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S2 Ep. 5: Debby Shriver (P1) on her life, career, and most recent book, "Whispering in the Daylight, The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and their Journey to Freedom".

Debby Schriver is a cult survivor advocate, author, and human rights activist. A native of Chicago, Debby earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee. Her career led her to serve new students, parents, and undergraduates in the Student Conduct and Orientation Department. Debby spent the last part of her career at the University leading employee training and organizational development. Her focus on children led her to work as a community volunteer with the Foster Care Review Board, Girl Scouts, YWCA, and American Red Cross. Debby has written a number of books, and she cites as most life-changing her experiences learning from cult survivors while writing Whispering in the Daylight, The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and their Journey to Freedom. Alamo’s story is chronicled in the Sundance TV docuseries “Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo,” in which Debby appears as their cult expert (NBC Peacock Productions and World of Wonder Productions, February 2019). Presently, Debby serves as the president of the International Cultic Studies Association and founder and executive director of Keys to Me. Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom Keys To Me Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo. Found on Amazon here and also on Peacock. International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) Follow Debby on Social Media at: Facebook: LinkedIn: Our podcast features a beautiful song by Jaia Suri called, “Leaving the Cult”. Subscribe to Jaia Suri on Spotify and access the song here:  If you feel moved to support Jaia’s music, please join her Patreon subscribers at: Jennifer is a cult and religious recovery counselor. She is certified in a specialized approach working with survivors that is research based and rooted in the work of Dr. Gillie Jenkinson. She has a Masters in the Psychology of Coercive Control and functions as an expert witness in such cases. Jennifer is also a research associate at Salford University.  For more information, please visit her website, Follow Jennifer on social media at: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: If you would like to be on the Project Hope Podcast or have any inquiries regarding the show, please email,

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