Monthly Family Update – June 2020

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. Some Good News About My Dad’s Book: “War Horses”
  2. Second Great Endorsement for “The Best Medicine”
  3. 2020 Walk for Life
  4. What a Blessing I Received
  5. A Publishing Milestone – my 1000th Publication
  6. Want to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?
  7. Answers to last month’s prayers
  8. Prayer requests for this month
  9. Past Issues

1) Some Good News About My Dad’s Book: “War Horses”

In the past I’ve told you about my 15-years of labor to research stories about my dad’s World War II exploits, get them into a manuscript, and hopefully have it published. Its tentative title is, “War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners.” Right now, my agent, Greg Johnson, is shopping the book, but with no takers just yet. In fact, an editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wrote:

Many thanks again for sharing WAR HORSES with me. What an incredible story—but I have to confess that the writing itself felt a little flat to me, which seems likely to make this a tough sell here at HMH. I’m sorry not to have a different take, but thank you again for sending this my way, and I hope and trust you’ll find a good home for it soon.

Nevertheless, I just received this note from a well-known producer, who had read the book proposal and some sample chapters:

This story is amazing. I be prone to even reach out to several producers to see if they’d be interested in securing the rights to this story for film production. Even before the book is out. 

For example, I’m helping a producer who loves true stories of WW II heroes with a film being shot this summer in the Philippines called “Resolve”, based on the story of Clay Connor. Major theatrical budget, etc. He’s looking for other such stories. Or, I could take it to SONY Affirm. 

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I believe this can be a great story for film. Maybe it’s too premature. But publishers like to know that a studio may be interested in a film as that increases the cachet of the story. Happy to help.

I’ll let you know what happens. Prayers appreciated.

2) Second Great Endorsement for “The Best Medicine” 

I’ve told you in the past about my next book, coming this October, about my early practice days in Kissimmee, Florida. It’s called “The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor.”

I’ve received another nice endorsement, and I’m so happy to share it with you:

After reading The Best Medicine, I could settle for calling author Walt Larimore an engaging storyteller. But he’s more than that. Dr. Larimore connects with people through their stories and truly cares about their life experiences. In The Best Medicine, he shares a delightful assortment of stories with us in such a way that I felt as if I was sitting across the table from him, not reading a book. I laughed. I cried. And I found myself caring about people I’ve never met. 

Beth K. Vogt
Christy Award-winning author of the Thatcher Sisters Series

3) 2020 Walk for Life


Barb and I will be “walking for life” THIS SATURDAY, June 6. We have supported Life Network and their Walk for Lifefor 19 years. We love this organization and its selfless, amazing ministry to young families and babies. We hope you’ll lend your support to our walk and this wonderful ministry. Every little donation can help. Click here if you’d like to support us! IT’S NOT TOO LATE! 

4) What a Blessing I Received

Dear Walt, 

I do not know if I ever reached out to you but will do so today because what I have to say is important. 

In the early 70s, I was working for the Plains Presbyterian Church in Zachary, LA, as a summer youth “counselor.” I invited you and your lovely wife to come to Zachary and speak to our Youth Group. 

I was an aspiring pre-med, and you had been accepted into medical school. So of course, that made you my hero, and I hung on your every word. Your testimony that night, as a Christian physician-to-be, left a huge stamp on my heart. Your words helped reframe medicine for me: it went from being a position of glamour and importance, to a platform for service. 

I have been a practicing neurosurgeon now for 31 years, and I still love what I do. My privilege and high honor as a neurosurgeon is being with families in times of great sadness, and also in times of great joy. In both, I am able (hopefully) to redirect the attention to where it belongs: away from man and to the Throne of Grace. Neurosurgery may be my job, but this is my ministry. 

My point in writing is simply this: to tell you that your word and example so many years ago have had a lifelong effect on my plans and my career. You helped me look on medicine not as an avenue to privilege, but as an opportunity for service. And for this I am so grateful. 

Lon F. Alexander, MD Meridian, Mississippi

There are no words!

5) A Publishing Milestone – my 1000th Publication

Those of you who write will understand the import of this milestone. This month my 1000th publication saw the light of day. It was a small news item I wrote with my long-time friend, Reg Finger, MD, MPH: “CDC Proposed Expanded HCV Screening.” Vaccine News You Can Use. Colorado Family Physician. 2nd Quarter, 2020(Spring);63:26.

My first publication was in 1977: Larimore WL. “Friedman curves in undergraduate obstetrical education” (Research Paper). Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, 1977.

My second was in 1984: Larimore WL. “Encounters of a poisonous kind.” Nantahala Outdoor Center Newsletter, Fall/Winter, 1984:13.

2004 was my “peak year,” with 127 publications.

I’ve been honored to have written or co-written thirty-three books (that have sold over 750,000 copies, including several best-sellers and with four more books in various stages of process), thirty medical textbook chapters (on a wide variety of topics), and a half-dozen book Forewords. I’ve been blessed to have had books garner a number of national awards, including three Gold Medallion Award nominations, three Silver Medallion Awards, a Retailer’s Choice Award, and a Book of the Year Award from ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association).

But my main hope is that God was glorified via these various publications – and that they fulfilled Jesus’ command in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

6) Want to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?

On October 6, 2020, my first book about my practice days in Kissimmee (1985-2001), “The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor,” will be released.

I’m trying to recruit 100 folks to help me launch the book. Each one would:

  1. Read a free electronic copy of the book sometime this summer,
  2. Pick out a favorite quote from the book,
  3. Post a review on four websites (Amazon, B&N, CBD, and Goodreads – it’s super easy and I’ll show you how), and
  4. Post a review and recommendation on their social media sites (FB, Twitter, Instagram) etc.
  5. Of course, each person who helps, will get a free copy of the book once it’s published.

So, would you be (1) willing to do this and (2) recruit others to consider this? If so, email the information below to

  • Your Name
  • Email address 
  • Cell phone number
  • Home address
  • Facebook or Instagram URL link

7) Answers to Last Month’s Prayers

  • In May we completed the last two sessions of the Re-Engage Marriage Enhancement curriculum with our eight small-groups via Zoom. Thanks for your prayers that we’d finish strong. We did! We know of at least two marriages that were saved and 40 were incredibly strengthened. Thanks SO much for your prayers.
  • Thanks for your ongoing prayers for me as I continue to work with my editors in the development of three books. IN PARTICULAR, would you continue to join me in praying a publisher would step forward to publish “War Horses”? Thanks!!!

8) Prayer Requests for Upcoming Events

  • We’ll be home this coming month. Most of my writing this month will be for the second of my two books on my practice days in Kissimmee, FL. This one is tentatively titled, “Seasons of a Small-Town Physician: More Stories of a Young Doctor’s Practice in Old Florida.”

9) Past Issues of our family newsletter

  • May 2020
    • First Endorsement for “The Best Medicine”
    • Want to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?
    • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • April 2020
    • “Best Medicine” Catalog Copy
    • Want to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?
    • A Christian Healthcare Worker’s Response To COVID-19
    • Blogs on COVID-19 and Supplements
    • Unexpected praise from North Carolina
  • March 2020
    • Would you consider helping me launch my next book?
    • Recent podcast interview
    • Recent prayer video for people wrestling with cancer
    • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
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