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Just the Best Literature

Hosted by Dennis Leap

Just the Best Literature is designed to inspire you to not only read printed books, but to read only the very best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles. Just the Best Literature is the biggest international book club you could ever belong to—for just the price of a few books, which you get to keep. Tuning in will help you develop the skills necessary to gain more value from what you are currently reading. Dennis Leap will give you tips on how to read more effectively, how to analyze what you read, how to think more deeply about what you read, and how to discuss books in scintillating discussions with your friends and family. Come join the conversation.

#8: Final Thoughts on The Old Man and the Sea

Aired Monday, April 25, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   29 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses Hemingway’s philosophy of life as spoken through the character Santiago

#7: The Old Man and the Sea: the Final Panel Discussion

Aired Monday, April 18, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   32 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and James Brandon discuss  pride, sin and suffering as seen with the character Santiago.

#6: The 60+ Panel Discusses "The Old Man and the Sea”

Aired Monday, April 11, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   33 minutes

Deborah Leap, Robert Harmon & Dennis Leap discuss love & respect for parents and seniors, fishing, perseverance, and thoughts on retirement based on the characters of Santiago and Manolin.

#5: What Led Hemingway to write The Old Man & The Sea

Aired Monday, April 4, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   23 minutes

Host Dennis Leap explains what led Ernest Hemingway to write The Old Man and The Sea and also leads a new panel in discussion of the major themes in this small masterpiece.

#4: The Western Canon and First Panel Discussion on The Old Man and the Sea

Aired Monday, March 28, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap explains the guideline he is following to choose books for Just the Best Literature and conducts the first panel discussion on The Old Man and the Sea with three Herbert W. Armstrong College English Language Literature students.

#3: Why You—As an Adult—Need to Read and Love It

Aired Monday, March 21, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   38 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and Trumpet writer Jeremiah Jacques discuss why reading books is important for an adult’s brain and mental health. Jeremiah Jacques discusses current studies about the positive effects reading has on Alzheimer’s patients.

#2: Build the Love of Reading Into Your Infants and Young Children

Aired Monday, March 14, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   39 minutes

This program discusses the need for parents to read books to their infants and young children in order to build the love and habit of reading. 

For good tips on how to start a reading program with your infants and young children listen to discussion provided by Rachel Hyde (stay-at-home mom) and Mrs. Anita Burks, 3rd & 4th grade teacher at Imperial Academy.

#1: How to Get Screen-loving Teens to Develop the Habit of Reading Books—and Love It!

Aired Tuesday, March 8, 2016   ·   12:00 AM CST   ·   34 minutes

Host Dennis Leap welcomes you to Just the best Literature. He discusses his educational and career background and his goals for the show. His panel for today’s program is teachers Leanne and James Brandon—they discuss the lessons they've learned while teaching adolescents and teens to love books and acquire the reading habit.