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This book seeks to provide biblical and practical help for those who wish for their churches to “be catchers” instead of “pitchers.” The authors share their personal implosions and personal stories from others who needed “reclaiming” because of a personal failure or a church failure. The book provides a framework for how churches can develop a truly biblical culture of restoration that leads them to restore broken believers to a healthy relationship with God and His local church.
In fact, the practical principles shared in this book were hammered out in the experience of a local church led by one of the authors, Pete Tackett. Antioch Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, has been transformed into a “reclaiming” church that has been used of God to restore several broken ministers and church members to spiritual health and usefulness. Pastor Pete met his co-author, Michael Stover, when reaching out to provide tangible assistance shortly after Michael and his family were ousted from a local church and moved back to Northeast Tennessee.
Listen to this episode of the Reclaiming Podcast in which Michael and Pete share a portion of their stories and the reasons for writing this book.
HOW TO WRITE WELL
Have you ever wanted to improve your writing skills? Why is it important to write well? It seems like a silly question, but our writings precede us. When applying for a job we must submit a resume’ and sometimes a cover letter. Or how about when sending e-mails to people we don’t know well or haven't met, such as work partners, customers, or when responding on behalf of your company or institute? Your writing often forms the first impression, and you only get one chance to make it. When writing, we send a message about ourselves.
Michael Stover has distilled over 10 years of writing and editing experience into one easy-to-read work that you will refer to again and again. Learn from his simple lessons and realize a marked improvement in your writing after just the first 30 minutes!
The 2nd Edition contains 5 new sections to further improve your writing. With this new version, this book will become an even more valuable resource to keep handy while you write.
JESUS AND DIRT
Jesus was an amalgamation of profundity and simplicity. God and human. Redeemer become servant. Creator and carpenter. Lord and sacrificial lamb. Because He was God he spoke with authority, and His words still resonate today. Because he was a simple Jewish carpenter, accustomed to a common life, He spoke with simplicity - and His words still resonate today.
This parable should really be entitled “The Parable of the Soil”, because the story, and the truths emphasized therein, do not focus on the one sowing seed. The focus of the story is about the soil. It’s about dirt. In Matthew 13, Jesus taught how the hearts of people can differ regarding openness, or receptiveness, to God's Word. And who knows the hearts of mankind better than the Creator/Carpenter? He has the dirt on all of us!
WRITING & FREELANCING ARTICLES
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A BIT ABOUT ME
Michael Stover is a husband to one, father of five, proud grandfather, and a cancer survivor. Since 2005, he has written, edited, and contributed to numerous bible study materials, college subject matter, blogs, websites, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction works. He holds degrees from Union University and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, both in his home state of Tennessee.
Michael’s experience in vocational Christian ministry includes serving as youth pastor, assistant pastor, minister of missions, education, & evangelism, and senior pastor at churches in Mississippi and Tennessee from 1993-2013.
He has also served as an association Sunday School Director, Association VBS Director, Area Crusade Outreach Leader, National VBS Training Team Member for LifeWay Christian Resources in 2007-2008, TN Baptist VBS Training Team Member in 2005, 2007, 2008, MS Baptist VBS Training Team Member in 2008, as well as a writer for numerous VBS and Adult Sunday School resources for LifeWay Christian Resources.
Michael has published How to Write Well, a self-help book to assist aspiring writers in improving their craft; and Jesus and Dirt: A Fresh Look at the Parable of the Sower, a bible study resource for small groups and pastors. Both resources are available in print, digital, and audiobook versions.
Michael's newest book, co-authored with local pastor Pete Tackett and published by Renovate Publishing, is re.CLAIM.ing - A Handbook for Developing a Restorative Culture in Your Church. Listen to this episode of the Reclaiming Podcast for insight into the reasons for writing this book.
In addition to full-time freelance writing and editing, Michael enjoys reading, fishing, cooking, beaches, old movies, history, 80s music, and lots of family time.
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