05 April 2019

The Baggage Handler | Favorite Quotes + Giveaway


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.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: March 5, 2019


"Welcome to Baggage Services. I'm the Baggage Handler. Would you like help with your baggage?"


"Well, if you say so. They are just words."

The Baggage Handler shook his head, and his voice took on a passionate edge. "Words have far more power than that."


"Why don't people want to be helped?"

The Baggage Handler stared past Gillian, the sadness now flickering across his face. He gave a deep sigh. "Because dealing with baggage is hard. It requires effort or swallowing pride. Because some people are so used to carrying their baggage they don't think they can exist without it. Because some people say they need time to deal with it, but that time never arrives. But overall, for most people, it's because carrying baggage is just easier, despite the weight."


"Gillian, you live in a world today where you're told every part of your life isn't good enough. You've fallen for that. It's not a truth that will make your life better; it's a lie designed to keep you wanting more and buying more. It keeps the whole system running. But it's not good for you as a mom, as a wife, as a woman, or as a person."


"Gillian, you're playing a game you've already decided you've lost."


"And I've yet to meet a person who carries this extra baggage and is either happy to carry it or doesn't feel its weight. And yet they still carry it."


"Why do people think that for them to be right, the other side must be one hundred percent wrong? Life is far more nuanced than that."

David glowered. "So I'm to blame here? Is that it?"

Another shake of the head. "You're contributing to this mess as well. She was in the wrongI agree with thatbut you're contributing to the lack of a solution."


"You are worth looking at. You were made for a purpose; you have your mix of skills, talents, and personality traits for a reason. Comparison ignores what makes you, you. You shouldn't be someone else."


The Baggage Handler gave a soft chuckle. "Why do you think you won't be up to it? You don't even know what the opportunity is."

Michael shot a look at this strange young man with the big grin. "How can you tell what I'm thinking?"

He tipped his cap. "Because I'm the Baggage Handler."

"Okay, it looks like that's your response for everything. What is this new opportunity?"


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.


We’re collecting all the Baggage Passport Stamps to get rid of! Collect them all and enter the giveaway below. Each stop (other than the launch posts) 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. Full tour schedule on this tour shown below. 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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