Killing Wonder Woman: Setting Weary Women Free to Win at Work and Soar in Faith
By Tenaya T.J. Tison
Published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing
ABOUT THE BOOK
Working women of faith are subjected to daily blows of lies and deception. We are barraged with messages that we're not good enough, smart enough, thin enough, spiritual enough. We believe that our professions mean very little in the eyes of God. We're feeling tired and discouraged from holding ourselves to impossible standards. These damaging lies and labels now have a name: Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman is a symbol of the unobtainable. She is a blend of all the women both real and fictional--that we idolize. She is the whispers of doubt and negative self-talk that run rampantly through our minds. It's time to stop listening. It's time to slay Wonder Woman!
Killing Wonder Woman is more than a book. It's a long-overdue weapon that we, as working women of faith, can yield to cut down burnout, destroy discouragement, and set ourselves free of unrealistic expectations. Once we break loose of Wonder Woman's deception, we can open ourselves more fully to trust God's plan and integrate Him into all aspects of our lives, including in our workplace calling.
Are you ready to win at work and soar in faith? This is your call to arms.
Genre: Self-Help / Spirituality and Women’s Issues
MY REVIEW - Amy
3 out of 5 stars
I really appreciate what Tison sets out to accomplish in this book. I think most women have a “Wonder Woman” that they compare themselves to and that keeps them trying to meet unrealistic standards. Though I personally don’t identify as a Christian, I liked the chapters of Killing Wonder Woman that advised women on synthesizing their faith and their work outside the home in order to find fulfillment in their work and deal with issues such as workplace drama. This was an interesting perspective that I have not seen in many other books. The “Let’s Be Honest” sections nicely summarized each chapter’s primary questions, and overall this book reminded me slightly of “Reform Your Inner Mean Girl,” by Amy Ahlers and Christine Arylo, which is another book for women that I really enjoyed. As other reviewers have said I did find this book a little one-sided in terms of its perception of female figures like Wonder Woman, and at times the writing was a little slow-moving, but overall, I think this is a great book for women of faith who are looking for a bit of validation and inspiration.
MY REVIEW - Ally
3 out of 5 stars
I love the way that Tison frames the book as a call to action of women. And the idea at its heart is valid and important: society crafts unrealistic stereotypes for women, which ought to be expelled and fought against. We should look for perfection within ourselves instead of casting our eyes elsewhere to find someone that we ought to be. In a world full of Photoshop, carefully crafted social media images, and other ways to achieve the image of perfection, it’s an important discussion to have. We have to stop comparing ourselves to other women and must work to be happy with ourselves.
However, I think Tison is a bit too bold with her generalizations and claims to make a complete argument. She does not acknowledge the other side: the helpful female models that inspire girls to achieve more! Wonder Woman and characters like her might be too perfect to replicate, but what she represents is the ability of women to participate in the fight, to exist equally with men. Tison seems too strongly buried in her own argument to see the truth outside of it. There’s no counterargument or acknowledgement of other ideas to strengthen her own.
She also somewhat inspires more hate between women. By pegging one’s insecurities on the perfections of another, she tries to encourage women not to compare themselves to others. But she also unwittingly blames others for one woman’s own personal problems. Instead of blaming societal standards or the human brain, she sets up “Wonder Woman” as the target. As an enemy, rather than a fellow woman who also likely experiences similar insecurities and faults.
It’s an interesting read, and I would happily recommend it to any woman. Tison continues a dialogue that is very present in current society. However, her words ought to be taken with a grain of salt due to her unprecedented conviction.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
T.J. is a business leader and entrepreneur, with a proven track record as a strategic advisor and change agent within the small business sector. She is passionate about seeing others in business realize their full potential and lead with their hearts. T.J.’s unique; “tell it like it is” approach, has propelled many in business to a level they never thought attainable.
Through her writing, speaking, and mentoring, T.J. guides both men and women to do their work, and impact others, with purpose, conviction and integrity.
T.J. is also the Founder and Executive Director of Working Women of Faith, a non-profit organization that exists to equip women to win at work and soar in faith.
T.J. and her husband of 25 years have two grown children and together enjoy the peace of their hobby farm with a myriad of animals. In her spare time, (ha, ha!) TJ likes to play golf, run, read, and kill Wonder Woman.
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.