Monthly Family Update – July 2020

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. SPECIAL: Racism and the Church – Where do we go from here?
  2. More Great Endorsements for “The Best Medicine” 
  3. Want to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?
  4. 2020 Walk for Life
  5. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  6. What a Blessing I Received
  7. 3.5 MILLION WORDS!?!?
  8. Answers to last month’s prayers
  9. Prayer requests for this month
  10. Past Issues

1) SPECIAL: Racism and the Church – Where do we go from here?

Some young black followers of Jesus have posted a remarkable 11-minute video on YouTube that I think is really well done and thought provoking. I highly recommend it and hope you will find it as convicting and inspiring as I. You can see it here.

2) More Great Endorsements for “The Best Medicine” 

I’ve told you in past letters 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 more nice endorsements, and I’m so happy to share these with you:

Dr. Walt Larimore has written a delightful look at the life of a small-town doctor chock-full of interesting characters and medical tales. This is the kind of book you want to sip like sweet tea but wind up drinking in a satisfying gulp. You will enjoy the journey!

Chris Fabry 
Moody Radio host and author of A Piece of the Moon

I was raised a small-town girl—one who moved from the low country of coastal Georgia to the ‘big city’ in Central Florida. The Best Medicine resonated with every fiber of my being. I have always enjoyed small-town, front-porch tales, and Dr. Walt Larimore’s book fits the bill perfectly. I guarantee that when you read this collection of stories that reflect on his family’s move from Bryson City, NC, to Kissimmee, FL, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll yearn for a simpler time—and you will desire to know the daily God, the God of our days, more intimately.

Eva Marie Everson
CBA #1 bestselling author and president of Word Weavers International

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

If you’d like to read a free early release of the book, and would be willing to post a review on four websites (Amazon, B&N, CBD, and Goodreads – it’s super easy and I’ll show you how), drop me an email at and I’ll send along the details. 

4) 2020 Walk for Life

Barb and I “Walked for Life” Saturday, June 6. We have supported Life Network and their Walk for Life for 19 years. We love this organization and its selfless, amazing ministry to young families and babies. So many readers supported us this year, helping Life Network each it’s goal. Thanks to all who contributed!

5) 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 my Q&A’s about sleep issues from the July 2020 issue. You can click on any you’re interested reading. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription:

I don’t get as much sleep as I used to. I’ve read that poor sleep can actually harm my health. How can that be? — Sleeping Less in Alabama

What are some tips to improve my sleep? — Wanting to Snore More in Texas

What are the best treatment options for insomnia? My doctor says health professionals are no longer using sleeping medications long-term. What’s that all about? — Insomniac in Iowa

6) What a Blessing I Received

A long-time friend, Pastor Gary DeSalvo passed away recently. Their local paper wrote:

Praise flowed Tuesday for the founding pastor of the Temple Bible Church, Gary DeSalvo who died Monday evening at the age of 64 after a six-year battle with a rare form of cancer, ocular melanoma, to which he lost an eye. DeSalvo’s wife, in a Facebook post Monday night, wrote, “Gary saw the face of Jesus and it took his breath away.”

The cancer was diagnosed in 2013, but DeSalvo continued to preach, delivering his last sermon on Aug. 11. “He didn’t know it was last sermon when he gave it but he went to the hospital shortly after that,” teaching Pastor Dave Tate said.

DeSalvo’s Temple Bible Church colleagues describe the Louisiana State University fan as a humble, faithful, family man. “He really has impacted thousands of people in central Texas for the gospel of Jesus and impacted hundreds if not thousands of pastors in Rwanda or Ukraine Congo other nations all over the world,” teaching Pastor Chase Bowers said. “He taught all of us how to live, live well and we’ve also learned from him how to die faithfully.” Bowers said. Gary would want you to know that he is happy he is worshiping Jesus he is in a place with no more sickness no more pain,” teaching Pastor Tim Cartwright said.

His daughter sent me some text from one of Gary’s personal journals. What a blessing it was for me. The page was titled, “Was there a special person who helped you in your Christian walk? Share something about that person.”

At LSU a fellow student named Walter Larimore discipled me for two years and that was during the first years that I grew seriously as a Christian. Walter was brilliant, he’s a physician in Florida some of our men recently met. He was sharp witted, always deeply devoted in his walk with Christ, had a car, and was engaged with a 4.0 grade point in pre -med. Needless to say, he impressed me, but more importantly, he spent time teaching me. I was the youngest, least knowledgeable guy with our discipleship group of four, but that was a great time for laying a foundation for the future for me. 

We who follow Jesus walk through life trying to know him more deeply and sweetly, as he bears his fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) in and through us. Our goal? To be salt and light to others. What a joy it is to have a brief glimpse (which is all he gives us this side of eternity) of some of the fruit he has borne. What a blessing. 

The page from Gary’s journal

7) 3.5 MILLION WORDS!?!?

Being an untrained writer, I depend upon a couple of software programs to help me edit (ProWriting Aid, and Grammarly). I’ve used Grammarly since April 19, 2017, and in the span of the last 39 months they say that the total number of words they’ve checked is 3,627,657. That’s over 93,000 words a month. 

I thought that was a lot, until they told me that just last week (which was a heavy writing week in that I was editing my second Kissimmee book, tentatively titled, “Palm Tree Physician: More Life Lessons from a Small-Town Doctor in Old Florida”), they checked 124,410 words I had written! At an average of 250 words per double-spaced page, that means I edited almost 500 pages last week. I need a break!!!

8) Answers to Last Month’s Prayers

Once again, we were home for the month, and I worked on the second of my two books on my practice days in Kissimmee, FL. This one is tentatively titled, “Palm Tree Physician: More Life Lessons from a Small-Town Doctor in Old Florida.” Thanks for praying. I felt inspired as I wrote.

9) Prayer Requests for Upcoming Events

  • Once again, we will be home for the month and have no travel plans the rest of the year. 
  • Most of this month I’ll continue editing “Palm Tree Physician” as well as farming out pieces for reviews by many of the “characters” in the book.
  • Barb’s sister Sue, and two cousins come in for the July 4th weekend. We’re praying this will be a sweet time of visit and ministry.
  • At the end of the month, old friends from Florida are coming for a couple of days. We’ve known family physician, Don Twiggs and his wife, Linda, for 35 years. They are dear friends and we’re so looking forward to being with them.

10) Past Issues of our family newsletter

  • June 2020
    • Some Good News About My Dad’s Book: “War Horses”
    • Second Great Endorsement for “The Best Medicine”
    • 2020 Walk for Life
    • What a Blessing I Received
    • A Publishing Milestone – my 1000th Publication
    • Want to Read “Best Medicine” before everyone else?
  • 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
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