Book Reviews

Here I will give reviews of books I have read

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n 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?

Three people take a flight that will change their lives forever. Fresh off a run-in with his wife, harried businessman David disembarks the plane angry and impatient. Gillian thought she would be more excited about coming to her niece’s wedding, but she is just hoping to survive. Malcolm has gambled everything on this trip to start his fledgling artistic career. To him, failure means working in hardware in what his father calls “a real job.” After each picks up the wrong suitcase, they make their way to a mysterious baggage depot in a deserted part of the city. There they meet the Baggage Handler, who shows them there is more in their baggage than what they have packed. A simple baggage mix-up at the airport is more than an inconvenience when it forces three people to face the baggage they are unknowingly carrying around.

My Thoughts:  This was an eye-opening story about how we carry our troubles or "baggage" with us every day.   This becomes such a habit that we can be so unaware that we are in truth carrying so much with us that we don't have to.   Why not feel free and give it all to the one who says He will carry all our troubles and burdens?    

This is a wonderful reminder from the author that we need not burden ourselves, that we can live the life we want.  I really enjoyed this novel, it brought to my attention that we all need to look inside and take inventory and just let go anything that is bringing us down.   I could completely relate to Michael and Gillian with the baggage they were carrying.   This is a book that catches the readers' attention from beginning to end and can totally relate to in many aspects.  The reader can identify with any of the characters in this novel.   This is a novel I truly enjoyed and highly recommend it to others.

When Bad Christians Happen to Good People: Where We Have Failed Each Other and How to Reverse the Damage

This is a must read for Christians who have been hurt by other Christians and for those who need to be reminded that Christians need to live as real followers of Jesus and not rule enforcers. The author relates many stories of people who were rejected and judged by church members who focused on legalism instead of grace.   This is one of the best books available on how Christians continue to damage the cause of Christ. Mr. Burchett starts with an example from his own life involving his daughter. She had a terminal physical condition that posed no threat to anyone. However, the church decided that she was unwelcome in the nursery because of her problems.
 If you have been injured by the church or know of others that have been then this book is for you. On the other hand, because we all are human and at various times commit many of the sins covered in this book, it should be required reading for all Christians.

  “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.

This book by Ken Ham is a great book for children.  It takes in apologetics, creation , and the disobedience that led to sin, and the world the way it is today.
This book helps us respond to the growing confusion facing children today with Biblical responses to many questions.
I give this book 4 stars.  It would have been helpful if it was broken down into chapters.

§  “this book is published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group.”

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mary Ann.
    Can I suggest a new book for your review? Dr. Tony Evans and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst, have written a new book called "Kingdom Woman: Embracing Your Purpose, Power, and Possibilities." It was their desire in writing it to "challenge women to look higher than where you are to whose you are, and to be transformed by the truth of being a Kingdom Woman." The book encourages women to set their eyes on Christ and to pursue what God has created them to be. It is true to that goal. I am thoroughly enjoying it and hope you will, too. They have also posted some free devotional downloads that are great on their website: Hope it blesses you as it has me!