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I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS: TRUE STORIES OF ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS, by G. Scott Sparrow, Ed.D. (Bantam Books, $11.95).

Synopsis: Jesus walks the earth and appears to many people. They tend to be shy about mentioning their experiences, however, creating the unfortunate "impression that Christ encounters are less common than they actually are." Sometimes Jesus lets them down.

Representative Quote: "While I was praying for my husband, I kept hearing Jesus say to me that he was healed and that he would be saved. I assumed this meant physical healing....I was shocked when he died. It wasn't until that moment that I realized Jesus meant spiritual healing."

Noteworthy Flaw: No photos.

YES, YOU CAN: 1200 INSPIRING IDEAS FOR WORK, HOME AND HAPPINESS, by Sam Deep and Lyle Sussman (Addison-Wesley, $13).

Synopsis: You can "succeed in all phases of life" by harkening to these 1,200 proven suggestions, grouped into 125 "advisements" such as "Develop Immediate Rapport" and "Be a Better Parent."

Representative Quote: "Pay no more taxes than you have to. Devour self-help tax books; get professional tax advice."

Noteworthy Flaw: Slight contradiction problem. Compare "Be seen as an innovator. Find ways to do things better, faster, and differently" (p. 185) with "Study the routes that others ahead of you have taken to the top. Emulate them" (p. 191).

HOW TO MUTATE AND TAKE OVER THE WORLD--AN EXPLODED POST-NOVEL, by R.U. Sirius & St. Jude and the Internet 21 (Ballatine, $24).

Synopsis: A variety of authors and assorted passersby fill 305 pages deliberating over their creation of a novel. Different typefaces and two colors of ink (black and purple) enhance the effect.

Representative Quote: "They want to call the sixth draft the finished manuscript???? And accept or reject it as it is NOW???? It is beyond absurd. They might suggest that it is complete because they can't see the patterns still to emerge. The text is richer, and more austere, than they can now believe. Some of the nexi of its themes are barely schematic..."

Noteworthy Flaw: 305 pages long.

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