heroes and monsters
“The way the parts of me sometimes disagree,
it’s a wonder this body doesn’t shatter.”
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.
praise & reviews of heroes and monsters
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A wonderful story on life's struggles with grief, sacrifice, and redemption.
Josh narrates God's grace in the white spaces of his life.
My Generation is a raw, creative, and moving journey into the depths of a new generation. Generation Y, as it is often called is the generation of tattoos, cell phones, social networking, racial diversity, and community. But it is also the generation of broken homes, school shootings, immense performance pressure, jadedness, loneliness, self-indulgence, and insecurity. Our world has largely failed to understand and bring restoration to this 70 million-member people group.
Josh James Riebock takes readers on a gripping story-driven trip into the soul of a generation that is slowly being transformed from within. Through authentic and humorous stories from his life, he provides understanding and keen insight into this eclectic, eccentric, and beautiful group of people, while refusing to sugarcoat or water down their painful reality. Readers will walk away with a greater sense of who God is, inspired to live their own life in a fuller way, and with a hopeful vision for how they can play a role in the healing of this essential generation.
boy in the box
Tales of Five
Speaking to Phoenix One, at Historical Presbyterian Church in downtown Phoenix, Josh tells five separate short stories, including some from his own life, a fictional parable, a work of poetry, and another from the Bible. Themes include facing our true selves, the fight for love, and discerning the voice of God.
(In the live environment, music was played between each story. The music has been removed for this recording.)