Larimore Bi-Monthly Prayer Letter (October 19 – December 14, 2014)

In this prayer letter:

  • PRAYER REQUESTS: (1) “Grace Prescriptions” release, (2) Other Writing Projects
  • PRAISES AND ANSWERS TO PRAYERS: (1) First “Grace Prescriptions” Conference a great success, (2) Cancer Surgeon’s Story, (3) “Morning Glory, Evening Grace” devotional continues to grow, (4) Bryson City Trilogy touches a physician
  • EVENTS OF THE LAST TWO MONTHS
  • EVENTS OF THE NEXT TWO MONTHS
  • RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS: (1) Girls’ and Boys’ Books Garner #1 Amazon.com Best-Seller Ratings, (2) 2) Girls’ Book Featured on Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk” Radio Program, (3) 3) Girls’ Book Featured on the Focus on the Family Radio Program, (4) 4) Article in Today’s Christian Living

PRAYER REQUESTS

1) “Grace Prescriptions” release

I’d like to ask you to join me in praying that the Lord would use my newest publication, “Grace Prescriptions,” in the lives of many healthcare professionals and their patients

First, some background; In 1995, the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) released a course for health professionals on how they could consider incorporating their spiritual faith into the practice of healthcare. I co-wrote “The Saline Solution” with my dear friend, Bill Peel, ThM, and we were privileged to teach it all over the U.S. and in many other countries.

Then, in 1999, it was released as a small group video series. Now, The Saline Solution has been updated, re-written, and is being released next month (November) under a new title, “Grace Prescriptions.”

If you are interested in hosting a small-group study of Grace Prescriptions with health professionals, you can learn more about the DVD curriculum here. And, if you are interested in attending a live conference, taught by Bill and me, here are some options:

  • November 14-15 at the Cedar Mill Bible Church in Beaverton, Oregon, in the Portland area. More information here.
  • February 6-7 at the St. Thomas Midtown Church in Nashville, Tennessee. More information here.
  • March 6-7 in the Dallas area. Details pending.

Also, you can learn more about “Grace Prescriptions,” in these two articles about the course:

2) Other Writing Projects

Thanks to so many of you for continuing to pray for several of my writing projects:

  • As I told you last time, I was shopping a new book, tentatively titled Straight Talk about Your Health and Fitness: A complete guide to building your personal plan for the long run. It was to be co-written with Philip Bishop, EdD, a long-time friend and professor of exercise science at the University of Alabama. Unfortunately, we’ve not received an acceptable offer from any publisher and so we’ll put this puppy to rest for now.
  • Also, as I mentioned last time, I’m working with my dear friend, Bill Peel, ThM, to produce the second edition of Workplace Grace: Becoming a spiritual influence at work. The first edition was a Christianity Today Book of the Year. We look like we’re going to re-publish the book with Letourneau University and we’re praying that it will be released in the next month or so. If you’re interested in a copy, I’ll post how to get one on FaceBook and at DrWalt.com/blog when it’s out.
  • Finally, I’ve been asked to be one of a few authors to co-write a column for S. News and World Report. The column is tentatively to be called “Faith Matters.” I’ve submitted my first two column and am waiting to hear if they have been accepted, and if so, when it might they might be published. As soon as I know, I’ll let you know in a post on FaceBook and www.DrWalt.com/blog.

PRAISES AND ANSWERS TO PRAYERS:


 

1) First “Grace Prescriptions” Conference a great success

Thanks to so many of you who prayed about this conference. Your prayers were answered.

Some background: On September 13-14 I was with my friends Bill Peel, ThM, and Gene Rudd, MD, at the Calvary Church in Naperville, IL, teaching our first “Grace Prescriptions Conference” to over eighty healthcare professionals (mostly physicians). The materials seemed well received and the discussions were truly exciting

A few of the answers to your prayers were seen when, after the course, the doctors were asked, “How will this course change your practice/life?” Here are a few of their comments:

  • Prompted and equipped me to spiritually engage my patients.
  • This will totally change my practice!! I can’t wait to start asking a spiritual history and putting out faith flags! This has to be one of the most essential and life changing conferences I’ve gone to – I finally feel like I have the tools to do what God has been asking me to do.
  • Will work on adding a spiritual history and discuss with my health system about adding spiritual history to our EMR to follow JAHCHO guidelines.
  • I want to be more aware of what God is doing in my patients’ lives, and remember to pray for them and for my colleagues. I also want to prepare so that when the opportunity comes I will see it and be ready.
  • Will do more spiritual histories and think about each visit with a patient as a divine appointment.
  • This updated Grace Prescriptions challenged me to step up to a higher level of integrating my faith with our practice. What was really exciting was the privilege of bringing 3 of my staff along to catch the vision of working with the Holy Spirit to see what He is doing in our patient’s lives and work with Him to see lives changed for God’s glory.
  • I’m ready to be more bold for God!

Praise the Lord for His work over this weekend.


 

2) Cancer Surgeon’s Story

One of the joys of teaching the “Saline Solution” and “Grace Prescriptions” conferences is to hear stories of how healthcare professionals take this training into their practices—and lives truly change.

Here’s an audio of one story from a cancer surgeon—of how God used him in the life of a Jewish atheist. The interviewer is my dear friend, David Stevens, MD, who is the CEO of CMDA. You can listen to the interview here.


 

3) “Morning Glory, Evening Grace” devotional continues to grow

I’m not really sure why, but I’m awfully grateful to find out that the number of people visiting my twice-daily Biblical devotional, “Morning Glory, Evening Grace,” is continuing to increase.

If you’re not familiar with the devotional, you can learn more about it here. You can sign up for a free email subscription on the devotional’s home page here. You can follow us on Twitter @BibleDailyMGEG or follow it on FaceBook here.


 

4) Bryson City Trilogy touches a physician

I received this blessing of a letter from a family physician with whom I work at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Hi Dr. Larimore,

I just wanted to let you know that I just finished reading your Bryson City Trilogy and was really impressed with it. I thought it would be a collection of interesting character sketches and cutesy stories, but it was so much more.

I was impressed with the medical stories, and your (and Doc Mitchell’s) knowledge of medicine and ability to make a bedside diagnosis. It seems like the patient interview and exam is a dying art as we rely more and more on generic algorithms and lab/radiology tests. I have often been amazed how often the patient tells me the diagnosis when I listen carefully to his story.

And I don’t even want to get started on the EMR hoops we have to jump through to meet “meaningful use”, most of which are meaningless and unhelpful to doctor and patient. Your stories resurrect a lost art and bring back a way of practicing medicine that is very appealing even as it is challenging.

I was also really touched by the spiritual content of your stories. The bedside conversions, the teenager who turned around, the people God allowed you to speak into their lives at just the right time. The story of the 3 year old and his angel, Azar, was really moving, as was the story of your miscarriage.

I also appreciate you sharing in detail about your children’s abuse, and the difficult journey your family walked through in processing that and deciding what to do about it.

All in all, I found the trilogy to be really uplifting, and it helped me to understand you and Barb better by reading this early part of your journey. You had so many interesting experiences in just 4 years!

I can see how your faithfulness to seek God in your early practice enabled him to shape you for all the ministry you would have thereafter.

You both are a blessing to IHI. Thanks for making regular visits and what you share with us.

If you’re not familiar with my Bryson City Trilogy, you can find out more about each of the books by clicking on them here:

EVENTS OF THE LAST TWO MONTHS

  • Sep 7-9, I was blessed to serve as a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center delivering the 28th Annual Kurt Weiss Lecture in Biomedical Ethics on the topic of “The Place of a Spiritual History in Patient Assessment.” The Monday lecture was at their Tulsa campus and the Tuesday lecture at their Oklahoma City campus. You can view the lecture by clicking here.
  • Sep 12-14, I was at the Calvary Church in Naperville, IL, teaching a “Grace Prescriptions Conference” to healthcare professionals. The conference went very well.
  • Sep 16-17, Barb and I were in Chicago to attend two Chicago Cubs games at Wrigley Stadium. Our good friend, Chris Coghlan, plays left field for the Cubs. Chris has a great testimony of his spiritual faith at the I Am Second Web site. We so enjoyed our time with Chris and his wife, our long-time and dear friend Corrie Adamson. Those of you who have read my Hazel Creek and Sugar Fork novels may be interested in knowing that the character in these books, Corrie Hannah Randolph, is modeled after the real-life Corrie Hannah Adamson Coghlan.
  • Sep 18-21, I attending an AMA RUC meeting in Chicago.
  • Sep 25-26, I attended the Reach Beyond Global Board Meeting in Colorado Springs. I’m blessed to be able to serve with some amazing men and women on this Board.
  • Sep 29-Oct 2, Barb and I continued our year-long celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary with a few days at the Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley in Colorado. What a beautiful location. We loved our time together here.
  • Oct 8-12, we visited one of our favorite cities, New Orleans, while I attended an AMA CPT Editorial Panel We had a great visit with family and some dear friends.
  • Oct 12-17, we drove from Louisiana to Florida to vacation at the beautiful Henderson Park Inn B&B on Destin Beach. This is the final stop of a wonderful series of trips we took this year celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary.

EVENTS OF THE NEXT TWO MONTHS

  • Oct 19-23, I will be serving again as a visiting professor at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, OK. I’m always blessed by my wonderful interactions with these marvelous young residents.
  • Oct 23-25, I’ll be joining my dear friend, and co-author, William Carr Peel, ThM, at the Faith @ Work Summit in Boston, MA.
  • Nov 5, I’ll attend a Life Network Board meeting. This is a wonderful ministry and I’m delighted to serve on their board.
  • Nov 6-8, I’ll be teaching at the Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, KY.
  • Nov 14-16, I’ll be at teaching a “Grace Prescriptions Conference” to healthcare professionals in Portland, OR.
  • Nov 17-22, Barb and I will celebrate our 41xt wedding anniversary in Vero Beach, FL.
  • Dec 11-16, Barb and I will attend a Shaw Family Reunion in Baton Rouge, LA.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS:


 

1) Girls’ and Boys’ Books Garner #1 Amazon.com Best-Seller Ratings

Due, in no small part to the interviews on Family Talk and on the Focus on the Family radio program (see #1 and #2 above), my books, The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book and The Ultimate Boys’ Body Book, surged up into the #1 Amazon Best Sellers Rank in both the paperback and Kindle versions in the category of “Children’s Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life, Health, Maturing.”

Both books were also in the top ten in the category of “Christian Books & Bibles, Children’s & Teens” and in the top 25 in the category of “Children’s Books, Religions, Christianity” in both the paperback and Kindle versions. You can order signed copies of the girls’ book here or the boys’ book here.


 

2) Girls’ Book Featured on Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk” Radio Program

I’m was pleased to have my newest book, The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body, featured on Thursday and Friday, August 21-22, on Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk” radio program.

PART ONE: Hormones. Hormones. Hormones. How can moms and dads help their teen girls understand the changes happening in their bodies? On Thursday, August 21, Dr. Meg Meeker interviewed me on how parents can help teen girls navigate puberty. You can listen to that program here.

PART TWO: Dr. Meg Meeker and I continued our discussion about how parents can help teen girls navigate puberty. You can listen to that program here.

Also, you can order signed copies of the girls’ book here or the boys’ book here.


 

3) Girls’ Book Featured on Focus on the Family Radio

I’m pleased to let you know that my newest book, The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body, was also featured on the national Focus on the Family radio program on Wednesday, September 24. You can listen to the broadcast here. Also, you can order signed copies of the girls’ book here or the boys’ book here.


 

4) Article in Today’s Christian Living

Long-time readers know that I write a bi-monthly column for Today’s Christian Living. My current column, “Becoming the Quarterback of a Winning Healthcare Team” can be read here.


 

  • Past Issues of our family newsletter can be read here: September or August.
  • The last issue of our family prayer letter can be read here: August 15 – October 18.
  • You can get also more information on many of our upcoming events here.

A Final Thank You!!!

Barb and I are SO grateful for your prayer support for our ministry and for us. We simply could not do this without the precious gift of your prayers and friendship.

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