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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433668564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433668562
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

T. L. Higley holds a degree in English literature and has written six previous novels. She lives with her family near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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Tracy L. Higley travels the world, brings back adventure and writes novels that transports readers to ancient times and places.

Visit her website at TracyHigley.com or meet up with her on Facebook at facebook.com/tlhigley.

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I enjoyed every page of this story and hated to see the end of the book.
Cindy Loven
Historically accurate without sounding like a history book, Higley takes the reader on a journey of what might have been, mixed right alongside the story of what was.
Kristen Lowery
"Petra: City of Stone" is T.L. Higley's latest novel in her series chronicling the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diane Holm VINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Journey back through the sands of time...

Vivid adventure, survival, and a quest for truth fill the pages of Petra, City in Stone. The glory days of the Roman Empire and the struggle of the early Christians make a compelling background to the lives of nobles and slaves alike.

Powerful characters carry the story down dangerous paths, filled with sinister shadows and evil darkness. Petra, City in stone, harbors many secrets but light and love can find a way when the heart is open. Failures turn into triumphs and impossible odds are challenged.

Intense emotion, human imperfections, unconquerable determination...

Petra, City in Stone, is indeed fiction at it's finest!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Haschke on October 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm the type of person that has a really, really hard time putting a good novel down once it draws me in. I tend to devour them, often in one sitting. Alas, my current busy household doesn't allow for extended reading time like that. Instead, I stayed up way, way too late two nights in a row reading Petra: City of Stone, the newest novel by T.L. Higley. I'm so glad B&H Publishing sent it to me for review, because I might have missed it if they hadn't.

Petra is the first in a new series set in "lost cities"...the next volume, due out in mid-2011, will be set in Pompeii. In Petra, Cassia and her young son, having no where else to turn, travel to the city of Petra in search of the estranged family of the boy's recently deceased father. When they arrive, the discovery of the family's true identity puts both Cassia and her son in grave danger. While attempting to rescue her son, Cassia is joined by Julian, another recent transplant to Petra, who fled the Christian persecutions in Rome, and Malik, the elder of the Christian church in Petra, along with many of his flock. Cassia, desperate for love, and Julian, always searching for approval, both have much to learn from the situation and their encounters with Malik and the church. Eventually, Cassia learns that with the love of the one true God, she can love others from a position of strength...God's strength...rather than need, and Julian realizes that God's approval, rather than men's, is all he needs.

The book is an engaging blend of history, adventure, suspense, romance, and intense spiritual warfare. The ancient city of Petra comes alive under Ms. Higley's skillful pen. She obviously did her research, and has even more background and historical information available at her website.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wyn on September 16, 2010
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I have always been fascinated by Petra and was anxious to see how the author would treat it. It was easy to see that she spent time there for the physical details were extraordinary. I felt like I was living in the city with the hero, Cassia. In this story Cassia arrives in Petra in the early 100AD's with her son looking for her dead husband's family. There she discovers that there was more to her husband than he told her, that his family is under the influence of evil. She also discovers the Church of Petra and struggles to understand the idea that strength is not gained from the inside but rather from the love of Jesus inside her. Cassia's fight to save her son from becoming an evil sacrifice while at the same time learning to trust Jesus is fraught with suspense and intrigue at every turn. The author has described the evil living in the palace and in the High Place in a breathtaking way that brings it alive in your mind and makes one wonder about today's examples. Definitely a book worth reading
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bold Consumer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2011
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This is an intriguing novel that does bring the people to life, exactly what I was hoping for. I bought Petra, City In Stone, because I want to know more about the people that have lived there over the centuries. I visited Petra last year and have studied it from just about every possible angle. I thought that reading about it in a novel might help put things into perspective a little better by putting "people" in all of those rock dwellings, tombs, etc. I wanted to visualize the people who were doing the carving.

Even though Petra is referred to in the Bible a number of times under several different names, there aren't many details about the people who lived there and how they lived. I have videos, books, maps, but nothing that made the people come to life the way this story has. The ending will stay with me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimfurd on September 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
"The truth, my child, always has enemies." (p. 180)

The truth of Christ's redemptive power has always been the target of the enemy. Tracy Higley explores this great spiritual battle in a dramatic way in her latest book, Petra: City in Stone. Cassia and her son Alexander enter this great battle quite unaware as they flee to Petra for refuge. Julian - an early followers of Christ - also flees to Petra as he seeks to escape the persecution of Rome and protect his family. Neither Julian nor Cassia could imagine what awaits them in the ancient city of stone.

I have enjoyed all of Tracy Higley's books immensely, but Petra is extra special. This story explores the natural state of all mankind and the resistance that comes against everyone when they try to follow Christ. Ancient Rome is infamous for their persecution of Christians, and Higley does a masterful job of recreating the lives of the first believers as they sought to do God's will in the face of such terror. Higley also captures the powerful ways that Christ and the Holy Spirit moved and worked in people's lives as they received the first letter from Paul and the encouragement of the early disciples.

Higley also explores the powerful way the love of Christ reaches out to followers of the pagan religions prominent in that day. I particularly enjoyed the way she develops characters who display realistic reactions to their first encounter with the early church and the followers of The Way. Without exception, all of the characters in this novel, both the main characters and the supporting roles, play a vital part in creating a realistic look into ancient Petra and the time of Rome's growing persecution.

As I said earlier, Petra City in Stone stands out in Higley's repertoire of stories.
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