Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say

Preston Sprinkle draws on Scripture, as well as real-life stories of individuals struggling with gender dysphoria, to help you understand the complexities and emotions of this highly relevant topic. This book fills the great need for Christians to speak into the confusing and emotionally charged questions surrounding the transgender conversation.

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 come 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


Preston Sprinkle is never one to shy away from the difficult topics. Much like in his book People To Be Loved about how Christians can think biblically about homosexuality, in this book Sprinkle addresses transgenderism and how scripture speaks to this critical topic. While this topic is sure to raise an eyebrow from people on both sides of the conversation Sprinkle is careful to spend the beginning of the book reminding his readers that while this topic is important it involves real life people whom we should care about not points to win in an argument.

The basis of the book is built around the belief that scripture gives us a robust theology of creation and specifically a theology of the intentional creation of the body. Drawing from scriptures in Genesis 1 and 2, Sprinkle walks through topics such as our physical bodies, gender identities, intersex, gender dysphoria, pronouns, and more. He also dives into some of the issues that have become more politically divisive and discusses how we should approach these discussions with caution and consideration while still carrying the message of the Gospel forward.

Anyone who reads this book will likely find areas of both agreement and disagreement with the way that certain aspects of the topic are discussed; however, this book addresses a critical topic that churches need to be aware of so that they can begin to have difficult conversations in informed and compassionate ways. This book provides a great starting point for anyone because of the framework that it provides to dive into a difficult topic.