Author Merlene Hutto Byars’ Did Jesus Drive a Pickup Truck Unravels Life’s Four Seasons

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This insightful new book highlights the inspiring and lesson-filled life journey of the author’s husband, Alvin Byars.

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In an inspiring and poignant narrative that highlights one man’s thoughts and emotions, author Merlene Hutto Byars unravels life’s truth that just like nature, life also has its four seasons—revealing the joys and sorrows of spring, summer, fall, and winter—as seen through the eyes of her husband, Alvin Byars. Did Jesus Drive a Pickup Truck is a wonderful anthology of both poetry and prose, where Alvin’s words unveil the goodness and beauty of it all by teaching everyone that there is always a place – and time – for everything.

In this insightful and stirring collection, Alvin Byars wrote down his thoughts and emotions and shared the seasons of his life through his words and verses. In Did Jesus Drive a Pickup Truck, he deemed his childhood as the springtime of his life when his mother’s influence helped him see God in the lives of the people in their cotton mill community. His adolescence is the summertime of his life, when he paid tribute to his beloved sports, his team, teachers, and lifelong dreams. His marriage is its full bloom, when he and author Merlene Hutto Byars started a family together. He described myasthenia gravis as the closing part of this season, when he had the debilitating disease that left him unable to swallow, open his eyes, speak coherently, walk erectly, and breathe easily. His cancer is a remembrance of the autumn of his life, when he still endured living while battling brain tumor. Finally, though he finally faced wintertime, he showed how wonderful life is through poignant verses—about his love for God, family, and everything in his life—that touch the heart.

In Did Jesus Drive a Pickup Truck, readers can see life in a new light through the eyes of Alvin Byars. His journey through life was not easy, but it can encourage anyone. Through his words and verses, they will learn and understand more about life and God’s love.

This book will be featured at the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair Book Exhibit in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 9 - 13, 2013.

For more information on this reprint version, an updated edition by his wife, author Merlene Hutto Byars, interested parties can log on to

About the Author

Merlene Hutto Byars is no stranger to preserving history. As an artist, publisher and writer, all that she creates reflects in some way her love for the state of South Carolina. Merlene H. Byars belongs to several literary societies associated with the University of South Carolina. Her fascination with history and genealogy goes back to the time she was 12 years old. She has since traced her family back to Adam and Eve through Royal families in Europe and the Middle East. She has lived in South Carolina most of her life and received her education in Accounting and Journalism. She has published five history books and produced a drama during the Columbia Bicentennial. She has shown her artwork, books and genealogy at Oxford University and Cambridge University, England, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Lisbon, Portugal.

Did Jesus Drive a Pickup Truck * by Merlene Hutto Byars
Trade Paperback; $19.54; 388 pages; 978-1-4257-6245-2
Trade Hardback; $29.69; 388 pages; 978-1-4257-6251-3

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