How's It Feel, Tough Guy?

“Every so often, a writer has such a strong voice the reader feels as if they are in the same room with him or her. How’s It Feel, Tough Guy? is one such book”-Writer’s Digest




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2014 - 1st Place - Counseling/Recovery
2015 - 3rd Place - Inspirational/Spiritual

Praise for “How’s It Feel, Tough Guy?”

Michael and his family’s story has been such an inspiration to me. It goes to prove that God is still in the business of redemption, healing, and miracles. What an honor it has been to be able to share in even a small part of this story that I am sure will continue to encourage and change lives.

Mac Powell

Lead Singer, Third Day

The honesty, humility and repentant heart of a ex-criminal and prisoner is so refreshing in Mike’s story. So often similar testimonies like this are portrayed as one coming to Christ and they then live happily ever after. The realism of Mikes struggle before and after coming to Christ is so refreshing and demonstrates that through perseverance and the grace of God there is ultimate victory in Christ. As someone who has seen first hand how God’s power can change anyone’s life, Mike’s is outstanding among them. I highly recommend this book.

Don Wilkerson

Co-Founder, Teen Challenge

“How’s It Feel Tough Guy” is must reading. Mike Palombi’s story combines raw reality with regal redemption. Life failure with love found. It is an awesome testimony to the saving and empowering grace of the Lord Jesus. Read the book and share it with others.

Dr. A. Steven Turner

Director of Chaplaincy Services , Georgia State Department of Corrections

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From the Author

“You should write a book, Mike!”

For years, people who heard my story of redemption and restoration–earned through decades of getting smacked upside my head, both literally and figuratively–told me that they wanted to see my story in print. But all I’d ever done about writing a book is stand in defense against why I couldn’t write one. To me, writing a book was just another opportunity to fail. And I’d failed enough in my life, thank you very much.

What was keeping me from giving my testimony in a book? Let’s just say that the greatest enemy of accomplishment is the fear of failure. But I finally set aside that fear, took a leap of faith, and put my story on paper.

The task of writing this memoir required me to live in what I call, “The Uncomfortable Zone,” the place where transparency and vulnerability prevail–the place where being a tough guy doesn’t cut it. I had to take a hard look into the dark corners of my life that was so thorough and so deep, it hurt–bad–and then it healed and restored my life.

In the end, that leap of faith made me an author, so that now I can share my story with people all around the world.

–Mike Palombi

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It isn’t often that a story this powerful comes along. Mike Palombi’s message of hope is encouraging, inspiring, and a welcomed antidote for those struggling with the condition of hopelessness. His message is delivered powerfully, simply, and not without answers to some of life’s most troubling circumstances.

Whether you are an inmate, an addict, a housewife, or a church pastor, Mike’s message crosses multi-cultural boundaries and respectfully challenges every man and woman, young and old, to re-evaluate their own lives and choose how they will live.

Mike’s message of hope has reached audiences, large and small, in prison, church congregations, schools for at-risk youth, drug treatment facilities, recovery groups, and youth and men’s groups.


The 30-year owner of a construction company, Mike Palombi has been building foundations—both for houses and for young lives. In 2008, Mike was able to accomplish what even the law said he’d never be able to accomplish; he received a Standard Certification for Teacher of Carpentry allowing him to teach in any school in the State of New Jersey. Since his release from prison, Mike has used his trade skills and experience of overcoming the entanglements of addiction and incarceration to teach at-risk youth the importance of building foundations for life.

In January 2014 Mike released his award-winning memoir, How’s It Feel, Tough Guy? From Prisoner of Pride to Prisoner of Hope. His memoir, received 1st Place recognition in The Christian Writers Awards, in the category of Counseling/Recovery and is currently in over one hundred prisons and county jails nationwide. Together with his wife Heidi, they use the book as a vehicle to bring a message of hope to those most others deem to be hopeless.

Most recently, Mike became enrolled in the Brooklyn Teen Challenge School of Ministry and is pursuing his ministerial credential to help position himself to have access to the prison populations he desires most to minister to.  Mike regularly speaks at men’s groups, churches, recovery events, drug treatment facilities and jails. He and Heidi are active members of Life Chapel and reside at the Jersey Shore.