Trans-Forming Proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence (OtherWise Engaged Publishing, 2020)
This new book from Liam Michael Hooper, scheduled for release in fall of 2020, offers a robust constructed transgender theology rooted in an affirming exploration of the natural world, vibrant embodiment, and the essential proclamations lived by the daring existence of gender transcendent persons.

Here is what people are saying in advance of the book’s release:

“I’m endlessly curious about and fascinated with the spiritual paths and practices of my trans family. Where do we go for refuge when we’re in the grip of overwhelming gender-based desires, anger, and confusion? Trans-forming Proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is a path of joyful, queer, Judaic mysticism, and ecosexuality; at once ecstatic and academic, challenging and comforting. It’s Talmudic wisdom for the rest of us. Thank you, Liam M. Hooper, old friend, for this soul-nourishing vision of gender, trans and beyond.”

Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us 

Trans-Forming Proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is the most comprehensive constructive trans theology I’ve ever read. Indeed, this is the book I wished I had when I was a closeted theology professor afraid to come out as trans! Drawing out rich connections between his grandmother’s Scottish-Muskogee Indigenous wisdom and our shared Jewish ancestors, Liam Hooper proclaims not only a message but a method that is original and liberating. This comprehensive and scholarly, yet practical and personally engaging book is highly recommended for scholars interested in religious studies, gender studies, and queer studies.”

The Rev. Dr. Donovan Ackley III,  Current Adjunct Professor at University of Redlands; former Chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Azusa Pacific University.

“In language bursting with vitality, theologian Liam M. Hooper exhorts transgender people to recognize their lives as “living proclamations.” Rejecting a view of the world as it has been narrowly constructed in favor of one which sees the world teeming with diversity as it actually is, Hooper’s book of vital insights is a great gift, not only to transgender people but to us all.”

Rabbi Mark Sameth, author of The Name: A History of the Dual-Gendered Hebrew Name for God.

“Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible in a work that defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Hooper weaves together his inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming Proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. Inventive, artful, and liberating.” 
Listen to Peterson’s interview with Liam about the book.

Peterson Toscano, performance activist and Bible scholar, creator of Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible

“Indeed, this deep reflection on what it means to be a gender-transcendent person engaging prophetically with a world that literally argues against our existence is, quite simply, a blessing in every turn of the phrase.”

Chris Paige, writer, trans activist, educator, publisher, and author of OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation.

Read Chris Paige’s review of Liam’s book here.

Learn more about OtherWise Engaged Publishing and other projects here.



Bible Bash

A Northern Belle and a Southern Gentleman Discuss Bible Texts and Other Texts. Gay Bible scholar Peterson Toscano and Trans Bible Scholar Liam Hooper present trans-que(e)ried readings of the Bible. Follow the Bible Bash podcast on Podbean today!

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