Ruth Ann: I enjoyed reading A Lever Long Enough, it’s a fascinating and thought provoking book. What led you to write it?
Amy: In a nutshell, I was blown away by the case for Jesus’ resurrection.
While I was still doing science, I undertook a personal quest to investigate the claims of Jesus’ resurrection with the goal of destroying them. To do this I studied biblical and extra-biblical accounts of Jesus and numerous commentaries by believers and skeptics alike, listed the facts agreed upon, and began to explore scenarios that could explain what was known. To my surprise and considerable dismay, the evidence kept pointing away from naturalistic explanations and eventually formed a virtually certain case for the resurrection of Jesus. Finally I admitted defeat and became a Christian. (You can see some of my reasoning under “resources/apologetics” on my website).
For Lever I wanted to explain the meticulous case for the resurrection, but I also wanted to do it in an exciting, unique way. The book is almost all about the story, but I’m praying that the Lord might use the apologetics tucked in there to tweak a skeptic and encourage him to find out more.
Ruth Ann: A Lever Long Enough is set in Israel in two very different time periods. How did you go about researching this interesting setting? Have you ever visited Israel?
Amy: No, sadly, I’ve never been to Israel although it’s my top place if I could visit! I chose Israel also because it was essential for the plot – I tried my best to make it stand out with detail. The research was challenging because I combined so many different areas, not just Israel but things like astronomy, medicine, and other random subjects. For example, my kids’ Tae Kwon Do teacher kindly demonstrated a hand-to-hand combat sequence for me. To do research, I did a lot of reading and whatever else seemed relevant, and made quite a few cold calls to a university professor or other expert.