I've been trying to work my way through Plowshares and Pruning Hooks by D. Brent Sandy for the last two months. From the back of the book:
"Brent Sandy carefully considers the language and imagery of prophecy and apocalyptic, how it is used, how it is fulfilled within Scripture, and how we should read it against the horizon of our future. Clearly and engagingly written, Plowshares and Pruning Hooks is the kind of book that gives its readers a new vantage point from which to view the landscape of prophetic and apocalyptic language and imagery."
My husband (also my Pastor) has spent the last year teaching about prophecy, and shares most of Sandy's views. For me, as someone who isn't overly interested in prophecy, it was overkill. I just couldn't push through it.
If, though, you are a lover of prophecy and apocalyptic literature, by all means read this book. It will give you fresh insight on how to view this type of biblical writing.