Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks   -     By: Walter Brueggemann
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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2014 / Paperback

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Brilliantly applies crucial biblical prophetic messages to our contemporary society

Walter Brueggemann is one of the most highly regarded Old Testament scholars of our time. In this new book Brueggemann incisively probes our society-in-crisis from the ground up.

Pointing out striking correlations between the catastrophe of 9/11 and the destruction of ancient Jerusalem, Brueggemann shows how the prophetic biblical response to that crisis was truth-telling in the face of ideology, grief in the face of denial, and hope in the face of despair. He argues that the same prophetic responses are urgently required from us now if we are to escape the deathliness of denial and despair.

Brueggemann's Reality, Grief, Hope boldly confronts the dominant forces of our time, taking on principalities and powers that vie for our souls, and calls the church to courageous action.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 165
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802870724
ISBN-13: 9780802870728
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Endorsements

Walter Brueggemann is a legend. . . . With typical Brueggemann brilliance, here he brings the prophets of old into the contemporary world and dares us to look through their eyes. If you love Walter, you'll love this. If you've never heard of him, get ready to get hooked.
-Shane Claiborne

For many of us, Walter Brueggemann has been a mentor from afar. We have learned to read the Bible in fresh ways because of his scholarly insight, pastoral wisdom, and prophetic imagination. Reality, Grief, Hope takes us from the world of the Bible to the headlines of today, opening inconvenient but desperately needed truths. . . . If you've never read Brueggemann, here is your entry point. If you've been reading him for years, this one is not to be missed.
-Brian D. McLaren

Through a carefully nuanced analogy with the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 B.C.E., Brueggemann's Reality, Grief, Hope presents a passionate and timely exploration of the theological crises that have infected the U.S., particularly since the 9/11 attacks. . . . A splendid work of public theology!
-Gale A. Yee,
Episcopal Divinity School

It is one thing to call for a prophetic imagination; it is quite another matter to actually have a prophetic imagination. This book clearly shows Brueggemann to have the 'unrelenting realism' that possessed the imagination of the ancient prophets. . . . With steely-eyed observation he helps us see, amid the despair that has gripped American life since 2001, that there is hope - a hope grounded in the everyday work of the church. This is Brueggemann at his very best.
-Stanley Hauerwas,
Duke Divinity School

Walter Brueggemann is widely appreciated as the most insightful and compelling interpreter of the Bible as it bears on current social and religious crises. Here he discerns how the arrogant American exceptionalism of `God's new Israel' has been powerfully informed by the biblical ideology of God's chosen people and the exceptionalism of the ancient Jerusalem elite. . . . Reality, Grief, Hope is timely, prophetic, and very well done.
-Richard Horsley,
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Brueggemann's connection of Israelite royal ideology with U.S. exceptionalism is provocative and courageous. His interweaving of modern poetry and political theory with Scripture texts powerfully amplifies the countercultural exhortation of the ancient prophets: covenantal faith must be lived in mutual relationship with the poor. Brueggemann calls communities gathered around Scripture to be catalytic in their dismantling of structures of social privilege, economic exploitation, and racism. This is a compelling and urgently needed book.
-Carolyn J. Sharp,
Yale Divinity School

Challenges the churches to a prophetic task in the face of the twin ills in American exceptionalism: complacency when things go well and self-centered despair when (as after 9/11) they go badly. Brueggemann shows how the witness of the Old Testament prophets can be a resource for faithful hope that does not rest on cynical self-concern. Calling for a wider vision of society and its possible futures than the imperialistic self-assertion of an elite, this book calls for inclusion and for justice.
-John Barton,
Oriel College, Oxford

Editorial Reviews

Christian Century
Reality, Grief, Hope unfolds as a tour through various biblical moments -- several prophets’ teaching, the Exodus, and of course the Psalms. I felt as though I were sitting next to Brueggemann as he leafed through his Bible, pointing to a phrase or two, with sidebar comments on culture, the inner soul, politics. . . . Brueggemann is always hopeful, and I feel hopeful when I’ve finished reading him.”

Reviews in Religion & Theology
“Walter Brueggemann’s Reality, Grief, Hope is quite the book. . . . Brueggemann, in typical fashion, pulls no punches in his analyses. . . . Christians should take his views seriously so that we might acknowledge the reality of cultural brokenness so that we may have hope in restoration and healing through the church.”

Mennonite Brethren Herald
“As one of the world’s most prolific and significant Old Testament writers, Walter Brueggemann continues to do what he has done for more than four decades: read Scripture in ways that confront, convict and nurture the church. . . . One cannot read this book and be unmoved. In keeping with the prophetic spirit, it is intentionally provocative and calls for a response. . . . Offers deep and significant thoughts about Israel’s prophets and our present hearing of them that deserve careful attention and uneasy wrestling in our lives together.”

Bible Today
“Walter Brueggemann is well known as one who looks deeply into the biblical prophetic soul and finds there both the challenge and the sustenance for believers to live in the contemporary world in a prophetic way. . . . The reflections in this book are grounded in biblical theology, but they have the authenticity that comes from seasoned prayerful pondering.”

Spirit & Life
“If you are willing to be challenged regarding your own ideas of American chosenness, this book is for you.”

Anvil
“A refreshing and challenging read. . . . Brueggemann’s call to the contemporary church to learn from the prophets and to engage with the dominant ideologies of our day in a way that is founded upon a belief in the sovereignty of God is one that challenges all who are concerned with the church’s engagement with our post-Christendom consumer society.”

Regent’s Reviews
“For Brueggemann, the prophetic practice of the church is ‘indispensable for the future viability of our society. It is, moreover, work that is likely to remain undone until it is undertaken by a faithful, courageous, emancipated church.’ Reality, Grief, Hope continues Brueggemann’s consistent challenge to take this prophetic calling seriously.”

The Christian Chronicle
“A counter-narrative to the dominant civil religion of our day. If readers can move past presuppositions that the author is simply waging one more left-leaning battle in the ‘culture wars,’ the result will be confrontation with an unsettling claim -- reality, grief and hope are the elemental truths that belong to the identity and life of the church.”

Review of Biblical Literature
“Prophetic exhortation to the church to get off its complacent duff and claim the worldview outlined by Jesus in the New Testament. . . . Walter Brueggemann bravely addresses the evils of two empires, one ancient and one contemporary. He pulls no punches, does not hold back. And he calls the church to stand up and claim its prophetic heritage: to proclaim the good news of the ‘law of Christ’ and to lead the way by living out the second greatest command: love your neighbor as yourself.”

Shane Claiborne
--author and activist
"Walter Brueggemann is a legend. . . . With typical Brueggemann brilliance, here he brings the prophets of old into the contemporary world and dares us to look through their eyes. If you love Walter, you’ll love this. If you’ve never heard of him, get ready to get hooked."

Brian D. McLaren
--author/speaker/activist
"For many of us, Walter Brueggemann has been a mentor from afar. We have learned to read the Bible in fresh ways because of his scholarly insight, pastoral wisdom, and prophetic imagination. Reality, Grief, Hope takes us from the world of the Bible to the headlines of today, opening inconvenient but desperately needed truths. . . . If you’ve never read Brueggemann, here is your entry point. If you’ve been reading him for years, this one is not to be missed."

Gale A. Yee
--Episcopal Divinity School
"Through a carefully nuanced analogy with the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 B.C.E., Brueggemann’s Reality, Grief, Hope presents a passionate and timely exploration of the theological crises that have infected the U.S., particularly since the 9/11 attacks. . . . A splendid work of public theology!"

Stanley Hauerwas
--Duke Divinity School
"It is one thing to call for a prophetic imagination; it is quite another matter to actually have a prophetic imagination. This book clearly shows Brueggemann to have the ‘unrelenting realism’ that possessed the imagination of the ancient prophets. . . . With steely-eyed observation he helps us see, amid the despair that has gripped American life since 2001, that there is hope -- a hope grounded in the everyday work of the church. This is Brueggemann at his very best."

Richard Horsley
--University of Massachusetts, Boston
"Walter Brueggemann is widely appreciated as the most insightful and compelling interpreter of the Bible as it bears on current social and religious crises. Here he discerns how the arrogant American exceptionalism of ‘God’s new Israel’ has been powerfully informed by the biblical ideology of God’s chosen people and the exceptionalism of the ancient Jerusalem elite. . . . Reality, Grief, Hope is timely, prophetic, and very well done."

Carolyn J. Sharp
--Yale Divinity School
"Brueggemann’s connection of Israelite royal ideology with U.S. exceptionalism is provocative and courageous. His interweaving of modern poetry and political theory with Scripture texts powerfully amplifies the countercultural exhortation of the ancient prophets: covenantal faith must be lived in mutual relationship with the poor. Brueggemann calls communities gathered around Scripture to be catalytic in their dismantling of structures of social privilege, economic exploitation, and racism. This is a compelling and urgently needed book."

John Barton
--Oriel College, Oxford
"Challenges the churches to a prophetic task in the face of the twin ills in American exceptionalism: complacency when things go well and self-centered despair when (as after 9/11) they go badly. Brueggemann shows how the witness of the Old Testament prophets can be a resource for faithful hope that does not rest on cynical self-concern. Calling for a wider vision of society and its possible futures than the imperialistic self-assertion of an elite, this book calls for inclusion and for justice."

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