nterview with Debby Schriver. Debby Schriver is a cult expert, an author, and a human rights activist whose projects connect us to common, core values that lift the human spirit. Schriver earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her study of psychological and sociological development began in college and has been an integral part of her career as an educator at UT and as a writer. “Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom” is based on numerous interviews from group members and, more importantly, on interviews with the children—second and third-generation followers. Schriver chronicles how this group wpsyas formed, documenting its many abuses and its gradual adoption of cult-like behaviors and practices. Her extensive research – including interviews with Tony Alamo himself, harrowing visits to Alamo compounds, and witnessing gut-wrenching confrontations between freed children and their unreformed parents – tells the story of a closed group whose origins and history are unlikely ever to be definitively unraveled.
Interview with Jonathan Friesen. Jonathan Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, “Jerk, California,” received the ALA Schneider Award. His recent books include “Unfolding” and “Both of Me.”