Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter:
- Family Update
- Broadcast Update
- 1) Family Talk Interview
- 2) Interviews with iMOM
- Publication Updates
- 1) Guys’ Body Book already in second printing
- 2) The Christian Library Journal reviews The Influenza Bomb
- 3) First Sugar Fork reviews are out
- 4) Let your family and friends know about my new on-line devotional
- 5) Several of my books are on sale
- Events of the Last Month
- Upcoming Events
Barb’s mom, Pud, who is suffering from stage 4 lung cancer, has completed her whole-brain radiation for metastatic disease. So far the follow-up tests show that the brain is clear and her chest x-ray this week showed the cancer in the lung to be stable. She’ll go back on her oral chemotherapy this week (which has allowed her to live the last nine years) and we’re praying her health will continue to improve.
Last month I told you about the terrible car accident Kate was in. Well, the good news is that she has recovered without sequel. She’s back to her happy, wonderful self. I also told you she’s been seeing a young man since May. Well, her journey in romance continues. In the meantime, he’s asked me to mentor him and we’ve had some delightful meetings together. I like him a great deal.
1) Family Talk Interview
I was pleased to be interviewed by my friend, Dr. James Dobson, the founder and president of Family Talk, on his national radio program, Family Talk, about my new book, The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body. The three-days of interviews will be broadcast later this fall. I’ll let you know as soon as I know.
If you want one to order one of the books for a special young man in your life:
- You can order autographed copies of the book here.
- You can read reviews of the book on Amazon.com here.
- You can download the Kindle edition here.
- You can download the Nook edition here.
2) Interviews with iMOM
I was privileged to be interviewed by my good friend, Susan Merrill, the founder and president of iMOM, when I was in Florida last year. I’m honored to be one of their iSpecialists. iMOM has posted two of those video interviews. I hope you enjoy them.
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1) Guys’ Body Book already in second printing
I’ve just received notice from the publisher, ZonderKidz, that my new book for boys heading into or through puberty (and for their moms and dads!), The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body, which just came out in March, is already going into a second printing. I pray that it will continue to be a helpful and trustworthy resource for many parents and their young men.
2) The Christian Library Journal reviews The Influenza Bomb
August 4, 2012
The Influenza Bomb: A Novel (TSI) / by Paul McCusker & Walt Larimore.
Adult (College): Rating: 3 (of 4)
The Influenza Bomb, by Paul McCusker & Walt Larimore, MD, is the second novel in the Time Scene Investigators series. The novel is a medical and political thriller, tracing the movements of various investigative teams as they attempt to stop an influenza pandemic that is devastating populations in Siberia and elsewhere around the world.
The teams discover that the flu is identical to the Spanish influenza that decimated societies in the early 1900′s. The story jumps back and forth in time, weaving together events from the flu’s first appearance in 1918 with the Nazis’ attempt to create a method of delivering the virus to their enemies during World War II. The teams then connect this information with a present-day terrorist group, Return to Earth, who has strategically released the newly engineered virus, believing mankind to be a blight on the face of the earth that needs to be severely reduced or eradicated.
The novel begins slowly but then builds in intensity as the teams race to identify the source of the virus, find a cure, and prevent Return to Earth from contaminating more cities. The novel is full of interesting historical information and speculation, and serves as a timely reminder of our vulnerability to biological terrorist attacks.
The novel contains one brief scene of torture, and twice uses the name of God in vain. The story is laced with the theme of forgiveness, encouraging readers not to “waste” their moments of pain in anger and bitterness, but to accept the pain as a gift, knowing that God is trying to teach them something in their suffering that will ultimately be for their good.
3) Sugar Fork reviews
The sequel to my first solo novel, Hazel Creek, will release the first week of October. It’s called Sugar Fork and continues the adventures of Abbie Randolph and her family in the wilderness of the Smoky Mountains wilderness in the 1920’s.
The first two reviews have come out. One is positive, and the other negative. Here’s a paragraph from the positive one:
I easily rate this one a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and am keeping my fingers crossed that there will be more in this delightful series! This book is scheduled for release in October of this year, but I know you’ll want to make sure that this one goes on your must reads for the fall! Time to fall in love all over again and see how you would weather the storms that are on the horizon for Abbie and her family!
You can read the whole review here. Meanwhile, here’s the negative one:
Larimore’s unsuccessful sequel to this year’s Hazel Creek finds Nate Randolph struggling to raise his five daughters, assisted only by the eldest, Abbie. While life is challenging, they get by on faith, hard work, and the help of neighbors. The local lumber company manager has been putting pressure on Nate to sell his land, and when he refuses, he is murdered, along with Abbie’s fiancé. Now Abbie must assume the responsibility of parenting her four younger sisters and tackle the lumber company intent on seizing her land. With the help of friends and neighbors, Abbie, still a young woman, takes on the lumber company in order to save her sisters.
Larimore, an MD, portrays the community and landscape adequately but falls back upon the all-too-familiar story of traditional mountain folk pitted against ruthless, early-20th-century industrialization.
Ouch! That one hurts!! You can see the original here. I’m just praying that after ten years of research and writing that many more people feel like the first reviewer and not the second.
4) I hope you’ll let your family and friends know about my new on-line devotional
I’ve begun a free on-line devotional. It’s called Morning Glory, Evening Grace, which is released twice a day—once in the morning and again in the evening.
You can learn more about the devotional here and you can sign up to receive a twice-a-day email notice of each devotional.
5) Several of My Books Are On Sale
A number of my autographed books are on sale at my online bookstore. What better gift to give to a friend than a personalized and autographed book? You can find those that are on sale here. Be sure to click on “books” to see them all.
Events of the last month
- Aug 15, I attended a Life Network Board meeting in Colorado Springs. I’m honored to serve on the Board of this wonderful, life-affirming ministry.
- Aug 19-24, Barb and I enjoyed a fabulous beach vacation in Destin Beach, FL. We stayed at the wonderful Henderson Park Inn and highly recommend it.
- Aug 28-Sep 2, Barb is in Baton Rouge with her mom. They rode out the ravages of Hurricane Isaac no worse for the wear.
- Sep 5, Barb and I will fly to Atlanta to spend a day with son, Scott, and his beautiful family.
- Sep 6-9, Barb and I will be in Bryson City, NC, for the Horace Kephart Days celebrations and the release of my newest novel, Sugar Fork.
- Sep 10-11, we’ll be back in Decatur, GA, to visit our son, Scott, and his family.
- Sep 12-15, I’ll be in Elkhart, IN, to attend the International Board Meeting of HCJB Global.
- Sep 12-19, Barb will be back in Baton Rouge with her mom.
- Sep 28-30, we’ll be at the French Lick Resort in central Kentucky where I’ll be teaching at a spiritual formation retreat for physicians and their spouses.
You can get more information on many of my upcoming events here.