(A Guide to Tapping into
Your Divine Super Powers)
by Tracy Spence-Banks
Reviewed by: Michelle Bishop
Tracy Spence-Banks offers readers a well-written examination of the strengths she feels women need to develop in order to successfully balance their lives. She asserts that women need to develop seven basic traits in order to become Super Women. Spence-Banks uses bible verses to substantiate and illustrate her points and follows up the lessons with a workbook-style section containing questions to help readers think about how they can actively develop these strengths. The premise of the book is ambitious; however, Spence-Banks takes an elementary approach to what the seven traits she's promoting mean in a woman's life and how the qualities are demonstrated.
One of her examples is a woman who, in her opinion, demonstrated dignity when she discovered her husband had been cheating on her. According to Spence-Banks, the woman went to the mistress' house and told her she "couldn't lie around on the sofa all day watching The Young &the Restless; she had to go to work in the family business just as the wife did." I'm not confident that showing up at the other woman's house for any reason represents the epitome of dignity. And, I have no doubt that the actual scene occurred in a more colorful manner than Spence-Banks described.
The workbook section at the end of the book is overly simplistic. It would have been much more useful had she provided actual exercises for each of the qualities being examined. Spence-Banks also could have spent time developing a complete program for women to follow, perhaps with a relevant quote and specific tasks to be performed to help reinforce the concepts. This was a missed opportunity for Spence-Banks to really help make a difference in women's lives.
Spence-Banks' approach to model feminine behavior can be simplistic and patronizing at times; however, to her credit, she does make an effort to dispel certain misunderstandings about the Christian ideal of male-female relations based on misinterpretation of certain bible verses. Super Woman is an easy read that has the potential to help get women thinking. I hope Spence-Banks revises the book with more insight and practical steps women can take to make the kinds of changes they want and need to in their lives.
What did you like about the book?
The chapter per quality approach made the information manageable and easy to read.
What did you dislike about the book?
The author missed an opportunity by not delving deeply into the challenges that women face.
What could the author do to improve the book?
Spence-Banks is clearly well-intentioned; however, her overly simplistic approach to women's personal development does not quite hit the mark.
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