In This Moment

In This Moment

Luke Baxter--a lawyer specializing in religious freedom cases--takes on the fight of his life when public high school principal Wendell Quinn is sued for starting an after-school Bible study called Raise the Bar. Wendell has already lost the love of his life because of the program, but still he refuses to end it. Thanks to the program, Hamilton High has seen a dramatic dec...

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Title:In This Moment
Author:Karen Kingsbury
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In This Moment Reviews

  • Bekah

    This was yet another fantastic book written by

    . This book definitely did not disappoint.

    What I Liked: This author's characters are always so well developed. I love every single one that I'm supposed to like and I always love the message of redemption that seems to underlie all of her books regardless of what the main message is in the story.

    Okay, one my favorite parts of the story was from Reagan's, (Luke's wife) point of view. Her POV wasn't the biggest part of the story by any

    This was yet another fantastic book written by

    . This book definitely did not disappoint.

    What I Liked: This author's characters are always so well developed. I love every single one that I'm supposed to like and I always love the message of redemption that seems to underlie all of her books regardless of what the main message is in the story.

    Okay, one my favorite parts of the story was from Reagan's, (Luke's wife) point of view. Her POV wasn't the biggest part of the story by any means, but I can't tell you how refreshing it was for me to read about a wife who chose to love her husband when she had opportunities to justifiably say something when his work schedule became too much and she felt he was neglecting his family. Reagan chose the higher road to love her husband through that season and trusted that God would convict her husband. That was so encouraging to see.

    Now, on to the main focus in this story. Wendell Quinn is facing a lawsuit against his leading a voluntary Bible study program in a public school. I really enjoyed how this character always strove to believe and trust in God and choose the positive. He was willing to count the cost of what would happen if he tried to raise the bar for the students in his school and it was quite neat to see his faith in action.

    Luke Baxter. I so enjoyed getting to read a story from his POV, as well. He followed what he felt the Lord would have him do. I also appreciate how this author portrayed his tender heart for his family and how he tried to become a better husband and father. So as not to spoil anything in the story, I will just say what bumped this story up to 5 stars for me was how well Luke represented Wendell Quinn in the trial and how Luke kept his focus and trust on the Lord, not himself. He didn't take any glory for any victories he experienced. He was always looking up to the Lord.

    Alicia Harris, Jordy, (Wendell's son) and Cami were all very relatable characters and were very well written. I liked how they grew in their faith throughout the story. The story with Cami's father was also very interesting and turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the story toward the end.

    What I Didn't Like: I don't think anything major stood out to me that I disliked about this book.

    I give this book 5 stars for another excellently told story by

    with a strong Christian message. I applaud this author for boldly taking a stand on God's Word.

  • Joy

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review so...

    I honestly loved this book.

    "Those who stand for nothing will fall for everything."

    I've fallen in love over the Baxter Family in the twenty-some books that I have read. This one was a great new edition addressing a controversial issue in today's society. How should one address God in public? Karen Kingsbury answers that question with a captivating story that fans are going to love.

    I really liked this one and will be lookin

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review so...

    I honestly loved this book.

    "Those who stand for nothing will fall for everything."

    I've fallen in love over the Baxter Family in the twenty-some books that I have read. This one was a great new edition addressing a controversial issue in today's society. How should one address God in public? Karen Kingsbury answers that question with a captivating story that fans are going to love.

    I really liked this one and will be looking forward to her next book in the Baxter series.

    I recommend this book for all readers

  • Judy Collins
  • Anna

    "In This Moment" is a timely book about a topic frequently in the news. Whether you are a person of faith or not, religious persecution is becoming prevalent in our society.

    For Wendell Quinn, a principal at a high school riddled with problems, he decides to offer a voluntary Bible Study group after school called Raise the Bar in an effort to give his students an outlet and a chance to work towards success. When a parent whose daughter has benefited from the program in anger sues Wendell for vio

    "In This Moment" is a timely book about a topic frequently in the news. Whether you are a person of faith or not, religious persecution is becoming prevalent in our society.

    For Wendell Quinn, a principal at a high school riddled with problems, he decides to offer a voluntary Bible Study group after school called Raise the Bar in an effort to give his students an outlet and a chance to work towards success. When a parent whose daughter has benefited from the program in anger sues Wendell for violating the separation of Church and State, a legal battle ensues. Luke Baxter is the lawyer brought in to defend Wendell, despite his reservations about losing the case.

    While at times a bit apocalyptic and"preachy", it is important that we recognize the value of freedom to practice our faith.

    3.5 rounded up to 4.

  • Kathleen

    "The Constitution guarantees us freedom of religion. Which means the kids at Hamilton High have a choice to pursue the Christian faith...or not."

    "You have to stand for something, or you will fall for anything."

    I enjoyed listening to the audiobook IN THIS MOMENT authored by Karen Kingsbury and read by January LaVoy and Kirby Heyborne. It is the first book I have read in The BAXTER FAMILY Collection, but not the first one written. Apparently they are all standalone books.

    Wendell Quinn, public hi

    "The Constitution guarantees us freedom of religion. Which means the kids at Hamilton High have a choice to pursue the Christian faith...or not."

    "You have to stand for something, or you will fall for anything."

    I enjoyed listening to the audiobook IN THIS MOMENT authored by Karen Kingsbury and read by January LaVoy and Kirby Heyborne. It is the first book I have read in The BAXTER FAMILY Collection, but not the first one written. Apparently they are all standalone books.

    Wendell Quinn, public high school principal, is sued for starting an after-school Bible study called Raise the Bar. Because of Raise the Bar, Wendell lost the love of his life, but he refuses to stop the program. Hamilton High has seen a dramatic decrease in drug abuse, violence, and teen pregnancies since the afternoon Bible Studies began. The lawsuit threatens to put an end to Raise the Bar and all the favourable results.

    Luke Baxter, a lawyer specializing in religious freedom cases, takes on the fight of his life when he agrees to be Wendell Quinn's lawyer. The fight is about more than statistics, better student life and improved test scores. It is about religious liberty and protecting faith, family and freedom.

    IN THIS MOMENT is an inspiring, relevant story about the nuances of religious freedom, the cost of the fight, and how a group of determined people might restore the meaning of faith in today's culture.

    4****

  • Karen

    I have worked my way through the entire 20-something books in the Baxter series this year with anticipation of getting to this one. Only to be disappointed. The story felt forced and feature too little Baxter family. It seemed like such a let down after enjoying the early years of this series. *I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

  • Melissa

    At its core, Kingsbury's latest is an interesting story about the modern climate of religious freedom in the United States. However, one has to muddle through some factual inaccuracies and heavy-handed preaching of doom and gloom in order to find the key ideas. Although this is a part of the Baxter series, it easily stands alone because the Baxters are only peripheral characters, and the author makes sure to delineate the myriad family ties multiple times, to the point of it becoming tedious to

    At its core, Kingsbury's latest is an interesting story about the modern climate of religious freedom in the United States. However, one has to muddle through some factual inaccuracies and heavy-handed preaching of doom and gloom in order to find the key ideas. Although this is a part of the Baxter series, it easily stands alone because the Baxters are only peripheral characters, and the author makes sure to delineate the myriad family ties multiple times, to the point of it becoming tedious to those familiar with the books. The dialogue is unnatural at times and seems like a lecture rather than a real conversation. This novel is worth reading, if only to get a glimpse of where the U.S. is heading with religious freedom.

    The principal of Hamilton High School, Wendell Quinn, has been tasked with turning his school from a low-achieving, violent place to a successful one. He has tried everything, and feels God leading him to begin a voluntary after-school Bible study in order to give direction to the students who feel they have no hope. Within a year, things have completely changed, and the influence of the Bible study on the students has been amazing. Yet there are parents and others who feel that Wendell is overstepping his legal boundaries by bringing religion into a public-school setting. One parent sues, and Wendell hires Luke Baxter to defend him in the important battle for his faith and the ultimate positive outcome of the school and its students.

  • Kathi

    I love her books, but this one comes across more like a lecture :(

  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘

    I’ll be up front, I’ve been a fan of Karen Kingsbury forever. My mom was reading her books for years then when I got older and wanted more than my Teen genre had to offer she began recommending Kingsbury. I fell in love. Her books give you a chance to relax and get away from the stress of the world while believing happily ever afters are possible and your faith can get you through anything.

    This is the first time ever I felt like I had to force myself to finish and it was not an enjoyable experie

    I’ll be up front, I’ve been a fan of Karen Kingsbury forever. My mom was reading her books for years then when I got older and wanted more than my Teen genre had to offer she began recommending Kingsbury. I fell in love. Her books give you a chance to relax and get away from the stress of the world while believing happily ever afters are possible and your faith can get you through anything.

    This is the first time ever I felt like I had to force myself to finish and it was not an enjoyable experience.

    I’m extremely sure those who are cheerleading Christians, those who feel victimized by the world for being Christian, very fundamentalists, whatever label you’d fall under are going to LOVE this book. Why do I think that? Because it’s not so much a fictional story as a playbook for how to fight the evil, liberal, American society that is hell bent on ridding itself of the Christian faith. At least that is the picture painted here.

    Maybe I’m just burned out and tired over the liberal versus Christian fight that seems to be filling my social media on a daily basis. Maybe it’s being an Irish Catholic in the United States, even worse being an Irish Catholic in the south part of the States where only Protestant faiths are revered, that has created this hard coating to my ability to enjoy this stuff anymore.

    Whatever the reason I just had a hard time reading this to the point I kept putting it down and finally had to force myself to read 1-2 chapters at a time just so I could finally finish. I felt she painted the characters in completely unrealistic situations such as when one teacher has her students bring their favorite book to class to talk about. One of the students, whose mother is volunteering in the classroom that day, brought her bible and the teacher immediately tells her she can’t talk about it. The mother proceeds to take the teacher out of the classroom and give her this lecture about how her daughter can talk about the bible and the way the teacher just rolled over and allowed the parent to dictate how her classroom would be handled was unbelievable. I’m not saying the parent was wrong or the teacher was wrong in their belief I’m just saying the dialogue and actions used were completely unrealistic. Through the vast majority of the book though it was like that where liberals were painted as being idiotic and conservatives were painted as being the only intelligent ones.

    You also receive more legal language and law history than I thought possible to weave into a fictional story. It very much reads like a history of how the Christian faith has been under attack in the States and comes off like one gigantic middle finger to the liberal viewpoint.

    I just felt like Kingsbury is extraordinary pissed at the liberal population in the US and poured forth all her anger into this story. I’m sure those who agree with her position are going to use this as their bible and take notes of all the legal issues and laws she poured into it to help them use their kids to fight their adult war through the next generation.

    I just wanted to escape from the bickering for a little while not be dragged through it on the pages of a book.

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