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










Laundry everywhere!












Motherhood and homeschooling had overwhelmed her.













The house was dirty, the laundry undone.

More laundry!












She couldn't find time to have fun with her children or to go out with her husband.












Holly felt frustrated, discouraged, misunderstood, and alone.

Man with distressed woman behind him.

Yes, she still loved Philip and she did love God, but she'd come to resent Philip's freedom and she almost never found time for prayer.










Today, almost
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.

Woman and man touching noses and smiling.


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.



"For years, I've struggled with my vocation as a stay-at-home mother. After discovering a Mother's Rule of Life, I feel empowered that this is God's will for my life. I feel much more free to practice the vocation of motherhood, and am enjoying my life more."

Mary M.



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.

Smiling woman flexing her arm.











So, do you really want to be a better wife and mother?

Are you hungry for more order in your life? Do you yearn for greater union with your family, your husband, and God?

And when you say you do,
is that just talk?










Or are you finally desperate
enough to do something
about it?

No more mess!








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!


By golly, these days even Philip's happier, which of course makes the whole family happier, too.

Man smiling.




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A Mother's Rule of Life
by Holly Pierlot

$14.95 ppbk 224 pgs


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"God has given us time today to do His will today; the challenge is how to discern his will today. A Mother's Rule of Life is a thought-provoking reminder that if we can structure our time to accomplish God's goals for our vocation — in ways similar to a rule of life in a community— we will increase our joy and fulfillment and limit our frustrations toward those goals. Highly recommended.

Kimberly Hahn
Life Giving Love





Holly Pierlot's honest book inspires without preaching and her tried-and-true suggestions for organizing and improving family life are intelligent and doable. I know of readers who have successfully implemented her advice and are raving about the book. I loved it and thought it was a great read— I highly recommend it to anyone looking for guidance on managing time and priorities.

Elizabeth Kuhns
Faith & Family




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"If heaven's a banquet,
will I have to do dishes?"

That's all Catholic mom Susie Lloyd wants to know. Marriage and motherhood have taught her the rest, including the things that are most important in life: "Metaphysical realities like the existence of God can get along without my help. Cleaning the bathroom can't."

Homeschooling her kids has left Susie wise beyond her years: she's learned why pi is square instead of round, and searched out the best places to buy a cow's eyeball for the science fair. "In fact," she says, "Socrates had it easy. His students never interrupted him to go to the bathroom or ask when lunch was."

Susie's husband is always there to support her: "Greg tells me education would have no purpose if kids didn't start out ignorant. He seems to think that will keep me from strangling them."

Yet she's always patient, even when strangers gawk at her and her five daughters and ask: "Are they all yours?", "Are you done yet?", "Don't you have a TV?"

Susie tells them that raising five girls isn't really so hard (at least not until they're teenagers). After all, "Daughters don't have the same needs as sons. They can live for days on hors d'oeuvres."

So come along for a ride in Susie's full-size van as she faces the trials of Family Rosary and tangles with snide education experts, gruff confessors, and relatives who tell her it's time to wake up and join the "real world."

But Susie's already in the Real World: a happy Catholic family on its way to heaven!

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The uninterrupted life
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Got questions about Catholic family life? You've come to the right place! As a lifelong Catholic, devoted wife, diligent homeschooler, and mother of seven, Susie Lloyd knows lots of people who just might have the answers for you.

Susie herself is too busy to give advice: busy giving home haircuts and finding missing socks; busy teaching her teen girls to drive, cook, and diagram sentences; busy praying for divine protection while she races off to church (late) in her full-size van. But every so often, Susie finds a few moments to share the wit and wisdom she's gleaned from:

Teaching her kids about the Facts of Life: "Somewhere there must be a book which can aid me in my duty. In it there would be many pages devoted to birds, bees, and flowers. None involving kegs and station wagons."

Quelling her teen girls' phobias: "Top of the list is frumpophobia: fear of being seen in a skirt when every other teen at the party, except the statue of Mary, will be in jeans. It gets worse if your dad thinks it would be lovely not only to wear the skirt but a veil as well."

Strangers who question her family size: "What's funny is, the people who call you nuts really expect you to act sane, and not like this: ‘Nuts? Children, would one of you be a good girl and get the gun out of Mommy's diaper bag?'"

Joining a homeschool co-op: "None of us wanted to quit homeschooling; we just wanted somebody else to do it for us."

As she did in her beloved first book, Please Don't Drink the Holy Water, in these pages Susie Lloyd will charm and edify you with her offbeat — but always pitch-perfect — take on the joys and challenges of raising a Catholic family in today's world.

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