Thursday, November 10, 2011
Ascent From Darkness by Michael Leehan
I had a hard time putting this book down! Michael Leehan shares his story with the hope that it can reach others who are hopeless and depressed, letting them know that no one is out of God's reach...even a soldier of Satan.
I believe there is a spiritual battle going on, but reading a book like this makes it so much more real. I wasn't surprised by the cutting and the blood sacrifices that satanists practice...but I was shocked by something else. Michael describes many of his "missions" to be finding lukewarm Christians and leading them astray. This meant that he spent time at church, in bible study groups and at singles events. He memorized scripture, fasted, and prayed (to Satan). He seduced Christian women and tried to cause confusion and division within church groups. Satan sends his soldiers onto our turf, and we don't even know it. This confirmed to me the importance for Christians to grow and stay connected because the danger is real.
Michael had an assignment to kill Pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv. Since I have seen this pastor speak before on video, I was intrigued. It was stated that others were given this assignment previously and had failed....thankfully Michael did too. (On a side note...I'm thinking if Satan wants Pastor Craig dead that maybe he is a pastor worth listening to!) Since his conversion, Michael now sits in the front row of this pastor's church. He also passionately shares his story and the gospel with many...he has become God's warrior.
Hearing about the reality of spiritual darkness can be scary, but the book continually points to the fact that God's power is greater. The appendix of the book is filled with testimonies from people who knew Michael during this time in his life and can attest to his transformation. I love happy endings :)
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.