Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians (2018)
Amazon UK: Transforming
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Contemporary Christian practice and experience, Memoir/autobiography, and Spirituality
Topic(s): Biblical studies, Gender identity, Inclusive Christianity, Spirituality, and Transgender people
Especially suitable for: Those struggling to accept their sexuality or gender identity and Transgender people
Many people – even many LGBTQ allies – still lack understanding of gender identity and the transgender experience. Into this void, Austen Hartke offers a biblically-based, educational, and affirming resource to shed light and wisdom on this modern gender landscape.
Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians provides access into an underrepresented and misunderstood community and will change the way readers think about transgender people, faith, and the future of Christianity. By introducing transgender issues and language and providing stories of both biblical characters and real-life narratives from transgender Christians living today, Hartke helps readers visualize a more inclusive Christianity, equipping them with the confidence and tools to change both the church and the world.
“This is the book I wish I had a year ago as I was coming out to my old church. It is a great primer for what we mean when we say someone identifies as trans and what the Bible might or might not say about that. It takes the complex issues around affirming theology and the stories of trans people and combines them into a quick and easy to read book. If you are a trans Christian, or just a Christian, looking to understand more about those who are so often pushed out or ignored by faith congregations this is an excellent place to start.” — K. Alexander
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