Augsburg Fortress

The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipating Word

The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipating WordThe Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipating Word
Walter Brueggemann declares that the necessary character of truly prophetic preaching today is "a contestation between narratives." If the dominant narrative of our time promotes national self-sufficiency (through militarism) and personal self-sufficiency (through consumerism), it must be opposed by a different narrative. Prophetic preaching takes its stand in a world claimed by a God who is gracious, uncompromising—and real. Brueggemann writes here for leaders in faith communities who bear the responsibility of preaching. He describes the discipline of a prophetic imagination, in an unflinchingly realistic, unwaveringly candid manner.
  • Course Level Graduate
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780800698973
  • Pages 176
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Publication Date Jan 1, 2012


"Walter Brueggemann's early work on prophecy and imagination has become foundational for a whole generation of preachers and scholars, including me. Here he returns to perhaps the most characteristic of all his myriad ventures, with unaltered vigor and razor-sharp edge. Prophets are not just provocateurs: they are those who profoundly love their people, deeply know their tradition, and can't but speak of what they both love and know. Brueggemann both loves and knows. That's what makes him a prophet. Would that we were more like him. Reading this book is a healthy first step."
—Sam Wells
Duke University


Review in Aljazeera

Review in The United Methodist Reporter

Review in The Bible Today

Review in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

Review in Review of Biblical Literature




Chapter 1