From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a brand-new Baxter Family novel about a beloved high school principal who starts a Bible Study to improve the lives of his struggling students, only to become the national focus of a controversial lawsuit.Hamilton High Principal Wendell Quinn is tired of the violence, drug abuse, teen pregnancies, and low expectations at his Indianapolis school. A single father of four, Quinn is a Christian and a family man. He wants to see change in his community, so he starts a voluntary after-school Bible Study and prayer program. He knows he is risking his job by leading the program, but the high turnout at every meeting encourages him. A year later, violence and gang activity are down, test scores are up, and drug use and teen pregnancy have plummeted. The program is clearly working—until one parent calls the press. Now Quinn faces a lawsuit that could ruin everything. With a storm of national attention and criticism, Quinn is at a crossroads—he must choose whether to cave in and shut down the program or stand up for himself and his students. The battle comes with a high cost, and Quinn wants just one attorney on his side for this fight: Luke Baxter. In This Moment is an inspiring, relevant story about the nuances of religious freedom and how a group of determined people just might restore the meaning of faith in today’s culture.
I love being a book blogger and working with NetGalley because they often have books by some of my favorite authors. Today’s post is absolutely true when I tell you the book is In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury. I have loved all of the 20+ Baxter family books she has written, and this one was no exception!
As with most books written by Karen Kingsbury, In This Moment was a great read and it addressed some “real world” topics like drugs, teen pregnancy, gangs and crime, freedom of religion and more.
Wendell Quinn is the principal of public school, Hamilton High and a widower raising four children on his own. He decides to host a voluntary Bible study after school hoping to provide some structure and direction to his students. He knows he is risking his job by leading the Bible study program, but the high turnout at every meeting encourages him. Quinn’s reputation is at stake, his relationships are threatened, and his job is definitely on the line.
Interestingly, the Baxters are not the central characters in this book, they are more support roles. Wendell Quinn is the protagonist who meets with conflict throughout this story. As he begins to see results from his Bible study, Quinn is faced with a lawsuit and he’s at a crossroads because he has to decide whether to shut down the program or stand up and fight for himself and his students.
For this battle, readers will see Luke Baxter, an attorney who has left entertainment law to practice religious freedom law, enter the fight.
In this Moment is an inspiring and relevant story about the nuances of religious freedom. It also shows readers how a group of determined people just might restore the meaning of faith in today’s culture.
Karen lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their actress daughter, Kelsey, lives nearby and is married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The couple recently welcomed their first child, Hudson, making Karen and Don grandparents for the first time.