Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has earned praise from athletes and country folk for its realistic depictions of the sport of pole-vaulting, and farm life. Now an athletic and spiritually aware teenage reviewer is praising the story for its deeper message.
Holly Smith’s review appears in the latest issue of Unity Leaders Magazine, the international publication of Unity Worldwide Ministries. Smith, a high school senior, is a cross-country runner and a leader in the International Youth of Unity program.
In reading the novel Smith writes, “I gained a greater appreciation for myself, and realized that I can do anything, no matter in what circumstance I might find myself. [Author Grant] Overstake gives the reader a personal sense of empowerment through all the struggles Maggie goes through, since they are relatable to everyday life.”
In the story, heroine Maggie Steele suffers a life-shattering tragedy, then embarks on a spiritual and physical quest to a brighter and more hopeful future. The story has been recognized by counselors, coaches, and teachers for its hopeful message, especially for teens going through the storms of adolescence.
According to author Overstake, today’s teens are looking for real answers to life’s most important questions. Spiritual truths are the underlying theme of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.
“While today’s teens may not be as interested in organized religion as their parents and grandparents, many teens are deeply spiritual,” Overstake said. “I’m so happy that someone as athletically and spiritually gifted as Holly appreciates the story at its deepest level.”
Smith concludes her review with, “I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an uplifting story to read.”
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Unity Worldwide Ministries is a worldwide network of ministries, ministers, licensed teachers and individuals providing practical teachings to help people live healthy, prosperous and meaningful lives. Unity is a positive path for spiritual living. We teach the effective daily application of the principles of Truth taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ. We honor all paths to God as we provide a philosophy that is spiritual, not religious; and love-based, not fear-based. We strive to help individuals have a stronger connection to God every day by helping them to feel empowered, accepted, loved, inspired and connected.
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“I’m very proud indeed to be connected to a project that celebrates the best qualities of the wonderful character, Maggie, the healthy and realistic way she copes with grief and challenge, and her development as an athlete and a mature, grounded young woman. This is a very special story, and I look forward to bringing it to listening audiences.” — TAVIA GILBERT