Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Killing Wonder Woman by Tenaya T.J. Tison

May 17, 2017 Christian, giveaway, nonfiction, Tenaya TJ Tison 17

about the book

POW! BLAM! OOF!

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.

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GENRE: Inspirational Self-Help
PUBLISHER: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017
PAGES: 264

“If you don’t kill Wonder Woman, she will kill you.”

Killing Wonder Woman addresses the pressures we as women put on ourselves thanks to the “lies and labels” we are inundated with in society and even in church.

Tison defines the Wonder Woman we are to (figuratively) kill as:

“… any ideal, label, or lie you feel compelled to live up to and use in order to define and measure yourself and your worth.”

Wonder Woman typically shows up in our lives in one (or more) of three ways: mythical (fictional characters), spiritual (Proverbs 31, anyone?) and actual (real women in your life). This part really opened my own eyes to how much anxiety I have allowed the Wonder Woman voices in my life to cause me. The pressure to live up to a fictional ideal, a spiritual ideal, or even a real-life ideal – the struggle is real, y’all!

Tison includes thought-provoking “Let’s Be Honest” questions throughout each chapter, and I plan to go back and spend more time thinking about several of them. The book itself is divided into four sections – Killing Wonder Woman, Set Free, Win at Work, Soar in Faith – and I appreciated her points in each one. Killing Wonder Woman is easy to read, with many good quotes and Scriptures to emphasize the message. Tison is very passionate about this message, and while that’s a good thing it sometimes translates into bold generalizations that assume a lot about the reader.  I also wish there had been more discussion about the other side of the coin so to speak, about the importance of mentors in a woman’s life. It went so far in the direction of “be free from the unobtainable” that I felt it neglected the “obtainable”, the unique relationship between women that results in shared empowering and personal growth.

Bottom Line: Killing Wonder Woman contains a powerful and important message for all women, those who work outside the home and those who don’t. We don’t have to continue idolizing Wonder Woman, the Proverbs 31 woman, or even your mother/coworker/friend who seems to have it all together. There is freedom available from the constant messages of not being good enough or thin enough or busy enough. Finding that freedom in embracing who God created you to be is life-changing. 

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 / Important message!

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about the author

Tenaya TJ Tison is a business leader and entrepreneur, with a proven track record as a strategic advisor and change agent within the small business sector. T.J. has held twenty-seven different jobs throughout her life and finally found her calling in helping businesses grow.

T.J. and her husband of twenty-five years have two grown children and together enjoy the peace of their Wisconsin hobby farm with a myriad of pet animals. In her spare time (ha ha), she likes to run, play golf, read, and cheer on the Minnesota Vikings.

T.J. is also the founder and executive director of Working Women of Faith, a nonprofit that exists to equip women to win at work and soar in faith. To learn more about Working Women of Faith, visit: workingwomenoffaith.com.

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What about you? What is an ideal/label/lie that puts pressure on you?

Carrie

17 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Killing Wonder Woman by Tenaya T.J. Tison”

  1. Lori Smanski

    oh this sounds wonderful. one pressure i have had in the last two years is that i am not working outside the home to help financially. Others are well meaning but my husband has said that we are good financially. and by staying home i no longer have the stress and am now able to take care of myself physically. which i have been having success at.

    • Carrie

      isn’t it so frustrating how “well-meaning” people can really put pressure on you to do things you don’t need to do and be someone you don’t need to be?? I’m so glad for you that you have a supportive husband and a chance to rest from the stress!

  2. Winnie Thomas

    I had to laugh at a magazine I was looking at a couple of years back. The main focus story on the cover was about being content with just being you. Then the sub-stories were a diet article, how to make your hair look better, how to look 10 lbs. slimmer, etc.

    I think most people look at others and compare themselves, which is quite futile. We’re all different and unique and have different abilities and talents (which still doesn’t stop me from wishing I could write reviews and blogs as well as Carrie does. :-D)

  3. Arletta

    There is tension between those women who stay at home and those who go to work, those who homeschool and those that send their children to public school, etc. I dislike that tension and wish all women could see that each person is trying their best, even if their choices are not the same. And you can even be friends with women who are not exactly like yourself!

  4. carylkane

    Sounds like a must read! Carrie, thank you for sharing.

    My self-image could use some work….

  5. Jeanna Massman

    I think mom’s are victims of tremendous pressure when it comes to making parenting choices. Most mothers are in survival mode most of the time and are just trying to do the best they can for their children.

  6. Cyndi

    During this annual season of weddings and graduations, there is (and has been) a degree of pressure to give “good” gifts (translated: more expensive than we can afford right now). When I saw the amount of gifts given to MY kids at those times, I was somewhat chagrined by the amount we spend but decided that we could only give what we can give and one day they might understand. 🙂
    On another note, I have a friend who a few years ago, came to the same conclusion… that she needed to get rid of her Wonder Woman collection and mentality. Thanks for the giveaway!

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