Slouching Towards Writing

Long Nights and Brave Days: a Survivor’s Guide to Moving on with Jesus.

As I research and complete the first draft of my upcoming book, this is where I’ll be sharing snippets and tasters. Having already compiled over a year’s worth of research (now where on earth did I leave my notes?) and accumulating what surely must be the largest library on the Jesus Movement the British side of the fish-pond, it would be logical to assume that I’m writing a history of the Jesus Movement. Well, my partner in crime Larry Eskridge has already done a masterly job of that, with ‘God’s Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America’ published by none other than the Oxford University Press, and although he’s a little lite on the early 1970s Northern Californian Jesus happy hippy scene – none-the-less Larry’s act would be a hard one to follow.

From time to time, I’ll be posting chapter excerpts

So what I’m trying to knock into shape is a historically-accurate yet inspirational memoir provisionally titled “Long Nights and Brave Days: a Survivor’s Guide to Moving on with Jesus”.

From time to time, I’ll be posting chapter excerpts here, just to whet your appetite for more – your feedback both positive and negative is always welcome.

Meanwhile, please do follow my blog and sign-up for free email updates. Come back soon for my latest and hopefully, greatest (although there’s still much coffee to drink first) writing exploits!

John E. Ruffle, March 24, 2019

 

John (left) with Gladdys (holding our son Luke), and extended family in the Philippines, 2017.

For those who didn’t or can’t remember the ’60s (and who can!) the title of my post is a nod toward Joan Didion‘s 1968 insightful essay collection, ‘Slouching Towards Bethlehem’.

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