Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks

The prophetic task in the midst of tragedy

Eerdmans Summary

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.


©2018 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (P) 2017 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Author: Walter Brueggemann | Narrator: Tom Taverna | Length: 5 hrs, 22 mins | Unabridged | English | $19.95/ 1 Audible Credit

Praise for Reality, Grief, Hope

“The kind of poetic utterance that has resounded so powerfully from Amos to Martin Luther King, Jr. . . . It truly is a gift that teaches, cajoles, examines, and names reality in ways that make it critical reading for the church today.”

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.”

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