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    David Harder - Author & Writer

    creating, living, & honoring GOD through words

The man behind the keyboard

           PRESS RELEASE: Persuaded: Nicodemus
           PRESS RELEASE: Final Grains of Sand

           Persuaded book review at: GoodReads.com
           Final Grains book review at: GoodReads.com
           Final Grains reader feedback: REVIEWS

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 spent four years writing a two-volume series, Pride and Conflict and Pride and Consequence. When he ran it by a professional editor, it became apparent that his dream of becoming a published author would require a lot of work.

Unfortunately, in November 2012, David reached a dismal emotional low that nearly cost him his life. That's when he received an email from a friend with a message from God in the form of a Bible verse from Jeremiah 29:11-13

"I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the LORD; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me."

That day David began a new life—a complete turnaround—filled with unspeakable joy and purpose. His journey is recorded in the book Carving Hope Out of Depression. (see Books below)

Some of his newest writing involves historical fiction with alternative insights into biblical history. David uses the Bible as the foundation for a novel, then expands the stories to give depth and realism to characters barely mentioned in the scriptures.

In addition to writing, David is an accomplished clay artist. 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. CLICK HERE to see his art and website.

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


Christian Non-Fiction

After a close encounter with death, David wrote about healing from an emotional low to a place of peace in the book Carving Hope Out of Depression. This is a personal, raw, and transparent tale of David's recovery from near suicide. Along the way, he discovered the greatest gift the universe has ever known: the unconditional love of God. This is an ongoing journey and David continues to take steps in a constructive and encouraging direction every day. The book, published in 2014 by Drawbaugh Publishing, is available in electronic form and paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Christian Fiction

David's second book, Final Grains of Sand, is a story about life and death, the legacy we leave, and how we may not really know someone until it's too late and they're gone. Several individuals with differing perspectives on his life speak about the main character at his funeral. The reader sees the complete picture in a surprise ending. An epilogue looks back at the story from heaven's perspective. It may be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbooks.com, and select books stores (LifeWays Books and Peregrine Book Company in Prescott, AZ).

Christian Historical Fiction

Persuaded: The Story of Nicodemus was released on June 9th, 2020. This historical fiction is about the biblical character Nicodemus, who is mentioned only three times in the Gospel of John. The story begins at the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD and reflects back on the time Jesus walked the earth. Persuaded is rated in the top 200 books on Amazon's Biblical Fiction category. Get your copy now and see why. To purchase a copy at Amazon, please CLICK HERE.

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Christian Historical Fiction

The Craftsman From Nazareth - An historical fiction based on Joseph, the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus. Joseph is exciting because of his unwavering faith in God, and because of the human education he provided to his adopted son Jesus. There is evidence that Joseph had direct influence on his adopted son, Jesus.


Adage Lake - Tragically, Sol King watches his dreams vanish, shattering his future, and forcing him to find a new place in the 'normal' world. Rather than turning bitter, Sol sets out to redefine his principles, but the universe has other plans. Leaving behind the rubble of what's left, Sol sets off for new territory in hopes of a better place. Unfortunately, he runs headlong into the anguish he so desperately sought to avoid. Tested beyond a man's limits, will Sol's spirit break or will he rise like a Phoenix from the dust. Can his faith sustain the man, or will he crumble beneath the weight?

When local drug-infested scum murder the stray dog that adopted Sol, it is just the beginning of new troubles. He tries to reason with the men but ends up being involved in their deaths. Seeking to clear his name, Sol must prove his innocence. During the process, he learns he cannot change anything except himself. He realizes his purpose is more than personal goals and life is enmeshed with the paths of others in their unique drama. Does Sol avoid people and find solitude in self, or will he see his life as an instrument for growth for those around him, as much as they are for him?

Exploring the depths of a man's heart and inner demons, Sol's journey is filled with complex emotions. He didn't choose the life he is now living, but he determines to find purpose and hope.

Owlet P.I.- Is a young adult story concerning a bookish girl who delves into a years-old cold-case murder. Mackenzie Grace Fowler is only 13 year old but an outcast among her peers. She spends enormous amounts of time alone and reading. The story is told from her personal journal, where we learn of her search for the truth, and her desire to find her place in the world.

CASUALTY † - Robbie Kandar thrives on adrenaline and it's why serving in special ops fills that void. Enlisting at age eighteen, his tour with the Canadian Special Operations Forces ended when every person in his unit, except Robbie, are killed in action. After being discharged, it leaves him with a hungering for more action. He heard the American's were hiring. After three tours in Afghanistan, Robbie proves his worth to his buddies, but he has a secret--something hidden for years. If his team discoverers the truth about Robbie, it will destroy everything. Always staying one step ahead of uncovering his deception, Robbie has built his whole life on half-truths. His plan has worked so far, but the web of lies is beginning to close in. Will he go out in a hero's glory, or crumble beneath the weight of the many falsehoods he's used for protection?

Please check the website often for news about other upcoming books and stories.


Historical Fiction

Second Harvest - Tells the story of an old bachelor who falls in love with a younger woman who has two sons. It is about redemption and finding love late in life. As a market test, the story was available on Wattpad for a short time where it received great reviews. Currently, only the first three chapters are available on that site. A plan to release this story is in the works.

Thriller Fiction

Branching out into the thriller genre, Killing Arizona, Desert Carnage, and Hijacked Saguaro focus on the grandson of the main character from David's previous work, Second Harvest. In this three-part series, Dean Folsom can never get a break and finds himself in constant, unwarranted, and unwelcome trouble. Despite fatalities in these stories, each manages to end on a somewhat positive note. This series is being revised for future release.


Pride and Conflict and Pride and Consequence make up this two-part family drama about immigrants in America. The stories are being revised, and David will release them in the future.

Stupid Cupid concerns an awkward young man's attempts to find a girlfriend before Valentine's Day. This was one of David's earliest works and is unpublished, other than sharing parts of the story on social media. He plans to release it as a short story in the future.

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