Three Rules for Living a Good Life

A Game Plan for after Graduation
Author: Lou Holtz

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Format: Hardcover

Publication date: February 22, 2019

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Winner of a 2020 Catholic Press Association book award (first place, spirituality-hardcover).


Legendary former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz shared three easy to remember and impossible to forget rules for life during a commencement address at Franciscan University Steubenville.

  • Do what is right.
  • Do everything to the best of your ability.
  • Show people you care.

Now expanded into book form, Three Rules for Living a Good Life: A Game Plan for after Graduation offers a quick, sometimes humorous, and always practical formula for recent college graduates and other young adults to reach success in their business, personal, and spiritual lives.

Three Rules for Living a Good Life is a great gift book for a young adult looking for a quick read that offers encouragement and concrete advice for transitioning to the workforce and to deeper, more committed relationships.

Lou Holtz, one of the most successful college football coaches of all time, a college football analyst, and a premier motivational speaker, shares a message that is genuine and sensible. Punctuated with examples for keeping and living the rules each day from his years of working with teams, in business, and with his family, Holtz’s book keeps the discussion light, humorous, and real.

Holtz’s commencement message is one he often shares with business leaders around the world. He points to the foundation of his Christian faith and the necessity for young adults who have been raised in the faith to take stock of themselves at this crossroads of their life. “Don’t ignore God! Don’t give up the faith!” he writes.

A sought-after motivational speaker, Holtz annually gives hundreds of presentations on topics having to do with leadership, success, and achieving peak results. Holtz has also given many commencement addresses and been awarded a number of honorary degrees. In Three Rules for Living a Good Life, this iconic Notre Dame football coach and television and radio analyst sums up his essential graduation message that college grads will find useful as they take their places in the “real world.”

Product Details

Pages: 96

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781594719066

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A blueprint for success.”

    “Timeless and practical paternal wisdom. A blueprint for success in faith, life, and love.”

    Mark Hart
    Executive Vice President at Life Teen International

  • “Simple, yet profound.”

    “Simple, yet profound, Holtz’s game plan is one that everyone who desires to excel in living a good life should consider.”

    Rev. Sean O. Sheridan, T.O.R.
    President of Franciscan University of Steubenville


    “I love Lou’s theory for winning in the game of life! Lou presents his philosophy and game plan to help a person become a success in life. A great read. Truly AWESOME BABY with a CAPITAL A!”

    Dick Vitale
    ESPN college basketball analyst

  • “Wonderful and witty.”

    “Lou Holtz is masterful in teaching life lessons that everyone can learn from. A wonderful, witty, easy read that will change your life for the better.”

    Muffet McGraw
    Head coach of the University of Notre Dame Women’s Basketball team

  • “This book can be understood and enjoyed by different generations.”

    “A very simple book written by one of college football’s most successful coaches. Lou Holtz gets his message across in a humorous way by telling stories from his own life. This book can be understood and enjoyed by different generations.”

    Catholic Press Association

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