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James asks…

best dream interpretation book you’ve discovered?

i’m really interested in the subconscious meaning of dreams.
any good books on the subject?

New Niche Finder answers:

There are tons of book on the subject and it varies.
If you try dreammoods.com, these are pretty accurate. I believe this site was put together by doctors that have studied dreams and their meanings on a deeper level.

Donald asks…

When did You discover you like reading/books?

I discovered I liked reading when I was at 7th grade, thanks to my english teacher; who sold books from Scholastic. She gave us a catalog of different books and if you liked one you told her and then payed her. I bought a book (I think it was Inkheart).

And that’s how I discovered reading :)

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Is this the complete Narnia book set?:

http://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-Narnia-Boxed-Set/dp/0064471195/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248222891&sr=1-1

New Niche Finder answers:

I was 8 years old and moved home & school. The new school assessed me as way ahead of my new class in reading. Apparently I was reading age 14.

So I was allowed to take my pick of the library after reading all the syllabus books in a couple of days [tested]

The first series of books to catch my eye was the Biggles books. I was soon captivated by the tales of heroics and despite Dylexia I learned to read fast enough that today I can keep up with freinds in chat. Later I was to take up the Science Fiction genre and read prolifically from Authors like Asimov,Heinlein and Dick

John asks…

Looking for a book on Greek mythology?

I’m looking for a book that has detailed stories of classic Greek myths such as Heracles and Perseus, but not one that’s classically written or used mainly for reference. I’m not sure if I’m explaining it very well so if I said I wanted more of a novelisation of the stories which flow well and are reasonably easily read, rather than something such as Apollodorus

New Niche Finder answers:

I’ve just discovered The Penguin Book of Classical Myths by Jenny March. It’s a great read, as I’ve always had an interest in Greek mythology.

I get what you mean about the book style, don’t worry! This book is very easy to read, not like a dry reference book, yet you can still use the index to find particular legends. It’s set out nicely as well. It begins with the creation myths and the titans, has detailed but interesting descriptions of all the major gods and goddesses, and contains some brilliant pictures. Give it a try, it might be in your local library! You won’t be disappointed!

(Sorry if this read like an Amazon review; I’m just eager to recommend because I had the same problems as you regarding the style and flow of reference books.)

Helen asks…

Are the Apocrypha books in New Testament genuine?

Are the Apocrypha books in the New testament genuine?

New Niche Finder answers:

No.

But it might help to revisit the definition of canon.

The Bible is a compilation of books considered by scholars to be Canon.

Canonicity is determined by God. A book is not inspired because men made it canonical; it is canonical because God inspired it. It is not the antiquity, authenticity or even religious value that makes a book canonical or authoritative. On the contrary, a book is valuable because it is canonical and not canonical because it is or was considered valuable. Inspiration determines canonization, and confusion at this point not only dulls the edge of authority but it mistakes the effect (a canonical book) with the cause (inspiration of God). Canonicity is DETERMINED or established authoritatively by God; it is merely DISCOVERED by man.

HOW did man discover or become aware of what God had done? How did the church fathers know when they had come upon a canonical book? There were 5 basic principles that were used in order to DISCOVER the books which God had DETERMINED to be canonical. It is instructive to look at these principles individually in their actual historical operation.

1) IS IT AUTHORITATIVE? This is perhaps the first and most important question that was asked by the fathers. Does this or that book speak with authority? Can it be said of this book as it was of Jesus, “And they were astonished at his teaching, for the taught them as one that had authority” (Mark 1:22)? Does this book come with a divine “Thus saith the Lord”? Does it have a self-vindicating authority that commands attention as it communicates?

2) IS IT PROPHETIC? The next question to be asked was: Was this book written by a man of God? It seemed reasonable that THE WORD OF GOD INSPIRED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD would not be given through anyone other than a MAN OF GOD (II Peter 1:20; Hebrews 1:1). Thus, a book was judged as to whether or not it was genuinely written by the stated author who was a spokesman in the mainstream of redemptive revelation, either a prophet (whether in the Old or New Testament times) or an apostle.

3) IS IT AUTHENTIC? This question of the Fathers asked, “Does the book tell the TRUTH about God, man, etc., as it is already known by previous revelation?” And is it a record of facts as they actually occurred? Obviously, a book cannot contradict known truth and still be truly God’s.

4) IS IT DYNAMIC? Another question was asked by the fathers, although sometimes only implicitly: Does the book come with the POWER of God? They believed the Word of God was “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12), and consequently ought to have a transforming force for edification (II Timothy 3:16) and evangelization (I Peter 1:23). If the obeyed message of a book did not affect its stated goal, if it did not have the power to change a life, then God was apparently not behind its message. A MESSAGE of God would certainly be backed by the MIGHT of God.

5) WAS IT RECEIVED? The capstone of the questions was: Has this book been ACCEPTED generally by the PEOPLE of God? Compared to modern standards, transportation was slow and communication was poor during the first centuries of the Christian era. Thus, the full canonical lists were not universally agreed upon in any official way for a few centuries. This meant that when final decision was made and, in many cases even long before that, the collection and listing of books was being done by people to whom the book was not originally directed. So they necessarily had to depend upon testimony, circulation, and usage, and the above mentioned four principles in order to make a final decision about the acceptance of the given books.

In a sense, then, the acceptance of a book by the church councils of later centuries is not a strong independent witness to the canonicity of that book. It is rather a confirmation, and does serve the obvious purpose of MAKING FINAL the decision and availability of the books. After all, if the latter Fathers had not collected and DISSEMINATED the books, what good would be accomplished by the fact that the earlier Fathers had ACCEPTED them? The continuation of the canonical books necessitated not only their COLLECTION and RECOGNITION, but also their TRANSMISSION to subsequent generations.

The Voice

Source(s):
A General Introduction to the Bible, by Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, Moody Bible Institute Press copyright 1968
For the sake of brevity, I have only included the FIRST paragraph after each question. The book goes into MUCH further detail.

Daniel asks…

what percentage of books picked up by readers are discovered in libraries?

New Niche Finder answers:

If you are asking what books catapult to popularity through the library, the answer would be almost nill, because those types of books come straight from the press, through pre-orders on the internet or a special release/same time book signing like with J K Rowling.

I just published a Kindle book. If you are thinking about dropping a few copies of something you wrote off at the library in hopes of being discovered, that’s okay, but rather than just dropping them off, just donate them by mailing a couple of copies to the library administrator. That way it at least gets catalouged. Call to get the name. I’ve done that before and actually they love free books.

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