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To Be a Woman

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McCoy provides an interesting and informative look at gender identity from a Christian worldview. She backs her argument up with research. The book is so fascinating that I want to go to her sources for even more information. The book isn’t too academic, and it provides an appropriate amount of information. I finished the book feeling enlightened, not overwhelmed. If you are a Christian with a daughter or want to learn more about gender identity from a Christian worldview, I highly recommend this book.
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I recently read Irreversible Damage and When Harry Met Sally. Both were weighty books and highly informative from more of a non-religious perspective. This is a book I could recommend to those in my church because it brought in key points in scientific research while pointing back to scripture and a biblical worldview. It also wasn’t a super long book so it makes it more accessible to more people. There are also plenty of resources mentioned that if others wanted to dive deeper they could. I’m thankful for this author for being bold and writing this book and publishing it during pride month- I’m also thankful for B&H Publishing for not being afraid to release this book. Gives me a lot more respect for them as a publisher. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book!
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As a librarian I try to be unbiased and uphold the tenets of intellectual freedom. I read this book because I wanted to understand how fellow Christians are viewing the transgender debate. Nothing in this book surprised me, as many of the arguments centered around issues that have been high profile in the past. I had hoped the book would dive deeper into the issues, but that was foolish of me to expect. Katie J. McCoy is not a doctor. She has a PhD, but it's in theology, not any type of science. We need actual medical doctors to weight on issues of biology, not theologians. 
I was also irked by how she presented some information in a roundabout way. In one chapter, she wrote about how the invention of birth control and feminists coincided with increases in sexual abuse and physical complications. It flabbergasted me that a person would think these issues weren't prominent before. If anything, birth control and subsequent fights for equal rights for women allowed women to talk about these issues with greater clarity, resulting in more cases. As a representative of Christianity, Katie should have known better than to use incomplete data to further an agenda.
We, as Christians, need to present the information that we have with integrity, not warp it to further a worldly agenda that we claim is godly.
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McCoy considers aspects of the current gender debate under helpful headings: Who: theological, What: biological, Where: relational, and Why: philosophical. Her work is compassionate, clear, and well-written, pointing out logical inconsistencies with the transgender position. It is very brief for how much she packs into 200 pages. I'd especially recommend this book if you're interested in Abigail Shrier's Irreversible Damage and/or Carl Trueman's Strange New World or The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self but don't have time for both or want more specific application. Five stars there.

My only issue is with its marketing: I expected the book to address more what it does mean to be a woman, and spend less time on one specific issue. Her chapter on biology goes into this more, but I had expected the theology chapter to as well, and was disappointed there. So, while it does a good job pointing out what's wrong and giving some good guidance on how to respond to this issue, it still falls short when it comes to clearly outlining what it does actually mean, biblically speaking, to be a woman. This is an issue with marketing, not her writing, so I only docked one star for it.
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