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Summary

Compassionate, biblical, and thought-provoking, Embodied is an accessible guide for Christians who want help navigating issues related to transgenderism. 

Preston Sprinkle draws on Scripture as well as real-life stories of individuals struggling with gender dysphoria to help listeners understand the complexities and emotions of this highly relevant topic. With careful research and an engaging style, Embodied explores:

  • What it means to be transgender, nonbinary, and gender-queer, and how these identities relate to being male or female
  • Why most stereotypes about what it means to be a man and woman comes from the culture and not the Bible
  • What the Bible says about humans created in God’s image as male and female, and how this relates to transgender experiences
  • Moral questions surrounding medical interventions such as sex reassignment surgery
  • Which pronouns to use and how to navigate the bathroom debate
  • Why more and more teens are questioning their gender

Written for Christian leaders, pastors, and parents, Embodied fills the great need for Christians to speak into the confusing and emotionally charged questions surrounding the transgender conversation.

©2021 Preston Sprinkle (P)2021 David C. Cook

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  • jorden
  • 02-06-21

Good book had moments of arguing with the author!

Book is really good.. Author makes some points that had me thinking and arguing out loud by myself...

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  • Hunt Family
  • 21-05-21

Best take away TONE

I am not sure who the intended audience is ...or what the goal or objective is for this book.. He states its for the Christian community at large - not as much tended for "trans" people.
That being said, I appreciate there is a large amount of research done and presented - and there is no doubt of the Authors bias. However although the slant is "against" a trans journey in way of that being the "right" way to go..he still presents not only arguments (data-stories-history) that are counter his thoughts (as he would say are biblicaly and scientifically founded) - but he does it in a way that the end goal is compassionate. "OUTRAGEOUS LOVE".
Personal problems i disagreed with his ideas -
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*the body is the stronger arguement to follow (if someone believes their "soul" is different then body - the Body is the one to listen to
There is no real direction given for those that have already taken a journey that includes SRS - GCS- and Church
example if someone has completely transitioned (with surgery and hormones) - How that should be handled by the church
He speaks on this as it is definitely should be handled case by case - He does not state that a person "should" de-transition - or be able to be fully accepted as who the person now represents.
Does not believe in hormone blockers at all.... Although i think there is a sound logic to children making such huge choices - this never seems to be compared to other medical situations for correction (cleft pallet) for example - as if the argument God does not make mistakes - suffer with any physical issues a person was born with even if their are medical treatments that can be fixed -
Biggest part of this whole argument is the dehumanizing - lack of validation of a LGBT person - Love the person not the sin - which i think is a fundamental problem with this whole conversation.
Over all take away - I think Preston Sprinkle - is the most compassionate person of faith i have ever come across.
He does such a great job with this i actually bought this book for my pastor - Statistically speaking a a church probably will not have enough "trans" people to study and investigate the biblical / medical research that Preston has, and so this book if taken open hearted is a great first step to realize to love and support both sides of the conversation.

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  • Paige Hilken
  • 03-03-21

Fair and comprehensive

Preston does an awesome job approaching the topic from deep humility and empathy while not relinquishing the truth in this matter. Great 101 class for anyone diving into the trans conversation.

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  • Robin Gough
  • 13-02-21

Rich, Loving, and Thorough

There are few subjects that tend to leave us not knowing where to turn than gender identity. Debates over bathrooms, sports, and equality have left us generalizing and fearful of the “what ifs”. Sprinkle gives us a tremendous resource on how to approach the subject in a Christlike manner - loving the person while still honoring biblical truth. It was educational for me and will be a book I will keep in my library for reference and referral. Having him read the audible book was a real treat too. His love for those mentioned in his book was evidenced by his vocal inflections when he quoted them or said their names.

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  • v r
  • 12-07-21

Thank you

There are few books that I can say made a unique difference in how I approach a subject. This book challenges me to love and to check how I want to react instead of carefully responding to individual people and circumstances.

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  • David L Lambertson
  • 09-07-21

Challenging and Complex

Had no idea how complex transgender issues were until listening to this book. The presentation of both scientific and biblical data was mind boggling at times, but eased by the author's sincere concern for real people with real struggles. Challenges believers in Jesus to live out His love and truth toward all people, regardless of how different they might seem.

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  • Layne
  • 06-07-21

Educational, instructional, and very needed.

This book was so incredibly helpful. I personally don’t have a lot of experience developing friendships with trans people but I want to be able to better cultivate relationships with people in the trans community.
I feel that Preston does a great job laying out the facts, scientific as well as biblical, when it comes to this conversation.
He keeps the conversation light when it can get to bogged down with heavy data and facts.
He doesn’t shy away from the truth and also provided helpful practical advice for parents, churches and everyday people.
Overall, it’s obvious that Preston has a heart for all image bearers and wants to show the love of Jesus to all.
I’d definitely recommend this book, even if you don’t currently have a trans person in your life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-06-21

Handbook for Christians on how to love our Trans population

One of the most pressing issues for me as a pastor has been how to navigate the issue of transgender and gender fluidity. This book lays out a balanced, informative and convicting methodology to loving the transgender community. Plus, the emphasis that the author puts in certain chapters and phrases adds to the effectiveness of this audio book.

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  • Dawson
  • 27-05-21

This is a great book for scholarly Christians!

It helped me understand more about the Transgender discussion, and has allowed me to understand much about how to approach it.

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  • Ryan
  • 24-05-21

If you met one transgender person, you’ve met one

“If you met one transgender person, you’ve met one transgender person.” This is one of the quotes I’ll keep in my mind for the rest of my days. We basically don’t know what’s going on in such a person’s life. From downright being shunned and discriminated by their own families to being social outcasts. This book changed not only the way I should view those who are struggling with Gender Dysphoria, but also how I should communicate with them. Sprinkle narrows-down the different gender stereotypes, their names and synonyms that go along transgenderism (which by itself is an umbrella term) from GCS, CHT, HRT/HT and SRS to name a few and giving examples that both in the New and Old Testaments with their corresponding Biblical heroes and what they have said and what they’ve done. Tackling different myths and exposing some of today’s agendas and propaganda that have been targeting and pushing today’s youth, especially teens to transition and not being completely honest with the results when one undergoes such treatments, whilst those who do have the facts are being silenced. One of the chapters that got to me was that of those who are inter-sexed. Something I knew nothing about until very recently and how I should address the situation of conversations compassionately and not saying that they were the results of the fall. One of the most powerful parts that Sprinkle delivers in this book is how today’s church can downright get it wrong when addressing the issue of transgenderism. Don’t get me wrong, for a while I was doing the same thing, being to so-called Biblical and not taking the time to actually know the person, something Jesus would’ve done. In the chapter “Outrageous Love” Sprinkle does an excellent job at differentiating Jesus and those who (mis)represents Him today. The story of his friend hit me hard and giving the example that if Jesus was physically amongst us today, His church would’ve had more of our trans-friends and outcasts/misfits compared to those who call themselves so-called holy. Sprinkle also addresses different topics like: addressing pronouns, the issue of bathrooms and sleeping spaces, the Suicidality rates and what to do if you might happen to know such a person. I would personally like to recommend this book to not only parents of the Christian faith, but also any parent whose teenage sons or daughters are going through ROGD (Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria), giving them the understanding of what to do with in such occasions.