When you feel like you've made too many missteps to go forward, how do you find the strength to carry on? Join Casey Diaz as he tells the remarkable story of God's heart for second chances.
The son of El Salvadorian immigrants, Casey Diaz was brought to Los Angeles at the age of two. An abusive, impoverished family life propelled Casey into the Rockwood Street Locos gang at just eleven years old.
Casey was willing to do anything to be number one, but years of chasing rival gang members led to a dramatic ambush and arrest by the LAPD. By age sixteen, Casey was sentenced to more than twelve years in solitary confinement in California's toughest prison as one of the state's most violent offenders.
He thought his life was over--but as the days in solitary wore on, Casey realized someone else was calling the shots. What happened next can only be described as a miracle.
Join Casey as he shares how we can all:
Embrace the incredible gift of God's redeeming loveChange our lives for the betterFind our God-given purpose
A visceral insider's look at the violent world of gangs and prison life, The Shot Caller is a remarkable demonstration of God's reckless, unending grace, and desire to reach even the worst of sinners--no matter where they are.
Praise for The Shot Caller:
"When I read about the life of Casey Diaz, I see so much of my own life. This is a story of a tough young man who lost his way, and of a loving God who never forgot him, no matter where he was. I know you will be inspired by Casey's story. I hope you, too, will surrender to the love of Jesus Christ."
--Nicky Cruz, bestselling author of Run Baby Run
Former gang member Diaz unleashes a tale of domestic violence, street savagery, imprisonment, and ultimate redemption in his bold debut. Diaz's parents moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s from El Salvador to escape the "Squadron of Death" that terrorized their country, but the violence of Diaz's early life followed him. Seeking a respite from his abusive father and complicit mother, Diaz found acceptance in the streets by joining a gang at age 11. Diaz considers how and why he became a ruthless, savage teen and chronicles the events that led to him being sentenced to 13 years in prison for second-degree murder at age 16. After an encounter with a prison minister, Diaz experienced a vision of his wasted life projected "like a movie" onto his cell wall, and he felt the call of salvation promised by the minister and decided to give up his gang affiliation and commit his life to God. After serving his full sentence, Diaz moved to Burbank, Calif., where he established a church that is still in operation. Throughout, Diaz moves chillingly between raw description ("Rabbit thrust the screwdriver into the soft mid-section of the beaten-down gang member") and measured introspection ("Witnessing this violence didn't bother me too much"). Diaz's fraught life story illuminates the destructiveness of gangs and the power of redemption.