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    The Baggage Handler
    David Rawlings
    Thomas Nelson / 2019 / Hardcover
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  1. 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.
  2. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    very good read
    April 10, 2019
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Baggage Handler - eBook.
    Review I really enjoyed this story. It was a bit different from normal. These people were on a plane and each had the same type of luggage. They each have problems and take the wrong luggage off the carousel. They then call the airport to get their luggage back and are sent to a warehouse where they meet the Baggage Handler. This man tries to get these people to understand all the baggage that they carry around each day and how to get rid of it. This was well written and enjoyable. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will. (less)
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Baggage Handler
    April 8, 2019
    nkwbookreviewer
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The Baggage Handler is a cleverly written analogy about all of the "baggage" we carry around whether we realize it or not. It is a short, thought provoking book that stayed with me long after I finished it. Author David Rawlings has written a unique book with this one.

    We meet Gillian. She is not happy with what she has or who she is and compares herself to others, especially her older (and unhappier) sister. Then there is David. He struggles with forgiveness. Lastly we meet Michael, a young man, who has pressure from his father about the future which creates self doubt about his own future desire. Besides these three, there is the upbeat, wise baggage handler.

    This is the first book I have read by author David Rawlings. I enjoyed his style of writing. It had a current vibe that was easy to read. A few spots seemed to drag for me. One of my favorite things he wrote was "The siren song of Facebook, a song she could never deny, called to her." How true is that? So poetic and cutting for a current issue. Then he used "the siren song" again a bit later and I was disappointed to hear it again.

    The characters broke my heart. Why didn't they see what weighed them down everyday? The book will make you take inventory of your own baggage. The ending left me wanting more. I wanted this book to evangelize about Jesus and Heaven. The Christian in me whispered that this book missed its mark. The end did, also. I wanted to know what happened after the characters left baggage claim. The Baggage Handler just left me wanting. However, I was thrilled to find Discussion Questions at the end.

    "The Baggage Handler" is a book that will make you think about your life. It certainly did me. I would recommend it. It would work wonderful in a reading group. There is so much to dissect and discuss. Individuals will enjoy it, too. I rated it a 3.5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but I was under no obligation to write a favorable review. These are my own, honest thoughts.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Letting Go of the Past
    April 7, 2019
    Deana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The book is similar in content to a few others I have read. I did enjoy the book and meeting the three main characters. We all have baggage we hold on to and don't realize how it slows us down in life. I loved how the author took three different characters and allowed us to watch them unpack their baggage with surprise and confusion. I often wonder how many people have picked up the wrong baggage and realized it after they left the airport? For each character there is an urgency to retrieve the right baggage and scurry on their way.

    It is easier to stuff your baggage with regret, anger, low self-esteem and other emotions and forget about them. What we don't realize is that someday those forgot about emotions will unpack at a time we are not ready for them. As each character is sent to a place to pick up their correct baggage, we see each one open up the heavy burdens they have been carrying. It reminds me of a backpack filled with bricks. You carry it around because you don't want to put it down and see what's inside . When you decide you cant go on, you unburden yourself of the baggage and there waiting is all the baggage called anger, deceit, forgiveness, pride and many other things that stare you right in the face.

    As you read this story, immerse yourself in it and allow God to take your burdens away. The lies we have believed and the struggles we have encountered have loaded us down and it is time to be set free . As the Baggage Handler explains to each of the three people, they must be able to let go of the baggage once they give it to him. How many times have we told God that we give our troubles to Him, then pick it up again? At the end of the book are questions that are worth looking at. These questions are for you to examine yourself and see what baggage you need to get rid of. The choice is ours to make: do we want to get rid of baggage that leads us to joy and freedom or hold on to it and continue to be unhappy ?

    I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
  5. Tulsa ok
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    we all carry baggage
    April 6, 2019
    Claywalkerfan
    Tulsa ok
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The baggage handler

    A book that really makes you think. A short book with a lot of meaning to it.

    David , Gillian and Michael each get the wrong suitcases at the airport. They find out after getting to their their destinations. Some very important items they really need from their suitcases.

    In the process of getting their suitcases back they meet the baggage handler. He shows them the baggage that they have in their life. Love how the author uses mix up baggage to have them learn of what is important in their life.

    I received a advanced copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
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