Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter:
- Family Update
- Prayers for My Daughter
- Broadcast Update
- 1) How to Help Your Child Cope With Anxiety
- 2) Listen to my interview about my Boys’ Body Book on the Drew Marshall Show
- 3) Listen to my interview about my Boys’ Body Book on Connecting Faith with Neil Stavem
- Publication Updates
- 1) Becoming a Person of Spiritual Influence
- 2) First published review of Sugar Fork
- 3) I hope you’ll sign up for my new on-line devotional
- 4) Appalachian History Weekend (June 1-3)
- 5) Mention in Reformed Theological Seminary Newsletter
- Several of My Books Are On Sale This Month
- Events of the Last Month
- Upcoming Events
An article that I wrote for Guideposts Magazine, Prayers for My Daughter, has been published on their website this month. You can see the full article here, but this is an excerpt. I hope it will be a blessing for you:
Prayers for My Daughter
When a doctor can’t pray for his child, God’s love comes through in a surprising way.
By Walt Larimore, M.D., Monument, Colorado
I am a doctor and a father. My daughter, Kate, was six months old when she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. I was devastated, then angry. A fury built inside me. How could you do this? I demanded of God. I can’t heal my own child. One night I lay awake in bed, closed my eyes and desperately tried to pray. The words wouldn’t come. I was too bitter.
Not long after Kate’s diagnosis we moved into a new home, in a quiet neighborhood full of shady oak and pecan trees. I didn’t feel like making friends, but whenever my wife, Barb, and I pushed Kate’s stroller up the block, someone came out to welcome us.
Across the street was a couple in their 60s, Gertrude and Walter. “We never had a grandchild,” they told us. “We hoped God would send a family with a little one to our block!”
Next door to them were Richard and Margaret—empty nesters. “Margaret’s been praying to get a young mother for a neighbor,” Richard confided to me.
And when we visited the church just up the street, Pastor Mac seemed like he’d been waiting for us. “Some nurses from the cerebral palsy hospital attend here. They want to start a support group for parents of children with disabilities.” There weren’t any families that fit the bill—until we came along.
In that community full of people who told us we were the answer to their prayers, I was able to get over my bitterness and see my daughter as the incredible gift she was. My job was to care for her, not cure her.
One night, when I closed my eyes and thought about God, the words finally came. It felt so good to pray again, but by then I’d learned that at a time when I couldn’t pray, my new neighbors were saying all the prayers I needed.
1) How to Help Children Cope With Anxiety
One of my favorite parenting resources for moms is iMOM. And I’ve had the privilege of serving as one of their “iMOM specialists” for several years (along with Lauren Dungy, Shaunti Feldhahn, Tim and Darcy Kimmel, Dr. Gary Oliver, Kathy Peel, and Dr. Greg Smalley).
This month, the Founder and President of iMOM, my friend, Susan Merrill, is beginning to post a series of video interviews with me on a variety of parenting topics. You can view the first one, How to Help Children Cope With Anxiety, here. Susan describes the interview this way:
Walt Larimore is an amazing Doctor, author and insightful parent. We love having him as a resource on iMOM.com. Walt gives some great advice in this video about children and anxiety. If you child suffers from anxiety we have a couple great resources on what to do.
2) Listen to my interview on the Drew Marshall Show
The Drew Marshall radio show is called “Canada’s Most Listened To Spiritual Talk Show.” Recently, Drew interviewed me on my new book for boys going through puberty (and their parents!), The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body. You can listen to the 15-minute interview here.
3) Listen to my interview on Connecting Faith with Neil Stavem
I also was interviewed on the Connecting Faith with Neil Stavem about my new book for boys going through puberty (and their parents!), The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body.
Neil writes: There are lots of books and programs to address the adolescent girl’s body image, but young boys going through puberty have questions and struggles as well. Thanks to Dr. Walt Larimore we can find answers. Dr. Walt has written THE ULTIMATE GUY’S BODY BOOK, and as the subtitle suggests he’ll address the Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body.
You can listen to the 60-minute interview, in which we discussed a wide-variety of parenting issues here.
1) Significant Living article on spiritual influence
Long-time friends know I write a bi-monthly column for Significant Living magazine. This month my column is on Fuel the Fire: Becoming a Person of Spiritual Influence. You can read the article here. As you flip through the pages of the magazine, I’d encourage you to consider a subscription—for yourself and some friends.
2) First published review of Sugar Fork
Although my second novel, Sugar Fork, the sequel to Hazel Creek, will not be released until October, it has received its first professional review.
I’m delighted to be able to share this excerpt with you:
In this wonderful sequel to Hazel Creek, the faith of the entire community will be tested and only a miracle may save them from the ultimate fate. Once again, I’ve been captivated by a different time and place and fallen in love being a part of the Randolph family.
For anyone who loves book series like The Little House on the Prairie, then you will LOVE this series of books. The perfect blend of faith in God and learning to deal with the tragedy’s that come with living in 1925 are captured perfectly in this wonderful series I can’t wait to share with all my readers.
Trust me, once you read the first book, you’ll be hooked forever!
I easily rate this one a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and am keeping my fingers crossed that there will be more in this delightful series!
This book is scheduled for release in October of this year, but I know you’ll want to make sure that this one goes on your must reads for the fall! Time to fall in love all over again and see how you would weather the storms that are on the horizon for Abbie and her family!
As you can imagine, I’m humbled and pleased to receive such an affirming and encouraging review. By the way, you can read the entire review here, and this reviewer’s earlier review of Hazel Creek here.
3) I hope you’ll sign up for my new on-line devotional
I’ve begun a free on-line devotional. It’s called Morning Glory, Evening Grace, which is released twice a day—once in the morning and again in the evening.
4) Appalachian History Weekend (June 1-3)
For those of you within an easy drive of western North Carolina, Barb and I will be participating in this wonderful weekend at the Fontana Village Resort. Here’s the ad:
Did you know that the construction of Fontana Dam was a vital World War II effort? Did you know that hundreds of families sacrificed their homes and lifestyles for the construction of Fontana Dam?
Learn more about the authentic history of these Appalachian people from authors and storytellers and by visiting the remains of the century old logging town of Proctor.
This full weekend includes a boat tour of Fontana Lake; Gary Carden’s one woman play “Birdell”; an evening with Walt Larimore, MD, author of “Hazel Creek”; a walking history tour of Fontana Village; book signing opportunities with authors of regional history; music and more.
Great lodging package for a 3-day weekend.
5) Mention in Reformed Theological Seminary Newsletter
NEW BOOK BY DR. WALT LARIMORE
We recently told you about Walt Larimore’s new online devotion and now he has written a new book. It is titled The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body. Larimore says, “It’s a book for parents (particularly dads) to read with their boys that are heading into or through puberty.” The book has been endorsed by the Christian Medical Association as “medically reliable and biblically sound.” Purchase the book here and a small portion of the cost will go towards Reformed Theological Seminary.
A former member of the RTS President’s Council, and long-term friend of RTS, Walt Larimore M.D., is one of America’s best-known family physicians. Dr. Larimore practiced 4 years in the Smoky Mountains before moving to Central Florida to practice for 16 years. In 2001 the Larimores relocated to Colorado where Dr. Larimore is now an author, educator, and medical journalist.
Several of My Books Are On Sale This Month
A number of my autographed books are on sale at my online bookstore. What better gift to give to a friend than a personalized and autographed book? You can find those that are on sale here. Be sure to click on “books” to see them all.
Events of the last month
- Apr 30 – May 7, I attended an HCJB Global International Board Meeting in Accra, Ghana.
- May 8-13, I served on a medical missions trip to Cape Town, South Africa and worked with the outreach of the King of Kings Baptist Church and Pastor John Thomas as they served AIDS patients through their Living Hope Ministry.
- May 16, I attended a Life Network Board Meeting.
- May 23-24, I attended a meeting at the headquarters of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations in Bristol, TN.
- May 25, I took a fly fishing day with my dear friends Bill Peel, David Stevens, and Gene Rudd.
- May 26-27, I flew to Toronto, Canada, to visit with old friends and speak at the Annual Scientific Assembly of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
- May 31 – June 3, Barb and I traveled to the Fontana Village Resort in far western North Carolina for a Proctor Revival event and to do a book signing of my first solo novel, Hazel Creek. You can read more about the “Appalachian History Weekend” here or here.
- June 16-24, Barb and I will be teaching a “His Brain, Her Brain” marriage conference at the Deer Valley Ranch near Buena Vista, Colorado.
- June 27 – July 1, Barb and I will attend the annual retreat, graduation, and ordination of the In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program at the Western Hills Guest Ranch in Oklahoma.
You can get more information on many of my upcoming events here.