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Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life | [Queen Noor]

Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life

When Lisa Najeeb Halaby was 26, her father introduced her to King Hussein of Jordan. Within a year, she became his fourth wife. Born in 1951 to a distinguished Arab-American family, Lisa was unsure what her role would be. King Hussein was not only the head of state in Jordan but also considered the spiritual leader of all Muslims. This memoir provides a vital perspective on 30 years of turbulent world history from the Arab point of view.
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Publisher's Summary

When Lisa Najeeb Halaby was 26, her father introduced her to King Hussein of Jordan. Within a year, she became his fourth wife. Born in 1951 to a distinguished Arab-American family, Lisa was unsure what her role would be. King Hussein was not only the head of state in Jordan but also considered the spiritual leader of all Muslims. This memoir provides a vital perspective on 30 years of turbulent world history from the Arab point of view: the displacement of over one million Palestinians by the creation of Israel, Hussein's frustrating efforts for peace, and the impact of Saddam Hussein and the Gulf War on Jordan and the royal family. A fascinating and dramatic portrait of a woman who took a great risk in a part of the world where women's roles are narrowly defined.

©2003 Her Majesty Queen Noor; (P)2003 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"Anyone who loved The King and I will readily warm to the love story of Queen Noor and the late King Hussein of Jordan." (Publishers Weekly)
"A story of love and family, growth and loss, well told and beautifully read by Suzanne Toren, and remarkably moving." (AudioFile)

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    Karen Syed Orlando, FL 07-16-09
    Karen Syed Orlando, FL 07-16-09 Member Since 2008

    Karen L. Syed, Reader/Author/Publisher

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    "Extraordinary"

    Not being one for biographies, I went into this book with a bit of hesitancy. From the very beginning I was captivated.

    Queen Noor reveals intimate details of her life as a Queen in a place that held so much curiosity for the rest of the world. She shares the details of her love for the King and the country that became the home of her heart.

    Well told and filled with delightful tales and emotional memories, this story is one that everyone should read. From her unique family background to the intense commitment she made to improving the state of Jordan and people all over the world.

    Queen Noor is definitely a woman to be considered extraordinary and the telling of her life with King Hussein is a beautiful one, though often filled with turmoil and despair.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a warm love story with strong characters, all the better that these characters are real.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 05-16-09
    Julie Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 05-16-09
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    "Excellent!"

    Overall this was an excellent historical account of Queen Noor's life and the history of Jordan. Some details were unnecessary and drawn out and I was a bit disappointed the Queen herself only narrated the introduction.

    This book is a wonderful story of a Queen who did not live a fairy tale life, but a privledged life. Queen Noor has taken every opportunity to serve her country, family and husband. A very interesting tale of a unique life story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Dallas, TX, USA 12-02-08
    Angela Dallas, TX, USA 12-02-08
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    "Leap of Faith by Queen Noor"

    I loved this moving memoir of the love story of Queen Noor with King Husein of Jordan. It was a good history lesson of the area and the problems they faced together. It was beautifully read by Queen Noor herself. She has a lovely voice!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    pam 06-11-09
    pam 06-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Annoying"

    I'm not sure what I expected but this is a plathering tribute to herself and her husband-king and all they have sacrificed. I'm sorry but the entire thing comes across as self-righteous. I could not relate at all to this Queen's life, and could not muster much sympathy for her globe-traveling, privileged-filled life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Galesburg, MI United States 10-08-08
    Amanda Galesburg, MI United States 10-08-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Mediocre Book"

    This biography tended to be long winded. It was very hard for me to keep interested in this book. Would not reccomend listening to this book late at night.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Loveland, CO, United States 09-07-09
    Melissa Loveland, CO, United States 09-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    I tried many times to get into the book and I would not. dont waste your money

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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