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In This Moment

November 27, 2017
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Karen Kingsbury
Christian Fiction
Howard Books
November 7, 2017
Net Galley

Description of In This Moment

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.

My review of In This Moment

What an interesting book!

I thought this was the next book in the Baxter series, that is why I requested an advance copy. Though this book did include quite a few of the Baxter family members it was more about the fight to allow a Bible study on a  public school campus to continue.

Luke Baxter is the attorney Wendall Quinn engages to help him.

The book made me think, and that is a good thing. I had to ask myself some difficult questions. If I taught in a public school would I fight for students right to read and study the Bible or would I be too afraid I might loose my job?

I taught at a Christian school so I think I took for granted the fact that I could pray with students, we read our Bibles and studied the Bible whenever we wanted. Most lessons in history were taught from a Biblical perspective. What if that weren’t the case? Would I still speak up about my faith? I would hope so, but there is no way knowing for sure.

The characters were very believeable in this story and the setting is perfect.

I would love to see this novel made into a movie. I think it would be perfect for the producers of the God’s Not Dead movies.

Pick up a copy and let me know what you think about this one.


About the author

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated for major network viewing sometime in the next year. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001 she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty-nesters, living in Tennessee near five of their adult children.

About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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