This is one of the first books I ever bought on Amazon (which gives you an idea of how long ago I bought it). It is also one of the first Catholic books I encountered. At the time, I thought I was called to marriage (I’m not) and motherhood (I am, thankfully, not). I heard Holly speaking about the book on a Podcast and thought ‘If she can do it, I can do it’ and bought the book. As with Dawn Eden, there are aspects of Holly’s life which mirror my own which is probably why I was drawn to her.
Holly was raised Catholic but, having declared in the Confessional that she wouldn’t be back, she left the Church to sow her wild oats in the music business. It didn’t seem to make her happy and, after years of seeking and searching, she came back to the Church where she thought she was called to religious life. She wasn’t. Instead, she fell in love, married and had several children, homeschooling them on a limited budget. It wasn’t easy. Until, that is, she decided to embrace her vocation as a married woman and mother. Enter her Rule of Life.
In the Church, a Rule of Life is generally that of a religious community. It might include a schedule of what happens at what time. It probably includes instructions on the way the people in that community are to conduct themselves. It is certainly designed to enable them to live out their vocation. Since marriage is a vocation, why would a wife (or a husband) not have their own Rule?
We all have a vocation, whether we know it or not. So why not a Rule to help us find or live out that vocation? I’ve adapted Holly’s comprehensive instructions to fit who I am today, not who I might be tomorrow. I have a schedule which I stick to moderately well and have lifted her instructions on conduct (the Spirit of the Rule) directly for now although I’ll be adapting it over the coming months. It has brought calm and order to my life (as promised).