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    The Baggage Handler
    David Rawlings
    Thomas Nelson / 2019 / Hardcover
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Small book that can be read in a few days!
    August 25, 2019
    SKTimmer
    Sharon Malthe Timmer's review Aug 14, 2019 edit

    really liked it

    If you are looking for a book that is a nice, easy read then this is the book for you. Three strangers each take the wrong suitcase from the baggage claim, but then they are all directed to pick up their bags at a facility in a remote part of the city.

    This story was interesting in how the baggage handler points out the baggage that each of them is carrying, but how each one of their stories are unique to each one of them.

    I loved that there were some questions also at the end because it helped me to deal with some of my baggage that I have been carrying around way too long!
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Try it, I think you'll like it!
    August 14, 2019
    bookstoregal
    I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I like it! In fact, I think that many people really need to read this book!! It's not the typical fiction book, but I think that if you like Andy Andrews books, or David Gregory, or something like that, you will enjoy this book.

    It's a quick read, but not a light read. There's a lot of depth to it, and challenge as to how you live.

    Try it, I think you'll like it!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Moving inspirational fiction!
    July 17, 2019
    Jolene
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings is good in so many ways. First, I found the story addictive, not wanting to put it down. It was easy to read even as it jumped around between the stories of David, Gillian, and Michael. Second, I could identify with parts of each character's struggle. I saw a bit of myself in each of them. Lastly, it was emotionally potent for me as I have some emotional baggage. Don't be surprised if The Baggage Handler makes you cry. I sure did.

    I recommend The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings to readers who enjoy inspirational fiction. It's as short, but powerful book. If I described it in one word, it would be: moving. It is not a blatantly Christian book, but there are clear parallels between The Baggage Handler and Jesus, if you are a Christian and chose to take it that way.
  4. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought-provoking
    May 3, 2019
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Baggage Handler is a curious story. It's short, and covers a timespan of mere hours. It's more like three intertwined (longish) short stories than a typical novel.

    But don't let that fool you into thinking it's shallow. It's not. The story centres around three passengers who each pick up the wrong suitcase after a flight. Chaos naturally ensues, as they each have items in their luggage they need for the day. Each contacts the airline, and is directed to return to the airport.

    There they meet with the Baggage Handler, and find it's not simply a case of swapping luggage. They each have baggage, and are challenged to deal with it rather than continue carrying it. Each of the three has unique baggage, but also baggage we can all relate to, so it's interesting to read their reactions.

    The Baggage Handler puts a modern twist on well-known allegories, relating ancient yet relevant truths. The writing style is similar to authors such as James L Rubart or Billy Coffey. Rawlings is a strong writer and has woven some deep life and spiritual truths into three universal stories.

    The Baggage Handler is a strong debut novel and would make a great book club read. Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story and message
    April 20, 2019
    Mark
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a book I wasn't sure I'd like, as it didn't sound like what I normally read. I decided to give it a try, and am glad I did. The book pulled me in, and I found myself completely enjoying it. I guess you could call this book a parable, as real luggage is used to show how we carry baggage around.

    This is a book that most people could probably relate to and enjoy. Most of us are weighed down by something. Topics of forgiveness, envy, and other negative things we need to let go of are dealt with....and if it isn't those things, there are other things that weigh people down that the book could help address.



    Although God and Christianity are not mentioned, I would still call it a Christian book, as there are things we as Christians need to let go of if we are to live productive Christian lives.

    I found the whole plot quite genius, and especially when the three main characters were forced to confront their baggage.

    The book was a fun read, if a book that makes you say "ouch" and convicts you can be fun. I found myself relating to more than one thing addressed in the book, and am sure many others would have the same experience.

    If one were to take this book to heart, it could definitively help. I definitely recommend.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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