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Maria asks…

What are some teen or young adult books to read?

What are some realistic books for teens? Please no suggesting like Twilight or the Hunger Games. Please like realistic books for girls, please no vampires or sci/fi books and please make the book something like appropriate for school or no dirty things in it.
Thanks! :)

New Niche Finder answers:

Shift – Jennifer Bradbury
Two friends set out on a cross-country bike trip. Only one arrives in Seattle. What happened?

Wait for me – An Na
When Mina falls in love with a young coworker at her parents’ dry cleaners, she struggles between her mother’s dreams for her and true love.

Someone like Summer – M.E. Kerr
When Annabel, daughter of a contractor, and Esteban, a Latino immigrant, begin a relationship, they are at odds with many of the supercilious residents in the resort town of Seaview.

More than friends – Katherine Spencer
After her brother dies, Grace finds herself falling for his best friend Jackson, who has some serious problems of his own.

Enthusiasm – Polly Shulman
Fans of Jane Austen’s novels, Julie and Ashleigh decide to imitate their heroine and try to discover True Love in high school.

Undercover – Beth Kephart
A quiet girl writes love notes for the people in her school, but her feelings for one student may change her.

The Market – J.M. Steele
When Kate finds out that someone is rating all the girls in her class, she is determined to make sure her score rises, no matter what it takes.

The It Chicks – Tia Williams
Tangie and her friends juggle romance, classes, and the arts with their friendship as the “It Chicks”.

Good enough – Paula Yoo
Patti is trying to get into an Ivy League school to please her parents, but this Korean-American teen also wants to have fun.

Divine Confidential – Jacquelin Thomas
After she moves from Hollywood to Georgia, Divine still wants to live her life as a diva and find romance.

A higher geometry – Sharelle Byars Moranville
In the late 1950s, Anna feels she must choose between the traditional role her parents expect of her and her dream of going to college to study mathematics.

Every crooked pot – Renee Rosen
Nina uses makeup and different hairstyles to hide her birthmark over one eye, in hopes of fitting in.

Maggie Bean stays afloat – Tricia Rayburn
Maggie has changed, through Pound Patrollers diet and exercise, but can she attract Peter Applewood and still keep her old friends?

Cures for heartbreak – Margo Rabb
After her mother dies and her father becomes sick, Mia deals with growing up and finding love.

Mistik Lake – Martha Brooks
Odella yearns to know the answers to family secrets that have affected three generations of women in her family.

Off-Color – Janet McDonald
A white girl and her mother are suddenly forced into public housing, where she struggles for acceptance while also discovering she’s biracial.

So not the drama – Paula Chase
Mina is determined that she will be as popular in high school as she was in middle school.

Michael asks…

What is the story with Mark Anthony removing books from the Bible?

I am very confused about this, the Catholic Bible does have more books in it then the St. James Version. I was raised in a Catholic home but was born again three years ago in the Pentecostal Church, so I am still very confused about certain things concerning the Bible, but I am not confused about my Savior Jesus Christ. I keep hearing that nothing should be taken from the Word. Please someone help me understand.

New Niche Finder answers:

As you’ve pointed out, current versions of the Bible differ dramatically, due to translations and editing of history over hundreds (thousands?) of years..

The Bible has been edited repeatedly and translated from language to language (losing original meaning each time). I don’t know how anyone (even absolute fundamentalists) can accept any current version of the Bible as truth. Even less important books have suffered in a similar way. Read a 1950 version of World War II and compare it to a version written 30-40-50 years later. Each version changes dramatically, either because new facts have been discovered or more likely because historians and editors have added their own thoughts, interpretations and assumptions to their work.

Is today’s Bible the same as it was 1000 years ago? Absolutely not. Is it more true today than it was 1000 years ago? Absolutely not.

George asks…

What books have a really good paranormal romance?

I love romance books. Books like twilight, fallen, hush hush. Is there any books that you would recommend? Alot please:) <3

New Niche Finder answers:

~The Immortals by Alyson Noel (the romance is a bit like twilight but there’s no vampires and werewolfs)
~The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld (at 16, everyone has plastic surgery to become “Pretties.” Shay decides she doesn’t want the surgery, and runs away, pushing her best friend Tally into a world of chaos. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find Shay and bring her home, or never turn Pretty at all)
~Angelfire by Cortney Allison Moulton (a girl discovers that the monsters in her dreams are real, the girl, continuously reborn as a warrior to fight those monsters)
~Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (a girl finds out she’s a modern-day helen of troy , she falls for a boy which could provoke a new Trogan war)
~The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones (after an accident, a girl finds out shes a lost fairy princess)
~Soul Screamer Series by Rachel Vincent (Kaylee Cavanaugh wants to be a normal schoolgirl but she possesses a strange power. She doesn’t see dead people, but she can sense when somebody nearby is about to die)
~Maximum Ride by James Patterson ( The series chronicles the lives of six fugitive kids,born in a laboratory , they endured scientific experiments that made them 98% human and 2% bird, they spend their time running from monsters)
~The Abandon Trilogy by Meg Cabot (Pierce knows what happens to us when we die. That’s how she met the mysterious stranger who’s made returning to normal life—or at least life as she knew it before the accident—next to impossible.)
~Delirium by Lauren Oliver (a girl lives in a world where Love is a disease, at 18 she will have the cure to it and never have to worry about it ever again, but soon before her 18th birthday she falls in love)
~Divergent by Veronica Roth (where people choose which group of people to go with at 16, the daredevils, the selfless, the clever… Some romance)
~The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Then she meets Henry. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.)
~The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (it’s complicated, but basically, these kids, shadowhunters fight demons … Lots of romance …, REALLY GOOD!!)
~The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (probably hard to miss this one, but in case you have, each year a boy and girl are each chosen from 12 districts, they’re placed in an arena where they must fight to death)
~The Wolves Of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater (Grace has been watching the wolves outside her home every winter. She is drawn to one in particular that has stunning yellow eyes, and she’s certain that it is the same wolf who saved her from a pack of wolves who attacked her when she was a young girl.)
~Halo by Alexandra Adornetto (dark forces are gathering. Terrorist attacks, murders, strife, poverty. Three angels are sent to earth to help and go against darkness. Bethany the least experienced of the three, created a mere seventeen years ago, she is also the most connected to the human race.)
~Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber(The mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood empty for years. But one day it seems to be occupied, and its mysterious, handsome inhabitant Alexander Sterling becomes the source of much talk around town. Raven, a vampire-obsessed Goth-girl who has always considered herself an outsider in “Dullsville,” is determined to uncover the truth surrounding the secretive Alexander.)
~Ripple by Mandy Hubbard (Lexi is cursed with a dark secret.She is a siren – a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After accidently drowning her boyfriend, Lexi shuts herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school)
~Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (After two years on the run, best friends Rose, half-human/half-vampire, and Lissa, a mortal vampire princess, are caught and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy)
~Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine (Michael Glass has a problem staying in his own home. The problem–he has odd hours and exists only at night but in the daytime he vanishes. No one knows where he goes.)

James asks…

How do you pick and choose which stories are of your holy book are to be taken literally?

I know modern people in some religions or sects of certain religions don’t take their entire holy books as literal truth. An example would be some Christians not believing in the story of Noah as being completely true.

How do you decide which stories are to be taken literally and which should simply have some sort of moral meaning? If you don’t take the whole book as truth, how can you be sure of the validity of any of it? How do you know anything about your God?

Thank you.

New Niche Finder answers:

This is why I’m a Catholic and you aren’t.

Because you want to be your own Pope…but that is how we got in this mess to begin with.

Just to show you how much you don’t know, I quote the Catholic Catechism and the 2000 year tradition that says all Scripture is both figurative AND literal.

The senses of Scripture

115 According to an ancient tradition, one can distinguish between two senses of Scripture: the literal and the spiritual, the latter being subdivided into the allegorical, moral and anagogical senses. The profound concordance of the four senses guarantees all its richness to the living reading of Scripture in the Church.

116 The literal sense is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture and discovered by exegesis, following the rules of sound interpretation: “All other senses of Sacred Scripture are based on the literal.”83

117 The spiritual sense. Thanks to the unity of God’s plan, not only the text of Scripture but also the realities and events about which it speaks can be signs.

1. The allegorical sense. We can acquire a more profound understanding of events by recognizing their significance in Christ; thus the crossing of the Red Sea is a sign or type of Christ’s victory and also of Christian Baptism.84

2. The moral sense. The events reported in Scripture ought to lead us to act justly. As St. Paul says, they were written “for our instruction”.85

3. The anagogical sense (Greek: anagoge, “leading”). We can view realities and events in terms of their eternal significance, leading us toward our true homeland: thus the Church on earth is a sign of the heavenly Jerusalem.86

118 A medieval couplet summarizes the significance of the four senses:

The Letter speaks of deeds; Allegory to faith;
The Moral how to act; Anagogy our destiny.87

To interpret Scripture correctly, the reader must be attentive to what the human authors truly wanted to affirm, and to what God wanted to reveal to us by their words.75

110 In order to discover the sacred authors’ intention, the reader must take into account the conditions of their time and culture, the literary genres in use at that time, and the modes of feeling, speaking and narrating then current. “For the fact is that truth is differently presented and expressed in the various types of historical writing, in prophetical and poetical texts, and in other forms of literary expression.”76

111 But since Sacred Scripture is inspired, there is another and no less important principle of correct interpretation, without which Scripture would remain a dead letter. “Sacred Scripture must be read and interpreted in the light of the same Spirit by whom it was written.”77

The Second Vatican Council indicates three criteria for interpreting Scripture in accordance with the Spirit who inspired it.78

112 1. Be especially attentive “to the content and unity of the whole Scripture”. Different as the books which compose it may be, Scripture is a unity by reason of the unity of God’s plan, of which Christ Jesus is the center and heart, open since his Passover.79

The phrase “heart of Christ” can refer to Sacred Scripture, which makes known his heart, closed before the Passion, as the Scripture was obscure. But the Scripture has been opened since the Passion; since those who from then on have understood it, consider and discern in what way the prophecies must be interpreted.80

113 2. Read the Scripture within “the living Tradition of the whole Church”. According to a saying of the Fathers, Sacred Scripture is written principally in the Church’s heart rather than in documents and records, for the Church carries in her Tradition the living memorial of God’s Word, and it is the Holy Spirit who gives her the spiritual interpretation of the Scripture (“. . . According to the spiritual meaning which the Spirit grants to the Church”81).

114 3. Be attentive to the analogy of faith.82 By “analogy of faith” we mean the coherence of the truths of faith among themselves and within the whole plan of Revelation.

Joseph asks…

What are some good books you could suggest?

I am in highschool and I was wondering what puts are ones worth reading. I am into romantic and adventurous books such as Twilight; Peaches; True Love the Sphinx, and Other Unsolvable Riddles. Any intersting suggestions?

New Niche Finder answers:

Nokosee: Rise of the New Seminole by Micco Mann. Although it has teenage protagonists, it is surprisingly “adult” in its depiction of violence and teen sex yet it has little or no profanity. It’s basically a contemporary teenage Tarzan and Jane tale set in the Everglades. Lots of action and adventure. The story is told through the voice of a teenage girl punk rocker named Stormy Jones. Although I’m a Twilight fan, I related more to Nokosee because of his vulnerability and total lack of any superhuman powers (although he can kill with his little finger thanks to his crazy dad’s plan to groom him into the first of the New Seminole who will wage an eco-war on the “Outside”). I discovered it on Kobo Books and highly recommend it.

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