Monthly Family Update – May 2019

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. Walk for Life
  2. Publishing Update – “Fit over 50”
  3. Publishing Update – “War Horses”
  4. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  5. Last Month’s Events
  6. Next Month’s Events
  7. Past Issues

1) Walk for Life

On Saturday, June 1, Barb and I will be “Walking for Life” for Life Networkhere in Colorado Springs. If you’d like to support our walk of this amazing life-affirming ministry, and every single dollar makes a difference, click hereand scroll down to “Online Donation.” Thanks for considering supporting our Walk for Life.

2) 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. Feel free to share this information with family and friends.

Since last month, we’ve received even more amazing endorsements for the book. Here are a few. But first is the quote for the cover of the book:

  • Practical steps that will fashion our bodies and spirits into the best possible shape to enjoy our health.
    • Al Weir, MD, President, Christian Medical Association

Now some other amazing endorsements: 

  • This book is a “lifestyle” tour de force. Whether you’re trying to figure out which diet to follow, what kind of exercise is best for you, the skinny on dietary supplements, whether to lift weights, how to increase flexibility, how to get the most out of sleep, or which vaccines to get, and dozens of similar questions—you now have an authoritative, comprehensive, holistic and medically sound handbook for your health. The 32 practical ideas are exactly what I needed to know!
    • Patrick Morley, PhD, Executive Chairman, Man in the Mirror, and best-selling author of 21 books including “The Man in the Mirror” and “The Christian Man.”
  • 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 I 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, Lead Pastor, Westside Family Church Lenexa, Kansas and author of “Real Simplicity: Making Room for Life”
  • If you are over 50 and are longing to become healthy and stay fit, then this book is for you. 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 life-saving, life-prolonging, and life-enhancing options for a healthier body and happier existence.”
    • Gary DeSalvo, Senior Pastor, Temple Bible Church, Temple, Texas, and Bev DeSalvo, author “Return to Joy”
  • “Fit over 50” gives us biblical, practical, and proven wisdom on living well. Read and apply the help and hope Walt teaches and give your special loved ones the gift of a healthier and more vibrant you.”
    • Tim Clinton, EdD, President, American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Walt Larimore and Phillip Bishop have given us a detailed and clear instruction manual for giving the best care to the bodies or “temples” that God has entrusted to us, in which His Spirit can also dwell.  Their whole person fitness approach, addressing the four critical pillars of physical, spiritual, emotional/mental, and relationship health will likely resonate with anyone approaching or living in the second half of a century of life. I believe you will be impressed with the many free on-line resource and assessment tools that the authors reference. These tools facilitate a deeper dive to assess personal fitness in each of the four major areas of health. Thank you, Walt and Phil, for an excellent road map toward the destination of comprehensive fitness so that we can better honor God with our bodies.  
    • Mike Chupp, MD, CEO Elect, Christian Medical Association
  • God 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 Association

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

Just received another rejection, this one from Kensington Publishers:

I’ve decided to pass on WAR HORSES.  There’s a lot about this that I like.  I do like the horses theme, although it gets really buried.  And of course Philip B. Larimore is such an incredible American hero. I hate to say this, since it’s his son doing the writing—and the son is such an accomplished nonfiction author–but I think this probably needs a different kind of writer to really make this work as a compelling, coherent narrative.  Just my 2 cents. In any case, I don’t feel this is something I can take on, but I really appreciate the chance to consider it—thank you.

My agent is still very optimistic, saying, after he read the latest version, “Okay, I got this read. Wow. Truly … fantastic. I WILL sell this puppy! … Very well done.” I thought you might be interested he what he wrote to the publishers:

If my author was not so painstakingly honest and thorough in his research, the book I’d like you to consider could likely be considered too good to be true. WAR HORSES: A WORLD WAR II HERO’S STORIES OF SAVAGERY, STALLIONS, AND SAVING THE LIPIZZANERSis a completed manuscript that delivers from start to finish.

This is a tale of daring, defiance, persistence, ingenuity, and the ferocious will of an amazing young man whose character blossomed during savage struggles and inspiring interactions with many “war horses”—both human and equine. It is the story of the author’s father, Philip B. Larimore. The book took more than ten years to research. It’s truly one of those stories that must be told.

I understand the title is the nearly the same as a movie, but don’t let a working title hold you back from giving this a look. I rank this story alongside two other New York Times bestsellers I’ve represented: A HIGHER CALL, and ALL THE GALLANT MEN. May I send you the proposal/chapters for your review?

4) 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 May 2019 issue that I forgot to post in last month’s newsletter. You can click on any you’re interested in reading. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription:

  • Chocolate or Cocoa—Healthful or Dangerous?
    • Dear Dr. Walt, some reports say that dark chocolate or cocoa can help combat diabetes. Is this true? I’ve also heard there may be dangers to these foods. What? Is that possible?—Hopeful in Maine
  • The Truth about Detoxing
    • Dear Dr. Walt, I hear about “detoxing” all the time. Is it helpful, or is it just a moneymaking scam? If it is helpful, what are the best ways to detox?—Cleaning Up in North Carolina 
  • Melatonin Helps Put Cancer to Sleep
    • Dear Dr. Walt, I read your advice about melatonin for sleep in Today’s Christian Living. My 67-year-old husband has a very slow growing cancer in two out of 12 biopsies of his prostate. If melatonin is a hormone, is there a danger of his taking low dose melatonin?—Considering Melatonin in Massachusetts

5) Last Month’s Events

  • Mar 31: Barb and I flew to Dallas and spent 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. Our time with he and his wife, Bonnie, was wonderful.
  • Apr 1-4: Barb and I joined staff from our church, Academy Christian Church, at the Watermark Community Churchin 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 flew 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, NC, to attend and speak at the Christian Medical and Dental Association’s National Conventionat the Ridgecrest Conference Center. I’ll be doing a two-hour intensive on “Becoming an Everyday Missionary Wherever God Plants You: Spiritual Interventions in Clinical Practice,” while Barb and I will present a session on “The ABCDs of Raising Healthy, Happy Children.”

6) Upcoming Events

  • May 7-14: Barb will be in Baton Rouge to visit family. Her Aunt Kitty, the last of her mother’s siblings is in hospice care. Please pray for a fruitful and blessed visit. It may be there last.
  • May 31: I’ll be attending the International Board of Director’s meeting of Morning Star Development. Please pray for wisdom during our critical discussions.
  • June 1: Barb and I will be “Walking for Life” for Life Networkhere in Colorado Springs. If you’d like to support our walk (every dollar makes a difference), click hereand scroll down to “Online Donation.” Thanks for considering supporting our Walk for Life.

7) Past Issues of our family newsletter

  • April 2019
    • “Fit After 50” Cover Released
    • #BlessedMySocksOff
    • He Found My Quote in Cracker Barrel
    • Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
    • Publishing Update – “War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”
    • Publishing Update – New Books
    • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • March 2019
    • Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
    • Publishing Update – “War Horses”
    • 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

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

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