Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter:
- Family Update
- Broadcast Update
- Two Broadcasts on The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book
- Publication Updates
- TSI: The Gabon Virus now on Wikipedia
- Interview for AMA article on praying with patients
- I hope you’ll sign up for my new on-line devotional
- Several of My Books Are On Sale
- Events of the Last Month
- Upcoming Events
Barb and I have the privilege of serving the poorest of the poor at the Mission Medical Clinic in Colorado Springs. This wonderful place of healing, sponsored by over one hundred churches and para-church groups, strives to serve and heal in the name of Jesus as we care for the mental, physical, and spiritual needs of those images of God lead our way.
Joan Barnes, the director of our dental clinic, shared this note with me that I thought you might enjoy:
One evening recently, we had just completed treatment for one of our patients, and as he was leaving, he came up to the front window, reached out and took both of my hands, and right there, lifted his face to the Lord and thanked Him for Mission Medical and Dental Clinic, all of the volunteers, and for the care that he would not have received otherwise.
Tears were welling up in his eyes, (mine too!) as he reminded us of why we are there, and affirming beyond any doubt that it’s worth any sacrifices that we may have made.
“Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40 (KJV)
What a wonderful opportunity the Lord has given to Barb and me to to serve!
1) Two Broadcasts on The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book
I was pleased to be interviewed by my friend, Carrie Abbot, the founder and president of The Legacy Institute, on her radio program, Legacy Out Loud, about my new book, The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-studid questions about your body. You can hear Part 1 of the interview, broadcast on Monday, June 11, 2012, , and Part 2, broadcast on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, here.
Carrie says that in the program, she and I discuss “his new book for boys ages 9-12 that answers key questions about their body changes in a biblical and practical way.”
If you want one for a special young man in your life:
- You can order autographed copies of the book here.
- You can read reviews of the book on Amazon.com here.
- You can download the Kindle edition here.
- You can download the Nook edition here.
1) TSI: The Gabon Virus now on Wikipedia
A friend sent me a note saying that he had found a Wikipedia article on my first novel, co-written with Paul McCusker, TSI the Gabon Virus. I have no idea who wrote the article, but it is, I think, my first book to be featured on Wikipedia. You can read the short article here. You can also order copies, autographed by both authors, here.
2) Interview for AMA article on praying with patients
However, if time’s short, here’s the section of the interview about what we’re doing at Mission Medical Clinic in Colorado Springs:
Making spirituality part of care
Walter Larimore, MD, takes a more hands-on approach to integrating spirituality into his Colorado Springs, Colo., family practice. He is medical director of the charitable Mission Medical Clinic, which says it offers a “Christ-centered environment.” The clinic treats about 800 patients with chronic conditions who are uninsured and do not qualify for Medicaid.
Physicians at the clinic ask patients about their religious or spiritual beliefs as part of a routine history. They also ask patients what role they believe faith should play in care, and whether they would like to pray with doctors or volunteer lay ministers.
If patients are interested in prayer, Dr. Larimore notes it with a “P” in their charts. Care is not in any way contingent on openness to prayer or holding religious beliefs, he said.
Research has found that patients with strong religious beliefs and ties to a faith community have superior health outcomes, although the reason for that association is unclear. Studies of intercessory prayer — when a third party prays on behalf of the patient — have found little to no effect on outcomes and are widely regarded as lacking in methodological rigor.
Experts interviewed for this article were not aware of studies investigating the efficacy of physician-patient prayer. Only 6% of physicians believe religion and spirituality often help to prevent negative clinical outcomes such as heart attacks, infections or death, the Archives study said.
For Dr. Larimore, it is the deeper connections with patients facilitated by prayer that make an impression. In early June, a patient undergoing a family trauma came in with elevated blood pressure. After a drink of water, a visit with a nurse and a prayer, the woman’s diastolic blood pressure dropped about 20 points.
“Was there a cause and effect? I don’t know,” Dr. Larimore said. “But I could tell by the tears in her eyes that the experience touched her.”
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.
Several of My Books Are On Sale
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
- 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.
- June 16-24, Barb and I were blessed to be able to teach a “His Brain, Her Brain” marriage conference at the Deer Valley Ranch near Buena Vista, Colorado.
- June 27 – July 1, Barb and I attended the annual retreat, graduation, and ordination of the In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program at the Western Hills Guest Ranch in Oklahoma.
- July 3-7, Barb and I will visit with son, Scott, daughter-in-love, Jennifer, and their two beautiful daughters in Decatur, GA. We’re looking forward to the visit.
- July 25-27, we’ll fly to Baton Rouge for a family visit.
- July 28-29, we’ll be in New Orleans where I’ll speak at the National Medical Association’s Annual Convention & Scientific Assembly on the topic of “Natural Medications.”
- July 30-31, we’ll be in Nashville, TN, for the off-Broadway opening of “The Nutty Professor Musical,” co-produced by my long-time friend and business counsel, Ned McLeod.
You can get more information on many of my upcoming events here.