Larimore Bi-Monthly Prayer Letter (12/15 – 2/14)

In this prayer letter: 

  • PRAISES:
  • 1) Recent Writing Projects
  • 2) Recent Marriage Conferences
  • 3) Letter of Thanks
  • 4) “Communicating Through Your Differences” magazine article
  • 5) How “A Real Man Can Cherish His Wife”
  • 6) Medical News You Can Use
  • PRAYER REQUESTS:
  • 1) Current Writing Projects
  • EVENTS OF THE LAST TWO MONTHS
  • EVENTS OF THE NEXT TWO MONTHS

PRAISES:


1) Recent Writing Projects

Many of you have been praying for me for the last two years on a couple of my writing projects. I’m so pleased they are done—in no small part to your prayers and the grace of God:

  1. I’ve finished writing and filming a new course I co-authored with pastor and theologian William Carr Peel, ThM, that is designed to teach health professionals how to bring their faith to work each day. Grace Prescriptions: Becoming a Spiritual Influence in Healthcare is now in postproduction editing and should be released by the Christian Medical and Dental Associations this fall.
  2. The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-So-Silly Questions About Your Body that I co-written with my long-time friend, Amaryllis Sanchez-Wohlever, MD, is a book for girls heading into and through puberty—and their parents—and is the sequel to my book, The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body. The book was released on January 24 and is receiving some very nice reviews. Signed copies should be available here in February. Here’s look at cover of the book:

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2) Recent Marriage Conferences

Many of you were praying for Barb and me as we taught two “His Brain, Her Brain” Marriage Conferences in January, the first at the Glen Eyrie Conference Center on Friday and Saturday, January 10-11, and the second in Tulsa, OK, on January 17-18. We’re so pleased to let you know that your prayers were answered in a mighty way. We know of at least two marriages that were saved, and many others will, we believe, be improved.

The conference will be based on our book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage.

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3) Letter of Thanks

I received this wonderful note, which was quite a blessing to me, about a health book I wrote nearly a decade ago. I’m thankful folks are getting help from it and wanted to share this note with you, as it was such a blessing for me.

I am writing from my sister’s FaceBook account. Her name was Patty Purcell and she left us on Monday. I know she is Heaven today

We have never met but I wanted to write and thank you for what you did for (my sister) and for my brother so many years ago. I have heard many stories this week about her faith and how she brought her church family inspiration because of her commitment to God and the example she set in her life.

She often shared your teachings and took great pride in the relationship she had with you and your wife so many years ago at LSU.


4) “Communicating Through Your Differences” magazine article

Many of you know I write a column (Ask Dr. Walt) for Significant Living Magazine. Their March edition is all about marriage, and my article is entitled, “Communicating Through Your Differences.” You can read it here. I hope you enjoy it.


5) How “A Real Man Can Cherish His Wife”

I recently was asked to speak at our church, the Little Log Church, in Palmer Lake, CO, on the topic, “Real Men Know How to Cherish Their Wives.” You can listen to the sermon here. I hope you’ll listen in and be blessed. Do let me know what you think.

In addition, here are a couple of my other sermons at Little Log:


6) Medical News You Can Use

I’m thankful to the Lord that my daily health news blog is garnering growing numbers of interested readers. You can see the weekday blog here or listen to by going here and clicking on the news story you want to hear. You can also sign up to receive a daily email notice about each story by clicking here and looking for the “subscribe” button.

I hope you find it both fun and informative and join m in praying the Lord will use it to help many chose to become more highly healthy!


PRAYER REQUESTS:


1) Current Writing Projects

I’d be blessed if you’d continue to pray for three writing projects:

  1. I’m also developing a proposal for a new book, tentatively titled Straight Talk about Your Health and Fitness: A complete guide to building your personal plan for the long run. I’m working on the proposal with Philip Bishop, EdD, a long-time friend and professor of exercise science at the University of Alabama.
  2. Many of you are subscribers to my twice-a-day Biblical devotions, Morning Glory, Evening Grace Devotions. You can see those that are published and sign up to receive them via email here. A publisher has indicated an interest in making them into a book and that would delight me to know end.

EVENTS OF THE LAST TWO MONTHS

  • Christmas, 2013, Barb and I had a delightful and restful Christmas season at soon. And, an added benefit and gift from the Lord, was that it was a beautiful white Christmas.
  • Jan 10-11, Barb and I taught a “His Brain, Her Brain” Marriage Conference at the Glen Eyrie Conference Center in Colorado Springs. You can read about it above.
  • Jan 17-18, Barb and I taught a second “His Brain, Her Brain” Marriage Conference at the winter retreat of the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, OK. You can read about it above.
  • Jan 22-24, 27, Barb and I visited Scott, Jennifer, and the girls in Decatur, GA. We’re always blessed to visit with the “Decatur Larimores.”
  • Jan 25-26, I taught a Grace Prescriptions conference in Augusta, GA. It was very, very well received and I think the practices of the health professionals who attended will be dramatically changed.
    • Jan 29-Feb 2, Barb and I were in Phoenix where I’ll attended an AMA RUC meeting. Colorado was below zero, but we enjoyed a sunny and warm respite from the Rocky Mountain snow and ice.
    • Feb 6-9, I’ll be taught and filmed a Grace Prescriptions conference at Asbury College in Kentucky. The filming went extremely well. You can read more details about the conference above.

EVENTS OF THE NEXT TWO MONTHS

  • Feb 18-27, Barb and I will be with our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren for a family vacation in the Orlando area. We try to all take a family vacation together each year and it is always a blessed time for us.
  • Mar 10-14, I’ll be returning to the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, OK, to serve as a visiting professor. The students, residents, faculty, and staff always make my visits such a pleasure.
  • Apr 9-15, Barb and I will go to New Orleans, LA, to attend The French Quarter Festival. This will be our third year to return to the festival and we’re looking forward to visits with family and good friends, great food, and wonderful music.

If you’re interested in our last family prayer letter, for October 15 through December 14, you can find it here. 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.

8 thoughts on “Larimore Bi-Monthly Prayer Letter (12/15 – 2/14)

  • David

    I am writing as a homeschooled high school freshman that is interested in medicine. Do you have any books out about keeping Christian beliefs while in college/med school. I’ve heard it can be very hard to find a college that teaches sciences from a Biblical perspective and prepares you for the MCAT. Any tips would be great as we pray through this time of decisions in my life. I’m in a Pre-Pre Med program for high school students right now.
    My mom and I are both reading the Bryson City Tales series and are enjoying those. It’s been hard to find any medical texts from a Christian perspective, many of the secular texts that explain med school/internship.residency have all had a lot of crude conversation in them and inappropriate relationships discussed at large.
    Any book ideas you can offer would be great.
    Thanks,
    David

  • Hello David,

    Thanks so much for your note. I appreciate your dilemma and have written a couple of friends with expertise in this area. I’m hoping that they will leave responses here for you. But there is one book you might want to consider: “Living in the Lab Without Smelling Like a Cadaver” is written by my dear friend, Bill Peel. But, let’s see what the others recommend. Blessings on the journey.

    Walt

  • David, I was sent this reply by Allan J. Harmer, ThM, the CMDA Midwest Regional Director:

    Walt – Two books you can recommend to this young man:

    Preparing for a Career in Medicine by Kent Shih, MD – Published by CMDA and available through CMDA.

    How To Stay Christian in College by J. Budziszewski available through Amazon (hardcover or Kindle version)

    Hope this helps.

    Walt

  • Rick Kiovsky, MD

    David,
    I see that Allan Harmer has already recommended the two books that I was going to suggest. I would strongly recommend you attend a Christian University – these next 4 years are critical in maintaining your Biblical Worldview. Also, this will help you develop some close friends that could become your accountabily partners. I know my son attended Liberty University and loved the experience. They have a fine tradition of developed pre-med students into fine applicants. All my best, Rick

  • Bill Peel

    David, I highly recommend Tim Keller’s book “Reason for God” as well as the study of Daniel’s life that Dr. Walt recommended. AS Daniel’s life demonstrates, it is possible to survive and flourish in a adversarial environment. However, I would be remiss in not affirming the advantage of attending a member school of the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities for your pre-med training, like LeTourneau University where I work and where faith-work integration is part of the DNA of the university.

  • Kent Shih, MD

    Hi David,

    Walt asked if I might comment on your question. First off, I commend you for working pro-actively to cultivate a biblical worldview. Keep it up! Second, I would recommend that you not reject all “secular” texts before you’ve had a chance to fairly ponder what they are really saying at heart (conversely, I’ve read some “Christian” works that are not always all that helpful. Just because a Christian writes it does not make it infallible). Perhaps phrased or spoken of in ways that are more salt-of-the-earth, and not ways you or I would put them, still there can be truth that we as Christians can plunder from non-Christians. Remember- all truth is God’s truth. If you’re going to go to medical school and beyond, you’ll need to learn to how to be in the world but not of it.

    So go boldly into the world and do not fear it – the God of truth, beauty and love – resides in you and will not let you go.
    Blessings,
    Kent Shih

  • Marc A. Chetta, MD

    David,
    I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Kiovsky above. I teach cadaver based anatomy and physiology at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. There is no substitute for the believer for a Christ honoring, young earth based, Biblically centered premed education. Check out the BJU premed website. Your Biblical worldview will be strengthened rather than challenged, and you will be equipped to stand up in the market place of ideas rather than be intimidated and humiliated. May the Good Lord bless you and give you clear direction as you seek His mind and His will regarding a future in medicine.
    Marc Chetta, MD

  • Michael McLaughlin

    Walt – some comments for the high school freshman that’s in a pre-pre-med program:

    Your email would be easier to answer in a phone conversation, but here are a few thoughts:

    1. You are getting a good start, being only a high school freshman, so you have time to plan well.
    2. You have several years to mature so that regardless of where you go to school, you will thrive as you connect with committed brothers and sisters in Christ – even at a state school, if that is where God leads you.
    3. There are more than a few good Christian colleges that will prepare you for medical school from a biblical perspective, some more conservative than others. Masters College in Santa Clarita, CA or Kings College in Bristol, TN, Asbury U. in Wilmore, KY, Liberty U. in Lynchburg, VA, – and others like Biola U. in LA, Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, Seattle Pacific U in Seattle, WA – and many, many others.
    4. Any of these schools will prepare you to take your MCATs.
    5. Medical text books are about as worldview neutral as the education Daniel and his three friends got in Babylon – but in the midst of a pagan society, those who served God thrived nonetheless, and so can you.
    6. Here is a wild idea – check out Augustine College in Ottawa, CA – a non-accredited one year program designed for post high school / pre-college students. Several students end up here after a year or more of college because they were not prepared to thrive in a secular environment. They limit the program to 25 students every year. Several excellent colleges and universities will waive your first year if you attend this unique one-year program. Check them out online. AugustineCollege . org (no spaces)

    This program will teach you how to thrive on any campus in the midst of our increasingly pagan society. Eventually you will have to take your place in our society – and this program is one of the best to prepare you for real life. They believe that in order to thrive, high school graduates and college students – actually all of us need to be able to do the following – at least:

    1. Identify and address Reductionism.
    2. Debunk Multiculturalism.
    3. Identify and refute Relativism.
    4. Address Tolerance and explain why it is only a minor virtue and defend why you are intolerant of many things.
    5. Present a biblical view of Life and explain why abortion is harmful for our society.
    6. Present a biblical view of sexuality and explain why homosexuality is harmful for our society.

    There are a few Christian medical schools on the horizon including Liberty U College of Medicine, King School of Medicine and The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio – a friend of mine is the new founding dean – explicitly Christian – Dr. Robyn Phillips Madson. All three of these will be up and running by time you graduate college. Loma Linda School of Medicine is a good religious medical school, too and we have a strong CMDA chapter there.

    Training programs – Family Medicine residencies – a couple are explicitly Christian:
    In His Image – OK
    Christ Community Health – Memphis

    Several other residency programs have strong Christian faculty. But call me when you are a third year med student and we can talk then about your options once you decide on a specialty.

    I hope that helps. Call anytime if you like. 503-522-1950. Michael McLaughlin, Western Regional Director, Christian Medical Association or cmdawest @ gmail . com (no spaces)

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