The Shot Caller

A Latino Gangbanger’s Miraculous Escape from a Life of Violence to a New Life in Christ
Narrated by: Bob Borquez
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
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“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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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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A Journey from the Impossible

Casey’s story is inspiring. To say he had a rough childhood was an understatement but He was not controlled by this. God chose him and used him in mighty ways. This book is for anyone who is struggling with doubts or has family members who are in trouble. God has a plan for each and everyone of us and He can use any circumstance to draw you to Him.

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Grace at its Best!

Grace, as Ive always believed God offers. Amazing true story of saving grace. Must Read

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Gritty and Real

this book holds nothing back in describing what it's really like to be caught up in gang life and the prison system. I was so encouraged to read about the healing that Christ brought into Casey's life and the fact that His love can reach even the hardest of hearts.

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Excellent Book

Emotionally tough to get through with very factual raw content --no sugar coating a gut wrenching ride through a changed life!!!!!

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amazing testimony

when I saw that one of my heroes Nicky Cruz presented the forward for this book I had to listen to it Amazing Story and testimony you will be blessed

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Great testimony

This a is a very inspiring account of how powerfully God can be involved in our lives.

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Praise be upon him

Many times I found myself asking God to come into my heart. Thank you Jesus.

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Fantastically brutal story with an uplifting end.

The story bothered me at times because of the author's brutality. At least he found good in the world.

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FOR REAL-Highly Recommend It!!!

As a Correctional Chaplain I have purchased this book for multiple inmates in the prison system. My highest ranking gang members have told me they could not put it down! It brought so many memories to their mind from their childhood and beyond. It is an eye-opener! Though it is graphic in the beginning it had me crying throughout the book. To see the Coldness of the world toward a little boy to the amazing protection and redemption of a loving Father in God, to the obedience of a new creation in Christ, this book is a GIFT to gang members! There is hope and a plan for their future. Highly recommend it -Highly recommend it. I cannot keep it in stock in my inmate library.

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A very authentic book about one man's journey from a harrowing life in street gangs to a new life in Christ. Also very well narrated, content is very important but sometimes a good book can be spoiled by the wrong narrator. This narrator was always spot on to keep tone appropriate to the content that was being read. Well worth a listen if your are interested in books about people that have had life transforming experiences.