worked. I enjoyed exploring the many layers & depth to this. I experienced a vast roller coaster of emotions, from elation to deep grieving and anywhere in between. Finally, I delighted in reading the love story between Boaz and Ruth. Their tender care and adoration of each other reminded me how much more God loves me! If you love biblical fiction told in a way as to bring the story anew and give you a deeper understanding, then I highly recommend both Redeeming Grace & this authors other biblical fiction novels! *I received a complimentary copy from the author. A favorable review was not required and all opinions expressed here are strictly my own.*