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The Shot Caller: A Latino Gangbanger’s Escape From A Life of Violence to a New Life In Christ

The Shot Caller
By Casey Diaz

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 at only eleven years of age into the Rockwood Street Locos gang. 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.

At just 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.

Yet, when a determined elderly woman paid Casey a visit, a whole new world of possibilities began to unfold. Casey scoffed as she quietly insisted God was going to use him. 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.

Perfect for:

  • People who believe they’re too far gone
  • Parents who want to keep their kids out of gangs – what are the warning signs
  • Social workers who interact with at-risk youth
  • Those looking for a gritty, informed perspective on LA street gangs and gang culture

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 His desire to reach even the worst of sinners—no matter where they are.

About the author

Casey Diaz is a native of El Salvador and a former gang leader. Growing up in the mean streets of Los Angeles he was forced to fight for his life. He was eventually incarcerated as one of the most violent criminals in California and placed in solitary confinement. His life would be forever changed as God approached Casey in a miraculous way. Today Casey enjoys leading discipleship training classes and sharing his story with audiences around the country. Grateful for a second chance at life, Casey is now married to Sana, is a father to three children and a Community Pastor at a local church in Burbank Ca. Visit Casey’s site at: https://caseydiaz.net/


This was a rough story. The stories of him in prison were tough to read. But what a journey! Christ revealed Himself to Casey Diaz, and Casey was never the same since. Sure, he still struggled with the old ways, while trying to turn over a new leaf. Little did he know, God was working through it all. Anyone that thinks believing in Christ is a joke, just talk to this guy. He put his life on the line for his belief while in prison with other convicted murders. When he denounced his association with his gang, he would have been a dead man. Instead, he received repeated random beatings. And yet he continued to believe and read the Bible. How many of us could say we’d have as strong of faith?

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

I’ve done some volunteer work a local Juvenile Hall. It’s heartbreaking to see kids in there, kids that are the same age as my own. Each has a story to tell and craves love and attention. My mother goes there weekly to offer prayer and Bible studies to any in need. I know that she, along with the other chaplains she works with, will really appreciate this book and Casey’s honest look at his life before and after turning to Christ. I received a copy from BookLook blogger and I’m so glad I did. A good read, an amazing journey. Keep in mind this book does share some graphic stories. When I said they were tough to read, I wasn’t kidding. The honest opinions in this review are my own.

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