Walter Brueggemann. 2001. The Prophetic Imagination. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
The Prophetic Imagination rejects the taken-for-granted assumptions of the existing social and cultural order. It not only criticizes institutions and patterns of behavior, but rejects the common consciousness that undergirds these. For example, Moses transforms the understanding of what is possible for both the Hebrews and the Egyptians. This theme is carried forward by paying special attention to Jerimiah, Isaiah, and Jesus. They point to the numbness of the status quo and offer new visions through the use of despair, pathos, and amazement. The book will make you look at both the Biblical and the contemporary world in a new way.