He has come a long way both literally and figuratively from his days as a poor shepherd boy in North Africa, but Ben Amor is a symbol of what can happen when someone’s American Dream comes true. The successful career man reinvented himself again after a dream in 1983 of children crying because they were dying of starvation. Unable to forget the sound, he founded Terra-Genesis Inc., a nonprofit agency that began as a way to try to end world hunger through technology.
Ben worked 10 to 12 hours a day 6 days a week, donating his own savings and soliciting funds from others, allowing him to establish the Family Well-Being Center at the Government Hill Association in San Antonio, Texas. He also developed a comprehensive database used by lawyers, counselors, doctors, clergy and other nonprofit agencies that help the needy.
Ben has his own experience with overcoming the odds, a journey he intimately describes in The Urban Shepherd. He shares his joys–and his sorrows–from humble beginnings working hard to survive in Tunisia, serving in the Tunisian Air Force, and moving to the United States to live. Through sharing his personal journey adjusting to a new culture, toxic relationships, professional and personal setbacks, and balancing school, work, and family life, Ben aims to empower readers to reach for their own version of the American Dream.
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date: January 11th 2017
I looked forward to reading and reviewing this book but due to health reasons it has taken me a while to do so. However, I have finally managed to achieve this so now for the review.
I’m going to start with the positives of the book first. Amor gives us a glimpse into his country, it’s politics, and religion from a very personal point of view. He also tried to show his own self-development. He also indicated that he tried to not only learn English but to also learn about American so as to assimilate into its culture. Family also featured strongly in his book and the importance family held for him. Amor’s tenacity and commitment to where he felt lead is to be commended. Unfortunately though that’s where the positives ended for me.
The negatives came from the moment that I opened the book. The print I found was really small and there was a lot of it per page. Initially I tried to look past this but after sometime I found that the print was really hurting my eyes. I did feel that there were times when the story was unnecessarily verbose in its detail of his life and growth into the man that he became. This really slowed down the pace of the book unfortunately. Another problem I encountered was that the text of the main book was written in first person whilst with the pictures the text underneath each photo was written in third person. This change in person really jarred and made reading the book awkward. This book was let down by the editing I think.This book was let down by the editing I think. I’m suspicious that this book would be better as a series of motivational talks rather than as a book.
So whilst I would have liked to have given a better review of this book I can’t in all honesty do so.
Recommend for: Adults