Muscle and a Shovel
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2nd Edition Revised: January 2013
• Punctuation and grammatical errors corrected
• Final two chapters rearranged for better readability
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Muscle and a Shovel is a raw, gritty, true story about young newly-weds, Michael and Jonetta Shank, who move to the city to pursue the American Dream. In the middle of their pursuit they're befriended by a man who turns their beliefs about God, their church and their faith upside-down! Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, Pentecostals, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Community Churches - no one is spared when Truth is at stake and their new friend doesn't care about political correctness or religious tolerance.
Prepare to have your intellect, emotions and existing beliefs set on fire!
If you choose to read this book your beliefs will be challenged in ways you never thought possible and from a vantage point you may have never considered. The fact that this is non-fiction is one reason why this story is so compelling and powerful. This book will anger, frustrate and agitate your senses beyond description.
It will force you to examine the beliefs you hold close to your heart, but you won't finish this book without being satisfied. If your sensibilities are easily offended, this story is probably not for you. In fact, many who begin the story won't make it to the end of the book. Those who do will find something far more valuable than the purchase price of the book.
"If I could only have one other book besides the Bible, this would be my choice."
Heidi J. Sprouse
Amazon.com Book Review, 7/17/2012
"This is a MUST read for everyone in the world. If I were rich I would buy cases of this book and stand on the street corners and give it out for free. It is an amazing God inspired book. It will change your life forever!"
by Sunshine (Amazon.com screen name)
Amazon.com Book Review, 10/25/2012
"This book is WONDERFUL! It reads like a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't put it down! There is a statement about "Fair Warning" in the beginning and you will understand why when you read it. It will REALLY cause you to re-think everything you once thought to be true. It is eye-opening and life-changing. It gives a whole new persceptive on the religious world and will challenge you to DIG for the truth like never before! (Hence the Shovel term in the title I guess). I cannot say enough good things about this book. Hold on tight. It's a wild-ride. If ever there was a "MUST READ" though, this is it!"
Amazon.com book review by S. Aragon, Knoxville, TN
"Muscle and a Shovel is one of the most soul searching books I have ever read. It takes Mike Shank from thinking everyone is saved no matter where they go to church to finding out the true meaning of salvation. It goes through all his questions about denominations, and how he struggles with his knowledge. This book helped me to understand why so many so called Christians don't understand what I understand, and why they have been taught error. It is so easy to be deceived, as Mike shows us in the book. Yes, I'm buying more. I think every member of the church of Christ needs to read this. It will deepen their faith. I'm so happy someone told me about this book, and I'm spreading the word to others. This is a great book. I pray more people read it, and read it with an open heart. Thank you Mike for writing it."
Kathy Cretsinger via Amazon.com book reviews
"Our daughter has always been one of these I'm a good person, so I will go to heaven type people. We have been trying to talk Bible and Christ to her for years to no avail. My wife gave her a copy of this wonderful book with shear fear of what she would do. Something in her reading of this glorious book kicked her in the tail and I baptized her into Christ Aug. 09, 2012. I thank God above for touching her heart, and for Michael Shank and his story that touched another lost soul. This is a must buy, read and give to a lost soul book."
by AKS (Amazon.com screen name)
Amazon.com Book Review, 8/12/2012