This newly published book by Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, a TransQueer Activist, Latinx Scholar, and Politicized Theologian is one I’m super excited to share with you today. I first saw Dr. Henderson-Espinoza on social media and quickly realized I was going to learn a TON by following.
So this book excited me before I even received my copy. Dr. Robyn focuses on stepping into a relationship with your body when your body resides outside the “ideals” promoted by oppressive systems. As a non-binary Transgender Latinx who is trained as a constructive philosophical theologian, Dr. Robyn shares vulnerable stories of wrestling with gender binaries, bodies, and spirituality.
Body Becoming: A Path to Our Liberation introduces readers to “a way of understanding the body beyond constructions—political or medical-industrial-complex defined—toward cultivating the body as important in our endeavors to build a more inclusive vision for democracy.”
In addition to those stories, they share easy-to-follow practices and reflective questions readers can use to become deeply embodied and grounded in themselves. Dr. Robyn’s honesty is beautiful and their insight will shake up the way you look at embodiment.
Here are a few quotes that will give you a sneak peak of what to expect from this book:
If you sit with this book with an open mind and heart, I think you’ll agree that Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza’s story challenged so much of the patriarchal, white supremacist Christian hierarchy.
Their perspectives on justice, liberation, and how our bodies carry the trauma we experience should shake you up and encourage you to lean even further into the deconstruction and decolonization of your faith.
I HIGHLY recommend grabbing your copy of Body Becoming: A Path to Our Liberation at your local bookstore or ordering it online here.
You can also find Dr. Robyn at the Activist Theology Project, a collaborative project that she founded to incubate sustainable change in innovative ways using advocacy, art, somatics, and story-telling.
Angela is a Faith Deconstruction Coach and host of The Deconstructing Faith Summit who helps people break free from toxic religious culture & empowers them to recover from #churchhurt. She has led online ministries for a decade, enjoys working with clients 1:1, in groups, and is a dynamic conference speaker. She’s a Lark’s Song Certified Life Coach who reaches thousands of people in 40+ countries each month on Facebook, IG, Twitter, Pinterest, and her blog.
She’s a firstborn, Enneagram 8, Gen Xer who loves to question everything. She holds a BA from Indiana Wesleyan and a Masters in Leadership from Wesley Seminary. Her graduate research project focused on leadership development and opportunities for Gen X women in the US church.
Angela and her unique online ministry are featured in Lyz Lenz’s 2019 book God Land: Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America. She has published articles in Hope for Women and HOPE is Now magazines. She has been featured in The New Republic, Publisher’s Today, and Religion News Service.
Her first book, Deconstructing Your Faith Without Losing Yourself, Will be published by Eerdmans in February 2023.
Angela is also a wife, mom to 5, and a proud resident of Marion, Indiana with her family when they’re not traveling the US in their RV.