Bullet-Point Book Review: Transgender

Bullet-Point Book Review: Transgender

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Book Synopsis: There's been huge cultural change in the last few decades. Same-sex marriage would have been unthinkable twenty or thirty years ago. Now it's almost universally accepted in the Western world. Suddenly, the issue of transgender is the next big social, cultural issue that is dominating the headlines.  In Transgender, Vaughan Roberts surveys the Christian worldview and seeks to apply these principles to the many complex questions surrounding gender identity. This short book gives an overview and a starting point for constructive discussion as we seek to live in a world with conflicting values, and to love, serve and relate to transgender people.


Note: This book is in a series from The Good Book Company entitled Talking Points.  These books are brief by design and serve as an introduction to various topics.  Transgender is the first in this series.

Quotes:

  • We need to begin by remembering that we are not simply talking about “issues” here, but people: precious individuals, each created and loved by God.
  • Over the last few decades the primacy of self-expression has become an unquestioned assumption of many.  No one has the right to question or challenge how each individual chooses to define themselves.
  • All of us experience some form of alienation.

Pros/Cons:

  • This is a brief book, which could be a pro and a con.  Its short length is helpful in that you could probably read it in an hour, but that also means that it doesn’t get too detailed.
  • The book gives an excellent biblical framework on the topic and roots the discussion in the gospel.
  • Roberts does an excellent job of standing firm on biblical truth while being gracious to someone who’s struggling with this issue. 
  • There’s a helpful glossary of terms on pages 21-24 with recommended resources at the conclusion.
  • Tim Keller endorsed it!

Conclusion: Given the cultural significance of this subject and the rate at which the culture is seeking to shape our teens’ thinking on this matter, Christian parents and youth workers cannot remain silent.  Although there are many complexities surrounding transgenderism, Vaughn Roberts’ Transgender serves as an excellent introduction.  Buy it and read it with your child or students. [Click here to view on Amazon]

 

Posted by John Perritt at 4:00 AM