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The Book of Answers
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
The picture here at Amazon does not do this book justice. It is about
two inches thick, the size of your hand, and is covered in a classic
black cover. This is one stylish little package. The book feels good
in your hands. If you saw it on a coffee table you would reach out for
it instinctively.

"The Book of Answers" is a book of
mystery, you are instantly intrigued when you see its unique size and
the first thing you will think will be: "What is that book
about!" I first saw this book sitting on a shelf. I was one of
the last people to a book signing party. They were just putting the
books away, when I became intrigued. I walked over and found the last
Autographed copy...as if it was waiting for me.

I opened the book
and saw a few words on each page. What I didn't realize was that I had
to ask a question first, and then open the book! Fortunately Carol
Bolt was there to save me and explained how the book worked. Carol
Bolt is one of the nicest authors I have ever met. She is just as fun
to talk to as her book is to read.

As soon as I knew the secret of
how to play with this new toy for my brain, I was laughing out
loud. Carol explained that it has the intrigue of a magic eight ball,
but unlike the magic ball, this book has so many more answers.

This
is the most amusing book I have ever found. It brings out the
mischievous kid or the thoughtful adult. In me, it brought out both
and the "little question box I used to be." Now, if only my
father had owned one of these books when I was a child.

You supply
all the questions, and then you can find one answer printed in capital
letters on each page. There are no page numbers so you can't
cheat. The only way you could try to cheat is to look up the answer
again. You will find that even that will not always work. Now, I will
say, this book told me the best answers anyone could have ever given
me. So much so, that I could feel chills going down my spine. It will
scare you when the answer is so near to the truth.

The instructions
are on the back of the cover on a removable sticker and are also in
the front of the book. You place your hand on the cover, reflect on a
question, and then when it feels right you choose a page and read the
answer.

Now you should be careful what you ask! The answer might
be: "Get it in writing," "You'll have to
compromise," "Keep an open mind," "Watch and see
what happens," "Only do it once," etc.

My husband
asked: "Will I make more money at my new job." The answer:
"In a year from now, it won't matter!" Now that leads to
another question! Why?

The idea for "The Book of Answers"
came from the advice her parents gave to her while she was growing
up. She told me it holds "all the answers to her life." Now,
that convinced me to buy it! You will instantly recognize this as a
book of wisdom. Carol first self-published 130 copies of her book in
February 1998. She then easily found a publisher. This is why I have
the belief that life is a journey. Sometimes you have to follow your
own path to success!

When I asked the book: Will we have a new president soon? The answer was: "It is Certain." I cheated and
asked the same question again...to my astonishment...I found the same
answer! Apparently, that answer is in the front and the back of the
book. Now, what is the chance of that happening? (Back to the book)
"The chance will not come again soon."

I will be
introducing this book to my family this Christmas. Oh what fun we are
all going to have! What a way to top off a year of finding great
books. Now this one is going to the top of my favorites list! You can
also really give this book to anyone!

Carol's second book, "The Literary Book of Answers," contains all the solutions and answers you need from famous works of literature. Why not have William Shakespeare tell you the answer to your pressing question. Carol, who is also an artist, is working on a third book, which I know is going to be excellent.

~The Rebecca Review
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 1999
Me: "Should I continue to be self-employed?" Book: "of course." Me: "Are you sure I should continue to be self-employed?" Book: "give it all you've got." Me: "Are you really sure I should continue to be self-employed?" (Admittedly, this was a day I was frustrated with my clients and myself, and was considering bagging the whole deal.) Book: "mind your own business." (!)
I have been asking this book questions for over a year now (I am one of the lucky hundred or so people who had the opportunity to buy a copy of the artist edition of this book when the author was selling them at Bailey-Coy bookstore in Seattle in 1998). I have asked the book dumb questions ("Should I have spaghetti for dinner?"), serious questions ("Is my father dying?"), and questions in frustrating moments (see exchange between book and I above). The answers, while usually startlingly applicable, never fail to confirm for me what I know to be true--whether I want to believe it or not.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 1999
I bought this book after asking a question and getting an answer that truly surprised me-not because the answer was necessarily true, but because it was the way I "truly felt". Instead of using this book as some sort of oracle-which could actually harm you by leading you on a path away from your true self-try using it another way. Ask your question-get your answer then ask yourself if you liked or agreed with the answer. This way the book can actually be a source for pulling up your true feelings. For this to work most effectively you should ask questions related to yourself and not about others.
My wife and I have enjoyed this book by asking questions together. I have learned more about what concerns her using this book than any other book or game you could think of.
If you plan to buy this book to be some sort of guide for your life, then I would suggest you not buy it. However, If you want some laughs and you use it as a barometer of what you truly want- this could become one of your favorite books.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2004
It was actually quite amazing, I was in a bookstore with a friend and we stumbled across this book. She mentioned that her brother had a copy and he used it all the time. She proceeded to tell me a long story involving the book, her brother, a criminal adventure and a last minute escape from the police. I turned to the book, still awed by her story and asked: "Should I buy this book". I opened it to a random page and the answer I recieved was:
"That would be a waste of money."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 30, 2006
First of all, The picture here dosent do the book Justice. I dont know if you buy the book featured here it will come with the same picture listed but the book I purchased from a different store & the one I own is in a hardcover black bound book with fancy handwriting and printing on the front. It was also more expensive than the one listed here yet its the same book. Its very thick yet a decent size to carry around or just stuff in a bag.

Its a mystical little book that is sort of a modern day Eight Ball or Quija Board.

Heres how to use the book-
1.Hold the closed Book in your hand, on your lap, or on a table
2.Take 10 or 15 seconds to concentrate on your question. Questions should be phrased closed end. E.G- 'Is the job im applying for the right one?' or 'Should I Travel this Weekend?'
3.While visualizing or speaking your question (one question at a time), place one hand palm down on the books front cover and stroke the edge of the pages, back to front
4.When you sense the time is right, open the book and there will be your answer.
5.Repeat the process for as many questions as you have.

This is a beautiful book with some interesting phrases inside and advice, its basically for fun but I guess you can take this seriously and follow the advice, Overall, its a unique book and would make a good gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2001
I received this book a week ago and I've had so much fun with it. It is a great conversation piece for when friends or family come over. You don't have to be a believer in tarot or oracle cards or any of that, it is a fun book and you can take the answers however lightly or seriously you want. I've found that no matter what question I ask, it's right on target. I am enjoying this book and recommend it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 1999
This book is a hoot. After using it to answer mundane questions, (Should you drive or fly? Must we leave now?) dare explore your dreams--Move to Tibet? Texarkana? Will I make my goal of millions by sundown? At board meetings, family roundtables, parties, or as an icebreaker--however we use "The Book of Answers", it fuels what may already be in our heads, in our hearts, or at our fingertips. What makes it hilarious, is this book's voice. Bolt has captured wisdom's funnybone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I love this book. In fact, after the first copy, I purchased 3 more and gave them to my friends for Christmas. It is great if you are wavering on a decision and you want a little fun!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 1999
I laughed right out loud when I opened it. At last, ANSWERS, not just more QUESTIONS, brief and on only one page at that! I looked around me to see if my outburst had been noticed, then, following the directions on the back, I "asked" the question that had been on my mind that day. When the "time was right," as directed, I opened the book and there was my answer: "You are too close to see." I thought about this instant wisdom. Not bad, and a whole lot cheaper than $175 an hour!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2010
Unlike others, I've only played with this book once or twice, but I knew there was something to it when I first found it in a bookstore and jokingly picked it up to ask if it truly had all the answers.

The book's response?

"You don't really care, do you?"

I figure if it could get that one off a joke, it must be able to guide a serious path :)
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