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In Affirming God’s Image, J. Alan Branch takes a fair, respectful, and factual tone in addressing this complex issue through a biblical lens. You’ll learn:
- Scientific research around the transgender experience
- An Overview of the history of transgenderism
- Important terminology surrounding gender issues
- Why people pursue gender reassignment surgery, and what happens after
- How to navigate conversations around this topic
The book ends with two practical chapters for families and churches, giving you guiding principles for how to address this issue in a loving, Christ-honoring way.
The first step to responding well to any situation is understanding it. Affirming God’s Image equips you with the biblical, scientific, and practical knowledge you need for a wise response.
"Affirming God's Image is the book I will recommend first to anyone with concerns about transgenderism. Professor Branch ... urges us to show the love of Christ to people afflicted by gender dysphoria (especially including our own children and youth). But he sees great dangers in gender reassignment surgery and urges a vigorous "no" when that is suggested. He calls us to affirm the sex God has given to us at birth as a precious gift. And he presents these messages to us clearly and with grace."
John M. Frame, retired J.D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando)
"Careful, compassionate, and faithful, this new volume from Alan Branch is required reading for pastors, counselors, families, and individuals who are struggling with gender dysphoria. Dr. Branch has waded through a sea of literature to distill and approach that calls on Christians to love those who are suffering and to serve them by sharing biblical truth about sexuality."
C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University
J. Alan Branch is professor of Christian ethics at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. He has also served as a pastor and a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is the author of Born This Way? Homosexuality, Science, and the Scriptures.
Caution: The author discusses the medical and sexual realities of transgenderism, which some readers may find troubling or disturbing.