Ascent from Darkness: How Satan's Soldier Became God's Warrior by Michael Leehan. The back of the book states:
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.
The life Michael Leehan lives today is an incredible testimony of the transforming power of God's mercy and grace, but is also a wakeup call to the church to be fully aware of the spiritual war that is going on all around them, and to the ultimate battle for their souls.
"I am sending you to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me." Acts 26:18
This autobiography was pretty incredible and at times almost unbelievable. Once again, I was amazed how many times throughout his life story God placed believers in Mike's life. Some were small encounters, others were bigger but in the scope of his life I think each person played a role and had a contributing significance to his eventual salvation. The sin in his life was paramount and it just goes to show once again that Christ's love has no bounds and can take even the "worst of sinners" and turn their lives around. God was on a relentless pursuit of Mike throughout his life, and Mike's life almost ended in death several times. The book was written in such a suspenseful way that even though I knew he was going to live and be saved I was on the edge of my seat as to who was going to win and when.
As I stated, there were times that it seemed almost unbelievable. I appreciated the fact that the book ended with testimonies from people who knew Mike before he was saved and after. They vouched for the validity of his story and they vouched for the incredibly on fire, changed life that Mike now leads. I even looked up the pastor of his church, whom Mike spent one year planning how he was going to murder him, he is a real, well-known, published pastor.
If you are one of those who don't really believe that satan and demons are real, then you just might want to peek at this story. If you want to appreciate the need for spiritual warfare, and to realize that the enemy is very real and intent on bringing destruction to the church, you might want to peek at this book. If you want to be amazed once again at how deep God's love can reach then this story is a great place to start.