I just read this book, and I couldn't put it down! I found myself opening my Bible constantly to read the scriptures mentioned. On top of that, it was a very entertaining read.
Book Jacket description:
Muscle and a Shovel is a raw, gritty, true story about a pair of young newly-weds who move to the city to chase the American dream. In the process they are befriended by a man who turns their belief about God, their church, and their faith upside down.
Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, the Community Churches - none are spared when Truth is at stake and their new friend Randall isn't about to "candy-coat" God's Word for the sake of "political correctness" or "religious tolerance."
This raw, uncensored story grabs you and doesn't let go. Prepare to have your intellect, emotions, and existing beliefs set on fire!
This is a book that will challenge you in ways you may never have been challenged before. All pointing to the Word of God. It's not a "light" read, and I have to say, I LOVED IT!
If you want an honest look at God's word, be noble-minded like the Bereans (Acts 17:11), double-check the scriptures Mr. Shank uses and read them in their contexts (from the beginning to the end of the chapter or the book, if necessary). After all, we can't just pull out one verse and say it means so-and-so without reading the verses before and after one particular text. This book will teach you to do that! And it will teach you how simple it is to understand the Bible by just reading it and not adding our own interpretations, what others "tell us" it means, or leaning on "traditions of men," etc. Simply read the Word and see what it has to say for itself.
Having grown up in both the Pentecostal (Dad's side) and Baptist (Mom's side) churches, I found this book to be an eyeopener and a HUGE encouragement to my faith.
Here's what others are saying:
ONE BAPTIST PREACHER'S RESPONSE: This story provoked me on spiritual levels I didn't know existed! Everyone who reads this story should be prepared to "fight or flee" -- MUSCLE AND A SHOVEL is one of those rare books that will raise your blood-pressure. You'll either give it to everyone you know or put it in a shredder -- there's no middle ground. This book just might turn the religious world on its ear!
--name withheld by request (Baptist Minister of 18 years, Nashville, TN)
N.B. HARDEMAN'S NEPHEW SAID:
Timely and MUCH needed -- this is a book you'll read over and over! It's a perfect gift written by an exquisite talent for simplicity, and direct enough to touch the heart of every reader. It is a storehouse to treasure. Every Christian should have a copy of this book in their home!
--Dan Webb (Educator, Author, Gospel Preacher)
MICHAEL SHANK earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Communications at Southern Christian University. He serves the Lord through preaching, teaching, and full-time ministry work. Michael, his wife Jonetta, and their four sons live in rural southern Illinois.
Mr. Shank, why this book?
MUSCLE AND A SHOVEL is a unique, real-life conversion story that is written in a story (novel) form. The book contains over 1,000 Bible references, and also reveals how I fought the Truth! This story should not only be a great tool to teach the lost, but is should also serve to encourage, strengthen, and edify every New Testament Christian that reads it!
Muscle and a Shovel is a true story, and accurate in every sense, which is one of the reasons why the story is so compelling. Mr. Shank hopes you'll read it and share it with your family and friends. And so do I!
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If you want to win a copy of this book, leave a comment and your email address like so: sandirog at gmail dot com. May the person who can take an honest look at scriptures and has a true love for TRUTH win!!!