Friday, July 22, 2016

Interview with Ralph William Ausman, author of Saving Jesus

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Inside the Book:

Saving Jesus

Title: Saving Jesus 
Author: Ralph William Ausman 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Alternative History 
Format: Ebook/Paperback

The canvas of history provides a complex pattern of culture, change, and conflict. Colorful individuals were often the driving forces behind the progression of history. Was there a grander purpose behind these developments, beyond the individual people, locations, and events? History often turns on a simple thought or decision by those in a position to have a significant impact on the ultimate course for humankind. What influence did some of the most significant personages in human history unknowingly contribute on the world stage, even beyond their own individual stories and experiences? Was his story truly the driving force of history, the basic thread that ties the global human experience together? Author Ralph William Ausman's novel, Saving Jesus: Resurrecting John the Baptist takes us on a journey through history, from the Holy Land, to China, India, Greece, and ancient Persia. It follows the origins of religious thought as world empires play out across the globe in preparation for the defining moment in world history: the birth of Jesus and the subsequent emergence of Christianity that would define world growth and development for the next two thousand years. Ausman looks at such questions as what would have happened had the wise men followed Jesus and his family or if John the Baptist had become Jesus's first disciple. Saving Jesus: Resurrecting John the Baptist is not intended as a refutation of the Bible. Instead, it invites you to take an interesting-and different-look at the most important events and people of history.

The Interview:

Can you tell us why you wrote your book?

I wanted to express how God so loved the world. Not just that He sent His Son, but how much He prepared the world for that event. I felt many people look at Jesus only through the Old and New Testament and a relatively small area of the world. However, God was working in China, India, Persia, Greece, and Rome to develop cultures and traditions that would prepare people all around the world to receive the messiah.

Which part of the book was hardest to write?

Keeping track of multiple historical plotlines and how they fit together with respect to maintaining the historical pieces in some measure of coherency. There were many moving parts. In addition to the religious/philosophical figures (Confucius-China, Buddha-India, Socrates-Greece) who lived at approximately the same time, I also wanted to connect them with the political leaders who built their empires approximately 200-300 years later based upon these same ideas: Emperor Wu (Confucius), Ashoka the Great (Buddha) , Alexander (Socrates). I did not want to develop any one sub- section too much and yet I wanted to make sure the reader had an understanding of the different cultural circumstances without confusing them all together. I am not sure to what extent I succeeded.

Does your book have an underlying message that readers should know?

 The environment for receiving new ideas requires two things: 1. A strong moral foundation and 2. A political climate that includes a respect for other ideas and a willingness to listen. These are represented by The Ten Commandments and The First Amendment to the US Constitution. We often do not appreciate how significant these are to individual freedom and liberty. It is essentially the difference between the American Revolution and the French, Russian and Chinese revolutions and their outcomes.

Do you remember when the writing bug hit?

I have always been interested in writing. It was not until a few years ago that the basic concept for the project developed. From there it just kept growing and once I started writing progress came pretty quickly, even though there were times when I had to pay attention to other things before I could go back to writing.

Meet the Author:
Ralph William Ausman earned a degree in computer science from California State University, Northridge. He then lived and worked in Europe and Singapore with his wife and daughter before returning to the United States. Ausman has always had an interest in different religions and their effects on culture and history.

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