Changed Imagination, Changed Obedience
Social Change, Social Imagination, and the Bent-Over Woman in the Gospel of Luke
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Houghtby-Haddon combines expertise in biblical studies with theory from the history of religions and cultural anthropology to address a critical issue in the way policy is formed in our current social practices. It encourages leaders at all levels of our society to imagine alternative and creative responses to social issues and structural problems, and to think deeply about the relation between social structure and human well-being. The process she describes is in fact an outline of the creative construction of social formations that can support human well-being. Leaders in all of our political, social, and religious institutions will want to read this book."
--Burton L. Mack
author of Myth and the Christian Nation
"This book is a must read for anyone interested in understanding how scriptures can be used to understand contemporary social issues. The author's message will be of interest across disciplines and intellectual boundaries. Readers will be rewarded with new insights on how the social imagination applies to building community."
--D. Christopher Kayes
Dean's Research Scholar and Associate Professor of Management
The George Washington University
"My friend and colleague, Natalie, has brought her many talents and considerable skills together in this remarkable book, unfolding a new metaphor and thus a new vision for congregations and communities seeking to fulfill God's future. With a sincere passion for deeper understanding and an impressive array of technical and conceptual skills, Natalie bridges the millenniums to show us how Luke's Bent-Over Woman can illuminate Christ's mission in practical ways for our own time."
--Bishop Mary Ann Swenson
Los Angeles Area of the United Methodist Church