Inside the Book:
Title: Saving Jesus
Author: Ralph William Ausman
Genre: Alternative History
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.
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