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Heroes and Monsters is an unforgettable memoir of passion and redemption, a ragged look into a world at once wildly twisted and profoundly beautiful, an exposé of both the hero and the monster within all of us.

In this stunningly honest, thoroughly unconventional, and ultimately hopeful book, Josh James Riebock explores issues that form us into the people we are--issues of family, love, intimacy, dreams, grief, purpose, and the unexpected stops along the journey. With artful prose and vivid storytelling, he shows that pain and beauty are so inextricably linked that to lose the former costs us the latter.

If you're grappling with life's inconsistencies and trials, 
if you're searching for an encounter with something real, 
if you're craving a story that's just a wee bit odd . . .

Heroes and Monsters is a fresh and exhilarating perspective on the uneven nature of life and the equally uneven people who inhabit it.




"The way the parts of me sometimes disagree,
it's a wonder this body doesn't shatter."



With transparent detail, Riebock (mY Generation: A Real Journey of Change and Hope) tells the story of his messy, confused, and gloriously grace-filled life in his sophomore effort. The book reads like a journal, or better yet, a graphic novel—complete with vivid illustrations of more pivotal episodes in the author’s life. While at times the story moves forward with the jerks of a teenage chauffeur, Riebock is able to transport readers nimbly to and from the painful, awkward, and meaningful moments of his life where mercy, love, and hope seep in through the seams. From the field where Riebock’s drunk father drives him right into Jack (a scarecrow who becomes Jesus’ alter ego in the book) to a hotel room in central Texas where an introvert gets comfortable with himself, Riebock’s struggles, both mundane and dramatic, reflect readers’ own life sagas and clearly reveal the author’s theological points without being systematic. As Riebock writes “Words are giants, able to lift people up, carry them to the stars, and tear planets apart...” his own locutions are vulnerable and imaginative, powerful without being forceful, certainly able to lift readers up and impart hope for the journey.

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"Josh narrates God's grace in the white spaces of his life.”
- Dave Goetz, author of Death by Suburb

"A wonderful story on life's struggles with grief, sacrifice, and redemption.”
- Fred Burton, author of Ghost and Chasing Shadows

"Heroes and Monsters is a beautiful book--and an ugly one. Beautiful because it's so honest, and ugly for precisely the same reason. Josh tells his life story with lively prose that explores the paradox of human splendor and wretchedness while dangling hints of redemption. As you read, don't be surprised to find your story in his story, and the divine companion who interrupts his life--the same one who has broken into yours. For Josh, the road traveled with God is twisting, bumpy, potholed . . . and well worth the ride."
- Drew Dyck, managing editor of Leadership Journal; author of Generation Ex-Christian

"The transparency in the words of one who has learned that life in Christ is not simple kept me turning page after page, laughing, weeping and nodding my head with an "amen" on my lips...If you are looking for an easy story, I suggest you leave this book on the shelf. If however, you desire to be challenged and changed as well as entertained don't miss this well written tale."
- HisFireFly

"A compelling look at a Gen-Y author’s journey toward understanding himself and his faith, Heroes and Monsters: An Honest Look At The Struggle Within All of Us engages the reader with vivid stories."
- Charisma Magazine

"It's an interesting & absorbing read, which in the end makes you realize that we all have our own private struggles & demons to deal with. If you enjoy something a litte more real & honest than the usual, you'll enjoy Heroes and Monsters!"
- My 1/2 Dozen Daily

"This is the best “captured thought” book I have read. Some people spell out the internal thought process, but in Heroes and Monsters, Josh Riebock really gets the randomness of thought, and how we think and we jump around all over the place, but he does it with and interesting style and with clarity that creates suspense in what will happen next...Riebock is a very talented, visually expressive writer."
- Infuzion Book Reviews

"The vulnerability in this memoir is shocking...Riebock's understanding of the human condition is breathtaking. To the point that I often had to pause...because he was talking about me. He was talking about things I have felt deep within my soul...about flaws that I too bear...This memoir left me feel stripped down yet understood, opened up yet restored, and hopeful. Hopeful because of the constant pointing back to the Savior as the answer to all of life's uncertainties and mysteries. Wonderful."
- In the Low Light

"Heroes and Monsters: An Honest Look at the Struggle Within All of Us is easily the best book I’ve read so far this year, and quite frankly, it’ll take something special to take it down...I can’t recommend this book enough. "
- Ian Cameron McLaren-Reviews & Other Stuff


"The scariest place I'll ever go is deep inside myself."

Learn More Trade Information Press Contact
Download the Media Kit Paperback: 304 pages Brendan Bell
Read the First Chapter Publisher: Baker Books (March 1, 2012) Artist Manager

Retail Price: $16.99 US (512) 745-4187

ISBN-10: 0801013984

ISBN-13: 978-0801013980

Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces


"Sometimes you have to fight for the life that you want."





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Connect with Josh


Josh was raised near Chicago, in a loving home that also featured alcoholism, hoarding, and a buffet of other peccadilloes. After college hopping for five years, Josh took a job at a church. It was there that he became reacquainted with his childhood love for telling stories-- Speaking of love, it's also during that time that he got married to Kristen, a girl that he grew up just a few houses away from.

Hungry for something a bit different--and certainly a warmer climate--the two of them moved to Austin, where Josh joined another church staff. The following year would be one of the most eventful of his life. It began with Kristen and Josh adopting their dog/son, Ditka, whom they became instantly obsessed with. Then, after nearly six years of working in churches, Josh decided that it was time to chase his long dormant dream of becoming a writer. So he quit his church job. But before he could really enjoy his newfound pursuit, both of his parents died only weeks apart. And while this was, and remains, the most difficult time in his life, it has also played a crucial role in making him into who he is today, shaping the way he writes, speaks, and interacts with the world.

In 2009, Baker Publishing Group released his first book, My Generation. His upcoming book, Heroes and Monsters, will be released in the spring of 2012. Josh maintains a busy travel schedule, speaking around the country at conferences, colleges, and churches. And yes, he really enjoys it very, very much.

If he isn't writing or speaking, he's probably in Austin, Texas, spending time with Kristen and Ditka, or reading, fiction probably, maybe something by Daniel Wallace or Chuck Palahniuk or Dave Eggers, or he might be watching an 80's movie, or talking about football with his friends.

Tour Schedule


Check out Josh's schedule for the Heroes and Monsters Tour.