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From Gang Member to Christ: Casey Diaz Interview

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In today’s episode, I chat with Casey Diaz about his book, “The Shot Caller: A Latino Gangbanger’s Miraculous Escape from a Life of Violence to a New Life in Christ.” His story will absolutely amaze you! 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.

The Becket Cook Show Ep. 94

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October 13, 2022
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Becket Cook was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He attended Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. After graduating from college, Becket moved to Los Angeles. He worked as a production designer with the top photographers and directors in the world on fashion shoots for magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and for ad campaigns such as Gap, L'Oréal Paris, and Nike.

Becket lived as a gay man his entire adult life until he came to faith in Christ in 2009. He has lived all over the world in major cities such as Rome, Vienna, and Tokyo, and spends much of his time in ministry, speaking at churches, universities.

Becket graduated from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in 2017 with a Master of Arts in Theology. His book, A Change of Affection: A Gay Man's Incredible Story of Redemption, with a foreword by Francis Chan, published by Thomas Nelson, released July 30, 2019.
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