Monday, May 5, 2014

Ascent from Darkness: How Satan's Soldier Became God's Warrior


       Ascent from Darkness by Michael Leehan is not a book one should read lightly or take lightly. It is dark and intense from the beginning to the end. There is no denying that is an excellently written story: gripping and emotional. It is also one that I believe every mature Christian should read when they are ready to learn about what Satanism is and what it entails. The novel is the true story of the author, Micheal Leehan who, for 20 years of his life, was a hard core satanist. When he was 33 years old he made the decision to renounce God and allow Satan into his heart and into his life. The book retells his journey and transformation from satanism, which is filled with darkness, loss and suffering, to the day when he finally allows the goodness and light of God back into his soul.

       When I started reading this book I found that once I picked it up I could not put it down. I read the entire novel in one sitting because I needed to finish it, to see what happened, to see a happy ending to his life of misery, evil and darkness. While I did enjoy this book, I wish I would have known what I was getting into before I read it. It was scary, and opened my eyes to a world I knew existed, but knew absolutely nothing about. It is terrifying to me how well a Satanist blends in, and how one who serves Satan strives to ruin the lives of those filled with the light of God. When I finished it, I found myself incredibly uneasy, and I barely slept that night. I was full of apprehension and fear, and I discerned a spiritual oppression around me for a few days. My mind was full of thoughts of Satan and the book, which is why I warn those who are not ready to learn more about spiritual warfare and about what goes on unseen in the world of Satan and evil to prayfully consider reading this book. It has the capacity to overwhelm the reader if not careful. All that aside, however, this is an excellent novel in which God eventually triumphs over evil and as I said before I definitely recommend this to a mature Christian who is strong in their faith.

       Note: I received this book for free from Booklook Bloggers for my honest review.

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