Thursday, October 9, 2014

a good book a day for 31 days and a giveaway - A Mother's Rule of Life

A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul, published by Sophia Institute Press, inspires. Women are doing more and more these days. Many mothers work outside the home, have their children involved in outside activities, work in volunteer roles and even take responsibility for their children's education through homeschooling. If the reader is willing to be led and taught, this book will help bring order, peace, and happiness to the chaos. Sophia Institute Press' new printing of the book has a fresh new cover with an inviting illustration. It is a book that should be on every Catholic mother's bookshelf to be read and re-read for those days when we need inspiration, concrete help, and a glimpse of hope beyond diapers and dishes.
"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.
Her 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.
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 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!" (Sophia Institute Press) 
when to read this book: when you know you are juggling too much and need some concrete ides for peace at home
what is special about this book: even though the author says that every 'mother's rule' will look different, she gives her 'rule' and schedule- it is helpful to have specifics and not just philosophy
Win a copy of this book by leaving a comment below- The winner, who will need to email a mailing address via the blog's email, ( will be announced on this blog on Monday, October 13th.  
Comment to win: What book/books are you reading now? 


  1. "Evolving in Monkey Town" by Rachel Held Evans

    1. It is. I like "A Year of Biblical Womanhood" better though.

  2. I read many books at once:

    Journey to the West (a classic Chinese novel)
    The Colloquies of Erasmus
    The Wisdom of Confucius
    The Art of God Incarnate by Aidan Nichols, O.P.

  3. Working my way through...
    The Cantata of Love: A Verse by Verse Reading of the Song of Songs by Blaise Arminjon, SJ
    The Forgotten: Catholics of the Soviet Empire from Lenin through Stalin by Fr. Christopher Zugger
    Charles de Foucauld by Jean-Jacques Antier

    1. I've been inching through these books for months....slow & steady. :)

      The Cantata of Love is was recommended to me by the Sisters at Christ the Bridegroom & is best read v-e-r-y slow.

  4. Husband coached childbirth by Dr. Bradley- only 6 weeks left!

  5. Right now I'm reading large family logogistics. I'm always trying to bring order to my beautiful chaos.

    1. ...sometimes I think that even with 'only' 4 kids, I could benefit from thinking like a mama with many more...

  6. Spirit of the Liturgy by then Cardinal Ratzinger...well, re-reading


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