Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ascent From Darkness by Michael Leehan

Ascent from Darkness is a true story of one man's journey into Satanism and how he found his way to the light of Jesus.  Michael Leehan recounts his 20 + years of torment living for the dark-side.  This incredible and vulnerable story is about spiritual warfare, redemption, and freedom.

Obviously many Christians have not heard of many of the things that Michael experienced.  This book is an amazing eye opener, especially for North Americans, whereby the concept of spiritual evil is often hidden and even made fun of.  So many of Micheal's experiences that lead him into Satanism stemmed from unanswered questions about God, childhood trauma and generational curses.  It is critical that the body of Christ begin to learn from Michael's story, to become equipped with God's wisdom and power for others that are struggling with torment.  Much of the modern day church does not believe in the miracles, signs, and wonders encountered in the New Testament.  Many believe that that time has passed, including demonic influence on people and society.  I have personally witnessed many times people being freed from demonic oppression and nothing in Michael's story surprised me.  We all deal with it in some way or another.

The biggest thing that I took away from this book was how the love of God through his people is what opened doors for Michael's freedom.  There are many examples of strategies that Satan gave Michael of how to infiltrate the church and wreak havoc among the believers there.  What astounded me was how in so many of these stories God sent Michael Christians who truly showed him the supernatural love of God, and how often times that stopped the plan of the enemy from being fulfilled.

What a gut wrenching story to hear, I was on the edge of my seat many times.  This is not entertainment for entertainment's sake.  The message of this story will deeply affect anyone who reads this book.  Michael, I commend you for writing this.  Your humility and willingness to bear it all so that others can understand is an act of love in itself.  I think you should write a part B to better equip the body of Christ to know what to do when they encounter people who are under Satanic pacts and influences.  

5 out of 5.

This book was provided to me by Book Sneeze for free contingent on providing an unbiased review. 


  1. I absolutely loved this book! I devoured in in 4 days! I think your observations about North Americans being shielded from the spiritual realm is quite astute. I wonder if we'd make more of an impact if American Christians could see behind the veil. Good review!

  2. Thank you for taking the time to comment! Thank you for your positive feedback regarding this review. I totally agree with you about seeing behind the veil.