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Muscle and a Shovel

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Best-selling book that includes Randall’s Secret, end notes, bibliography, and the complete index of all scriptural references used throughout the story.

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Muscle and a Shovel is the best-selling true story about eighteen-year-old newlyweds, Michael and Jonetta Shank. The couple moves from rural southern Illinois to Nashville in pursuit of the American Dream; however, their beliefs about God, faith, and the Bible are turned upside-down after befriending a young black man named Randall. The story reveals truth in a way never before seen. Over one million copies in print.

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!

You are the hands of feet of Jesus Christ. Do you know people who have not obeyed the gospel? Do you run into people that you would like to share the gospel with in your daily life? What a great opportunity to stock up on this tool! Introduce Randall to everyone you meet! Scatter the seed wherever you go!


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!”

Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 1 × 5.8 × 8.2 in

Hardback, Paperback










Michael Shank

8 reviews for Muscle and a Shovel

  1. Gene staggs (verified owner)

    We have used this inspiring teaching aid in our local jail ministery. The past year has yielded 21 baptisms, 3 restored.It is a book that teaches God’s plan for mankind. I call on Christians everywhere to buy this book,place it in the hand of the lost,the local jail library, a friend you work with ,the results will be self evident. Godspeed.

  2. Lea (verified owner)

    I am reordering and I encourage others to order as well. This book is a wonderful tool to put in the hands of those that need encouragement to obey the Gospel. In conjunction with the Holy Word of God, of course.

  3. Raquell Wiggins (verified owner)

    What a wonderful tool in evangelism & the spreading of the Gospel. I couldn’t put it down & keep sharing! FOR EVERYONE!!! Thank you! I keep re-ordering! Refires up us oldies & puts the curious in the path of righteousness!

  4. Bart Sparks

    I have been a Christian for 47 years, have been meeting with my family ever since I can remember at the church of Christ. Studied the Bible, ( not as much as I should) for most of those years. This book made me rethink some of my actions. Which it opened my eyes to why we do the things and why God has given the clear direction on how we should worship Him.
    It is my hope and prayer that ever Christian reads this book and then share it with someone, correction everyone they know. Thank you Michael for writing this book.

  5. Joseph Sullivan (verified owner)

    Love this book. Been studying for years. Know the Bible. But this book helps share scripture in study, that further promotes a helpful study in His truth. I like the Muscle and Shovel so much I’m giving it to my friends. I have a more ready answer in Bible texts, from this study aid.

  6. tonyrankin52

    What a fantastic journey to salvation that took a team of people who all played a vital part in Michael and Jonetta’s salvation. Randall and his ready recollection of scripture that was appropriately applied along with patients and perseverance. Children of God who sincerely wanted to find God’s truth at all costs. Not because of family, not because of friends, not because the majority of the people are doing it, and certainly not because it is the current fad, but because of wanting to please God by truly serving Him as directed by His inspired word. The questions that were asked and answered and the attitude of teaching the truth in love that was obviously displayed was a breath of fresh air. The internal struggle of dealing with pride and wanting to hang on to old values that were taught in error and having the courage to step up and be honest with one’s self and choose God’s truth and salvation through Christ Jesus that is so thoroughly and completely exemplified through God’s living word. Please, Please, give this wonderful book a chance and read it along with using your Bible to verify scripture and please continue to study to show yourself approved in God’s word.

  7. Pauletta Littleton (verified owner)

    This book taught me so much about studying scripture . I was going through a terrible time , when it was given to me . It brought my focus back to where it needed to be and gave me direction . I had been a Church Of Christ member for years . Now I am an active one . I pass out copies of Muscle and a Shovel , study with people and am no longer afraid to talk to people about my knowledge of the word .

  8. Tania Holland Blankenship

    This book was awesome! I have been blessed by Christian parents, now deceased, who raised me in the church of Christ. I have learned an enormous amount of information that I plan to use in my studies. It has renewed my faith and helped me to realize just how much I still have to learn. I plan to buy my children each a copy with extras to give to others. I am starting my notecards this week with Bible versus to memorize! Thank you Brother Shank for this wonderful book!

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