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Book Review: Petra, City In Stone--Lost Cities Series #1 by T.L. Higley

Published by B and H Books in September 2010
Historical Fiction/Mystery/Romance/Early Church History

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Paperback $10.19 and Kindle $9.68

Christian Book link for book:
Paperback $11.99 and ebook is $14.99

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Paperback $14.99

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This book was provided to me for free from B and H Publishing, I chose to read/review.

This is the first novel that I've read by T.L. Higley and I'm impressed!

Cassia is a young Damascus woman with a son named Alexander. Cassia is a woman of grit, tenacity, passion. Cassia's life has been filled with a heavy burden of day to day struggle. She and her son are now left destitute and with what she feels is her only hope they travel to Petra. Petra a city of wonder is also a city full of evil forces that are conjured by queen Hagiru. After arriving in Petra Cassia meets a small group of people that give her hope.These people are unlike any others she has ever met. They meet together and pray and sing. She is intrigued by them, yet because of her previous life she mistrusts.

I loved this book! I felt it was exceptionally written!
From the start of the book to the last page I was hooked. The novels characters tugged at my heart. The scenes were written like snapshots--each scene described in vivid detail was penetrating. I felt the author was exact in her representation of the early Church and the persecutions they were going through. Even though they lived daily with the tugging fear of martyrdom; there was support, encouragement, reading of Scripture, sharing, mutual love and respect to the point of selfless sacrifice, and above all they were active in prayer.
I am reminded of Acts 2: 42-47 NIV
"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
After reading this book I am motivated and encouraged by the early Christians complete devotion and trust and faith in Jesus unto their last breath. They did not turn to the right nor to the left, but gazed in to His perfect peace.  

Petra (meaning rock) is the city in stone that is in present day Jordan. Petra was ruled by Nabataean rulers, but became a Roman Province of Arabia in 106 AD and then later fell into decline. The Indiana Jones movie The Last Crusade---took us to this historical city of wonder.
 Blissful Reading!