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Heroes and Monsters
An Honest Look At The Struggle Within Each Of Us
by Josh James Riebock
Publisher:Baker Books imprint of Baker Pub. from Lion
Published:20 April 2012
Josh first met Jesus in the form of a scarecrow called Jack as he sat, aged seven, in the car his drunken father had just ploughed into a cornfield. Maybe. Because he admits at the outset that not everything in the book actually happened and some of it happened in a different order. Part autobiography, part redemption song, part stream-of-consciousness, this tale is as messy and as arbitrary as real life. It should be mind-numbingly tedious because essentially it’s a 289-page essay in self-absorption, but somehow it manages to be compelling. Jesus is referred to as ‘Jack’ throughout, but always present – welcomed, resented, engaged with, wrestled with, surrendered to... over and over again. ‘I want love without drama, romance without pain... intimacy without vulnerability... a guarantee. I want something that doesn't exist. Maybe we all do.’ Josh says near to the beginning. By the end he has accepted that, even if he could achieve his aim it would not be a good thing, and (almost) ceased wanting it. I love the Derek Greer cover art, dislike the ending and am still not sure about what’s in between. My best recommendation is that you read it and decide for yourself.
Reviewer: Diane Morrison (24/09/12)