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This gripping story is the rarest of combinations, full of both fire and grace. It is as refreshing as it is unsettling; inspiring even as it disturbs.
— JEDD MEDEFIND, PRESIDENT OF CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE FOR ORPHANS; AUTHOR OF BECOMING HOME AND UPENDED

Praise For "Shot"

SHOT inspires through its relatable, gritty honesty. It’s a testament that hope and reconciliation can pierce through even the most tragic circumstances. What an adventure!
— Jeremy Parsons, tv host
I’ve known the generalities of Pete and Dara’s story for a long time. But this revealing description of their impossible situation shows how almost anything in life—no matter how dire—can be endured with two simple components: faith and love.
— Gary Hoffman, host of gary and shannon, KFI AM 640
There are people who do everything they can to avoid being uncomfortable. But aren’t we drawn to those heroes who overcome, persevere, and love at all costs? Peter is one of those heroes and his story has inspired me!
— BRYAN JENNINGS, EX-PRO SURFER; FOUNDER OF WALKING ON WATER
Doubt can be a loud part of our lives. SHOT reminds me that even despite deep struggles, tribulation and questioning, God and His love will always be there. In following the story of the DeSotos, I am reminded of the importance of listening and following God’s nudges. I now feel even more empowered to continue using my voice and my influence to serve and to encourage.
— JUSTIN RUDD, CHIEF INSPIRATION OFFICER AT JUSTINRUDD.COM + FOUNDER OF LONG BEACH COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM (CAT)
A profound book. Incredible vulnerability, hard life lessons learned, and a beautiful story of a couple giving their life to help others. It deeply impacted me.
— MICHAEL GOLDSTONE, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR REGENCY LIGHTING
I will never forget the moment I first heard that Peter had been shot. The next few days and month were full of anxiety, doubt, and anger for Peter, Dara, and everyone closest to them. This book does an excellent job recounting those difficult moments of crisis, while asking the hard question: How do you trust God again after something bad happens while obeying Him? SHOT captures the struggle of both Peter and Dara to understand why God called them to El Salvador, process the shooting, and ultimately rebuild trust and find rest in God.
— RON BUENO, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ENLACE
SHOT is an inspiring story about the sturdy, robust and persevering nature of hope. About the sturdy hope of a people living courageously in the entangled aftermath of a civil war, about a robust hope that propels a young family to follow God to serve in an unfamiliar land, and about a persevering hope that sustains a couple in the midst of life-altering adversity. It is a story that invites us to attend to both the pain and the joy that we all encounter in our journey with God. And it will inspire readers to search out wholeheartedly for signs of God’s hopeful work of restoration and transformation in the world.
— JAMES G. HUFF JR., PH.D., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR/DIRECTOR HUMAN NEEDS AND GLOBAL RESOURCES PROGRAM AT WHEATON COLLEGE
 

Do you trust Me?

The words flashed across Pete DeSoto’s brain,
not in the form of an audible voice,
but more like a question welling inside him.
A question he felt God was asking.

Do you trust Me, Peter?

He looked down. “No, I don’t,” he said aloud.
The thought stung a bit.
“But I want to.”

So begins the true story of Pete and Dara DeSoto, a Southern California couple who chooses to press into their fears and walk by faith. They sell everything they own, uprooting their young family to work as missionaries in El Salvador. While Dara struggles to assimilate to her new world, Pete has few problems immersing himself in his job, making connections and planting roots in the community. Until one fateful day when his trust is tested. A mysterious gunman stops Pete’s car in the thick of the Salvadoran jungle, shooting Pete in the throat. After an intense fight to save him, complicated and heartbreaking questions emerge. Saving Pete’s life is just the beginning.

A dual narrative of both a couple and a country, SHOT is about making peace with the parts of life we can’t control, finding hope in the aftermath of trauma, and wrestling with the messiness of faith.Christy Krumm Richard’s clear-eyed reporting and rich storytelling will leave you convicted and awed, empowered by Pete and Dara’s tale of survival and resolve.

 

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