Monthly Family Update – April 2019

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. #BlessedMySocksOff
  2. He Found My Quote in Cracker Barrel
  3. Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
  4. Publishing Update – “Horse Stories: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”
  5. Publishing Update – New Books
  6. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  7. Last Month’s EventsUpcoming Events

1) #BlessedMySocksOff

I received a note from my son, Scott, saying, “Thanks for always being the ‘gospel’ version to me.” Attached was a picture with this quote:

  • Religion: “I messed up. My Dad is gonna kill me!”
  • Gospel: “I messed up. I need to call my Dad.”

I replied, “Scott, you just blessed my socks off. I’m so privileged to be your Dad. And I could say, “Just substitute ‘Dad’ for ‘Son,’ and you can appreciate how I feel about you, also. You are a blessing, encouragement, and affirmation to me!”


2) He Found My Quote in Cracker Barrel

An old friend, Jay Wetzel, wrote, “Did you know you are quoted in the ‘Strength for The Day’ devotional that I purchased at Cracker Barrell? That’s great that you are serving the Lord daily with your words and encouraging others!”

I did not know this. Thanks, Jay!


3) Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”

My next book, “Fit Over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You,” is scheduled for release on August 6. You can learn more about the book and pre-order it here.

Since last month, we’ve received some amazing endorsements for the book. Here are a few:

  • For those who are interested in a fitness book that deals with the total person: physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual this is a must read. Fit Over 50 is filled with research based, and biblically sound practical tips for all who want to live life to the fullest. I really enjoyed the book—much good information.
    • Gary D. Chapman, PhD. Author of “The 5 Love Languages,” Winston-Salem, NC
  • Wait! Don’t let the title fool you. Fit Over 50 is not fiction. This volume is so chock-full of helpful (not to mention up-to-date) advice that I expect it to inform my life for the rest of my days. Drs. Larimore and Bishop manage to keep the cookies on the lower shelf where even we laypeople can reach them. Thoroughly engrossing.
    • Jerry Jenkins, multiple New-York Times best-selling author, Colorado Springs, CO
  • God really does care about our health, not only for our comfort, but for His service. With clear and well-researched advice, Dr. Larimore has fashioned a remarkable guide. With his insightful, whole person understanding of health, he describes practical steps that will fashion our bodies and spirits into the best possible shape to enjoy our health and to serve our King.
    • Al Weir, MD, Professor of Medicine UTHSC, President Christian Medical & Dental Associations, Memphis, TN
  • My friend Dr. Walt Larimore has written a wonderfully practical and easily understood compendium on how to maximize your health and happiness.  Even though the title says Fit Over 50, the information in this book can easily be applied by anyone at any age. That’s the beauty of this book … it anticipates what we all can use at some point in our lives! And helps us prepare for it. And as stewards of our bodies, he addresses the clearly spiritual context for achieving better health and fitness, as well. This is a timely book. Pick it up and keep it handy!
    • Joe Battaglia. Broadcaster, Executive Producer of the “Keep the Faith” nationally syndicated radio show, Author of “The Politically Incorrect Jesus” and “Unfriended,” Wyckoff, NJ
  • I am the target audience for this book. I am over 50 and have a strong desire to make simple choices today for a healthier, happier way of life. I have read the book, but will be keeping it by my side as a “go to” reference to keep me on track to be the best me I can be.
    • Randy Frazee, Pastor & Author of “Real Simplicity: Making Room for Life,” San Antonio, TX
  • What a wonderful resource! It is well-rounded in perspective and grounded in research. Fit over 50 is an informative read that you will want to keep on your bookshelf for reference long after you’ve read it. Buy a copy for yourself and one for your friends. They will thank you!
    • Juli Slattery, PsyD, President and Co-founder of Authentic Intimacy, host of the weekly podcast “Java with Juli,” Akron, OH
  • The Bible speaks in many places about living healthy lives, but have you tried and failed countless “programs” and now feel that it’s too hard to change your lifestyle? If you are over 50 and are longing to become healthy and stay fit, then this book is for you. In Fit Over 50, Walter Larimore and Phillip Bishop use the latest evidenced based-research and medically reliable information along with tips from the eternal truth from God’s word to share practical lifesaving, life-prolonging and life-enhancing options for a healthier body and happier existence.  By focusing on ways to improve these four aspects of life: physical, emotional/mental, relational/social and spiritual/religious, readers will be able to enjoy the highest degree of a healthy lifestyle. Applying the rich nuggets in this book will help increase the quantity and quality of your life, living with the ultimate hope of eternal life in the end.
    • Gary DeSalvo, Senior Pastor, and Bev DeSalvo, author of “Return to Joy,” Temple Bible Church, Temple, TX

4) Publishing Update – “Horse Stories: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”

Just received another rejection, this one from St. Martin’s Press:

I’m very sorry to send regrets on War Horses, which I read and also shared with (another editor), who has published a number of WWII and other military books here and is a great reader for this kind of book. In the end, I think we both felt the same way: read with interest, but finally weren’t as taken by the material as we wanted to be, and just can’t see our way forward to an offer. I know you’ll have other interest and given the author’s track and past publications you’ll easily place this one elsewhere.  Many thanks for the opportunity.


5) Publishing Update – New Books

I also have other exciting news on the writing front. Cindy Lambert, the editor for several of my books when I was writing for Zondervan, is offering me a three-book deal with her new publisher Baker/Revell. 

Two of the books will be tentatively titled, Tales of a Country Doctorand will contain stories from my 16 years of practice in Kissimmee (1985-2001).

The third book is tentatively titled, Natural Medications for Common Conditions.

The “Tales” books will be published in the Fall of 2020 and the Fall of 2021, while the “Natural Medicines” book is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2021. 

So, I’ll be a busy boy with writing projects. I love to write and am so blessed to have the opportunity. 


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

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers ofToday’s Christian Livingmagazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here are the Q&A’s from the January 2019 issue that I forgot to post in than month’s newsletter. You can click on any you’re interested reading. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription:

  • Give an Ear to Ear Wax Advice
    • How do I prevent (or treat) the problem of ear wax building up and keep my ears clean? — Earful in Ohio
  • Take Great Pains to Avoid Opioid Addiction
    • I’m facing some low back surgery in the next few weeks. I’m concerned about becoming addicted to opioid pain medications after the surgery. But, I don’t want to suffer unnecessary pain. How can I manage my pain without worrying about becoming “hooked”? — Anxious in Arkansas
  • Are Essential Oils Really Essential?
    • All my friends are into essential oils for this, that, and most every other thing. I think it’s just a bunch of good smelling nothing. But they seem convinced. What’s the truth? — Skeptical in Virginia

7) Last Month’s Events

  • Mar 7-9: For my birthday, my dear friend, Bill Peel, DMin, and I were teaching a Grace Prescriptions Conference in Birmingham, AL. The faculty, staff, and residents from two Family Medicine Residency programs who attended were attentive and we believe we were able to equip and enable them to be active in bringing their faith to their patient care each day. It was a ton of fun.

8) Upcoming Events

  • Mar 31: Barb and I will fly to Dallas and spend some time with my spiritual father, Rich McGee. I’m so grateful for Rich’s investment in me and how the Lord used him to open my eyes to spiritual reality.
  • Apr 1-4: Barb and I will be joining staff from our church, Academy Christian Church, at the Watermark Community Church in Dallas, for several days of training to bring a wonderful marriage ministry called “Re-Engage” to our church this fall. We’re excited for the potential of this ministry.
  • Apr 23-28: We fly to Chicago where I’ll attend an AMA RUC meeting. This may well be, given the agenda, one of the most important I’ve ever attended in my 20’ish years as a RUC member.
  • Apr 30-May 5: We’ll be in Asheville to attend and speak at the Christian Medical and Dental Association’s National Convention at the Ridgecrest Conference Center.

9) Past Issues of our family newsletter

  • March 2019
    • Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
    • Publishing Update – “Horse Stories: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”
    • Publishing Update – Three New Books
    • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • February 2019
    • Writing Update—Fit Over 50
    • Writing Update—New Books
    • Writing Update—Columns and Blogs
  • January 2019
    • “How to have a crazy good marriage” webinar
    • Lifetime Achievement Award
    •  “Fit After 50” Cover Released

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