Monthly Family Update – October 2022

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Monthly Family Update – October 2022

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. A physician writes a sweet note
  2. My Father was featured in a nice article

1) A physician writes a sweet note

A retired Ob-Gyn physician named Charlotte recently sent me this note.

After reading your Bryson City series for the second time in August [Bryson City Tales, Seasons, and Secrets], then I took a break and read the War book [At First Light: A True World War II Story of a Hero, His Bravery, and an Amazing Horse].

Now I’m just finishing the Kissimmee series [The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor AND The Best Gift: Tales of a Small-Town Doctor Learning Life’s Greatest Lessons] for the second time. 

Last night I was reading about y’all’s four miscarriages,, and I had the sweetest thought:  What a joy when you and Barb get to Heaven to suddenly have those 4 precious children gathered around you!

Then you’ll have the “big family” that y’all wanted so much on earth! 

Makes me tear up thinking about it – children who have been with Jesus all these years – Wow! 

And what fun it will be someday for Kate and Scott to meet their other 4 siblings! 

Not any time soon of course, but something to look forward to in the “sweet by and by”!

She added:

One other thought I had: Your books were not available when I graduated from medical school in 1967, but I wish that your 5 medical tales books could be required reading for every medical school graduate!

 What a blessing that would be to so many!

Charlotte, your kind words, and feedback are an encouragement, affirmation, and blessing. It would be music to any author’s ears – and they certainly are to mine!

2) My Father was featured in a nice article

Upon getting up on Saturday, September 17, I found my phone was blowing up with messages and emails from Baton Rouge informing me of a huge article in the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper about my father and the book I wrote about him.

The article, Honoring his father’s legacy: ‘At First Light’ tells story of World War II hero Phil Larimore, was on the front page of the Life Section of the paper.

For those of you who have read the book, you might find this additional information that is in the article interesting:

After writing the book, Walt Larimore received records indicating bullets struck his dad twice on his helmet and once in his canteen as he rode the tank. The records include an interview with a German officer that the author wishes he could have used.

“The officer earlier stated that his men were demoralized at the appearance of the man on the tank that bullets would not stop,” he said. “Wouldn’t that be a great quote [to have included in the book]?”

If you haven’t read the book, you can learn more about At First Light: A True World War II Story of a Hero, His Bravery, and an Amazing Horse here.

3) Last Month’s Happenings

4) Upcoming Events

  • We’ll continue directing the ReEngage Marriage Ministry at Academy Christian Church this month.
  • Oct 13-18, Barb and I will take a beach vacation at Pensacola Beach. We’ve gone every summer for most of our lives and are definitely looking forward to getting our toes in the sand.
  • Oct 20, Barb and I will be in Cody, Wyoming, where I’ll be speaking at the annual fundraising banquet for the Serenity Pregnancy Resource Center. We absolutely love serving these wonderful centers.
  • Oct 21, Barb and I will lead an evening marriage seminar, How to Have a Crazy Good Marriage, at New Life Church in Powell, Wyoming.

8) Past Editions

September 2022

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

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

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