Ascent from Darkness

A life of difficulty and disappointment set 33-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.

At first I was sceptical and didn't buy into the whole Satanist thing as it seemed too stereotypical with the usual burning of candles at the tips of a pentagram, killing cats and reading the book of shadows.  Perhaps many of us including myself are desensitised by TV programs such as Charmed, which I watched a lot of in my youth.  BUT, it wasn't long before I was gripped by Michael's story and could not put the book down. What shocked me most was how the devil has church and Christians all figured out.  We seem easy prey, we seem weak and we seem slack in our devotion to our God.

I highly recommend this book to all Christians as it will shock you out of any form of complacency in your walk with God. This book was such an eye opener that I even used it in a sermon the day after reading it. I had a sense of urgency and did not want the church to walk in ignorance for one minute longer than they had to. You can listen to the sermon I preached here - Session 4, The Dark Side or buy the book from Amazon.

*  This book was provided to me for free by Thomas Nelson for my honest review.

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