Larimore Family Newsletter – August 2013

Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter:

  • Family Update
  • Dr. Walt teaching upcoming Evangelism Conferences for Health Professionals
  • Dr. Walt and Barb teaching at an upcoming Marriage Conference in Colorado Springs
  • Publication Updates
  • 1) Number One Amazon.com Best Seller
  • 2) Cover for The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book
  • 3) Another printing of His Brain, Her Brain
  • Broadcast Updates
  • 1) The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book Broadcast on Focus on the Family
  • Letter From a Grateful Reader
  • Events of the Last Month
  • Upcoming Events

 

 Family Update

After a very emotional month for us in June (Kate’s wedding, the Black Forest fire, and the death of Barb’s mom – all discussed in last month’s newsletter), we have taken most of the month of July resting and recuperating. We’re still trying to process all that has gone occurred, but had a great laugh when we called Charles and Kate on July 9th, their one-month anniversary.

Barb asked Kate, “So, how’s the life of a married woman?”

Kate sighed and replied, “Oh, mama. I was just born for this.”

Overall, we are so blessed.

Dr. Walt teaching upcoming Evangelism Conferences for Health Professionals

If you are a health professional, consider joining me for one of two live seminars that I’ll be co-teaching with my dear friend, Bill Peel, ThM. It’s a brand new course, called Grace Prescriptions, which is designed to teach health professionals how to share their faith with patients in ways that safeguard the important ethical principles of respect, sensitivity, and permission.

Originally taught in CMDA’s popular Saline Solution course, these concepts have proven to be effective, as thousands of lives have been transformed. Grace Prescriptions builds on this legacy.

Here are two options for you to consider:

  • Saturday, August 17 at the Community Chapel in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Saturday, October 12 at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky

For information and to register call 888-230-2637 or email melinda.mitchel@cmda.org. or click here.

Dr. Walt and Barb teaching at an upcoming Marriage Conference in Colorado Springs

For those of you who live in the Colorado Springs area, Barb and I will be teaching a marriage conference at the Glen Eyrie Conference Center on Friday and Saturday, September 13-14. The conference will be based on our book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage.

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Our small group leader wrote this note about the Conference:

The Conference is more about understanding the opposite sex and thus one will drastically improve their marriage. It is open and encouraged for singles as well as couples. We feel anyone 18 or older will benefit.

Friday evening will start around 6 pm (to be finalized) with coffee and dessert available while Walt and Barb teach. That evening is expected to end around 9:30 pm. Saturday will go from about 8:30 am to around 7:30 pm. A continental breakfast, lunch and nice dinner will be included. A nice personal picture will be taken during the day.

Walt and Barb will have copies of their book there for sale and will be happy to autograph them. It is not necessary to read the book prior to the seminar.

Please feel free to share this with all your clients/friends. Anyone who wants to sign up should call 719-481-2409. The cost is $175 per couple.

 

Publishing Update

1) Number One Amazon.com Best Seller

I was delighted that my book for boys going through puberty (and their parents), The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body, moved into the Amazon.com #1 best-seller list during the week of July 15, in the Children’s Books category of “Health and Maturing.”

  •       Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •       #1 in Books > Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Maturing
  •       #4 in Books > Children’s Books > Religions > Christianity
  •       #4 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Children’s & Teens

Of course, it’s no coincidence that this was the same week that Jim Daly and John Fuller broadcast their interview with me about the book on their national Focus on the Family radio program. You can listen to the interview, “Talking to Your Son About Puberty,” here or purchase a signed copy of the book here.

2) Cover for The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book

ZonderKidz has just finished the cover design for my next book, The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body and you are one of the first to be able to see it. Let me know what you think!

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3) Another printing of His Brain, Her Brain 

Barb and I were delighted to receive a notice from Zondervan that our book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage has just gone into its 10th printing. We’re delighted that the book not only seems to be helping so many marriages, but also helping single men and women understand the divine design of the opposite sex.

By the way, if you’d like to attend a weekend conference and hear us teach this information, see the notice above. Also, you can order signed copies of the book here.

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Broadcast Update

1) The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book Broadcast on Focus on the Family

On Monday, July 16, I was featured on the national Focus on the Family radio broadcast discussing my book, The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body. You can find information about or listen to the broadcast here. Also, you can get copies of the book and a “look inside” from Amazon here or autographed copies here.

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Letter From a Grateful Reader

One of the great joys that a writer experiencing is receiving a note from a grateful reader. Our friends at the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City, NC, recently wrote:

Hi Dr Walt! A guest emailed this letter to us and asked that we forward it to you!! Hope things are going well for you and Barb!

So, here’s a wonderful letter (edited for length and to protect the identity of the author) that brought me much joy:

Dear Dr. Larimore,

You have become a very wonderful part of my life. If I may, I would like to share some of that briefly. Thank you, Doctor.

I have just finished your last book about Bryson City, NC (I suspect he’s referring to Bryson City Secrets). I first saw your book in Bryson Train Station bookstore (Gil’s Book Sale). I bought the original book just simply to learn more about the wonderful city. I found your book so much fun to read (I’m a retired Firefighter/Medic)

As I began to read your first book, I never dreamed it would become a very special part of my life for the next few years and probably influence the rest of it.

I read, with great interest and enjoyment, as I followed your travels from the Hemlock Inn, which I visited the very next year to get a feel for more of the book. We had already driven to Deep Creek, The Hospital, obviously the train depot, and so many other sites. We have stayed at the Turkey Creek Campground every year and will do so as long as I am able.

I also got a very big kick out of your “initiation” by the Fire Department at the Almond boat Ramp and the Bridge.

This past October, my new Bride and I stayed at the Fryemont Inn on our honeymoon because of your descriptions it and the folks who run it. Thanks to you.

I just wanted to tell you, that through these years, following your books, I have felt like a part of your “Extended Family”, following yours through your children’s explorations, problems, blessings and traumas, your work with the high school football team activities. (My daughters were born with Learning disabilities as well as physical problems – scoliosis with one).

Doctor, most of all, I would like to thank you for sharing the events through your book and those of your children’s, though some VERY sad and traumatic for them, as a Christian, I shared your anger as a dad, husband and your turmoil over the directions you needed to go with this.

I felt compassion for you and pray that someday, your children’s experience and pain will somehow ease through your sharing their story!

In the beginning, finishing the first book (I suspect he’s referring to Bryson City Tales), I couldn’t begin, to understand why you would EVER leave this wonderful town, having made my decision about 5 years ago to retire to Bryson myself, until the end, when you shared the real reason.

Doctor, I end with tears in my eyes … not for the ending of the story of your sharing with us, but for the end of the series of your books about Bryson. It has meant that much to me to follow your story.

Thank you so much for a wonderful presence in my life, for your sharing the incidents of which made you WHO you are as a man, a husband, a DAD, and most importantly as a Christian. It has helped me through the last few years, become a better Christian, a better Dad, and a better husband, listening to your stories and experiences. I’ll miss your thoughts and works. Thanks Doc!

P.S. Ironically, as I mentioned to you, my plans (were) to move to Bryson City upon my retirement. However, my Dad was diagnosed with 2nd stage Alzheimers Disease and Demintia(sic), upon our return from our Honeymoon, my bride and I have had our turn at having our faith challenged by God … we were forced to move in with him and it appears my retirement plans for Bryson won’t be realized. It has NOT weakened my faith, but has in fact made it stronger and I didn’t realize THAT until my step son was making fun of me and my belief in my GOD and trying to make me realize God didn’t exist. I pray YOUR faith will help ME keep MINE going through my trials with him. Thank you Dr. Larimore and God Bless.

No, thank you, dear reader, for blessing me. And, thank you, Lord, for another small glimpse of what you can accomplish as you direct my writing!

Events of the last month

  • Jul 2, I attended a Board Meeting of the Life Network in Colorado Springs. I love this ministry and the amazing work it does.
  • The rest of the month was at home enjoying some rest and recuperation before heading into the fall travel and speaking schedule. In addition, we’ll probably travel to Baton Rouge, at least once, to attend an estate sale of Barb’s mom’s possessions. We’re also planning some special travel, both for our emotional recovery, and to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.

Upcoming Events

  • Aug 12-15, I’ll be in Tulsa serving as a visiting professor at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency.
  • Aug 16-18, I’ll be traveling to Williamsburg, VA, where I’ll be teaching a “Grace Prescriptions” conference at the Community Chapel on Saturday.
  • Aug 21, I’ll be attending another Board Meeting of the Life Network in Colorado Springs.
  • Aug 28-31, we’ll fly to Baton Rouge, rent a truck, load it with some of Barb’s mom’s gifts to Barb, then commence to make the two- to three-day drive back to Colorado Springs.

Past Issues of our family newsletter

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.

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