Whispering in The Daylight and Ministry of Evil

Watch Schriver in the SundanceTV docuseries.

While Whispering in the Daylight gives never-before-seen access to second generation cult survivors and their experiences within the Alamo cult, the new docuseries out this month from SundanceTV Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo focuses on the evil personalities that gave the cult life. Watch as Debby threads through the documentary, sharing facts and aspects of cultic life as the docuseries’ cult expert. Available on SundanceTV.com, Amazon Prime, and AMC Premiere.

Debby Schriver

Watch Schriver in the SundanceTV docuseries.

While Whispering in the Daylight gives never-before-seen access to second generation cult survivors and their experiences within the Alamo cult, the new docuseries out this month from SundanceTV Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo focuses on the evil personalities that gave the cult life. Watch as Debby threads through the documentary, sharing facts and aspects of cultic life as the docuseries’ cult expert. Available on SundanceTV.com, Amazon Prime, and AMC Premiere.

Access to cultic life and how it’s perpetrated like never before.

“What is new about this book is that it describes the journey of second-generation former cult members (SGAs) who were rescued from the cult as children or teenagers . . . The section on the interviews with the children in which they described their own post-cult growth was incredibly interesting. Gaining insight into the lives of these children while they were in the cult and after they left has not been done before in this way. I appreciated this new approach to information in the cult field.”

—Lorna Goldberg L.C.S.W., Psy.A.
Director, Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies
Past President, International Cultic Studies Association

Listen to Debby on Brian Ross Investigates

Conversation with Alex Steed of Nashville Demystified

Tony Alamo, Susan Alamo, Cults and Sequined Jackets: A Conversation with Author Debby Schriver
Conversation with Steve Hassan of Freedom of Mind Resource Center

Steve Hassan talks with Debby about helping victims dispel and defuse lies and hardwiring that are the stock and trade of cult leaders.
Interview on WYPL Memphis Public Libraries Book Talk

Stephen Usery, producer of Book Talk, interviewed Debby for his show while she was in Memphis. Please click below to listen!

Cities Visited during the Book Tour

The book tour is complete, however Debby is available to give readings, lead community discussion, and give talks to community groups. Please get in touch with your need and Debby will make every effort to meet it!

Montreal, Canada

July 2–4, 2020
ANNUAL ICSA CONFERENCE
Theme: Intervening in Cultic Situations: Questions and Issues

Santa Ana, CA

May 7, 2020
26th MEETING OF THE MINDS
Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention
Anaheim, CA

Nashville, TN

February 21, 2020
OpenLine!
NewsChannel 5+
Live, 7–8pm

Santa Fe, NM

November 1–2, 2019
ICSA ASSISTANCE CONFERENCE
Sexual Abuse of Children and Adults in Religious Organizations

Texarkana, TX

October 22–23, 2019
2019 TCAC Child Abuse Conference
First Church of the Nazarene
Texarkana, TX

Asheville, NC

August 16, 2019
12:00–1:00pm
Council of Advanced Practitioners
ANNUAL MEETING
Private meeting of elder law attorneys

Montreal, Canada

Nashville, TN

Texarkana, TX

Greater Manchester, UK

Burbank, CA

Teaneck, NJ

Fayetteville, AR

Memphis, TN

Knoxville, TN

Chattanooga, TN

Alma, AR

Macomb, IL

Santa Ana, CA

Santa Fe, NM

Asheville, NC

Nags Head, NC

Orange, CA

Little Rock, AR

Johnson City, TN

Austin, TX

Philadelphia, PA

Birmingham, AL

Fouke, AR

Indianapolis, IN

Greater Manchester, UK

July 4-6, 2019
ICSA
2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
University of Salford

 

Nags Head, NC

May 7, 2019
4:00–6:00pm
DISCUSSION & SIGNING
Sugar Creek Restaurant
7340 S Virginia Dare Tr
Nags Head, NC

Burbank, CA

April 20, 2019
2:00pm–4:00pm
Barnes & Noble
Media City Center
731 N San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA

Orange, CA

April 13, 2019
1:00pm–5:00pm
BOOK SIGNING
Barnes & Noble 
791 S Main St #100
Orange, CA

 

Teaneck, NJ

April 7, 2019
9:30am–12:30pm
DISCUSSION WITH SURVIVORS MODERATED BY LORNA GOLDBERG
655 Pomander Walk
Teaneck, New Jersey

Little Rock, AR

October 20, 2018
2:00pm
BOOK SIGNING
Barnes & Noble
11500 Financial Centre Pkwy
Little Rock, AR 72211

Fayetteville, AR

October 19, 2018
7:00pm
BOOK SIGNING
Nightbird Books
205 W Dickson St.
Fayetteville, AR

Little Rock, AR

October 17, 2018
12:00pm–1pm
TALK AT THE CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR

Nashville, TN

October 14, 2018
2:00–3:00pm
SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
Nashville Public Library
Conference Room 3
Nashville, TN

Johnson City, TN

September 23, 2018
2:00–4:00pm
BOOK SIGNING
Barnes & Noble
3030 Franklin Terrace
Johnson City, TN

Asheville, NC

August 22, 2018
6:00pm
READING & BOOK SIGNING
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC

Austin, TX

July 28, 2018
1:00pm
BOOK SIGNING
Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley
5601 Brodie Ln
Austin, TX

Memphis, TN

July 26, 2018
6:00pm
READING & BOOK SIGNING
Novel.
387 Perkins Ext.
Memphis, TN

Philadelphia, PA

July 7th, 2018
Time TBD
ICSA CONFERENCE
Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Market Street in Downtown Philadelphia

Knoxville, TN

June 30, 2018
2:00–4:00pm
READING & BOOK SIGNING
Barnes & Noble
8029 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN

Birmingham, AL

June 23, 2018
4:00–6:00pm
READING & BOOK SIGNING
Little Professor Bookcenter
2844 18th St. S.
Homewood, AL

Chattanooga, TN

June 12th, 2018
6:30–7:30pm
TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Starline Books
1467 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN

Nashville, TN

May 30, 2018
6:30pm
READING & BOOK SIGNING
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN

Fouke, AR

May 6, 2018
2:00pm
READING & BOOK SIGNING
Union Ave. Books
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN

Little Rock, AR

April 28, 2018
10:00am
ARKANSAS LITERARY FESTIVAL
Historic Arkansas Museum
200 E 3rd St.
Little Rock, AR

Alma, AR

April 24, 2018
2:30–4:30pm
TALK AND BOOK SIGNING
Alma Community Center
114 Collum Lane
East Alma, AR

Fouke, AR

April 23, 2018
6:00–8:00pm
BOOK SIGNING
Fouke Community Center

Macomb, IL

April 12, 2018
4:00–6:00pm
SIP, SIGN & DINE
Magnolia’s Restaurant & Catering
130 N Lafayette St.
Macomb, IL

Indianapolis, IN

March 17, 2018
9:00am–6:00pm
ICSA CONFERENCE
Indianapolis University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Hine Hall, Presidents Hall

About Debby Schriver

Debby Schriver is an author and a cult survivor advocate whose projects connect us to common, core values that lift the human spirit. A native of Chicago, 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 (Associate Dean of Student Conduct and Orientation and Manager of Employee Training and Organizational Development) and as a writer.

Schriver’s focus on the area of child development began in her work with the Foster Care Review Board to which she was appointed by the Knox County Juvenile Court. There she worked with a community focused on serving the needs of at-risk youth: lawyers, social workers, and foster parents. A similar group of caring professionals have been essential in informing Debby’s work on her book Whispering in the Daylight, The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and their Journey to Freedom (University of Tennessee Press, 2018). Alamo’s story is part of an upcoming Sundance TV docuseries “Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo,” produced by NBC Peacock Productions and World of Wonder Productions, in which Schriver appears as an Alamo expert.

Schriver’s previous books include In the Footsteps of Champions: The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, the First Three Decades; To Read My Heart: The Journal of Rachel Van Dyke, 1810–1811 (co-editor); and Ice ’n’ Go: Score in Sports and Life (co-author). She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband and currently serves as the president of the International Cultic Studies Association, or, ICSA.

International Cultic Studies Association

Whispering in the Daylight is indebted to ICSA. In addition to online resources, ICSA provides support to survivors of high-demand groups through local meetings, special events, workshops, and conferences.

Cult Education Institute

Cult Education Institute is an online resource for individuals looking for news and information in cultic studies. It is a huge academic resource but also has a section for helping at risk individuals and their loved ones such as warning signs, coping strategies, intervention, and legal assistance. That area can be found in the link below.

Starting Out in Mainstream America

Starting Out in Mainstream America is a resource authored by clinical social worker Livia Bardin, MSW. Bardin has helped survivors and their families for more than 15 years. The book has tips for returning to mainstream life—from personal documents to finding work and healthcare, this is an encyclopedia for cult survivors.