Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ascent From Darkness

Ascent From Darkness, Michael Leehan, Thomas Nelson, Nonfiction/Memoir, October 4, 2011, 272 pages.

Synopsis: The redemptive story of one man's agonizing journey from the depths of Satanism to a radical new life in Christ.

A life of difficulty and disappointment set 33-three year old Michael Leehan up for the worst decision of his life-to make a deal with the Devil to follow and serve him. Practicing the dark arts that include ritualistic cuttings and blood sacrifices, while fine tuning his manipulation and control skills, Michael launched into a twenty year downward spiral that included job loss and detachment from loved ones, and even jail time.

But God had another plan that included a group of Christian men to love him and pray for him-even when it became evident his assignment from Satan was to kill their pastor, Craig Groeschel. 

The life Michael Leehan lives today is an incredible testimony of the transforming power of God's mercy and grace, but is also a wakeup call to the church to be fully aware of the spiritual war that is going on all around them, and to the ultimate battle for their souls.

"I am sending you to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me." Acts 26:18

My thoughts: The material that lies in this book will be shocking to some. I didn't know what went on "behind the curtain," as it were, and it's pretty frightening. Still, the point that's being made is that God can take anyone, no matter what they've done, and change them. Paul, for example, had persecuted Christians enormously, but God still extended grace.

Leehan, by his own admission, is not a professional writer. He simply relayed the facts about his life, and did so in a good, straightforward manner. Knowing that he must have hated to revisit his past made me think about my own. Ascent From Darkness is very convicting.

*This book was provided free by Booksneeze. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.*

My rating: 4 stars

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1 comment:

  1. "The material that lies in this book will be shocking to some. I didn't know what went on "behind the curtain," as it were, and it's pretty frightening."

    Same here, this book was very eye-opening in that way. Great review, thanks for posting.