Preaching Jeremiah by Walter Brueggemann is a monograph that is about both sermon construction and the biblical book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah as a canonical book of Scripture is a collation of material that serves as a unified message, a sermon.
So the Brueggemann’s book is both about a book, and about the craft of the message.
In his introductory comments he offers some observations about sermon introductions and conclusions:
My impression is that too many sermon introductions are too long and distancing, and too cute in an attempt to be clever; they tend as well to be excessively reassuring to the congregants to allay any fear that anything unsettling might be aid in what follows.
Conclusions to sermons strike me as very often determined, not allowing listeners to draw their own conclusions and not requiring them to decide. That practice of closure is allied with the old habit of “preaching to a verdict.”
These observations are contrasted with Jeremiah, whose sermonic book has an abrupt unsettling introduction and a conclusion that offers a future hope in a number of guises and leaves it for the readers to “exercise their own anticipatory imagination.”
Preaching Jeremiah, Walter Brueggemann, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 2020, pgs. xviii,xix,xx.