Persuaded: The Story Of Nicodemus (A Novel) by David Harder.
Escaped narrowly after the fall of Jerusalem . . .
Pursued relentlessly by the Sanhedrin . . .
Entrusted covertly with a mission more significant than he had imagined . .
From the prison colony on Patmos, the Apostle John entrusts Nicodemus with manuscripts for the Christian fellowships increasing throughout the Roman Empire. While transcribing the manuscript, Nicodemus is prompted to recall his former life and his encounter with Yeshua – a man of mystery, a healer, a teacher, and a prophet. An encounter that changed everything.
Under the cover of darkness, risking his reputation and endangering his life even further, it is here that Nicodemus realizes the world-changing power of the Good News . . . and what being a follower of Yeshua truly means.
Paperback: 376 Pages
Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated (June 8, 2020)
Global Library: Fiction (Biblical)
Global Library: Fiction (Religious Historical)
Global Library: Fiction (Christian Historical)
Final Grains Of Sand by David Harder
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.
CBM Book Reviews-January 15, 2019: Final Grains of Sand: A drama fiction, bringing light and life to James Kreider, a man faced with his own demise. The author blends a fantastic and engaging novel as James plans his funeral. The novel is inspired by the vibrant and full life of Roy Kreider Woods II (1936-2013).
Choosing 5 friends who will represent his life at this funeral, this novel is about friendship, displaying God’s love and forgiveness in our lives and living a life that is pleasing to God. All these characteristics describe the character of James Kreider, who in his final moments, leaves a legacy to others before he passes.
Touching and inspiring, this author brings readers through a journey – a journey of a life lived through the man James Kreider, his sufferings and offers a heavenly perspective. All will be able to identify with Kreider in some fashion or another. This book causes one to reflect on the value of life and teaches others to enjoy the present, love others and God above all else, keeping with the theme of choosing love. Each page keeps readers focused, and the Epilogue gives a glimpse of what it might be like to pass from death into eternity, which is intriguing to say the least.
This book comes as a highly recommended read for those that enjoy a blend of Christian fiction with a look at relationships, life on Earth, the realities of our choices on Earth and the impact that we can have on individual lives, one-by-one. An absolutely wonderful, entertaining and deeply touching novel that captures the ingredients of life!
Suzie W. / nashpredsfan27 from BookBub – January 15, 2019: Final Grains of Sand: I had a hard time rating this one. There wordsmithing’s I felt could have been done better: the story drags in places as each of the five speakers shares their perspective on the man they knew and this is an extremely talkie (very little action) book. But you know what? Sometimes that’s okay. What I absolutely loved about this book was the message it carries forward. No matter how well we think we know someone, no matter how many years we’ve been friends/family/coworkers, there are facets of those lives we just don’t know about. And this man left an impression on most people he had a relationship with.
Final Grains of Sand made me think about my own life and the impressions I’m leaving for others. Is it a life well lived or am I just wasting time? And, the epilogue? Completely worth the journey!
Reasons I enjoyed this book: Informative, Inspirational, Original, & Realistic. 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
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Paperback: 320 Pages
Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated (July 1, 2018)
Global Library: Fiction (General)
Global Library: Fiction (Family)
Carving Hope Out Of Depression: Victory Over Darkness
And A Path To Self-Love by David Harder
DEPRESSION ● LONELINESS ● HOPELESSNESS ● SUICIDE
Words and feelings unspoken-yet screaming in the hearts and minds of millions!
Carving Hope Out of Depression-Victory Over Darkness and a Path to Self-Love is a personal account of how depression can push an individual toward suicide. Author David Harder shares his raw, real-life experiences, not for pity or to offer excuses, but to bring hope and life within every broken heart and mind.
Thinking that suicide was the only answer, he searched for explanations that would justify his death and end the pain. Misguided, he confused death with no more pain, but nothing could be further from the truth. Suicide leaves a tragic and mysterious abyss in the lives of families, friends, associates, and even casual acquaintances. No one can make sense of the loss-for the rest of their lives; they carry in their hearts the black hole suicide leaves behind.
This book is for you if you have experienced or struggled with any or all the following:
•You’ve turned to drugs, alcohol, or prescription meds to cope with life
•You can’t understand how a “just” God allows such pain in the world
•You’re in prison, hate your circumstances, and want to be free
•You grew up in a religious setting, yet your life is miserable
•You want to know why some turn to God in uncertain times
•You think you’re tough and can handle any situation
•You smile on the outside but are hurting inside
•Your life seems empty and meaningless
•You’re considering suicide
You’re right! This book is for everyone-as all have experienced times of doubt and depression. BUT…there is hope, and within these pages you’ll discover there are no thoughts or actions that can ever separate you from the most powerful love in the universe!
Print Length: 166 Pages
Publication Date: August 1, 2014
Publisher: Drawbaugh Publishing Group; 1st Edition (August 1, 2014)
Global Library: Self-Help (Depression)
Global Library: Self-Help (Social Issues)
About The Author: 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. For eight years, he lived and worked in Germany and traveled throughout Europe. Upon returning to America, he settled in northern California and was employed by multiple Silicon Valley start-up companies. During his career in the computer industry, David 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.
When David entered college in 1990, he found he enjoyed writing stories. With encouragement from family and friends, he wrote short stories for fun. 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 is a published author and uses his wheel and clay during demonstrations in churches to deliver a powerful testimony. His message visualizes 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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