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The Shot Caller

By: Casey Diaz,Mike Yorkey - contributor,Nicky Cruz - foreword
Narrated by: Bob Borquez
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Summary

“What you will read in these pages is a story about a tough young man who lost his way, and the story of a loving God who never forgot Casey, no matter where he was.” (Nicky Cruz, former New York gang leader and best-selling author of Run Baby Run)

The Shot Caller is both a never-to-be-forgotten insider’s look at the violent world of gangs and prison life and a powerful, modern demonstration of how God will go to the most miraculous extremes to reach even the worst sinners.

Casey Diaz came to this country when he was just two years old, the oldest son of El Salvadorian immigrants who settled in the barrios near downtown Los Angeles in the 1970s. An abusive family life propelled Casey into street gangs at the age of eleven and he rose quickly within the ranks of the Rockwood Street Locos to become their leader.

At sixteen he was arrested and sentenced to nearly 13 years in a state prison for second-degree murder and 52 counts of robbery and placed in solitary confinement for twenty-three hours a day.

When an elderly woman committed to prison ministry approaches his cell and tells him Jesus loves him and God is going to use him, Casey scoffs at her. Then, one day a supernatural event takes place causing Casey to hit the cell floor and weep. He knows this is almighty God speaking to him, confesses his many sins, expresses deep remorse, and accepts Christ. What happens next can only be described as a miracle.

This gritty memoir is perfect for fans of the international best seller The Cross and the Switchblade and any listener looking for an astounding example of God’s grace and redemption.

©2019 Casey Diaz (P)2019 Emanate Books

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Wow, what a story

A wonderful story about God's mercy at the present day. I wish this book would have lasted double as long as it did.
Fantastic reading performance.

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You must listen to this!

This book is incredible! A completely open and honest account of a life transformed and being used for God’s glory! Being a Christian myself, I love reading about people’s conversions. This book will have you crying just like it did with me, but also be in awe of just how God works in each and every situation!

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A must read!

God truly is Awesome!
'Finally have hope for children who're subject to county lines, here in the UK..

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great story of redemption!

really enjoyed! really built up my faith that anyone can be saved by Jesus!

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  • Brent Yezefski
  • 07-04-19

Compelling and Inspiring!

As the mother of an 11 year old son, Casey’s story hit home for me. The fact that he was a gang member at this precise age is not lost on me.

God placed Casey in the Kingstowne campus of National Community Church last weekend where I met him. I believe this is a divine appointment that God made for me and the other families of our congregation.

Casey’s dark, violent, and no-nonsense retellings of his experiences in gang life in Los Angeles could be triggering and disturbing to most listeners.

However, his recovery and life change is a message that should be known to all, Christian or not.

Thank you, Casey, for your honesty and authenticity with your story. You have changed many lives and I believe you will long after you have reunited with your uncle in Heaven.

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  • Matt P
  • 08-11-22

Christ’s redemption

What a testimony! Casey, thank you for sharing your life and Christ’s redemption with us.

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  • 29-10-22

Amazing!

An amazing story that shows that no one is too far from God! If Casey can change, then so can those we love and long for them to come to Christ.

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  • 11-03-22

PG-13 Gangster Book

This book is weak, if you’re expecting an account from a hardened gang leader than this book will disappoint. Even the curse words are blessed out. Yawn

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  • Marek Gdovin
  • 23-02-22

If you are looking for encouragement, this is it!

If you like books about Nicky Cruz, you will love this one. Very encouraging!

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  • 11-01-22

moving

iT gives you clarity on inner city life for the immigrant dream turn nightmare. Without solid resources to settle in the United States that would stop the same scenarios that induce failure .This scenario will always end With Failure if Not for Jesus.

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  • 30-03-21

great book

Perfect book. Almost made me cry at work a few times. It is that powerful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-21

AMAZING!

The story of God's redemption and reconciliation never grows old! I would recommend this book over and over again!

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  • Sylvia Clay
  • 19-01-21

Awesome Gruesome Story

I almost stopped reading, this book was so detailed at times with violence. But I held on and read through. Casey's story was heart wrenching and beautiful. Definitely worth the read.

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  • Paul R. Kronst
  • 01-11-20

Straightforward and Sincere

A great book about Casey Diaz's life--how he went from being a leader in a Latino gang (a Shot Caller) to becoming a strong Christian man who lives what he believes.
The book can be gritty sometimes, but that is where Casey was.
Casey's honesty and sincerity comes through in this book.
I cried a few times at the things that happened and the changes Casey did in his life, knowing that he may be dead at any time for leaving the gang.
Highly recommended!