In a similar vein to The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews or Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory, The Baggage Handler is a contemporary story that explores one question: What baggage are you carrying?
“The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings is an extraordinary novel that lingered in my heart long after I finished it.”—Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of The House at Saltwater Point and the Lavender Tide series
When three people take the wrong suitcase from baggage claim, their lives change forever.
A hothead businessman coming to the city for a showdown meeting to save his job.
A mother of three hoping to survive the days at her sister's house before her niece’s wedding.
And a young artist pursuing his father’s dream so he can keep his own alive.
When David, Gillian, and Michael each take the wrong suitcase from baggage claim, the airline directs them to retrieve their bags at a mysterious facility in a deserted part of the city. There they meet the enigmatic Baggage Handler, who shows them there is more in their baggage than what they have packed, and carrying it with them is slowing them down in ways they can’t imagine. And they must deal with it before they can leave.
In this modern-day parable about the burdens that weigh us down, David Rawlings issues an inspiring invitation to lighten the load.
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Speedy Read that Packs a Powerful Punch
Whether we want to admit it or not we are all carrying baggage. For Gillian Short, David Hawke, and Michael Downer after a normal flight, and an encounter with a seemingly normal baggage handler, they go about their lives but with one little problem: a crazy baggage mix up that ends up being more than they bargained for. This little mix up leads Gillian, David, and Michael to confront more than their physical baggage but also emotional baggage that is weighing each of them down, whether they want to admit it or not.
Gillian is the wife and mom that feels like herself and her life do not measure up, David is putting all of his focus on work and trying to deal with a marriage that is broken, and Michael is the son that is trying to do everything he can to please his father instead of pursuing his own passion. Each person has baggage that we can all relate to in one form or another, which really pulls you into their plight and delves you deeper into their stories.
Incredibly thought-provoking and very well written, The Baggage Handler really hits home, moving you to examine your own life and your own baggage, and motivates you to take action in dealing with the things that weigh you down and hinder you from being your true self. It's a speedy read that packs a powerful punch, and is worth every second.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.