John E. Ruffle Blog

Enjoy pre-publication excerpts and tasters from John’s forthcoming inspirational book about the Jesus Movement on his separate blog, part of the independent “My Writing Network”.

“As an exchange student in the USA, even though every day was party day, some of those parties were much more memorable than others. Like the time Bill, my college roommate and I were invited to some folks’ ranch in the hills.


“..one of them handed me a six-shooter; it was heavier than I’d imagined. Much heavier than the cap guns we’d used for cowboys and Indians back in England..”

We’d never met them before, and one of them handed me a six-shooter; it was heavier than I’d imagined. Much heavier than the cap guns we’d used for cowboys and Indians back in England as a kid. As I raised the lethal weapon to shoulder height, in the hazy and dark room I dimly noticed figures dropping to the floor; hiding behind furniture. “The Americans really know how to play realistically” I thought, my finger tightening around the trigger.


“..I got all six foot five of my Union Town Bill in my sights, who stood there frozen like a deer caught in a car’s headlights.”

Carefully, I got all six foot five of my Union Town Bill in my sights, who stood there frozen like a deer caught in a car’s headlights. “How much pressure before the hammer would drop?” I casually wondered. It was at that moment that my memory slammed into re-wind, and I was a child again, with that cap-gun. And I heard my mother’s voice calling me..”

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John is married to Gladdys, they have one boy, several stray cats and a growing extended family both in the UK and abroad. Having escaped the Wild West, they make their home in Birmingham, England.