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Delivered from Temptation: From Temptation to Salvation Paperback – May 5, 2010
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About the Author
I'm a baby boomer who was born and educated in Baltimore. In 1964, I met David Ruffin of The Temptations in nearby Annapolis. That was the day that I came face-to-face with destiny. In a few months--and at his urging--I moved to his town of Detroit to be with him. A couple of years later, we became the parents of his only son. Thus, although it was in Maryland that I was born and educated, it was in Detroit that I was raised and schooled. My abusive and confusing childhood had been far from idyllic, but was nothing compared to what lay ahead in Michigan. Having kept a diary for years--and no longer able to resist the drive to do so--in 1991 I began the painstaking job of gathering, organizing and chronicling the scribbled notes of my chaotic life. In 2002, my book entitled "A Memoir: David Ruffin--My Temptation" was ultimately published. Now with the discovery of important information about David's childhood--and with the salvation of my soul through Christ--I was inspired to recently revise--and complete--that story in "Delivered From Temptation", published in 2010. I now use my past experiences to inspire and encourage people who find themselves dealing with similar situations. This is where my passion lies and my attention is focused. Even as a fairly new Christian, I believe that this is what I am meant to do. I'm available to speak in halls, auditoriums, prisons, churches, schools--anywhere that has hopes of saving someone from the destruction that ignorance in parenting and in drug use inevitably brings. gennaruffin.com
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I have issues with the value judgements about numerous persons referenced in the book and believe much of it would have been best left out. It serves to make her look rather petty when, in fact, she is likely a very spiritually-oriented person. My real problem with this otherwise interesting book is that not enough time was spent discussing the disease components of domestic violence such that the reader can understand WHY she stayed so long, despite such egregious abuse. Even as a professional who well knows the addictive nature of domestic violence victims, I found myself ever saying "I can't believe she stayed after that!" I was ever shaking my head how anyone could be so violently abusive and, then, how anyone else could tolerate it for repeat occurrences. In fact, it floored me. I found myself actually getting more annoyed at her than at him for subjecting herself to this abuse. More emphasis,, then, should be placed on the disease of co-dependency and what the victim is thinking at any given time. Doing so would go a long way toward the reader having a more understanding view of her plight. Absent that, I felt far more badly for the dogs, the horses and the son who truly could not get away than I did for the author who actually could do so.
In the end, Ms Sapia-Ruffin wrote a very interesting book. I found myself reading it when I should have been doing my other work online, instead. How much of that interest comes from a desire to better understand domestic violence or co-dependency and how much of it comes from just an interest in prying into and looking at other persons affairs? I am not so sure. I would like to think it the former but I fear it is more the latter.
The bottom line is that it is an interesting book and I would recommend it BUT I have mixed feelings about some of the petty remarks and also some of the revelations. I have very strong feelings about whether it is really ever justified to air out one's dirty linen in public so as to reveal negative information about persons who are no longer here to defend themselves. Truly, I have a big issue with that aspect of the book which is why I say that more emphasis needs to be placed on the pathology of domestic violence in order to justify maligning persons who are, in fact, no longer here to defend themselves. Is such ever appropriate? For these reasons, for me, at least. this book is a very mixed bag of positive and negative attributes.