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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

FInal Grains of Sand by David Harder Review & Giveaway


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Final Grains of Sand

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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I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Main Characters

  1. James Kreider- main character, deceased
  2. Tony Toncetti- lawyer handling James' will
  3. Nathaniel Martin, Vice Presiden of sales at Tynedex Corporation- boss for 40 years.
  4. Joe Langley - neighbor
  5. Michael Richards - pastor of his church
  6. Tom Nolan- family doctor
  7. Arleen Chenair- a French woman James knew for over 30 years.


The story starts off with James finding out he has cancer and not a lot of time to live. In preparation he quits his job, sells off his possessions, pays his debts, and creates a will before checking into hospice. Upon his death, Tony (James' lawyer) contacts the five people James wants to give a eulogy at his funeral. The small group get to know each other and the life of James through shared experiences. 


We don't really truly know another person, only the parts that are shared. 
"We exist on this earth for some undetermined period of time. During that time, we do things. Some of these things are important. And those important things give our lives meaning and happiness. The unimportant ones basically just kill time."

What did I like about the book?

Reading about grief gives me an understanding of what that's like. I've never really lost a loved one that I knew well. I've been to a few funerals but those were more for support of the living. This book was more Christian based - looking to God for answers.

With a variety of backgrounds and personal experiences with the deceased, each character grieved and reminisced in their own ways. Also, showing the varying ways one person can impact others around them was great.

What did I not like about the book?

There was SO MUCH BICKERING amongst adults! I get not agreeing with someone, but professionals don't have the common curtesy to listen to others in a group, really? It was very frustrating.

The portrayal of a pastor being so ignorant of the bible, and not even a little bit people-friendly is crazy. Don't you have to go through years of study before being ordained? I did like that it shows the importance of connecting to others in a congregation. 

The passing of time was so slow paced. Why did the gathering of the group take several meetings to get through their stories?

Date Started/Finished : May 3rd-11th 2019

Recommend? no

If you are looking for a story about grief, The Salt House by Lisa Duff is good, if you want a story about grief with magical realism I'd recommend The Astonishing Color of After . I wasn't really impressed with this story, it was very juvenile for the character's ages. I didn't really connect with the characters like I hoped I would and it took me a week to finish when I was hoping it would be more like just a weekend.

Rating: 2/★★★★★
based off Goodreads' ratings 2 stars – it was OK. Not really impressed. I probably finished reading the book (wishing I hadn't). I was hoping for more or wanting something different.



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.  

CONNECT WITH DAVID: Website | Facebook | Twitter


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  1. The concept of the book is thought proking.

  2. Can't wait to read this book love the cover.