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On January 1, 2000, Holly Pierlot pounded her fist on the kitchen table and yelled at her husband, "I can't take it anymore!"

Motherhood and homeschooling had overwhelmed her. The house was dirty, the laundry undone. Holly felt frustrated, discouraged, and alone. She couldn't find time to snuggle and have fun with her five children or to go out with her husband. Yes, she loved Philip and she did love God, but she had come to resent Philip's freedom and she almost never found time for prayer.

Today, everything's better.

Holly still homeschools, but the house is cleaner, she gets more done, and the kids are happier. There's less stress, less strife, and less housework. Holly's been healed of past wounds that troubled her soul and her marriage. Best of all, she spends at least an hour each day in prayer and time each evening with Philip.

Holly brought about these changes with what she calls her Mother's Rule of Life, a pattern for living that combines the spiritual wisdom of the monastery with the practical wisdom of motherhood.

Holly's Rule is not just another set of schedules; it's a way for Christian mothers to answer God's call to holiness.

With the help of your own Rule, you can get control of your own household, grow closer to God, come to love your husband more, and raise up good Christian children. In these wise and practical pages, Holly shows you how.

Do you want to be a better wife and mother? To have more order in your life? To grow in union with God? Are you desperate yet?

With your own Mother's Rule of Life, you'll transform motherhood and its burdens into the joyful vocation it's meant to be. Learn from Holly Pierlot how to craft a Rule that's right for you and your family. Then use that Rule to help God draw you, your husband, and each of your children into Heaven!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press; 3/16/04 edition (April 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928832415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928832416
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Genevieve Kineke on April 10, 2006
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Our God is a god of order. He brought order out of the soupy chaos, as chronicled in Genesis, and in order to fully embrace Him, we must do the same. This review is later than it should be because of the [fallen] response to a book outlining schedules, priorities, and order in the home. In the year 2000, Holly "pounded her fist on the kitchen table" and demanded a change in her life - resulting in this well-thought out and comprehensive book. Your reviewer was slower on the uptake, thinking a little chaos was healthy thing, until she finally hit the wall as well. The beautiful surprise is that surrendering to order is a victory for freedom.

Once the book is actually cracked and begun, the reader discovers a soul-mate in Holly - a good-hearted woman with oats to sow, with sins to confess, and an aversion to constraints. Like most mothers of orderly households, there is the breadth of humanness, from self-absorption to heroic generosity and everything in between. Most importantly, like any radical alteration, she had to really want to change.

For my children, I've defined maturity as "doing the right thing for the right reason." As I age, I've seen more and more that people often do the right thing for the wrong reasons. For example, it is entirely possible to see to your children's hygiene, your house's spotlessness, and your family's punctuality for the sake of human respect. We all succumb to considering "what others think of us" to some degree, and yet there is an inverse response - to flout convention for the sake of "not going with the crowd," or (especially with women) to be mired in a perpetual "passive-aggressive mode" with our own dear mothers.
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This book has made a radical positive difference in my life. It has shown me how to order my life so that I am doing all the things I'm supposed to be doing, and doing them well. Mrs. Pierlot's perspective on the meaning of our lives as wives, mothers, and children of God was astounding - and it seems so obvious now that she's pointed it out to me, but it never occured to me on my own. She teaches us how to prioritize and truly value all that we do. My home has been a much happier, holier, and cleaner place since I read this book!

I think every Catholic mother could benefit from reading this book. Every Catholic mother could benefit from instituting her own "rule" of life. I wish I could afford to hand these out to every mom who walks in the door at Church!
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I read this book twice, the first time I was a very active Catholic new mother struggling to keep up with my new baby and the life I used to have very dedicated to the Lord before having children. I was never able to put in order the schedule since with little kids it's almost impossible to have such a rigid schedule like hers. I admired her for been able to have such a prayer life with that many children. I tried reading again when I had my third child and it was when I realized her book even though is not intended this way, it is too revolving around her, her needs, her wants, the ideal prayer life she wants to have while homeschooling and raising that many children. After attending many talks and retreats with people from Opus Dei I realized what God really wants from Mothers is not to spend as much time in our knees to attain Sainthood. IT Is to offer up, to give the best in been a good mother, to give a good example to take children to church, to pray with them. Prayer is also accepting God's will in your life and by having so many children it's impossible to have that kind of prayer life without putting your family through some kind of stress. The schedule she has with her children is too rigid, the amount of housework they do seems unfair compared to the time they have to play, and also versus the time Holly is praying. Children need more free play time, praying is also sitting down with your child to put together a puzzle and offer to God to put a smile in your face when you feel tired and you wish to be praying or resting. Also the Sabath idea seems sooo wrong, poor husband imagine having to work all week 5 days and then go home and on saturday having to take care of the children so your wife can rest. I think there's more need of a humble heart. You can always hear catholic radio, or download podcast about our faith and listen while scrubbing floors or do some bathroom cleaning.
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This book is filled with words of wisdom. You will want to read it more than once to absorb it all. This book has changed my life. In the first week of implementing my rule, I had more time than I ever imagined to spend with my children and in prayer. Without a doubt one of the best, life-changing books I've ever read. Worth EVERY penny.
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This book had some practical ideas that aren't very new. Such as having a schedule and such. But I had a hard time, as I was reading the book, believing that her ideas on a schedule were realistic with nursing babies and homeschooling. Certain personality types will struggle with this book, others will probably love it. I didn't feel very encouraged or excited or motivated by reading this book. I suppose it just wasn't written for my personality. I learned alot more and felt more encouraged by other books such as MOTH (Managers of their home) and Emily Barnes books. Good luck!
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