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Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians by [Hartke, Austen]

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Writing as a white, bisexual, transgender man who happens to be a committed Christian, Hartke nevertheless confesses that to this day he feels just a little bit nervous when he walks into any unfamiliar church building. And no wonder, for, as he will point out, many churches in America are less than welcoming to the 1.4 million transgender adults in their midst, a staggering 41 percent of whom will have attempted suicide. In this connection, he points out the importance of finding a supportive faith community. He writes movingly about his own search for such an environment but also offers the perspectives of a wide variety of other transgender people, whose stories he generously shares. Along the way, he writes about such practical matters as definitions of gender identities and what parts of our gender identities are socially constructed and what may be biologically set in stone. He poses many questions about his subject, of course, and finds answers in the Bible, sometimes surprising ones, as his equation of contemporary transgender people with eunuchs, the gender-nonconforming people of the ancient world. He also discusses the corporeal nature of Jesus and extrapolates from that a discussion of embodied theology. But his leitmotif remains the search for a welcoming religious community. It s an informative and illuminating quest, supplemented by an extensive appended list of further reading and resources. This is an important book that fills an urgent need.

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What a powerful read! Clear, compelling, and profoundly moving, this book should be on the shelf of every pastor, every parent, and every Christian of good conscience who wants to engage the conversation around gender and sexuality with integrity. With the patience of a teacher and the humility of a fellow traveler, Austen Hartke carefully unpacks the terminology, sociological studies, and biblical and theological perspectives that most impact transgender Christians, and combines them with compelling personal stories including his own to point us toward truth. It s rare to find a book that manages to be this intellectually rigorous and this readable at the same time. But then, Austen Hartke is a rare talent, one we are so blessed to call part of the Body of Christ. I ll be recommending this book to friends and readers for years to come.

--Rachel Held Evans, author of Searching for Sunday and Inspired

Far too often in the conversations at the intersections of LGBT+ identity and Christian faith, the trans* community has been ignored. Now, with stunning clarity, scholarly insight, and extraordinary vulnerability, Austen Hartke explores trans* identity through the lens of Scripture in a poignant and accessible way that challenges, convicts, and inspires everyone to lean more fully into their God-created identity. This resource challenges false narratives about gender so often promoted in non-affirming spaces and offers richly biblical path forward in our understanding and embrace of trans* individuals into the life of the Church. Transforming is truly a game changer and one of the most important theological books to have been written in recent memory.

--Brandan Robertson, Lead Pastor, Missiongathering Christian Church, Author & Editor, Our Witness: The Unheard Stories of LGBT+ Christians

About the Author

Austen Hartke is the creator of the YouTube series Transgender and Christian, which seeks to understand, interpret, and share parts of the Bible that relate to gender identity and the lives of transgender individuals. Hartke is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies and winner of Luther’s 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing.

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  • File Size: 970 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0664263100
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (April 7, 2018)
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07C9FK1MZ
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