Monthly Family Update – July 2018

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  2. Grace Prescriptions Feedback – Part 1
  3. Grace Prescriptions Feedback – Part 2
  4. World War II Book Update
  5. Health Book Update
  6. Last Month’s Events
  7. Upcoming Events

1) Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here are the Q&A’s from the June/July 2018 issue. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription. Just click on the link of any question to which you’d like to see my answer:

Being over 50 years old, my husband and I are looking to take a daily vitamin B-12 supplement. Many contain a type of B-12 called cyanocobalamin, yet I read on the Internet that this is actually toxic. Should I be concerned? —We “Be” Interested in Tennessee

I unknowingly tangled with poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac – not sure which.  Anyway, I developed blisters and rashes that seem deep, as they appear to have gone well below the top layer of skin. I didn’t bother with calamine lotion to deal with itching, but I still have dark red marks weeks later, and I’m starting to wonder if they might leave permanent scars. Is there something I can put on them now to help speed the healing and remove the dark red marks? —Marked Skin in Maryland

My buddies and I have a debate over coffee. Is it healthy or not? —Caffeinated in California

What is “nano” CoQ10? Is it better than other CoQ10 formulations? —Taking Q10 in Texas

Do any supplements help with migraines? —Headachy in Kentucky 

2) Grace Prescriptions Feedback – Part 1

My dear friend, Bill Peel, DMin, and I teach a course for health professionals about how they can incorporate their Christian faith into their practices. It’s called “Grace Prescriptions.” A graduate from a course we taught in New York City recently wrote:

I really enjoyed the training. The Lord really spoke to my heart in the last module. Sometimes we want patients to be saved so badly that we forget we cannot turn their hearts, but God in his sovereignty will work things through. I felt like I was hit right in between the eyes! It was convicting, and I repented before the Lord. Many times, our zeal needs to be regulated and have a purpose. This was a lifesaving message for me. I have felt very frustrated in the work because I desire to see my patients transformed and changed but many are not ready or open to receive. It was refreshing to be reminded that the prayers of the righteous avails much. There was an illustration that hit home for me which was when Walt asked two audience members as volunteers and demonstrated the “marriage analogy”.  It made me rethink my approach to many of my tougher cases. Sometimes people just need to be heard and loved.  I really enjoyed the presentation. It was a tool God used to help correct me. Thank you for creating this. Many blessings

3) Grace Prescriptions Feedback – Part 2

Bill and I are also blessed to be asked to teach the Grace Prescriptions Course each year to the incoming Family Medicine Residents at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program in Tulsa, OK. Here are some comments from some of the attendees of this summer’s course:

  • I feel more confident and prepared to engage in spiritual conversations with my patients.
  • I can now incorporate my faith more confidently into my practice.
  • I’ll now have practical ways in mind when I have a physician-patient encounter.
  • Reminder to be more mindful and sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
  • I’m encouraged to be more open with patients and more prayerful for God’s leading.
  • I can’t wait to implement what I’ve learned with patients – especially faith flags.
  • Gave practical methods for incorporating faith/prayer.

4) World War II Book Update

The book has been out to be considered by several publishers and two publishers indicated an interest, but only if I shorten the manuscript from its current 180,000 words. So, Barb and I are working to shorten it and get it back to Greg Johnson, my agent, by July 8. It’s painful to cut what I consider some pretty cool content, but it’s necessary. We’ve got it down to a more acceptable 120,000 words (for comparison “Unbroke” was 130,000 words and “Continued prayers will be appreciated.

5) Health Book Update

My good friend, Phil Bishops, EdD, and I have signed a contract with Harvest House Publishers to write a book, tentatively titled, “60 Ways to be Healthy & Fit After 50.” The manuscript is not due until January 24, 2019, but we hope to have it in with them by October or November. It’s scheduled for publication in late 2019 or early 2020. Prayers will be appreciated.

6) Last Month’s Events

7) Upcoming Events

  • Jul 2-4: Barb and I will be spending our July 4 holiday with the Decatur Larimores.
  • Jul 5-7: Then we’ll fly to Boston where I’ll speak at the PCNAK Conference. I’ll be giving a keynote address to the over 5,000 predicted attendees on “Becoming an Everyday Missionary,” and leading a special session for several hundred medical professionals on “Spiritual Interventions in Clinical Practice.”
  • Jul 8-14: Barb will be visiting family in Baton Rouge.
  • Jul 16-21: We’ll have dear friends from our high school days visiting us.
  • Jul 22-24: We’ll be hosting dear friends from San Antonio. We’re so looking forward to both visits.

8) Past Issues of our family newsletter

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.