Books Read in 2012: No. 16 – Ascent From Darkness

If I’m being honest, my first reaction to this book was that author Michael Leehan was a little off. As he began his story chronicling his journey from Satan worship to Christianity, I genuinely thought he was just a guy with some mental issues. Either that, or he was a guy sensationalizing his story in an attempt to sell books. The more I read, however, I began to believe his story. Leehan claims, that in his worship of Satan, The Master of Lies would dispatch him on missions against Christ’s Church – some mundane and others significant. At the very least, I believe that Leehan believed his missions were directly from Satan. Either way, his story is incredible.

As a Christian and Bible study teacher, there were a couple of things about Leehan’s journey that stood out to me. First, he writes about how he would attend Bible study groups for the sole purpose of sewing seeds of doubt and confusion. In doing so, Leehan claims he became very adept at identifying and then preying upon the weaker members of such groups. It was sobering to discover there are people out there who engage the church with such intentions. Our pastors, teachers, and leaders must take such attacks personally and attend to the business of educating congregations. Knowledge of the Bible is the best way to counter such attacks. Secondly, God’s providence is apparent throughout Leehan’s story. At every turn, Christians were sent into Leehan’s life. At every critical juncture someone was there to minister to Leehan. His life is an awesome display of God working through His people.

I highly recommend this book, especially to teachers and pastors. Others who doubt the existence of Satan may also find the book interesting as it reveals the practical ways the enemy opposes the Church. Sensitive readers should be aware that there are some graphic scenes depicting Leehan’s worship practices. I had my doubts, but in the end I was glad I read this book.

One thought on “Books Read in 2012: No. 16 – Ascent From Darkness

  1. Inspirational Blog August 29, 2012 / 12:40 pm

    Great book! I met Mike when he first started writing the book. His life after his ascent from darkness has been incredible as well 🙂


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