• Reality, Grief, Hope

  • Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks
  • By: Walter Brueggemann
  • Narrated by: Tom Taverna
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Walter Brueggemann is one of the most highly regarded Old Testament scholars of our time; talk-show host Krista Tippett has even called him "a kind of theological rock star." 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.

©2014 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (P)2017 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Dry, dense, fascinating, insightful, clever

This book does an amazing job of contemporizing the prophetic voices with a fascinating take on our society. Not light reading.

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The presenter did well enough, but the recording wasn’t great. At times, you could hear a phone ringing in the background. Other times, it sounded like disparate recordings on different machines in different settings. And still at other times, the recording sounded so different that one could think it was a different narrator.

Overall, it wasn’t bad enough to not listen to, but I’m glad I didn’t pay money for it (I obtained this copy via a trial credit).

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Very good book, reading was mediocre at best

If you could sum up Reality, Grief, Hope in three words, what would they be?

This is Brueggemann’s sequel to the Prophetic Imagination in light of what has happened in our country since he wrote that book, especially the attacks on 9/11. He compares the current culture of denial of reality, massive injustice and American exceptionalism to the situation in Jerusalem before the Babylonian exile. In a profound study of the books of Jeremiah, Lamentaions and 2 Isaiah, he offers models for how we can begin to face our current reality, grieve the inevitable coming loss of our unsustainable culture, and seek hope.

What didn’t you like about Tom Taverna’s performance?

It was very sloppy. He tended to drone on without inflection or seeming understanding. The transitions from one reading to another were very noticeable and badly done. At a couple of points you could hear a telephone in the background. He mispronounced words and didn’t seem to understand what he was reading. It was irritating.

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