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Book Review: Ascent from Darkness

September 15, 2011

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You need to read this book. If I could buy everyone I know a copy, I would. I can’t.

But I’m going to buy somebody one. Details below on how you can win it.

Ascent From Darkness is Michael Leehan’s story, and I can almost guarantee you’ve never heard or read a story like this one.

Ascent from Darkness will remove blinders. If you’re a Christian, it will equip you. If you’re a Satanist, it will show you what’s really going on. (I know you think you know, but I dare you to read it.) If you’re an atheist, or of another faith/religion, it will challenge you and – hopefully – give you the courage to ask some hard questions.

Michael gave himself to the devil as a young man in a lot of pain. He tells a very honest story of the pleasure and power he got from Satanism. He details what he remembers of rituals and spiritual encounters, assignments, and experiences. He writes candidly about the struggle that developed and deepened within him, about the times he knew he was wrong but chose pleasure and power and submission to darkness.

The stories he tells along the way will change you because they will change the way you see the world. Some of it is almost too extraordinary to believe.

Like the assignment to murder Pastor Craig Groeschel, as mentioned in the video below. The first time I saw it I thought, “Okay. He thought about it, maybe formed a loose plan, but whatever.” Truth: he spent a year studying the security at that church until he was given the date that the assignment was to be carried out. He knew exactly how to do it. As he sat, armed, in the lobby that morning he was certain he wouldn’t be alive for more than a couple more hours.

It’s intense.

A dozen times I thought it couldn’t get any worse for Michael, but it kept getting worse. And as I finished each chapter I thought, “Okay, here comes the turn-around,” but it kept not coming.

Then, finally, I cried through the last chapter of the book. Michael describes how the Father encountered him, and pulled him from the deepest darkness a human being could experience on earth. (I don’t even mean I was sniffling and teary-eyed: I pretty much sobbed.) Michael’s deliverance is an amazing lesson/reminder of God’s amazing power and love.

If you are a passionate believer, read this book: It will encourage and equip you. If you are a new or lukewarm believer, read this book: It will inspire and ground you. If you are a Satanist, it will teach and free you. If you are an atheist, Muslim, Hindu, Buddist, etc., it will challenge you.

I don’t know how anyone could come away from Michael Leehan’s story unchanged. The way you see the world, God, evil, religion, and your faith – whatever it is – will be rocked.

So, want a free copy? I’m going to buy one for someone. Here’s how you can throw your name in the hat:

Leave a comment. In the comment you must (1) promise me you’ll read it, and (2) promise me you’ll lend it out to anyone who will read it until it’s so dilapidated that it falls apart. I’ll randomly select one comment on Monday (the 19th) evening and email the winner for a mailing address.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. liz permalink
    September 15, 2011 7:07 pm

    I’ll READ IT!!!! I’ll LEND IT OUT WHEN I’M DONE!!!!

  2. September 15, 2011 10:11 pm

    I will read the heck out of it and lend it to others when done reading it!!!

  3. Don Reed permalink
    September 16, 2011 12:31 am

    A book that made Lex sob…I’ll read it, maybe I’ll cry and pass it on and make some others cry, in a good way.

  4. Grace permalink
    September 16, 2011 6:04 am

    Switzerland needs to knoooow! Send me the copy and I’ll try to get as many english speakers and college students to read it as I can :]

  5. September 17, 2011 9:02 pm

    Count me in!!!

  6. September 18, 2011 7:36 pm

    I absolutely loved this book! I agree, many people would do well to read it. I spoke at a church this morning and used it as a give-away. I put a similar caveat on it: “when you finish, pass it on.”. Great review! I really like your format of using larger font to stress important points. I think I’m gonna steal your idea ;-)

    • Lex permalink
      September 19, 2011 9:49 am

      You KNOW it’s good when everyone who reads it feels like everyone else should read it! Thanks for the comment, Mike, and steal all the style you want. :)

  7. Gail Baumgartner permalink
    September 19, 2011 9:09 am

    Sounds like exactly what I could use right now. And I PROMISE to “Pay it Forward”.

  8. Margaret Tiffany permalink
    September 19, 2011 9:41 am

    Sound fascinating!
    It’s been almost a year sence I read a book thats moved me! (with exception of the Bible of course)

  9. Jesse Medina permalink
    September 19, 2011 10:01 am

    I’m in!

  10. Michael leehan permalink
    September 19, 2011 7:03 pm

    Thank you for the kind review. The story is true. God saved me, opened my eyes and I have never looked back.

    Michael leehan

    • Lex permalink
      September 21, 2011 4:54 pm

      Thanks so much for writing it!

  11. David Barnes permalink
    September 20, 2011 4:10 pm

    Lex…Excellent review. I worked for Michael for just over a year during some of his darkest days. There’s so much more to the story than what’s between the front and back cover. The most incredible transformation I’ve ever seen. Blessings to you!

    David Barnes

    • Lex permalink
      September 21, 2011 4:57 pm

      I recognized your name right away! :) Thanks for the comment.

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