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Funny Pennies by Keith Malinsky

Review of Children’s Book “Funny Pennies” By Keith Malinsky

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One of the people who reads my emails reached out a few months back and asked if I’d be willing to share his book with more people.

About 99% of the time, I say “No” for a variety of reasons. The least of which being that the person usually doesn’t make any effort to connect with me as a person. That, and generally the books people send me are not relevant to where I’m at in my life… and if I’m not interested, the book will usually just sit on a shelf and eventually get donated to Goodwill.

In the case of Keith Malinsky and “Funny Pennies,” he had me at “MSIA” and “children’s book.” 🙂

MSIA is a wonderful spiritual organization founded by John-Roger. In addition to their teachings, they also produce Hollywood-level production spiritual movies such as Spiritual Warriors (which I reviewed about half a decade ago). Every interaction I’ve had with MSIA has been wonderful, including attending one of their workshops and a couple of their movie premiere screenings in San Francisco.

In other words, when Keith said he worked for MSIA there was instant rapport and he was already good in my book. The question I had was: Was his book actually good?

The second reason his book captured my attention is because my son is now 7-years old, and the book was just right for his age. This means I don’t have to spend weeks or months reading a book to review it. I simply gave it a skim to make sure it was congruent with the core values I wish to impart with my son, and then read it to my son.

My son enjoyed the book, so that was a win. And the message of the book is an important one for all children:

You can lose lots of things that don’t matter, as long as you keep the one thing that does: your true self.

Whether you call that your heart, your essence, your soul, doens’t matter. The message lands with any religion or spiritual path.

One of the characters, who I’ll refer to as the ‘Trickster,’ showed up in different ways throughout the illustrations in the book. I thoroughly enjoyed watching my son look at each page and remark about how the Trickster was trying, again, to trick the main character. My son found this kind of discovery to be delightful, and his enjoyment certainly elevates my review of this book.

Long story short: If you have a young child (probably Kindergarten through 2nd grade), then I highly recommend “Funny Pennies.”

Thank You For Leaving Me

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Thank You For Leaving MeJust after my divorce three years ago, I unexpectedly received a book in the mail. Inside the cover was a personally written note thanking me for my authenticity and integrity, for being a guide in this woman's life for several years, and she was requesting that I endorse her book.
At first I kinda shrugged. I get tons of book review requests. Too many for me to ever read in this lifetime. But something nagged at me…

She wasn't asking for a review. And though it looked like she was asking for an endorsement, that wasn't really what she was asking either. Underneath the words, she was asking a different question:
"Will you accept this expression of my gratitude for how you have personally changed my life?"

Still, it was another book to read and review. My shelf has dozens of unread books from people asking for reviews and endorsements. Some of them I am sure are amazing books, and many are from best-selling authors. And they all have something in common: They're sitting on my shelf and haven't been read.
And this book was a memoir of all things… which for me, is just not my thing. I've never been into memoirs. I've tried. I just can't do it. I love peoples' stories, but the memoir book format just doesn't engage me.
But this was different. Something nagged at me to pick up the book…

I think it was all of the above and the title which was so appropriate for this transitional stage in my life. It was called "Thank You For Leaving Me." As soon as I picked it up, I couldn't stop reading. It was clear to me that this wasn't a typical memoir.

It was raw and authentic yet full of juicy spiritual wisdom I could really relate to. I felt like sometimes I was reading my own story from another's perspective.

Regardless of my busy schedule, I devoured the book in a few days.

After I finished, I reached out to the author, Farhana letting her know I'd write an endorsement for her book. The endorsement below appears on the back of "Thank You For Leaving Me"

This strikingly authentic and enlightening memoir guides us to the real freedom that awaits us… when we have the courage to let go of what doesn't work in our lives.

Although the book is titled, "Thank You For Leaving Me: Finding Divinity In Divorce" I think you'll see from my endorsement that I recognized this isn't just a book about divorce. It's a book about finding the grace and gifts in letting go in all aspects of life. It's about finding divinity in difficulty.

After Farhana and I connected, we both recognized our instant deep connection. Since then we've become the dearest of friends. We've laughed together and we've cried together. We've been witness to some of each others' most vulnerable moments and some of our mysteriously spontaneous 'ahas' and insights.

In fact, last year was the ultimate role-reversal when Farhana –this woman whom considered me her mentor– became an invaluable support for me through my Dark Night of the Soul.

When I felt lost, confused, and in pain… she had the right words of wisdom to remind me of my own divinity, my own gifts, and to help me see through the trauma and nightmares. When I couldn't sleep or eat, she helped me see a little bit of who I would become when I emerged into the Morning Light.

I could have never imagined that receiving a random book in the mail could have changed my life this profoundly. Farhana is a gift to the world, and today is her book launch day. I am grateful to share her work with you.

Grab a copy of her book, and after you read it then share it with somebody you know will benefit from it.

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Spiritual Book Review: The Unfolding Now by A.H. Almaas

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Unfolding Now by AH AlmaasOne of my spiritual teachers recommended this to me shortly after it was published, but I didn’t read it because I thought I already knew what it was about. I mistakenly identified with my “spiritual ego” that told me I was already living whatever was being taught in the book… and that it was only recommended to me to further illuminate that concept.

It turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong!

The first half of this book has been life changing for me. The insights Almaas shares about how we can naturally transform our lives if we are open to it comes as a stark contradiction to traditional self help approaches that suggest we must do more to experience change in our lives.

This book has changed some of the ways in which I live my life, and it has given me support, encouragement, and insight, to pursue real transformation with courage. If everybody in the world could fully live what Almaas teaches in just the first half of this book, our world would be a far more developed, compassionate, and transformed place.

The second half of the book lost me for a little bit. The concepts were fine, and I’ve heard them before; they just didn’t connect with me where I am in my development. Still, Almaas acknowledges this limitation and trusts that simply “planting the seeds” will enable them to sprout when the time is right for each person’s unique unfoldment.

While I can’t say this book is for everybody where they are at in their lives right now, my wish is that everybody who has a passion for personal transformation reads this book. I also recognize that this is a book that I will read again and again over the years, and always get something new out of it to take me deeper and further into my development.

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Buy this book :)

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  9 Intense Experiences by Brian Vaszily

A while back, I was on the phone with Brian Vaszily (author of "9 Intense Experiences: An Action Plan to Change Your Life") and he was interviewing me for his "21 Luminaries" series. We chatted before the official interview, then had a fantastic interview, and then we continued to chat after the interview.

Our conversation made it clear that if Brian and I lived closer, I'm certain we'd spend more time together in person as friends.

Well after our call, Brian was *very* adamant that I read the first couple of chapters of his book and one specific chapter. When I say adamant, what I mean is… Brian mentioned it multiple times before we hung up the phone.

What struck me particularly interesting about Brian's request is that it came up during our phone call ~after~ our interview. Not in email or conversation beforehand. Not while he interviewed me. And not in email afterwards.

Specifically, it was while we were still on the phone chatting after he interviewed me.

After having read more than the first third of his book (and the chapter he recommended), I can safely say that it's one of the best books I've read in a long time and I am really looking forward to finishing it. I've already got a few BRILLIANT ideas for fun an engaging activities he recommends as transformative experiences, as well as some ways to integrate some of his work into mine.

What I found particularly striking is that it seemed like some of what he wrote could have been written by me.

Not the part about him overcoming a traumatically abusive childhood…

Nor about the times he lived in total poverty…

What I resonated with is the essence of what his work is about ~ what he believes is at the heart of each and every one of us. I won't spoil the fun, but if you've been reading my emails (or programs) long enough and you read "9 Intense Experiences" then it will be easy to see some of the similarities.

And yes, the differences will delight you probably even more… they certainly have for me. 🙂

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Now to be candid, when I first heard of Brian's work I was a bit skeptical. I figured that the 9 Intense Experiences would be something along the lines of, "Here's the nine most traumatic experiences that changes people lives and here's what you can learn from them."

(perhaps I have an association with "intense" and "traumatic"? We'll save that exploration for another day…)

The truth is though, his book is all about having FUN and WONDERFULLY intense experiences that will transform your life.

For me, this has made all the difference in enjoying his work.

Brian is also very personal and he shares some of his best and worst moments, and he pulls back the curtain on the very difficult yet rewarding path he's followed to become the amazing person that he is today who shares his work with you.

Even though I'm still just one third of the way through this book, my sincere hope is that "The 9 Intense Experiences" makes it onto the best-seller lists so that more people worldwide get to read it.

My sincere hope is that you are one of those people who get to read it.

More importantly than that though, my sincere hope is that the people who read the book actually DO the exercises within it.

These exercises, undoubtedly, will change your life. In fact, it'd be impossible for them to not change your life as long as you actually do them.

So my deeper sincere hope is that when his book rises onto the best-seller lists, more people worldwide do more than just read the book…

I want them to LIVE the gifts revealed from within book.

"The 9 Intense Experiences: An Action Plan to Change Your Life Forever" boasts a bold title, and it's one that the book genuinely lives up to.

And so my deeper sincere hope is that you will personally experience the gifts in the book that your heart and soul are waiting to reveal to you.

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It's rare I recommend a book this strongly. In fact, my list of "Must Read In This Lifetime" books is under 5, and "9 Intense Experiences" is among them. It's fun, heartful, engaging, and most of all, intensely transformative.

This week Brian is also going to share my "21 Luminaries" interview with his readers, so if you're not already receiving his emails you can sign up to receive that interview (and the rest of the series) also by visiting the page above that has more information about his book.

Spiritual Book Review: Heaven, by Kimberly Cain

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 Heaven: The Spiritual Novel by Kimberly Cain

A few weeks ago, I received a notice from the Post Office indicating that there was a package waiting for me, and postage was due.

This on its own was strange because I didn’t understand how somebody could send me something successfully that I’d still have to pay for (it wasn’t COD). Even more strange was the name of the company; it just said, “Heaven.”

I curiously wondered…

“God, are you messing with me? Seriously… who sends a postage due package from Heaven? :)”

After going to the post office, I realized what had happened. Because I’d moved and my mail was forwarding, this book called “Heaven” had been mailed to me by its author Kimberly Cain, but before I could have Heaven I was required to pay the the postage due to cover the extra forwarding.

This book is definitely the most unique spiritual book I’ve ever read, if for nothing else, because of the nature of the story and the unorthodox way it tackles difficult spiritual topics. I am concerned that the people who most need to read this book won’t. I also feel that the people who least need to read this book will find it entertaining, and maybe even pick up a few new insights (or at least some leads to follow)… so that’s definitely a good thing.

So what is Heaven all about?

It’s a book about spirituality and God through the eyes and experience of an exotic dancer. It’s about exploring Truth in its many forms and contexts. It’s about tackling difficult elements of our own spiritual development in potentially uncomfortable, revealing, and rewarding ways.

I particularly enjoyed how Heaven explores our common life experiences such as judgment and compassion, our inner drives and how they sometimes lead us into situations that conflict with our values, and a topic that is near and dear to my heart, how our own sense of self-worth can either set us free or lock us into a prison of our own making.

Those are just a few topics, and the way it explores them is interesting and unique because of the context… because it’s through the eyes of a “spiritual stripper.” I also really appreciated the weaving in of synchronicity and interconnection into the story, which gives it both a sense of mystery and familiarity.

That said, I do have some caveats you may want to consider before picking up Heaven

If you are offended by topics of sexuality, the use of profane language, discussion of drugs/alcohol use (or abuse), or might be resistant to honestly and intelligently exploring your own religious or spiritual faith in a way that brings you closer to God, then I highly recommend you read Heaven (and you can expect to feel uncomfortable in ways that help you grow as a person and closer to God).

If you’re not offended by those things, you’ll discover a fun and very different novel with a lot of heart and a wonderful exploration of Truth.

Click Here And Purchase ‘Heaven’ Directly From Kimberly Cain’s Website

.By the way, it also comes with a free music CD… and my favorite song on the CD is called “Truth” – somehow I figure you’re NOT suprised. 🙂

Spiritual Book Review: Thank You For Leaving Me by Farhana Dhalla

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 Spiritual Book: Thank You For Leaving Me by Farhana Dhalla

Several years ago, I received an unexpected gift in the mail in the form of a book. Unlike most requests I receive to review the book, this request was different: I was being asked if I would endorse the book.

As I read the personal note inscribed on the inside jacket, it became clear this woman was stalking me. 🙂 No, wait, I take that back… she had taken the time to really understand me, my personal issues, and was being very conscious about what she wanted from me and why she wanted it.

Her name is Farhana Dhalla, and the book is “Thank You For Leaving Me.” Over the initial months and many years now since Farhana first sent her book to me for an endorsement request, we have become good friends. I value her presence in my life both personally and professionally.

Since I was going through a “no more memoirs” phase, it was a miracle that this book even got my attention to review. In fact it not only got my attention, I also thoroughly enjoyed it.


Part of it is the timing of when this book arrived in my life. I had recently divorced, and Thank You For Leaving Me me is a series of very raw and candid mini stories about the process Farhana goes through before, during, and after her own divorce. It is an authentic exploration into not just the experience of healing, but also into authenticity itself. She tackles difficult issues like the relationships her children have with her ex-husband’s new girlfriend.

At many points in this book, Farhana could have chosen to stay quiet and play the “guru” role. What I mean by that is, after going through such a powerful and profound experience many people feel inspired, qualified, and encouraged to teach what they’ve learned as though they are now gurus or experts on the topic.

Farhana went the other route, and instead chose to share the real challenges and weaknesses she experienced during this difficult time in her life. This is a book in which the reader feels a true permission to be whoever he/she is, warts and all, and to know that the warts aren’t just okay… they’re required for our development.

For me, at that time in my life, no greater gift could have arrived unexpectedly in my mailbox. I’ve since written Farhana her requested endorsement that now appears in the 2nd edition printing of her book… and my hope is that more people will read her work. Not just parents who are divorcing, but also anybody who is looking for permission to be more authentic in the world, and an example to follow from the darkness into the light.

“This strikingly authentic and enlightening memoir guides us to the real freedom that awaits us… when we have the courage to let go of what doesn’t work in our lives.”

Spiritual Book Review: The Shadow Effect by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson

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  Spiritual Book Review: The Shadow Effect by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson

The Shadow Effect provides much needed insight into the phenomenon that we’ve all experienced in our life: self-sabotage… and more specifically, why it is people seem to sabotage themselves right when they’re on the brink of greatness.

Bringing together the wisdom of three of today’s sages, Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson, we’re given a glimpse into the ‘shadow’ in different ways that all work together very well. What is the shadow? In a nutshell, these are the aspects of ourselves that we have cut off, hidden, repressed, or decided were not acceptable to show other people.

The shadow is the part of us that feels unsafe being authentic, and The Shadow Effect provides wonderful insight into how each of us developed our shadow, how we can learn to identify it in our lives, and what we can do to move through our shadow and into the light of our greatness.

In fact, at the core of this book are the themes of light and greatness… because the shadow is the one thing that stands in the way of us living the lives of our dreams. The Shadow Effect clearly communicates this core message that the shadow is not be feared, but rather, to be viewed as an essential aspect of ourselves that we must understand and transform into light if we are to move forward in the story of our lives.

The Shadow Effect gets my personal recommendation, and I feel that the world would be a more light-filled place if everybody read this book.

Click here to buy it… then read it, live it, then share it with others you think may benefit from its message.

The Wizard’s Wish – A New Children’s Spiritual Book From Brad Yates

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 Spiritual Book: The Wizard's Wish by Brad Yates

Today, Brad Yates‘ newest book launches on Amazon and I’ve had the pleasure of previewing it… it’s called “The Wizard’s Wish” and it introduces tapping (EFT) to children. In case you’re not familiar with Brad, he is one of the early adopters and leading experts in the field of tapping and was also featured in the documentary “The Tapping Solution” (along with people like Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, Dr. Joe Mercola, Bob Proctor, and others. What follows is my review…

The Wizard’s Wish” is, in my opinion, a revolutionary book because it introduces the power of tapping (EFT) to children in a fun, informational, and easy to understand way. It shows how children (and their parents) can quickly and easily work with their emotional states and bring more peace and happiness into their lives through a better understanding of tapping.

Fortunately the story isn’t too long, nor too short, and the playfully colorful illustrations keep the subject matter lighthearted enough and engaging for children to stay focused. I particularly appreciate that there are deeper spiritual messages shared within this book, such as our ability to be conscious of and heal our emotional states, generosity and compassion, and self empowerment (just to name a few).

If you’re not already familiar with EFT / tapping, at the end of the book is a brief explanation and tutorial that will help you gain more clarity. Alternatively, you can also watch “The Tapping Solution” (though that’s definitely not for kids).

I know I’ll be reading this to my son as he grows older, so that wherever and whenever he goes, he can have advanced consciousness tools at his fingertips.

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What Does That Mean? Eldon Taylor’s Newest Book

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Usually before I share a resource, I take a lot of time to review the book/product, as well as the person, and then spend several hours writing something which provides you with meaningful content in addition to the resource I’m sharing.

But, I honestly just got wind of this book launch a couple of days ago – so I haven’t read the book. However, since I do know Eldon’s work to be of the highest quality, I told Eldon YES, I’ll share with my friends about your new book. 🙂

Anyway, since I haven’t had time to write up my own stuff I’m just copying the info that his marketing department sent me (that’s why it doesn’t sound like my own voice… still, definitely grab the book if it interests you!)

Exploring Mind, Meaning and Mysteries

Dear Friend,

I have some very exciting news for you. Today is going to be such a great day that one day you will look back upon it and realize that this day was when it all started.

I am writing you today about one of the most important books of our time.  This is a book with such a powerful impact that readers from around the world are comparing it to works that are absolutely timeless in their influence.  I am speaking of "What Does That Mean?  Exploring Mind, Meaning and Mysteries," by New York Times bestselling author, Eldon Taylor.  I can assure you that his book has had an amazing effect on all who have read it.


Here’s what one reader said:

"Wow–what a read!!! The idea of a book as an experience is not new, but this experience is! Just when I thought I was comfortable with "knowing" a little about myself the shutters were thrown open by "What Does That Mean?" and the light nearly blinded me. Sometimes the intensity was so great that I felt like throwing the book–but I didn’t, I stayed with it and I do not regret that decision one tiny little bit. This book will provoke you, it will cause you to cry, it will bring laughter and joy to you, and much more–but what it won’t do is allow you to remain status quo.

"In the end, the read is inspiring, absolutely uplifting and full of hope. There are miracles and moments that just cause your skin to bubble with goose bumps. This is a great read–don’t miss it!"


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Here are some comments about the book by some real visionaries of our time:

"Eldon’s provocative voice of wisdom and compassion places his readers right on the dot about the meaning of their individual existence. What Does That Mean? reveals how the paradoxes we face in everyday life form the rich material that invites us to confidently enter the mystery and relish it. Read, practice, and celebrate!"

– Michael Bernard Beckwith,

author of Spiritual Liberation-Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

"What Does That Mean? goes far beyond ‘exploring mind, meaning, and mysteries’! It’s a deeply satisfying and divinely inspired book that will not only explain so many uncertainties; it will also heal many a tattered soul. Both scientific and spiritual, strong and soft, spellbinding and soothing . . . this is a must-read!"

– Crystal Andrus,
author of Simply . . . Woman!
and Transcendent Beauty

"I love this book! There is something about the energetics of Eldon’s languaging that breaks open my heart. It’s very vulnerable, but if one possesses the courage to fully let it in and respond to it, there is great power involved."

– Anita Rehker

"What Does That Mean? guides you to ask deeply probing questions that often go ignored but must be examined if you are ever to live your best life possible. Highly recommended."

– Marci Shimoff,
#1 New York Times best-selling author of Happy for No Reason
and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

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Throughout these pages, Eldon shares life experiences that will lead you to revelations about your own life. Perhaps this book’s greatest value is that it assists you in remembering who you really are and thereby places you firmly back on the path to personal enlightenment. English writer and poet Joseph Addison, said, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." If that is the case, then this book is the perfect workout to enrich your thinking. You may not always like what you read, but you will always find the depth of thought wholly provocative.

"I’ve found all of Eldon Taylor’s books fascinating, but What Does That Mean? is his magnum opus, offering a rare look at how inner guidance plays out in real life."

– Caroline Sutherland,
author of The Body Knows . . . How to Stay Young

"What Does That Mean? is engaging, thought provoking, and quite simply a great read!"

– Christiane Northrup, M.D.,
author of The Secret Pleasures of Menopause
and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

"Eldon Taylor provides a life changing compilation of personal and client experiences that reveal how our thoughts, emotions, and actions shape every aspect of our perceived reality. I highly recommend his captivating book, What Does That Mean? for it offers readers an opportunity to move beyond misperceived limitations and write new empowering stories for themselves, their children, and the world."

– Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.,
author of The Biology of Belief

For a limited time only, take advantage of an amazing special offer and get several bonus gifts also. You do not want to miss this one.


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Spiritual Book Review: Wild Attraction

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 Spiritual Book: Wild Attraction - The Energetic Facts of Life by Paul and Patricia Richards

On the surface, “Wild Attraction” looks like just another relationship manual. It could easily be mistaken for a “How To Have a Spiritual Relationship” book, and that’s what I thought before I started reading.

The more I dug into the material though, the more I realized that the concepts presented turn our current view of “successful relationships” upside down. Some of the ideas directly contradicted what I believed was required for a relationship to be successful. This was initially difficult for me to digest, and even still some concepts I still am juggling and not quite sure how they fit in with my own ideas and experience.

For example, what do you mean relationships aren’t supposed to require work??? 🙂

Maybe if I had read the book cover, “A Ruthlessly Practical Guide to Extraordinary Relationship” then that wouldn’t have been as much of a surprise. 🙂 And in that light, Wild Attraction is definitely not for everybody. If you are comfortable in your ways, or are content with having a “good enough” relationship then don’t waste your money on this book.

On the other hand, if you’re drawn to a path of challenge and growth, and what it takes to experience a truly “extraordinary” relationship then give this book a read. Wild Attraction is not a ‘quick fix’ to relationships, but rather, the book takes a long view of first making ourselves ‘extraordinary’ so that we can be ready and available for relating with other ‘extraordinary’ people. In this context, it may take a year or years to grow enough to even consider yourself a truly viable candidate for ‘extraordinary relationship.’

There are some very wise insights and practical exercises within “Wild Attraction” that I have already begun to apply in my life; I can feel some differences shifting within me that I know will manifest in the outer world as these latent gifts mature. I know in my heart of hearts that an extraordinary relationship is what I want, and I will continue to explore this book and it’s exercises.

This isn’t a book to be read once, but rather, a book to be read over and over until the concepts are no longer ideas to practice, but rather, ways of being.

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