Tragedy to Truth: A Story of Faith and Transformation

by Casey Cease

Overcome by years of anxiety and depression on a fruitless journey to find himself, Casey Cease could not imagine his life getting any darker. On July 5th, 1995, at the age of 17, fueled by desperate anger and alcohol, Casey caused a horrific car accident that resulted in the death of his friend. Guilty and hopeless, Casey lay in a mental hospital on suicide watch, sure that his life was over. He would soon learn that God had a plan to rescue and redeem him through Jesus Christ.

For over a decade, Casey has been traveling the country candidly sharing his testimony of God’s power to save others to a life of hope and peace, even when it seems they will be lost forever. With a pastor’s heart, he wrote Tragedy to Truth for the sole purpose of giving you the opportunity to marvel at the limitless love of God toward broken, sinful people. No matter how bad you think you are, you aren’t beyond the reach of Christ.

The first half of this book, Tragedy, is Casey’s testimony, from his birth to the present. He shares details of his life that few others will in an effort to display God’s grace in his life. The second half of this book, Truth, shares the hope that Casey has found in many areas of his life through this tragedy. Tragedy is a reality in this lifetime, but through God’s grace it can lead to the truth.


“Tragedy To Truth is a MUST read. It is a pure testimony of redemption and healing.”

— Joel Engle – Singer / Songwriter, Lead Pastor of The Exchange, Keller, TX

“Without a doubt the most convincing endorsement I can give to Casey’s book comes from seeing the impact Casey’s story has had on the students in our church, including my own daughter! Casey has been with us on several occasions, and is without a doubt, our students “speaker of choice”. Not only is Casey’s story incredibly compelling, but also, as a preacher, father, and leader, he lives out the claims his transforming story makes!”

— Victor Flores – Pastor of Student Ministries, Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Brandon, FL

“By far, one of the most compelling redemption stories I have heard in 30 years of ministry. Casey Cease is the real deal, a young man who has been to hell and back with a testimony of God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness that even the most cynical among us dare not ignore. Character, depth and genuine spirituality always come to mind when I think of this young pastor and the ministry God has given him over this past decade. How thankful and thrilled I am that his story will finally reach a larger audience.”

— Bob Swan –  Director of Student Ministries The Woodlands Methodist Church, The Woodlands, TX

“Casey is a brother-in-arms and dear friend. I’ve served in the same church with Casey for several years and had the joy of sending him out as the lead pastor of our first church plant. I love Casey and am very thankful for him. I am also thankful for this book. This is an honest story about the devastating power of sin and the much more remarkable power of grace. Casey’s journey is tragic indeed, but truth prevails. There is brokenness here, but beauty too. Casey’s story is well worth reading, and worth sharing too.”

— Justin Hyde, Teaching Pastor, Redeemer Church, Brenham, TX

“Tragedy to Truth is a powerful story of lasting transformation. It does not simply recount the amazing story of Casey’s life: it proclaims the remarkable love of his Christ. That is to say, this book is much more than an engaging narration or testimony. It is an invitation.”

— J.R. Dodson, PhD – Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR

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