Book Review

Chasing Superwoman by Susan M. DiMickle

By on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Finally – a book has come along that talks pragmatically about the demands of mommy-hood, the workplace, and the desire for faith – and our conflicting feelings about all of it. In Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom’s Adventures in Life and Faith, Susan M. DiMickele talks about her life as a busy attorney and devoted mother to three children, who is trying to keep all of the balls in the air and raise children with a sense of religion.

As the amazing pr maven with a busy consulting practice helping nonprofits, a devoted mommy to a five-month-old baby, a caring stepmom to three older kids, and a loving wife – I have a lot of demands on my time. And oh boy, have I been stuck in a desert trying to find some water. Like DiMickele, I know what it’s like to juggle a blackberry, a baby, and client needs.

I was surprised to find a book like this in a Christian bookstore – its honest voice was refreshing. And all too often – the Christian church has soundly condemned women for working outside the home and alienated itself from families. DiMickele addresses the pain churches have inflicted on working mothers (and fathers) with honesty and sincerity.

Scheduling nightmares, client demands, and the real-life logistical challenges in caring for 3 young children are discussed  in the book and will resonate with readers juggling their own work/family equations. The author uses her experiences at the intersections of faith and life to offer her own thoughts and ideas. She does not offer silly platitudes or a self-help program. Just her real-life experience – with the caveat (in an oh-so-lawyerly way) that when someone else says they have all the answers to work/life balance, she gets suspicious.

DiMickele readily admits that she doesn’t have a consistent quiet time, nor does she haul her children to church 3 days a week, but she does try to integrate faith into their lives on a daily basis through prayers, one-on-one talks, and Sunday School.

Her humor is evident, and I caught myself laughing out loud a few times. But what impressed me the most about this book was its honesty. She spares no punches in discussing her desire to work, and her love for her children, and the struggle to reconcile the two within a faith-based approach to life. Ultimately, she concludes that it is having faith and surrendering a desire to control the outcome, that offers peace.

For those contemplating how faith practice fits into the demands of a busy career and parenthood, Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom’s Adventures in Life and Faith, offers situations you can identify with and helpful tips. Check out the author’s blog.

Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom’s
Adventures in Life and Faith

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