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Backslider

A true story of an Arab-Jewish child who was abandoned in, survived, and escaped a religious cult's grasp in America.

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Investigation Discovery & People Magazine Investigate: Cults

A documentary of the Tony and Susan Alamo Foundation: Benjamin Risha, Pebbles Allen & Amy Eddie interviewed

This is a picture of me sitting on Tony Alamo's lap.

My background

In 1975 I was born into a religious cult where my parents abandoned me. I survived it by living in the cult leaders' home and escaped when I was seventeen years old, but not without believing that I had to bring peace to the Arabs and Jews.


This book is about my experience.


I hope you enjoy it.

Publisher and agent inquiries welcome

My writing roots

I must be about 2 years old in this picture. This was taken in Arkansas near Dyer.

The day I met my biological siblings, a month after my 17th birthday, my sister handed me an empty journal and said, "You know, you really should write down your stories."


This book would not be possible had she not done that. I have been journaling and writing ever since.

My style

That's me on the left showing off a slightly larger fish I caught in Colorado during a contest.

My style is fact-based, and eager to show irony.


This book is written in 1st person and is non-fiction.


All of the events are true, but I have changed the names of everyone except that of the cult leaders and myself. Most of the dialogue is based on interviews, stories, and my memories of events. In some instances I made up the dialogue to support the events, which occurred, but I was not present to hear the exact wording. In these instances I was careful to use dialogue from similar events where I was present or I applied verbiage based on how well I knew the people speaking and what they most likely would have said in order to accomplish their goal.

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Movie and Book production in the works

I am working on getting Backslider published. At the same time, I am working on creating a movie with a well-known producer, writer and team.

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I am searching for an investor to fund the screenplay. If you want believe in my story enough to see it on the big screen please write to me.

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