Thursday, May 3, 2012
My Review of HEROES AND MONSTERS by Josh Riebock
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HEROES AND MONSTERS is a unique and creative memoir that looks at the life of faith in Jesus in all its moments of light and darkness. Josh Riebock, the book’s author, writes of experiences sometimes incredible and sometimes heartbreaking and tells all of them in a way that is refreshing and thought-provoking. Riebock takes on a journey that begins on a night when his hero his father does something less than heroic. Much of the book looks at how Riebock handles the often dysfunctional nature of his family and the journey from bitterness to forgiveness. This all coincides with his journey with a character that pops in and out of the story that Riebock calls “Jack.” It’s best to read the story to understand Jack.
HEROES AND MONSTERS looks at the nature of people to be either forces for good or for evil, and more often somewhere in between. Through Riebock’s story, hope for redemption pours forth on nearly every page. Riebock is a great storyteller, and I loved the artistic way he tells his story. The book is honest throughout and deals with heavy issues head-on. Ultimately, Riebock shows a story where God pursues the hearts of people and leads to profound and beautiful transformation.
HEROES AND MONSTERS is unlike any book I’ve read, but it’s a really good one. Check it out for a fresh perspective on what journeying with Jesus looks like in real life.
I received this book for free for review from Baker Books, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own