Monthly Family Update – September 2022

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Monthly Family Update – September 2022

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. My WWII book awarded a Silver Medal by the Military Writers Society of America
  2. A Major Review of my WWII book in Army Magazine
  3. At First Light well-received by “regular” readers
  4. At First Light well-received by “regular” readers
  5. “Ask Dr. Walt” in September Today’s Christian Living

1) WWII book awarded a Silver Medal by the Military Writers Society of America

Barb and I traveled to New Orleans to attend the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) book awards ceremony on Saturday, August 27, at the Higgins Hotel (just across the street from and the official hotel for the National WWII Museum.

Barb and I found Dad’s memorial paver just outside the museum. My brothers and I had it placed there over 15 years ago, just after Pop passed away.

We’re delighted to announce that my and Mike Yorkey’s WWII book, At First Light, was awarded a coveted Silver Medal in the “Memoir/Biography” category.

The MWSA’s wonderful review of the book is posted here. Of all the categories, this was by far the most competitive. There were 14 nominees vying for Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medals.


2) A Major Review of my WWII book in Army Magazine

On Wednesday, July 20, 2022, AUSA published a major review of At First Light in Army Magazine (Vol. 72, No. 8, August 2022).

The review appeared in their August 2022 Book Reviews section that is written by AUSA Staff and was titled, “SON WRITES OF HIS FATHER’S TRIAL BY FIRE.”

The author, Col. Cole Kingseed, U.S. Army retired, is a former professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a doctorate in history from Ohio State University. You can read the entire review here, but here is his wonderful conclusion:

At First Light is a riveting story that rivals Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. We are in Walt Larimore and Yorkey’s debt for making Philip Larimore’s story accessible to the American public.

This amazing endorsement gave me misty eyes and chill bumps! I’m so grateful Dad’s stories and the “Forgotten Front” are being recognized and remembered.

This is especially true since the magazine circulation is approximately 60,000, along with 99,221 people who like their Facebook page, 5,308 Instagram followers, and 21.2K Twitter followers.

You can order the book or learn more about the book here. Feel free to share this with family, friends, colleagues, and other influencers. And thanks so much for your ongoing support of At First Light.

3) At First Light well-received by “regular” readers

I’m delighted that the book has received over 98% of 5-star ratings on Amazon (72 ratings), Barnes & Noble (32), GoodReads (45), Walmart (27), and Target (24).

If you’ve read the book and would like to know how to leave a short review on these sites, drop me an email at

4) “Ask Dr. Walt” in Today’s Christian Living

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here is my Q&A from the September 2022 issue. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription:

  • GMO Worry
    • Dear Dr. Walt, is genetically modified food (GMO) safe? Friends tell me that they are not safe at all. — Concern about GMO in Ohio
  • Styrofoam and Plastic Containers
    • Dear Dr. Walt, is it safe to drink from Styrofoam cups and plastic bottles? Is it dangerous to heat food in Styrofoam or plastic containers? — Worried in Oregon
  • Low-Carb Diets and Heart Harm
    • Dear Dr. Walt, is a keto diet safe? I’ve heard it can cause heart arrhythmias. Is that true? — Heart A’Flutter in North Carolina
  • Protein Drinks
    • Dear Dr. Walt, are protein drinks safe? — Noodling in Michigan
  • Antibacterial Soap
    • Dear Dr. Walt, should I use antibacterial soap? Or will that lower my immunity? — Clean in Connecticut

5) Last Month’s Happenings

  • We were home most of the month and loved several weeks of R&R.
  • August 6, Barb and I began directing our 7th semester of the ReEngage Marriage Ministry at Academy Christian Church. The Lord has led 20 couples, 1 co-directing couple, and 5 leader couples into our fold for this Fall. We’re looking forward to seeing what the Lord is going to do in each of these couples.
  • August 25-29, Barb and I were in New Orleans for the Military Writers Society of America Awards Banquet (see above). We also had wonderful visits with family and friends while there.

6) Upcoming Events

8) Past Editions

August 2022

  • WWII book named a Military Writers Society of America Medal Winner
  • A Nice Interview with Kristina Stanley, the CEO of Fictionary
  • A wonderful review of my new WWII book
  • At First Light well-received by “regular” readers
  • If my WWII book was a movie

July 2022

  • Video Trailer for At First Light
  • At First Light well-received by readers
  • Article featuring At First Light in WWII Quarterly Magazine
  • Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Review and Award Nomination
  • Another wonderful review of At First Light
  • Podcasts and Radio Shows about At First Light
  • Award Nominations for At First Light
  • Washington Examiner Op-Ed: What Should Our D-Day Anniversary Mean?
  • July’s “Ask Dr. Walt” in Today’s Christian Living

June 2022

  • My and Barb’s Annual “Walk for Life”
  • At First Light, the WWII book about my dad was featured on “Chris Fabry Live” on the Moody Radio Network
  • At First Light was also featured in Today’s Christian Living (TCL)
  • At First Light interview on “CMDA Matters” Podcast
  • At First Light “sneak peek” chapters are available
  • At First Light has received excellent reviews, articles, and TV coverage
  • How to Fast in “Ask Dr. Walt” in Today’s Christian Living

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