HOW THE LEGENDS BEGAN

The Legends about Ruby Heart grew out of a simple children’s Christmas story that my Dad told us growing up in the Sudan. Later he told it to the children in his churches every year, and they were all as enthralled with the story as we were.

Dad was an animated storyteller!

Dad

E. Alan Webb
Pioneer Missionary to the Sudan, Africa

The story was called “The Ruby Heart” and was about a little boy who stowed away on his father’s camel train to go see the Baby Jesus. He was discovered just before they arrived in Bethlehem and was allowed to join the Wise Men as they presented their gifts to Jesus. Now the little boy didn’t have anything to give to Jesus, but as he leaned over the baby, a necklace fell out of his robe. It was a ruby shaped similar to a human heart. It was very precious to the little boy because his father had given it to him at his last birthday. But when Jesus reached for the ruby, the little boy gladly gave his heart to Jesus. And very gently Dad would explain to the children how they, too could give their hearts to Jesus.

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THE FIRST ADVENTURE

The adult book RUBY HEART – The Legend Begins was written after I had created the manuscript for a Christmas Musical. This is how it happened:

I was walking my dog one morning not long after Dad went home to be with our Lord, and was thinking about him when suddenly I saw in full technicolor Dad’s story of the Ruby Heart with choirs of angels and more. When it was over, I thanked the Lord for sharing it and told Him how much I enjoyed that. His response?
“Now go write it down!”

I was flummoxed! I had taken piano lessons and sang in all sorts of choral groups and can read music, but to write a full orchestral musical in proper format?
Surprisingly enough I got it done – well enough for a conductor to be able to read it, at least. I sat back with a sigh, only to hear the Lord speak again!
“Now write the adult novel!”

By now I knew better than to question Him.

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As I understood Dad’s story, Ruby was just a prop used to get his point across to his listeners: You can give your heart to Jesus. As I began outlining the first book, Ruby was still just a prop.

The story’s main character, a small boy becomes a young man in the adult version, with special abilities of his own. He receives the Ruby Heart after the rite of passage into adulthood. As his father and grandmother before him, he immediately sees visions in Ruby’s facets.

But where did Ruby come from?
Who made her – or formed her into the heart-like shape? What is her purpose?
Why do some people see visions in her facets?

These questions are only partially answered in the first book.



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