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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.
This story will grip you from opening to close and will stimulate your spirit on levels you didn’t think possible. Get ready to fight or flee because Muscle and a Shovel is one of those rare books that will raise your heart-rate and your blood-pressure. You won’t want to wait to share it with your friends or you’ll want to dowse it in gasoline and set on fire! There’ll be no middle ground.
Many Christian reviewers have said, “This book will turn our current religious world upside-down!”
PRAISE GOD! 6 Baptists Obeyed...
Dear friends, this story will give you goose-bumps!
I have been a Baptist preacher's kid for my entire life. I was 'saved' at a young age, went to church all my life, and knew without a doubt that I had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I was very ignorant of God's word and never read it for myself.
My grandparents started attending a church of Christ about ten years ago. My grandfather was raised in the Lord's church, but was never obedient to the gospel in his early life and was away from the church for a long time, but had a great deal of biblical knowledge. My great-grandmother, his mother, has attended all of her life and is still faithful.
The preacher asked my grandmother to read "Muscle and a Shovel" because she was new to the simple Truth of the gospel, because she had spent many years in the Baptist Church. For my grandfather, it [Muscle and a Shovel] reaffirmed his decision to obey the gospel, and my grandmother's eyes were opened to the Truth.
They were baptized in December 2013. At Christmas, my grandfather gave the book to my father (a Baptist pastor for over 20 years) and told him, "Promise me that no mater how angry you get you will finish this book!" Both of my parents did just that, and after painful and emotional consideration about their own Baptist baptism, they where baptized for the remission of there sins in the name of Jesus Christ, February 2014.
After my parents started attending church they gave the book [Muscle and a Shovel] to my brother and after reading it, and visits with our preacher, he also obeyed the gospel about six months later!
About a week ago my grandmother gave me the book and told me, "It has changed her life!" and asked me to read it with an open heart and an open bible. I read it in one day and was baptized that night!
My entire family is so thankful that Michael Shank had the courage to write his story.
(God bless you Rachel, and may the Lord bless your entire family for your honest hearts (Luke 8:15), for your willingness to examine the Word of God against your previously held beliefs, and for your obedience to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!)
Your sincere thoughts and requests would be deeply appreciated...
Our son, Andrew, reached out to some in in Mexico, and we're so grateful to God! We do not know her, but she is seeking the truth and lives somewhere close to Cancun. Our hope is that you'll be praying for her and her family.