The Baggage Handler


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9780785224938Title: The Baggage Handler
Author: David Rawlings
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Magical Realism / Christian Allegory Fiction
Release Date: March 5, 2019

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?

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.

LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Christian Book | iTunes


As I read this book, my sofa was covered with my daughter’s clothes. It was the first day of spring break and she was packing for a trip. But this book is about a different type of baggage – the kind we carry around on a daily basis. The things that weigh us down – unmet expectations, anger and bitterness over wrongs done against us, the expectations others place on us, guilt, the list goes on and on.

David Rawlings has written a thought-provoking story. It caused me to reflect on what type of baggage I may be carrying. As the story points out so well – health issues can be caused by our baggage. Unfortunately I can see myself in the main characters and I know my health is being impacted.

When Carrie first sent out the invite for this tour, I did not sign up because I thought my schedule was too full. When she sent out the second request and I saw it was due after spring break I decided to sign up. I am glad I did. I needed this book. And it really was a quick read. It took me less that two hours – time well invested.

I highly recommend this book to ALL, whether you think you have baggage or not (because you are probably carrying some). Pray with me that the Baggage Handler (our Heavenly Father) will help each of us release the baggage we are carrying.

Thank you David Rawlings for this book. You did a great job of teaching Biblical lessons through a well-written story.

I want to thank the Thomas Nelson and Just Read Publicity Tours for the complimentary copy of the book.


There are a number of inspirational posters mentioned in the book – as part of the characters quest for their baggage. These are some of my favorite quotes from those posters.






There were also several memorable quotes in the story.

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David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father of three who loves humor and a clever turn of phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR: website | facebook | instagram



We’re collecting all the Baggage Passport Stamps to get rid of! Collect them all and enter the giveaway below. Each stop will have a unique stamp. Just enter the word(s) you’ll find on each stamp for more chances to win!

(1) winner will win:

  • a hardcover copy of The Baggage Handler,
  • a book tote from the publisher, Thomas Nelson
  • and a $15 Amazon Gift Card!

Be sure to check out each stop on this tour for more chances to win. Giveaway begins at midnight April 1, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 8, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid. For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

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