“Chasing the American Dream…the Story of a Shepherd Boy”

Mr. Ben Amor, writes his first book “The Urban Shepherd…Chasing the American Dream”. In his book he describes the struggles as he tries to reach for the American dream. He is available to speak to groups and individuals.

The Urban Shepherd (US) is a Biographical Self-help book that shows how a young poor shepherd boy followed his desire to find the American Dream.

Staying perseverant in pursuit of a dream can be challenging, especially when one starts out with meager resources, lack of experience, and a continuous barrage of personal and professional setbacks. The Urban Shepherd, takes you on an engaging journey, through the souks of Tunisia, North Africa to the bustle of the San Antonio, Texas with its Alamo and Riverwalk. While the book reads like a mosaic pieced by countless aspects of life, relationships, and professional growth, its purpose is clear – to empower readers to chase and actualize their dreams and find self-fulfillment. So, the book shows that it is not where you start but where you end up and who you are…

I was born in Tunisia as a boy of humble stature, raised on farmland. As a Tunisian Muslim, I decided to join the Air force and then moved to the United Sates to pursue the “American Dream”. The Dream did not come easy but eventually it did come.

I cite bits of advice from notable authors such as T. Harv Eker, Elizabeth Steger, and Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements. My approach is both instructional and personal, and mentioning works that I gained inspiration from.

The book inspires, and motivates others to chase the American Dream. Readers feel like we are having a personable conversation, sharing my hardships, sorrows, and joys.

Though uplifting, The Urban Shepherd is not entirely warm in its accounts. I share some negativities manifest, including the dissolution of a marriage, and toxic rivalries in the nonprofit world. We see the potential pitfalls of toxic relationships and business arrangements, and many individuals can certainly relate to the material and psychological aftermath these things bring.

The book presents a multitude of issues readers may relate to – adjusting to a new culture, communicating with others in a language not his own, balancing work, school, and family life, opening up to new relationships, and many others. The US tells a story of personal growth, anecdotes and the quotes included provide readers much to think over. Serving as a mini-directory, with a personalized touch, The Urban Shepherd offers multiple tools and starting points upon which we can reflect in finding ways to improve our lives and our community while seeing our dreams in action.

About the Author: Ben Amor (Ali Ali)

A Native of Tunisia, North Africa, Ben Amor, (known as Ali-Ali) came to America in 1968, as many do, seeking the American Dream. He learned English, became a naturalized citizen, and established himself as a skilled Technician and computer programmer. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Antonio College. For most people, that would be the end of the story. However, in 1983, Ben was awakened from a nightmare in which he heard the sound of children crying and calling to him in several languages. They were dying of starvation. A year later, unable to forget the sound of their cries, He founded Terra-Genesis, Inc. The Initial goal of the organization was to help end world hunger. Terra-Genesis later expanded its focus to include all aspects of poverty, disease and illiteracy, crime, housing issues, child abandonment, child abuse and neglect.

Ben volunteered from 1983 to 1993 and worked 10-12 hours a day and 6 days a week. He donated his own savings and solicited funds from others to establish the Family Well-Being Center at The Government Hill Association in San Antonio, Texas. He developed the biggest comprehensive database (Community Resources Directory (CRD) of vital information on sources of help for those who need it. The CRD is used by doctors, lawyers, counselors, clergy, and non-profit agencies that administer help to the needy. Terra-Genesis now is the parent of 16 Subordinate organizations that promote housing, Art instructions, and prevention of abandonment, abuse and neglect of children.

Ben’s objective in the Community Resources Database of social services and the housing issues is to keep developing the idea of teaching and showing the poor, the needy, and burdened how to rise up out of their misery.

As the Executive Director of Sav-Baby, Inc., another subordinate organization of Terra-Genesis, he developed the ‘Self Discovery’ program to empower women to be successful and self-dependent. Teaching them to fish so that they will never have to depend on hand-outs.

In 2010, with the support of his friend and consultant, Robert Lopez, he started writing his book, “Urban Shepherd” From a Dream to Reality. The purpose of the book is not only to empower but to motivate and inspire individuals to continue to dream and accomplish their dreams…How to overcome and to learn lessons for a successful life… Ben, uses his own personal experience coming from dirt poor environment to the American Dream of owning his own home, car and having a successful career that allowed him and his family to be financially stable as they continue to be part of the American Dream.

Ben Amor is married to Assia Ladhari, a native of Tunisia, North Africa, who waited for him for twenty-five years. She was his fiancée in 1967 and married in 1994. They have a 20 years old son, Abou Ali, who graduated with honors from Lee High School. Also, Ben has a daughter from previous marriage, Dr. Lisa Kopas who is a Pulmonary Specialist.