Body Becoming: A Path to Our Liberation


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Broadleaf Books
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5.67 X 8.58 X 1.02 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Roberto Che Espinoza is a transqueer activist, Latinx scholar, and public theologian. They are the founder of the Activist Theology Project, a collaborative project committed to the collective work of social healing. A thought-leader, teacher, ethicist, and poet of moral reason, Che Espinoza is a visionary thinker working at the forefront of movements dismantling supremacy culture and bridging with radical difference. They live in Nashville, Tennessee.


"A master course on understanding every body." --Spirituality and Practice

"Henderson-Espinoza argues for the importance of being present within one's body as a starting place for approaching society and religion." --U.S. Catholic

"In Body Becoming: A Path to Our Liberation, Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza does remarkable work in translating so many of the fears of marginalized folks directly related to how our bodies are perceived in wider society. Their focus on the complexity of presentation reveals a critical truth to readers who may be new to these conversations: that there is ultimately no way our bodies can be hidden from the bigotry that targets our existence. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is essential reading for anyone hoping to engage in a good-faith effort to dismantle systems of oppression." --Charlotte Clymer, transgender activist, military veteran, press secretary

"Robyn Henderson-Espinoza's Body Becoming is pure gift. The story and wisdom of this nonbinary, transgender, Latinx theologian on the autistic spectrum presses squarely into the center of what it means to be embodied. In Body Becoming, Henderson-Espinoza takes readers along on their journey to understand, accept, and embrace embodied living. We all need this book. And in the midst of the COVID pandemic, we are ready for it. Get this book." ----Lisa Sharon Harper, president and founder of Freedom Road and author of The Very Good Gospel and Fortune: How Race Broke My Family and The World--and How to Repair It All

"Robyn Henderson-Espinoza has written a brave, intellectually astute, and artistic book in Body Becoming. In a time when so much of theological exploration devalues the body and destroys it, Henderson-Espinoza takes seriously the word that we must have life and life in its fullness. It is theory. It is poetry. It is love. It is witness. Somehow Robyn has created theological beauty that has learned how to witness and celebrate and embrace and make whole. This book is more than a freedom journal or active theology--it is a prayer, a sermon, and a love note to so many people trying to get free." ----Danté Stewart, author of Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle

"The disembodied nature of modern society offers both personal and societal peril. In Body Becoming, Dr. Robyn holds these two perspectives in balance, offering the reader a bridge from knowing their body to making room for everyone else to do the same. This book is both life-changing and world-changing at once." ----Mike McHargue, host of Science Mike, cohost of The Liturgists, and author of You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass): Embracing the Emotions, Habits, and Mystery That Made You You

"Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza's body is a vast terrain of storied longings, traumatic memories, and troubling tensions. You would think that they would want to do everything to get away from it, to renounce it. Instead, by embracing this intelligent territory, they redeem it from its significatory internment as a fait accompli, electing instead to think alongside Deleuzo-Guattarian philosophies, relational cosmologies, liberation theologies, and the soft secretions of their own compelling narratives of struggle and emergence to weave an account of the body that is simultaneously strange, emancipatory, and--yes--joyful. I might be so bold as to prophesy that by the time you are done reading Robyn's book, you'd walk past the mirror to look outside the window--just to catch a glimpse of your face." ----Bayo Akomolafe, executive director and chief curator of the Emergence Network and author of These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity's Search for Home