When Shovels Break

                          When Shovels Break:                  
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Please be prepared because this story will shock you.  

When Shovels Break is a candid, raw and gritty true story about a Christian couple who falls away from the Lord and their faith, 
returning to the world of sin.  They lose everything in the process including any hope that God can or will ever forgive them.

Hopelessness, shame, guilt and despair bring John to the 
brink of suicide.  Does God intervene?  Can John and his wife ever be forgiven?  Can they return to the Lord, His faith, and the church?

This true story is about falling away and the possibility of God's love, grace and incredible forgivenss!

424 Pages
ISBN:  978-0-692-30686-4
Copyright 2015 by Michael Shank
Edited by Christa Bryant
Cover by Joe Kelly
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Professionally Edited

Chapter Titles REMOVED

          (prevents readers from skipping around and/or reading selected chapters only)

Barn-yard curse-words REMOVED

Numerous corrections to punctuation and typos

Extended Q&A

Beautiful New Cover with Matte Finish

6th Edition Revised:  Changes in this revision
The story has NOT changed!  The 6th Edition has been professionally edited with previous typo's, punctuation, and grammatical errors corrected.  The previous version contained edited curse-words (i.e. "pompous ____") that have been rewritten (now says "pompous (expletive)").  

Chapter Titles Removed:  Some of the souls we try to reach with the book would skim through the book, then read only a selected chapter (i.e. Sinner's Prayer...Hoax).  This caused them to discard the book without reading the story from beginning to end in proper context.  Therefore, I removed the chapter titles in an effort to prevent the prospect from jumping around.  This should increase those who respond to the gospel dramatically!

Tone Softened:  Some thought that I was too harsh when I, in example, called Calvinism "junk".  I removed the word "junk" to soften the tone.  Three words were changed in the 6th Edition to soften the tone.

Readers wanted a greater explanation regarding the "relationship with Jesus" section of the book.  I provide greater clarity on this issue in this 6th edition.

Numerous Corrections:  Corrections relate only to typo's, punctuation, and improper grammar.  These corrections do NOT change the story.  

Cover Art Improved:  As you can see, we've tried to improve the cover art-work to improve the "first impression" of the book.

Paperback: 380 pages
Language: English 
Publication Date:  May 30, 2011
6th Edition Revised Date:  October 2014
ISBN-10: 0615474616
ISBN-13: 978-0615474618
Product Demensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
Product Weight: 1 lb 2 oz

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What is Muscle and a Shovel About?

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!  

A Fair Warning...

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.



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"If I could only have one other book besides the Bible, this would be my choice."
Heidi J. Sprouse
Amazon.com Book Review, 7/17/2012

"This is a MUST read for everyone in the world.  If I were rich I would buy cases of this book and stand on the street corners and give it out for free.  It is an amazing God inspired book.  It will change your life forever!"
by Sunshine (Amazon.com screen name)
Amazon.com Book Review, 10/25/2012

"This book is WONDERFUL! It reads like a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't put it down! There is a statement about "Fair Warning" in the beginning and you will understand why when you read it. It will REALLY cause you to re-think everything you once thought to be true. It is eye-opening and life-changing. It gives a whole new persceptive on the religious world and will challenge you to DIG for the truth like never before! (Hence the Shovel term in the title I guess). I cannot say enough good things about this book. Hold on tight. It's a wild-ride. If ever there was a "MUST READ" though, this is it!"
Amazon.com book review by S. Aragon, Knoxville, TN

"Muscle and a Shovel is one of the most soul searching books I have ever read. It takes Mike Shank from thinking everyone is saved no matter where they go to church to finding out the true meaning of salvation. It goes through all his questions about denominations, and how he struggles with his knowledge. This book helped me to understand why so many so called Christians don't understand what I understand, and why they have been taught error. It is so easy to be deceived, as Mike shows us in the book. Yes, I'm buying more. I think every member of the church of Christ needs to read this. It will deepen their faith. I'm so happy someone told me about this book, and I'm spreading the word to others. This is a great book. I pray more people read it, and read it with an open heart. Thank you Mike for writing it."

Kathy Cretsinger via Amazon.com book reviews
Tennessee, 8/3/2012

"Our daughter has always been one of these I'm a good person, so I will go to heaven type people. We have been trying to talk Bible and Christ to her for years to no avail. My wife gave her a copy of this wonderful book with shear fear of what she would do. Something in her reading of this glorious book kicked her in the tail and I baptized her into Christ Aug. 09, 2012. I thank God above for touching her heart, and for Michael Shank and his story that touched another lost soul. This is a must buy, read and give to a lost soul book."
by AKS (Amazon.com screen name)
Amazon.com Book Review, 8/12/2012

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