About The Author

Michael Shank is a husband, father, and grandfather. He and Jonetta have been married over three decades, have four sons and two grandchildren. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Communication from Southern Christian University and is currently working on a Masters. Michael spent four years in pulpit preaching and ministry, along with thirty-one years of individual, one-on-one evangelism experience.

The Shank family moved from southern Illinois to Colorado in the Spring of 2019 reside in the Wolf Ranch area of Colorado Springs. Michael and Jonetta love to camp, fly fish, hike and ride quads, but their passion is evangelism.

Prior to writing Muscle and a Shovel, Michael created and produced the original Why Are There So Many Churches DVD/video in cooperation with WVBS (2008). That video is now available free of charge on YouTube.

He has written five publications and hundreds of articles to date, with an accumulative sales of hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide, and some eighty-thousand plus baptized via God’s Word and his runaway best-seller Muscle and a Shovel. The sequel to Muscle and a Shovel titled When Shovels Break has assisted in the restoration of some six-thousand plus souls. All honor and credit to God!

Michael continues to write and publish tools for individual evangelism. Current projects include:

  • Russian translation of Muscle and a Shovel
  • Updated audiobook of Muscle and a Shovel
  • An upcoming children’s book series
  • The second of seven in the Revel Knox western series
  • Student Workbook and Teacher’s Guide for When Shovels Break
  • YouTube channel and content

The Shank family covet your prayers and are sincerely grateful to God for your love, support and friendship.