Monthly Family Update – October 2020

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. “The Best Medicine,” my 33rd book, releases on October 6.
  2. Jerry B. Jenkins Wrote the Foreword for “The Best Medicine”
  3. You Can Read the First Six Chapters for Free
  4. “The Best Gift” Manuscript Turned In.
  5. Working on “The Natural Medicines Handbook.”
  6. Update on Dad’s WWII Book
  7. Cherish Your Wife Broadcast
  8. Barb and I are in a COVID-19 Vaccine Study
  9. Answers to last month’s prayers
  10. Prayer requests for this month
  11. Past Issues

 1) “The Best Medicine,” my 33rd book, releases on October 6.

For those who enjoyed my best-selling “Bryson City” books and want to know more about “the rest of the story,” the first of at least two books about my family medicine practice days in Kissimmee, Florida, “The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor” releases on October 6—in just six days.

  • You can pre-order the book here.
  • You can pre-read the Foreword by Jerry B. Jenkins in Item #2 below.
  • You can download (for free) and pre-read Part One of the book (the first six chapters). The details are in Item #3 below.


You can pre-order the book here.

 2) Jerry B. Jenkins Wrote the Foreword for “The Best Medicine”

In Christian publishing, there are few authors better known than Jerry B. Jenkins, who co-authored the world-famous “Left Behind” book series. With 21 New York Times bestsellers (seven debuting at #1) and 220 books with over 70 million copies sold, he has become one of the most commercially successful writers of our time – Christian or secular. So, one might guess he’d be a pretty good judge of books. Here’s the Foreword he wrote for my next book, “The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor”:

Don’t let the homey title and subtitle fool you. While Dr. Walt Larimore’s curl-up-by-the-fire memoir may have elements that remind you of British veterinarian James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, it bears a significance all its own.

Dr. Walt is a physician, not a vet. And while he may have earned his chops in small-town medicine, he went on to become one of the most celebrated family doctors in the U.S.

But the difference goes much deeper. Oh, The Best Medicine has all the warmth and humor of All Creatures… and you can dip into it anywhere for a quick, fun read. Funny and heartwarming stories abound but be careful. You might be looking for a feel-good anecdote and land on a convicting example of personal transparency.

Walt Larimore is nothing if not a storyteller. As a friend of many years, he’s regaled me (and a handful of fellow writers in a local accountability group) with all manner of tales. And it’s clear he loves telling these as much as we enjoy hearing them.

But Dr. Walt is also self-effacing and brutally honest about his own humanity—despite all the accolades that pepper his exhaustive résumé. He was not always the best husband, having to face—and fix—the reality that he allowed his work to interfere with both his spiritual life and his home life.

You couldn’t tell that from his active faith and nearly half-century marriage today, but his openness about his early failures seasons this book with a sobering reality.

You’ll love it, but beware: it’s more than fun homespun stories of small-town medicine. You may see yourself in its mirror, yet trust me, you’ll be the better for it in the end.

I’m so astonished and grateful for his endorsement and kind words. The book releases on October 6, and you can pre-order it here.

3) You Can Read the First Six Chapters of “The Best Medicine” for Free

If you’d be willing to read a few of the initial chapters of “The Best Medicine” and then post a 1-2 sentence review of a few book review Web sites, just email me ASAP and I’ll send you the easy-peasy instructions. If you’d like to get the entire book, you can pre-order it here.

3) “The Best Gift” Manuscript Turned In

So, “The Best Medicine” releases in six days (see the three items above), and the sequel, “The Best Gift” was completed and turned into the publisher (Baker/Revel) a few days before the October 1 deadline. It has several months of editing, proofing, fact-checking, and that sort of thing ahead but is tentatively scheduled for release in one year (October 2021). As soon as they have the cover ready, you’ll be the first folks to see it!

4) Update on Dad’s WWII Book

Long-time friends and readers know of my work over the last 15 years or so or turning my father’s WWII exploits into a published book. So many of you have been such an encouragement to me as it has been turned down by several publishers, but there have been several very positive events recently. So, let me update you on them:

  • One publisher has made a verbal commitment to publish the book, although no written contract has yet been offered.
  • I’ve been working with a wonderful writer, Mike Yorkey, to completely revise the book. Both Barb and I are absolutely blown away by how much better it is. The entire book should be rewritten by Thanksgiving.
  • My agent, Greg Johnson’, the Founder and President of WordServe Literary, likes the re-write SO much, that he’s having Mike and I re-do the original proposal that was sent to (and rejected by) dozens of publisher. He’s planning a very, very rare move in publishing—to ask these publishers to give the book a second look.
  • A producer friend, Joe Battaglia, Founder and President of Renaissance Communications, so loves the manuscript, that he’s forwarding the proposal to two movie producers.
  • Dan Brownell, the Executive Editor at Today’s Christian Living, and a former acquisitions editor at Kreger Publishing looked over the proposal and wrote:
    • The account is so amazing that I really couldn’t believe that it was all true, so I asked for confirmation from you. Once you assured me that all these events actually happened, that completely changed my perspective. I immediately thought, “This is a movie!!!” The fact that it’s 100% true makes all the difference. That moves it out of the realm of “one-among-many” historical fiction novels competing for publication to the realm of a jaw-dropping, one-in-a-million, true-to-life story. This story can’t be lost to history. It must be told!
  • Finally, three chapters from the unpublished manuscript (War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Struggles, and Saving the Lipizzaners) has been named a finalist for an international award: the “Page Turner Award.”
  • So, because of all of this, I’m super excited to see how the Lord is going to lead.

5) Cherish Your Wife Broadcast

In early September, I was featured on the national Focus on the Family radio program over two days with a talk on “How to Cherish Your Wife.” The two-part program was of a recording from a large conference at Focus on the Family a number of years ago. They replay almost every year it seems because it quite often ranks in their most popular broadcasts each year. I just wish I had known about this teaching and these Biblical principles earlier in my marriage!

  • Part 1, Monday, August 31, here.
  • Part 2, Tuesday, September 1, here.

This teaching is in a book that Barb and I co-wrote, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage. You can order the book here.

Focus on the Family received a tremendous response to the programs. One woman wrote FOTF from Maine:

I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to listen to both parts of this broadcast on WBCI here in Maine. My own response to Dr. Walt’s teaching was, “WOW and WOW”!  After 31 years of married life, I was astounded by how much I didn’t know about what a marriage relationship was designed by God to be. I wish that my husband could have heard this teaching.  I was especially moved to hear the husbands in the audience professing the vows to their wives; it was inspiring to say the least. This is really what marriage should be, or rather how it was meant to be from Our Creator. Thank you for opening my eyes to the possibilities!

A man wrote:

I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have been married to my wife for almost 30 years and you have changed my viewpoint on how I should treat her and feel about her. Wow. It has blown me away. I listened to your two-part series this week on Focus on the Family. It is so powerful. I have shared it with my married Christian brothers and encouraged them to listen to it. I have made a commitment to listen to it every two weeks to keep the knowledge fresh in my memory. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

6) Working on “The Natural Medicines Handbook.”

This book is not scheduled to be released until April 2021, but for most of October, I’ll be working on the comments and questions from the publisher as the manuscript makes its way through editor after editor. Prayers for stamina would be appreciated.

7) Barb and I are in a COVID-19 Vaccine Study – Which Are Morally Compromised?

Barb and I received our second of two injections for the Phase III trial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in early September with no side effects. About 30,000 volunteers are in the trial. Half of us get the placebo and half of us get the vaccine. We’re praying for the latter! We’re planning to get a COVID-19 antibody test in the next 2-4 weeks which should tell us if we received the vaccine or the placebo.

If you’re wondering about the ethics of the various COVID vaccines as far as whether they are being developed on cell cultures derived from the tissues of aborted babies, the Christian Medical and Dental Associations recently wrote:

As the COVID-19 pandemic finishes its fifth month in the U.S., the race to develop a vaccine is quickly gaining speed, increasing the urgency for action. But first, let me give you a brief update on COVID-19 vaccine development through Operation Warp Speed. There are six leaders to develop, manufacture and distribute 300 million doses of a safe vaccine by January 2021. . . . Of these six leaders, three are currently entering Phase 3 trials:

  • Moderna’s mRNA vaccine
  • Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine
  • AstraZeneca’s adenovirus vector vaccine

The vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer are produced without any ethically problematic steps. However, the vaccine by AstraZeneca is generated in part using a fetal cell line derived from an abortion in 1972. The Charlotte Lozier Institute has adopted the position that a vaccine is ethically controversial only if fetal cells are used in the production of a vaccine. The mRNA vaccine by Moderna, which was the first vaccine to enter Phase 3 trials, did use fetal cells derived from an abortion in 1972 to confirm their newly developed mRNA was producing the spike protein of the Coronavirus. The Moderna vaccine, however, does not require fetal cells for ongoing production. To our knowledge, Pfizer did not use fetal cells in any confirmatory step in the development of their mRNA vaccine.

The CMDA Ethics Statement on Immunization includes the following:

  • Continued use of a cell line developed from an intentionally aborted fetus poses moral questions and must be decided as a matter of conscience, weighing the clear moral obligation to protect the health of our families and society against the risk of complicity with evil.

CMDA encourages the use of and endorses the further development of medically effective and ethically permissible alternatives that do not raise the question of moral complicity.

8) Answers to Last Month’s Prayers

  • Thanks for praying for those attending our Re-Engage Marriage Enhancement. We’ve now completed 7 of 16 steps in the process and have only had one couple back out so far.
  • I’m SO thankful that the manuscript for my second Kissimmee book, “The Best Gift: More Tales from a Small-Town Doctor in Old Florida,” was completed and submitted on time. YEA!!!
  • Thanks for your prayers for the other three books I’m working on. You are the wind beneath my wings!!!

9) Prayer Requests for Upcoming Events

  • Continued prayers for our Re-Engage Marriage Enhancement.
  • Continued prayers for the launch of “The Best Medicine” on October 6.
  • Continued prayers for the WWII book: for the ongoing revisions, the arrival or a “promised” contract with a publisher, and favor both with the Page Turner Award judges and the two movie producers looking it over.
  • Prayers as I receive back the suggested edits for a book that will be released in April 2021: “Natural Medicines: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions.” I’ll be working on this manuscript for most of October.

10) Past Issues of our family newsletter

September 2020

  • Still More great endorsements for “The Best Medicine”
  • Last chance to read an early copy of “The Best Medicine”
  • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • My still-unpublished WWII book has been nominated for an international award
  • Barb and I are in a COVID Vaccine Study

August 2020

  • Hate is too great a burden to bear: My Past as a Racist
  • More Nice Endorsements for “The Best Medicine”
  • Want to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?

July 2020

  • More Great Endorsements for “The Best Medicine”
  • 2020 Walk for Life
  • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • Another Amazing Blessing I Received
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