What Does God Think?

Transgender People and The Bible

Christian - Non-Fiction
186 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2017
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Author Biography

Award winning author, Cheryl B. Evans is a passionate ally for the transgender community. She became a writer out of a desire to make a difference in a world that seems to do more judging than embracing.

Connecting with her readers is one of her greatest joys, an enriching experience where her readers often teach her as much as she teaches them. But, knowing that her books have helped people, strengthened families and encouraged people to think differently is what really makes her heart sing. Her love and compassion for all people shines through the pages of her books which readers often say are honest and heartfelt.

It is Evan's personal desire that her books leave a positive mark on the world helping others to better understand transgender people.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite

Is being transgender against God and the Bible? That is the question that Cheryl Evans, author of What Does God Think?: Transgender People and the Bible, attempts to answer. Evans, the mother of a daughter and a transgender son, said, "I set out to discover what is at the root of the vast differences in opinions about what God thinks, what the Bible says, and what individuals believe about transgender people." She uses scriptures like Ecclesiastes 11:5, Jeremiah 1:5 and many others to clearly show that God loves all people. Furthermore, she disproves scientific studies entailing the nature versus nurture theory. Readers will discover the difference between sex and gender, the role of social conditioning, and how many are thriving in their lives as a transgender person.

Cheryl Evans did an outstanding job writing What Does God Think?: Transgender People and the Bible. As a Christian, I was uncomfortable with the topic. But as I read about her goal to educate others and discuss the issue calmly, I wanted to know more. Each chapter has a thought-provoking scripture. This nonfiction work is comprehensive, honest and well researched. The Thank You section and Book Club Talking Points were great extras. I appreciated the fact that Evans admitted that she was not an academic or scholar -- that was the pivotal element that will truly touch readers as they identify with her position. Her first book, I Promised Not To Tell, inspired her to write her latest Christian true story. I believe Evans will receive critical acclaim. What Does God Think? is highly recommended.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

When your child comes to you and explains that they are transgender and feel that their actual gender does not correspond to their physical gender, it can be confusing and difficult to accept or understand. Even open-minded and accepting parents can find it difficult to come to terms with this entirely or to know what it really means for their child. This can be even more difficult when those parents find themselves in the midst of a highly religious group of friends or family members who assure them that being transgender is ‘not of God.’ What Does God Think? Transgender People and The Bible explores the way that the Bible relates to having a transgender child as well as the way that it affects the family.

This book, by Cheryl B. Evans, explores a lot of the things that people everywhere are wondering and thinking about when their child comes to them with this same conversation. Understanding it can be difficult, but if you can see what others are going through and experiencing then everything definitely gets easier. This book also approaches the conversations and the life changes that happen from a religious perspective, making it a lot easier for others who are going through the same situation. This is an amazing book for anyone struggling with their religion and their child’s needs. It helps you understand that you don’t need to choose between one or the other. Instead, you can love your child and be supportive of them and the changes they’re going through in their life, while also continuing to believe and follow your religion in What Does God Think? Transgender People and The Bible.

Romuald Dzemo

What Does God Think? Transgender People and The Bible by Cheryl B. Evans is a nonfiction book that looks at one of the controversial topics that is so often avoided in traditional religious circles: what place do transgender people occupy in God’s world? Would God accept transgender people? Being a parent of a transgender child, Cheryl B. Evans examines the divide on gender and takes a clinical look at what scripture teaches, exploring God’s mind on a group that suffers a lot of prejudice. With powerful biblical and scientific references, the author takes the reader on a journey to understanding the nature of the transgender person, their place in the economy of faith, and how God looks at them.

This is a very courageous book that throws light on a subject that suffers 'gray area' interpretations, a book that will undoubtedly lead readers to look at transgender persons from a fresh perspective. Cheryl B. Evans writes with great confidence and demonstrates a lot of mastery of the scriptures; her prose is very accessible, the voice eloquent and reassuring, compassionate and inspiring. The reader is left in no doubt that the author knows what she is talking about, and in this day and age where we struggle to embrace diversity, this book will offer readers an invaluable tool and a reminder that we are all children of God and that we should leave judging others to God alone. What Does God Think? Transgender People and The Bible is a well-researched book that unveils the mystery of the transgender person and allows readers to get insights on what God would think about transgender people. I found it to be both informative and highly revealing.