The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings {Book Review}

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Synopsis

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.

My Thoughts!

This was the first time I’ve had the pleasure to read anything by David Rawlings and I’m disappointed in myself that it took me this long to finally read it! This book was mind blowing, earth shattering, and truly amazing!

It will linger in your mind long after you’ve finished the book and really makes you look at your own baggage differently. The book offers a steady pace and was easy to follow. It’s well written and the characters are each unique. The story flowed well and was easy to keep organized even with multiple main characters. I’m still in amazement over this read!
This is a read that everyone will be able to relate to on one level or another. I highly recommend this read!

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The Memory House By Rachel Hauck {Book Review}

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Synopsis

Embracing the future means remembering the past . . .

When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either.

Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.

Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

My Thoughts!

Hauck is an amazing writer and truly has a way of engaging her readers. This read is captivating and fun. It’s well written and easy to follow. The characters are well  developed and unique. The story does have a dual timeline, but it’s seamless and transitions well. I loved that the story flowed without skipping a beat and offered a steady pace. There’s a strong message of heartache, joy, faith , and forgiveness. I highly recommend this read!

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Author Connection!

The Verse That Gives Me Strength + Jesus: His Life Series Finale!

Disclosure: TCMS has been compensated for this post in the form of a gift card. All opinions remain my own and were not influenced.

Life can be hard and trying at times. There are many days that I feel defeated and disappointed. Sometimes it’s my job, sometimes it’s parenthood, sometimes it’s life in general. Regardless of the reason, it can be discouraging when I feel that way and sometimes it can be hard to get out of that slump. I often turn to scripture to remind myself that I can get through it.

There’s a lot of scriptures that talk about strength, but my all time favorite is psalm 46:1. It reminds me that I’m not alone. It inspires me to push through those hard times and always give my best. It makes me a better mom, employee, friend, and person. Just being able to lean on the scripture and gain strength from it can change my whole mood and help me refocus.


Do you have a favorite scripture that helps you get through hard times or a scripture that you lean on when times get hard? Comment below and tell us!

“Jesus: His Life” explores the story of Jesus Christ through a unique lens: the people in his life who were closest to him. Each of the eight chapters is told from the perspective of different biblical figures, all of whom played a pivotal role in Jesus’ life including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter.

Each figure takes a turn guiding viewers through the emotional and epic story of the most famous man in history, through his birth, death and resurrection, all conveyed through a combination of scripted drama and interviews with prominent religious and historical experts. Utilizing some of the world’s most respected Biblical scholars, historians, faith leaders and theologians, the series weaves together the canonical Gospels, historical sources and cultural context to create a complete portrait of Jesus – the man and the Messiah. 

The series finale airs this Monday, April 15 on The History Channel at 8pm ET/PT.