In This Moment [book review]

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.

Synopsis via Goodreads

Thank you NetGalley for a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not going to lie, I teared up just opening the book… because that’s what Karen Kingsbury books do to you.  Going in I knew this would be a touching, inspirational story that would cause me to tear up at times, and I was not wrong.

What I really enjoy about this novel is that it relates so well to today’s world.  Christianity is under fire, whether people believe that or not.  I know we still have our freedom to practice our religion, but it seem that when we try to express our rights of this freedom, we get attacked… even though we’re not trying to force our beliefs on others.  Yes, we share them in hopes of bringing others to Christ, but we don’t force anyone to believe if they don’t want to.

And that’s what happens in this book.  A high school principal has tried all he could to help his students get on the right track, but nothing has worked.  So, risking his reputation and career, he starts an after-school voluntary Bible study, and within a year, things have never been better at Hamilton High.  That is, until one parent files a suit against him after finding out his daughter has been going to the study for the past year.

As the case goes on we see the change in hearts of different students and teachers, all of whom are struggling with their own demons.  I’d have to say that my favorite characters to follow were Cami and her father because they had the most significant changes in their lives through everything that went on in the story.

If you’re a fan of Karen Kingsbury, you don’t want to miss out on this story!  It relates to what Christians are facing today and even gives some insight to what our rights really are.

“Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton

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