Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: Final Grains of Sand by David Harder


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Final Grains of Sand by David Harder with JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Final Grains of Sand  
Author: David Harder  
Publisher: Ambassador International  
Release Date: April 23, 2018  
Genre: General Fiction

How well do we truly know people?

When James Kreider receives the devastating news his life is being cut short with cancer, he is immediately filled with shock and disbelief. At 60 years, Jim is too young to die and believes he has a whole life ahead of him. When the reality of his impending demise sinks in, Jim methodically prepares for his final days, including trying to heal old wounds. With a dash of life’s regrets and unfinished business, Jim’s hours are spent pondering the legacy he will leave for his friends and children.

In preparing for the end, Jim selects five individuals to represent his life at the funeral service. This group includes Jim’s boss, his personal physician, a neighbor, the pastor of his church, and a woman whom Jim was involved with in a long-term affair. None of the individuals know each other or why they were chosen. Summoned to the office of Jim’s attorney, the representatives disclose emotions and information few individuals want to hear. Reluctantly, they agree to share every facet of their friend.

Jim’s story not only transforms the five representatives but alters the lives of the funeral guests.

At the heart of Final Grains of Sand,this thought-provoking novel gives readers an opportunity to pause and reflect on the way they see others, as well as how they portray themselves to those around, and to help readers realize the value of one's life is less about the length of time, but rather how we touch other people through our actions and words.

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Final Grains of Sand by David Harder is a refreshingly different, thought provoking story. It captures the emotions from the very first and never lets go. Its message is powerful, one that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

The main character is only seen in the beginning pages, yet everything revolves around him. At the age of 60, upon discovering that he has a rare and rapidly-growing form of cancer, James Kreider proceeds to get his affairs in order without telling family, friends, or coworkers of his diagnosis. Part of this process includes the hand selection of five people to speak at his funeral, and that’s where things really get interesting.

From his children, to the lawyer, to these five people, all are realistically flawed. This is a relationship-driven story where we not only learn about James as layer after layer is peeled back, but we also see the impact of this man’s life on those around him. I doubt we ever know anyone fully, and I loved learning of Jim through each of these relationships – with minister, boss, neighbor, doctor, and lover. Themes of judgmentalism and legalism are contrasted with forgiveness and grace. These five friends are all over the place spiritually, and much spiritual growth is seen. Final Grains of Sand is an interesting story that offers many opportunities for personal reflection.

I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.



David Harder has been writing for more than twenty-five years. His novels are inspiring stories about individuals who influence their world in unique ways.

David grew up in southern California and served in the US Navy during the Vietnam conflict. He traveled the world for businesses with cutting-edge technologies in computer and data-storage. As part of his career, he wrote for trade journals and created marketing materials within the computer industry. A graduate of San Jose College with a degree in business, he also studied at Santa Clara University towards a degree in international business.

After retiring, David focused on two passions: writing and clay art. He uses his wheel and clay during demonstrations in churches to deliver a powerful testimony, visualizing how God shapes our lives for different purposes-no matter how old we are, and even if we seem to be a failure.

David is a graduate of Vineyard Institute in biblical studies and leadership. He resides in the Prescott area of Arizona.  

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(1) winner will receive 1 print (US only)

AND (1) winner will receive 1 ebook (open internationally except where prohibited by law)  

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