Classic World Lit 101 for Teens– LIVE CLASS


Greg Denning is a fire-hose of energy, excitement, joy and light!!! His enthusiasm is contagious, and his example and stories are legendary. (I’m not kidding.) He has been such a great example to my children and to me (as I would listen in on his weekly mentoring sessions with my children).  I always walked away with tools to improve my life, feeling uplifted and excited for the journey ahead. His experiences and knowledge of life help all of us to look at the truth within ourselves, and choose what we want to become, and create the path to get us there. We love you, Greg!! You are amazing and a great tool in God’s hands to help His children have an amazing life!! ” — Mia, Mother

What can old books teach us? Do they have any lessons that can apply to our global, technological lifestyles today?

The truth is, they have more to offer than we may realize. They teach us one of the most important skills necessary for surviving and thriving in today’s world — a world that is becoming more and more ‘artificially intelligent’ — they teach us how to think, how to feel and how to lead. Without the lessons of the classics, we are bound to be replaced by machines as we lose what makes us truly human.

The class will consist of a series of readings and book discussions that follow the schedule below:

Classes Meet 45 minutes on Thursdays at 8:00 am MST

Taught by the Amazing Mr. Denning (learn more about his story here).

September 13th to December 13th, 2018

Recordings Available


13th: Introduction to the Classics: What They Are And Why We Need Them

20th: Secrets of the Mind from The Secret Garden Book Discussion

27th: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch & the Love of Learning Book Discussion Part 1


4th: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch & Overcoming Challenges Book Discussion Part 2

11th: An Invitation to the Pain of Learning Essay (Read & Discuss in class)

18th: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: Learning How to Self-Reflect

25th: Alas, Babylon & Learning What Really Matters Book Discussion Part 1


8th: Alas, Babylon & Preparing for the Future Book Discussion Part 2

15th: Tao te Ching & The Inner Life Book Discussion

29th: The Good Earth & Responding to Upheaval Book Discussion


6th: Les Miserables & Personal Transformation Book Discussion Part 1

13th: Les Miserables & Understanding the Human Struggle Book Discussion Part 2

I have been living in my ordinary world for a long time. I’ve had calls to adventure and denied them. I am so happy that I have had so many good mentors, but Mr. Denning has been the one who helped me realize and accept my call.  I’m now crossing the threshold, I don’t know all the twists and turns on my journey, but I am excited to finally get started.”  — Cedar, Student

Required Books for this Class:

This class is challenging and requires a lot of reading. However, you are welcome to still join the class discussions even if you can’t complete all the readings.

The Secret Garden or on audiobook (you can also watch the movie).

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch or on audiobook.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius or on audiobook.

Alas, Babylon or on audiobook.

Tao te Ching

The Good Earth or on audiobook.

Les Miserables (High School Edition)


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