Myrick releases new book on America, God, and political corectness

America is much different now than it was when Herman Myrick was young, a point he stresses in his newest book, “dispatches from the still small voice.”

“dispatches,” purposefully left in lowercase, was released in 2017, and is made up of scripture, history, observations about society, and messages from God. Myrick writes about issues like taking prayer out of school and the country’s move toward political correctness.

His style of writing is unique. The book is written like a poem but is not. There are no periods, and the only capital letters are in words referring to deities.

“All of the I’s in the book are lowercase, which are some of my thoughts, some of my ideas and some of my prayers and hopes and dreams, and some of my talking to God. Some of it is talking to God and some of it, I believe, is God talking to me and to the society,” said Myrick.

Coming to Gaston

A native of Biscoe, North Carolina, Myrick first moved to this area in 1993, settling in Cramerton to work in the mills. Myrick had worked in the textile for around 30 years and held management positions for at least 20 years. As those jobs began to leave the area, those final years became harder and harder.

“Many, many times the plant would close and I’d call my people that I was supervising in and write them all a glowing recommendation, and then I would go out and look for a job myself,” he said. “That’s the way the textile business was.”

Myrick then went back to school to become licensed to appraise real estate. But when he learned that wouldn’t be a viable option for him to make much of a living, he went back again and earned his real estate broker’s license for North and South Carolina.

Then the housing crisis happened.

“My wife and I both were doing real estate at that time, and we both really lost everything we had,” said Myrick.

There were other agents living on their street, and they watched them struggle as well. One lost their home. The Myricks had to take out a second mortgage to keep from losing their home.

“That’s some of the worst things that’s happened to me,” he said.

Time to write

Luckily, they were able to pull through. Myrick got a job as an assistant to the real estate agents in new home communities, a job that has allowed him enough spare time to write.

“One good thing about that is I kind of saw the hand of the Lord in that. Even though it’s not much money, there’s a lot of time when no one’s coming in the sales center,” said Myrick.

He began working on “dispatches” in 2009. The original book was around 600 pages. It has since been split into multiple books. While only one of the “dispatches” books has been published so far, others will follow.

In the meantime, Myrick is working on releasing another book more than 50 years in the making.

The current working title is “Brother Odell Gets the Call to Preach,” and is a collection of short stories that focus on one family. Some of the earliest stories date back to the 1960s, although many have been rewritten.

Myrick had taken writing courses when he was younger, and some of his stories won awards. But, he never had the time to fully devote himself to writing.

Myrick hopes to release “Brother Odell” this fall.

In addition to work and writing, Myrick serves as a deacon, trustee and Sunday school teacher for First Baptist Church of Belmont. He teaches guitar and mandolin at Belmont Fine Arts Academy, where his wife is the executive director and a teacher. He is also a member of Belmont Historical Society and the Charlotte Writers’ Club.

Copies of “dispatches from the still small voice” are available locally at Your Christian Bookstore in Gastonia, Park Road Books in Charlotte, Got Books in Shelby, and North State Books in Lincolnton. Copies are also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and on ereaders.

Reach reporter Brandy Beard at [email protected] or 704-869-1840.

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