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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

When I saw the video of an excerpt from Josh Riebock's book, Her

When I saw the video of an excerpt from Josh Riebock's book, Heroes and Monsters, the stream of consciousness, poetic writing style really grabbed my attention because it reminded me of the beat poets ~ Bukowski, Kerouac, Ginsberg. Then I heard Josh speak and he said so...
When I saw the video of an excerpt from Josh Riebock's book, Heroes and Monsters, the stream of consciousness, poetic writing style really grabbed my attention because it reminded me of the beat poets ~ Bukowski, Kerouac, Ginsberg. Then I heard Josh speak and he said so much that resonated with the feelings and thoughts I've had about life and God and trying to honor both of them with my words, actions and relationships. Hearing his message I knew I had to have the book. This book has been described as a work of art, and I have to agree. The writing is daring, creative and rich. It was refreshing to hear a Christian talk about the things that are so often avoided in Christian literature in a way that doesn't make your skin crawl with its churchiness. This book exposes the duality between the tangible and the spiritual lives and helps you look at yourself as one integrated creature who was made to be transparent and real, not to live up to others' expectations. I want to read it again (as soon as my husband is done reading it!)

posted by tashabouvier on July 23, 2012

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11 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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This book is full of religious claptrap. Don't buy it.

posted by 7357112 on August 30, 2012

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

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    pretty good book. I liked it.

    pretty good book. I liked it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    The style of writing is very easy to read. The metaphors are a l

    The style of writing is very easy to read. The metaphors are a little bit strange -- the book goes from autobiographical to fantasy and back without warning. But it's littered with little gems of wisdom. I frequently feel validated because he expresses things that I thought I was alone in experiencing. I've been posting quotes from this book on Facebook and always get comments and likes from my friends. I wish I had a way to keep these quotes in front of me as daily reminders of the bigger picture in life.

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

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    A creative and interesting way to deal with his coming to terms

    A creative and interesting way to deal with his coming to terms with God and his faith. I appreciated the story. I felt it slowed a little in the middle, but worth hanging with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

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    This book is so honest, there is something for everyone to relate to. The author is brave to bear so much of his soul to strangers. A good read that really causes a person to think about issues that haven't hit the surface in years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    great read

    what a great book. it was like reading a persoal journal. its not a fast paced book but one to take a moment and reflect upon life itself.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

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    Heroes and Monsters

    While I know it's not good to judge a book by its cover, when I saw this book, I immediately wanted to read it. The pictures were okay, but they weren't the main selling points for why I wanted to read this book (I am not very fond of snakes). What really got my interest piqued was the subtitle beneath the "Heroes and Monsters" line that read "An Honest Look at the Struggle Within All of Us." As a book reviewer that specializes in Christian literature, I've had my fill of self-help books, devotionals, and theology books. Don't get me wrong; those are wonderful books. However, I rarely get a book that is published by a Christian publisher that is a literary story. Sure, you've got your Amish romances every now and then (to roll one's eyes or not to roll one's eyes, that is the question) and books like that. Yet, rarely is there a well-crafted story with imagery and symbolism...and the protagonist / author being a guy. This story follows a young man's journey through life. We read of his tough family situation, his broken relationships, his marriage, his jobs, and so much more. To sum up what happens in the book with a "plot summary" would bludgeon any attempt at a book review for this work. There are sad situations, honest introspection, and fun drawings every now and then. The parallel with Jesus as a man named Jack is quite clever. However, I wish the author would have clearly spelled out the Gospel and Named the Name. People can say what they may. At the end of the day, this book is a look inside the soul of a man. I love how the author put his face on the back cover because he looks like a nice, normal young man. It goes to show you that even the most clean-cut people are oftentimes dying in the inside. Call Him Jack or call Him Jesus, we need a Savior. HalleluYAH.

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