Monday, June 6, 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.

Question1- How did you come up with the title of your book?

I was tired of ‘Killing Jesus’ so I wanted a more positive, uplifting title. Jesus indicated that the fate of John the Baptist was linked with him By Resurrecting John the Baptist, and having him become Jesus’ first disciple rather than being beheaded, was a way to explore their relationship.
Question2- What is your writing environment like?

I write in a home office, crowded and ‘messy’ but it is home.
Question3- What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

Internet searches for basic background on most any subject. Our local library provided plenty of research tools and opportunities.
Question4 – What inspires you to write?

Searching to see how God has used so many things in the world, not just narrow specific instances from the Bible or our own lives, but throughout history in ways that are not readily evident at first.
Question5 – Did you learn anything while writing this book?

I learned the significance of an environment where true freedom of ideas is encouraged. This type of environment existed, in various degrees, under the empires that were inspired by Confucius, Buddha, Zoroaster, and Socrates. I grew to appreciate just how significant the Ten Commandments and the First Amendment were in preparing an environment where tradition and stability could co-exist at the same time while accepting and tolerating new ideas.
Question6- What is your favorite quality about yourself?

Favorite Quality about myself: once I get going I am hard to stop.

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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