There are very few helpful resources on transgender that argue carefully and clearly from a biblical standpoint. We need lots of help in this area. Up to now, Mark Yarhouse’s Gender Dysphoria is about all there is. It’s good, but it’s complex. That is why I was very pleased to read Vaughan Roberts’ latest book called, innovatively, Transgender. It’s not quite out yet, but is available from our friends at The Good Book Company for pre-order.
Now, I don’t want to overplay this book. It is not a comprehensive guide and theology to the subject. And for pastors, the theology section is well trod already, although no less helpful for that. Where this short book really scores for me is in two ways.
First, it is simple (and short). It is therefore easy to read at one sitting and get a grasp of some of the issues. It is easy to pass on. It is relatively easy (therefore) for Christians in church to be reading. It’s not overwhelming to be handed a copy. In other words, it is a superb starter.
Second, there’s a very useful section at the end entitled “wisdom” about how Christians should best react and deal with this particular issue. Again, the pastoral team of a church would probably want to discuss this more with greater depth, but it is an excellent starting point for pastoral wisdom in dealing with others who struggle in this area.
For these two reasons alone (though there are more), I warmly commend it.