(Reviewer Wes McAdams is the preaching minister at the Baker Heights congregation in Abilene, TX.
His writing - located on his Radically Christian website - is often poignant and timely.)
Last I heard, there have been over 7,000 people baptized after reading the book, Muscle and a Shovel by Michael Shank. I don’t think it is overstating things to say this is a book that is changing the world. Just imagine the family trees, forever changed because someone read this book.
Simply put, Muscle and a Shovel is the true story of how Michael Shank and his wife became Christians. Michael writes how his friend, Randall, helped he and his wife to see the error in their religious beliefs. When Randall first began teaching him, Michael was indignant and confident he was already saved. However, Michael soon realized that the things he had always been taught in his denomination – and by his pastor – were wrong. He realized, if he wanted to be saved by the blood of Christ, he needed to make a change.
It is not a difficult book to read. In fact, you will probably find it difficult to put down. It is a very compelling and entertaining story. But it is so much more than that. It is a challenging story. It is a story that shows the power of God’s word. It is a story that might make you rethink your beliefs; for thousands of people, it has done just that.
If you are a member of a denominational church, I dare you to read this book. And I make you this promise, you will never be the same again. If you read it, and are willing to listen to the truth, your life will be changed forever!
You can purchase the paperback or kindle editions of Muscle and a Shovel on Amazon.
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