Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life
Leap of Faith Memoirs of an Unexpected Life Author:Queen of Jordan Noor, Queen Noor Born in 1951 to a distinguished Arab-American family, Lisa Najeeb Halaby became the fourth wife of King Hussein at age 27. With her husband being not only Jordans monarch but the spiritual leader of all Muslims, Lisa was unsure what her role would be. This moving memoir provides a timely look at one woman's story against a backdrop of 30 t... more »urbulent years: the displacement of over 1 million Palestinians by the creation of Israel, King Husseins frustrated efforts for peace, and the effect of Saddam Hussein and the Gulf War on Jordan and the royal family. Queen Noor offers intimate new glimpses of King Hussein, Saddam Hussein, Queen Elizabeth, Arafat, and many other world leaders.« less
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Helpful Score: 4
I don't usually read memoirs, but this one looked interesting. I am so glad I did not pass it up.
This is a wonderfully written book that offers an honest insight into life in the middle east as it is in the country of Jordan. It opened my eyes to the role the media plays in misleading the public about political affairs.
much better. I was hoping for more about her life as Queen and living with a King. Instead, I found there was too much about the controvsy in the middle east and policitcal ramifications. Not exactly what I was hoping for, especially the negative remarks about the United States and our leaders.
This was not what I had expected at all. Queen Noor spent most of the book explaining the political history and current events in the middle east. It was very interesting to have her perspective but I expected it to be more personal. While she did talk about her husband and children, and I grew to admire her husband more than I already did, she was notvery revealing about her feelings and personal relationships.
I thought this book was well done and quite interesting politically about the Middle East. Queen Noor's point of view is obviously quite different from Israel's and the US's point of view. Two points are well worth considering. 1.How different the world would be if students could attend Peace Academies instead of Military Academies. 2. Rewriting history -- Palestinians being displaced from their homeland by the Israelis vs. no one was living in the land that Israel took -- the Palestinians only arrived after the Israelis began to settle there in search of the jobs the Israelis were creating in their settlement of the area. But, no matter how you look at it, she has led a fascinating life.
I found this book to be very interesting. Born and raised in America her life greatly changed after she met King Hussine and eventually married him helping to raise his three young children and get along with his older children while having her own children, all while taking on the role of being a Queen. Learned alot about the country Jordan and the difficulties of living in that area.