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Ben Amor Releases New Book That Inspires Immigrants to Reach the American Dream

Dog Ear Publishing reviews the story of a shepherd boy who came to the United States in hopes of achieving the American dream. Readers can follow the trying times – and the triumphs – of the author in his quest to build a better life for himself and others.

San Antonio, TX, March 07, 2017 --( When Ali-Ali came to the United States in 1968, he hoped he would be one of the lucky ones to find the American dream. He followed a path many immigrants take, changing his name (to Ben Amor), learning English, becoming a naturalized citizen and learning a trade. But a dream in 1983 put him on a new path – that of making the world a better place. He describes his life in a new memoir, released by Dog Ear Publishing.

“The Urban Shepherd” tells of how the native of Tunisia, North Africa, reinvented himself from a successful career man to a philanthropist, thanks to a dream of children crying in different languages because they were dying of starvation. Unable to forget the sound of their cries, Amor founded a nonprofit agency, Terra-Genesis Inc., that began as a way to try to end world hunger through the available technology then. Toiling 10 to 12 hours a day six days a week, using his own savings and soliciting donations from others, led to Amor establishing the Family Well-Being Center and the first Wellness Directory using a Multiple-keyword Indexing System. He also developed a database used by lawyers, counselors, doctors, clergy and other nonprofit agencies that help the needy.

The author, who grew up in a poor farming family, earned a degree from San Antonio College. Amor worked as a skilled technician and computer programmer until quitting his job in 1984 and founding Terra-Genesis Inc., an umbrella group for 16 other organizations that helps others through preventing abandonment, abuse, illiteracy and child neglect and promotes housing and art instruction. Sav-Baby, an offshoot of Terra-Genesis, empowers women to be independent and successful among other goals. He and his wife, Assia Ladhari, another native of Tunisia, married in 1994. They live in San Antonio and have a son, Abou Ali. Amor also has a daughter from a previous marriage, Dr. Lisa Kopas.

Serving as part motivational guide and part memoir, “The Urban Shepherd” becomes a personal conversation between the author and his readers, sharing both sorrows and joys, adjusting to a new culture, professional and personal setbacks, and balancing school, work and the life of a family man. Others have been inspired by its words.

“One can achieve greatness through blood, sweat, and tears… but it also requires a vision. That dream is what keeps you going on the sometimes rocky path to success,” writes Nido Qubein, president of High Point University and chairman of Great Harvest Bread Co. “This is an excellent example of continuous achievement and perseverance toward one’s dream.”

For additional information, please visit or email Amor at

“The Urban Shepherd”
Ben Amor
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-14575-4534-4 212 pages Perfectbound $13.80 US
ISBN: 978-145755-324-0 212 pages Hardcover (DJ) $25.95 US
ISBN: 978-145755-325-7 eBook $9.99 US

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Dog Ear Publishing partners with authors to shape content that resonates with readers as diverse as the books we publish. Our mission is to leverage expertise, technology and relationships to form a meaningful and lasting bond between creators, content and culture as a whole. Dog Ear Publishing is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and can be contacted by phone at (317) 228-3656 or through our website,
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