The Urban Shepherd

ISBN: 9781457545344

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The Urban Shepherd (US) 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…


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About Ben Amor

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.



A dream can change your life and the lives of those around you. In 1983, I had a real dream that woke me up in the middle of the night, full of sweat. It was this dream that led me to quit my job and invest all my savings into a non-profit agency to try to end world hunger using technology.

As a Tunisian-American, I am proud to have the opportunity to pursue and achieve the American dream. I was born on a hot day in July 1946 in Tunisia, North Africa. I was the fourth child born to a poor family. We worked constantly—12 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


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A native of Tunisia traces his journey to success and citizenship in the U.S., including launching the human services nonprofit Terra-Genesis, Inc., in this debut memoir.

Born in 1946, the eldest son of a farming family in Tunisia, Amor was encouraged to attain an education, leading him to vocational school and electrician certification. In this memoir, he discusses his drive in pursuing these and other goals, putting in italics his own motivational statements as well as some from author Napoleon Hill and others within this narrative. Amor shares how he first came to America via the Tunisian air force, which sent him to San Antonio, Texas, for technology and English studies.


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