Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:
1) Annual Update
I hope each of you and your families had a Christ-centered, warm-memory-creating, family-filled Christmas and I pray you have a most Blessed New Year. Ours was fantastic and included a white Christmas and some holiday time to reflect on 2022. As for me, the last year has been one of refocusing:
2) At First Light to be honored at the National WWII Museum on Tuesday, January 10
I’m so happy to have learned that my and Mike Yorkey’s book about my father’s exploits in WWII, At First Light: A True World War II Story of a Hero, His Bravery, and an Amazing Horse, will be honored during an evening celebration at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans on Tuesday, January 10. If you know anyone in New Orleans, let them know. Here’s the tentative schedule:
3) At First Light featured on the Stephen Ambrose History Happy Hour
I was honored to participate in a one-hour show with the Stephen Ambrose History Happy Hour on Sunday, December 11. If you missed it, you can view it here. They write about themselves, “Each Sunday at 4 PM EDT, host-historians Christopher Anderson in London and Rick Beyer in Chicago each grab a cocktail and go live to talk history (and maybe some smack) during History Happy Hour. They welcome fascinating and knowledgeable guests … for entertaining history discussions.”
4) At First Light nominated or submitted for nine book awards
I’m delighted that At First Light has already received two book awards:
I’m also excited to announce that the book is being considered for a number of other state, regional, or national book awards:
5) A Unique View of my Dad’s Leadership Style revealed in At First Light
Here’s a review of the book and some comments about my father’s leadership style by Richard Conroy, PhD
I have been a longtime fan of anything written by Walt Larimore, MD. He and Mike Yorkey have written a thorough and collaboratively researched historical non-fiction account of Phillip Larimore, Jr.’s service to our country in World War II. As recounted by others, this is a story that needed to be told and is a compelling and inspirational account of bravery and service—I believe it is much more. It is about leadership at its best, more specifically the emotional intelligence aspect of leadership effectiveness. Research suggests the emotional intelligence competencies of a group’s leader improve organizational effectiveness, whether in the military or elsewhere. Emotional intelligence is also related to transformational leadership. I cannot say enough about my view of Phillip Larimore Jr.’s story as one of emotionally intelligent and transformational leadership.
6) Readers Continue to Dish Out Love for At First Light
In addition, I’m delighted that the book has received 331 reviews, of which 318 (96%) are 5-star ratings on a number of online review sites, including:
Several reviewers comment that it’s the best or one of the best WWII books that they’ve ever read, and quite a few say they think it should be made into a movie. From their lips to God’s ears, as the old saying goes. If you haven’t read it, I hope you will. And if you have, I hope you’ll leave a 5-star review on Amazon, B&N, and GoodReads. Thanks.
7) Recent At First Light interviews or reviews
8) Last Month’s Happenings
9) Upcoming Events
10) Past Editions
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