'My name is Mary Clare O'Brian and I am in sixth grade. I would like to join the convent right after eighth grade before I start liking boys too much. I'm already having problems with boys liking me. Gregory in my class throws spitballs at me and told my best friend he likes me. I haven't told him that I want to be God's bride yet. Do you think I shou...more
That is the basic premise of the book, but in reality there is SO MUCH more going on. It is based in the late 60s, a time of a lot of change in the Catholic church. The main character is trying to do good while still trying to decide what is ok and what isn't.
The Vietnam war is...more
I loved this book. Faith is...more
This is not to say I didn't like the book. I loved it! But most of the kids that I know have never seen a nun in full habit unless they've watched an old movie. They have...more
Sixth-grader Mary Clare is the oldest girl in a large poor Catholic family. There are so many problems and issues happening in her life that she decides that if she is very good she can make bargains with God and help her family out. Her father is working away from home most of the time trying to pay the bills for the large...more
The premise of the book is that Mary Clare O'Brian (a girl raised in a large Catholic family, going to Catholic school) wants to become a Mother Superior and a Saint and begins writing a Mother Superior to find out how...more
I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but it wasn't that. I think, given the description, cover, etc I expected it to be comical, a light, fun book. (Something I very much needed after some of the heavy things I've ready lately!) But it wasn't. It was just what it said, the story of a girl who wanted to be a nun. It was her struggle with the change of times in the 60's, her mother's new independence (school! a job!), a family of...more
This is a sweet coming of age story set in 1968. Mary Claire is in 6th grade and struggling with her huge family with lots of money problems as well as social unrest in her state and dramatic changes in her church and faith. She makes a deal with God at the beginning of the book if he fixes her family's money woes she will become a saint and the best way to do that is to join a convent. She writes letters to the mother superior at a nearby con...more
Anyone who's considered spirituality or religious beliefs outside of what they've been tol...more
Fixmer, E. (2010). Saint Training. Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderkidz.
Appetizer: It's the spring of 1967 and sixth grader Mary Clare O'Brian has begun to write letters to the Mother Superior of a convent asking for advice. Mary Clare has the goal of becoming a saint. But with all the daily complications of having to look after her many brothers and sisters, her mother's fascination with reading The Feminine Mystique and a competition to write an essay on "What a religio...more
Mary Clare is the oldest daughter in a very large family. She takes on the weight of too little money for the family’s needs, too much wor...more
It had me laughing from the get go. "I would like to join the convent right after eighth grade before I start liking boys too much. I'm already having problems with boys liking me. Gregory in my class, throws spitballs at me and told my best friend he likes me."
Mary Clare thinks she needs to try to be good and that that will keep her from additional days spent in purgatory after she dies. Ah, but if that's the case, then she'll have to take the credit for her own salvation.
It seemed like a charming book and at first i was excited. It was first contest i had won. But I soon realized this wasnt really my kind of book. It was more of a coming of age novel. I recommend it more towards grades 6-8 or parents of younger children. over all it was a sweet novel but just not right for me.