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Great Books, Playwrights, & Poets (Ken Boa’s List)

Reading encourages you to slow down, think deeply, and make inferences or connections. It also aids your memories, especially if you underline or mark text while you read. This list of titles, compiled by Dr. Boa, includes many classics sure to challenge your thinking and outlook—books that will “bite and sting” (as James Houston put it). Reading a physical copy is recommended, if possible, as doing so will engage all your senses.

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100 Greatest Foreign Films

In this top 100 foreign film list from DigitalDreamDoor, we highlight films also on Ken Boa’s list of recommended films due to their combination of artistic merit and spiritual/moral themes.

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Kierkegaard’s King and Maiden Story

Nineteenth-century philosopher Søren Kierkegaard wrote the following parable, which has been widely circulated. It alludes to the Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs), where King Solomon is shown disguising himself as a shepherd to win the heart of a Shulamite woman.

The king was like no other king. Every statesman trembled before his power. No one dared breathe a word against him,

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Teaching Approaches and Learning Styles

Ken Boa explores seven approaches to teaching/learning, all used by Jesus, that demonstrate the importance of variety and unpredictability in our communication delivery methods. The seven methods are lecture, stories, visual aids, Q&A, discussion, drama, and projects. These are useful to anyone, but especially those who teach, preach, or mentor on a regular basis.

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