Daily Archives: February 2, 2019

Monthly Family Update – February 2019

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. Writing Update–Fit Over 50
  2. Writing Update–New Books
  3. Writing Update–Columns and Blogs
  4. Last Month’s Events
  5. Upcoming Events

1) Writing Update–Fit Over 50

I’m so blessed to be able to still do the things professionally I enjoy most: see patients as a family physician and write. Who would have thought when my first book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, came out in 2001, that I would be preparing for the release of my 32ndbook, Fit Over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You?

I’m expecting to receive the final edits in early February. To my surprise and utter delight, David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), who is the CEO for the Christian Medical Association, has agreed to write the foreword, while quite a number of nationally recognized folks have agreed to review the book and to consider an endorsement, including, but not limited to:

  1. John Eldridge, President and CEO, Ransomed Heart Ministry, and New York Times Best Selling Author, Colorado Springs, CO
  2. Josh McDowell, Best Selling Author and Founder of Josh McDowell Ministries, Dallas, TX
  3. David Satcher, MD, PhD, Former U.S. Surgeon General
  4. Regina Benjamin, MD, Former U.S. Surgeon General
  5. Les Parrot, PhD, New York Times Best-Selling Author
  6. Gary Chapman, New York Times Best-Selling Author
  7. Pat Williams, Best Selling Author and former General Manager, the Orlando Magic
  8. Philip Yancey, Editor-at-Large, Christianity Today, a New York Times Best Selling Author and one of the best-selling evangelical Christian authors, Evergreen, CO.
  9. Randy Frazee, Senior Pastor, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, TX (he took the pulpit of Max Lucado and before that was former teaching pastor at Willow Creek)
  10. Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO
  11. Nancy Dickey, MD, Former President, American Medical Association
  12. Jerry Jenkins, a New York Times Best Selling Author and also one of the best-selling evangelical Christian authors, Colorado Springs, CO
  13. Patrick Morley, PhD, Executive Chairman, Man in the Mirror, Casselberry, FL
  14. Greg and Erin Smalley, Vice President of Marriage and Family Formation, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO
  15. Chris Fabry, Award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live on Moody Radio, Chicago, IL
  16. Dave Dravecky, Former Major League Baseball Star and Founder, Outreach of Hope, Colorado Springs, CO
  17. David J. Weldon, Jr., MD, FACP, Former U.S. Congressman for 14 years, Malabar, FL
  18. Pastor Jim Henry, MDiv, four honorary doctorates in Divinity, Sacred Theology, and Humane Letters, Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church, Orlando, and Past President of the SBC, Orlando, FL.
  19. Tim Clinton, EdD, LPC, LMFT, President, American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute
  20. Al Weir, MD, FACP, President, Christian Medical Association, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, West Cancer Center, Memphis, TN
  21. Juli Slattery, PhD, President and Co-Founder, Authentic Intimacy
  22. J. Nick Pitts, PhD, Author, The Daily Briefing, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX
  23. Joe Battaglia, Founder and President of Renaissance Communications
  24. Senior Pastor, Gary DeSalvo, ThM, and Bev DeSalvo, Temple Bible Church, Temple, TX
  25. John Crouch, MD, DABFM, Former President, Christian Medical Association, Tulsa, OK.

2) Writing Update–New Books in Process

This week I’m sending my wonderful agent, Greg Johnson, President and Founder of WordServe Literary, five (yes, five) proposals for new books that he’ll be sending to various publishers. What’s great is that four of the five have been requested by publishers:

  • War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners.
  • Forgotten No Longer: World War II Stories of a Front-Line Dogface Soldier and the 30th Infantry Regiment from the Anguish of Anzio to the Bliss at Berchtesgaden.
  • Bryson City Christmas: A Young Physician’s Stories of Christmas Miracles in the Smoky Mountains.
  • Tales of a Country Doctor: Stories of a Young Physician’s Practice in Rural Florida (which will be a two-book series—similar to my Bryson City books, but with stories from my 16 years of practice in Kissimmee, FL).
  • Natural Medications: The Truth about the Most Common Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements.

Long time readers of this newsletter know that the first two books above were originally written and shopped to publishers as a single book. A number of influential acquisition editors recommended the book be cut into two books. I’ve completed that work and am praying for publishers for both and for publication in 2020, the 75thanniversary of the end of WWII. In addition, I’m preparing proposals for three new books:

  • Bryson City Christmas: A Young Physician’s Stories of Christmas Miracles in the Smoky Mountains.
  • Tales of a Country Doctor: Stories of a Young Physician’s Practice in Rural Florida (which will be a two-book series—similar to my Bryson City books, but with stories from my 16 years of practice in Kissimmee, FL).
  • Natural Medications: The Truth about the Most Common Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements.

3) Writing Update–Columns and Blogs

I’ll also keep writing:

  1. my bi-monthly column, Ask Dr. Walt, for Today’s Christian Living, 
  2. co-authoring the quarterly column, Vaccine News You Can Usefor Colorado Family Physician, with my dear friend Reg Finger, MD, MPH,
  3. publishing 1-3 blogs a week at www.DrWalt.com/blog, including excerpts from my best-selling Bryson City books, and
  4. publishing a twice-a-day devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Graceat www.Devotional.DrWalt.com.

4)  Last Month’s Events

  • Jan 15-20: Barb and I were in Fort Myers, FL, where I attended an AMA RUC meeting. We were looking forward to some beach and shell hunting time on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, but unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. However, the food and fellowship we shared with several dear friends kept the atmosphere warm and festive.
  • Jan 25-26: I was called to attend and speak at the Winter Cluster of the American Academy of Family Physicians in Kansas City, MO. I joined a couple of other experts to speak to the AAFP leadership about a number of technical changes in physician coding practices that are being suggested. Most of all I enjoyed an evening with old friends Doug and Mary Henley. Doug is the CEO of the AAFP, and we’ve been dear friends since our residency days in North Carolina in the late 1970’s.

5) Upcoming Events

6) Past Issues of our family newsletter

  1.  “How to have a crazy good marriage” webinar
  2. Lifetime Achievement Award
  3. “Fit After 50” Cover Released
  1. Wonderful Encouragement
  2. Snowflake Babies
  1. Update on WWII Book
  2. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

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