A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul by Holly Pierlot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Own. (Maybe 4.5?)
I read this at Mystie's and the DHM's recommendation.
And, boy did I need to read this.
I agree with the DHM, some of this book is very, very Roman Catholic. Formal Confession, Spiritual Directors, the Eucharist, etc. are mentioned frequently in this. Again, as in Beauty for Truth's Sake, I had to read past that and do some mental translating. There was a point when I almost stopped reading early on because the theology was too much different.
But, I'm glad I didn't.
Pierlot has written a book, inspired by MOTH, that feels more achievable, more friendly, more rooted in the Christian faith. She is creating a "Rule" for family life and structure and all the needs that attend to that idea. A "Rule" (and the Protestant in me shudders at that word) is based on the monastic Rules (e.g. Benedict's Rule of Order) which give structure to the lives of those living in the monastery. She asks, why not use it for the vocation of marriage and family? How can this idea be used in organizing and aiding the life of prayer and practicalities of a family?
She orders the book around a wife's vocation. I have my quibbles with her ordering of her thoughts, but they seem minor; particularly when I consider how my thinking doesn't work itself out into life.
I most especially appreciate her discussion on setting one's will to accomplish the goals set forth, asking the Lord for his help in setting one's will, and her late chapters on sloth and its hold on many of us, particularly me.
I read the book through. At the end of each chapter there are exercises and questions to consider which I didn't do after each chapter, rather I intend to work through them now that I've finished the book and see where it is going. I both need the big picture and I was generally enjoying the reading of it, so I didn't want to stop and break that rhythm.
I really enjoyed this work and pray that I can apprehend what is good and use it to bring about good change. You should certainly read the other reviews I linked to, they both are very helpful in their perspective and better writers than I am.
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