Schriver’s newest work tells the stories of the children rescued from the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, and their new foster families. Schriver received a phone call two years ago from one of such families who asked her to write the story of their family.
Following a 2008 raid on the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, these children, who lived their entire lives separated from the outside world as members of their cult, now struggled on their path toward stability. They had suffered both physical and mental abuse, and their journey toward freedom was extraordinarily painful, but, not without joy.
Up until his death in 2017, Alamo still ran his church from a federal penitentiary with the support of his faithful wives and followers. Experts estimate there are 5,000 cults in the United States, and that number is growing. Schriver feels that the experience of these children, now free from Tony Alamo gives us hope.
Schriver’s other works include: To Read My Heart, the Journal of Rachel Van Dyke 1810-1811, In the Footsteps of Champions: The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, the First Three Decades, and Ice ’n’ Go: Score in Sports and Life.