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Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life (edition 2003)

by Her Majesty Queen Noor, Noor Al Hussein (Epilogue), Noor Al Hussein (Afterword)

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Title:Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life
Authors:Her Majesty Queen Noor
Other authors:Noor Al Hussein (Epilogue), Noor Al Hussein (Afterword)
Info:Weidenfeld & Nicholson (2003), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 476 pages
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I know a memoir is all about "you" but Queen Noor seems to unnecessarily toot her own horn too much when IMHO she should have let the facts speak for themselves without the commentary. We can figure out on our own how wonderful she is without her telling us so on every page. And some of her "facts" are spin. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
I rarely leave a book unfinished but I read about a third of this book then decided it just wasn't interesting enough so I flagged it. ( )
  earthsinger | Nov 1, 2016 |
very good Jordan/Israel/Palestine position — straight forward

Born into a distinguished Arab-American family and raised amid privilege, Lisa Halaby joined the first freshman class at Princeton to accept women, graduating in 1974 with a degree in architecture and urban planning. Two years later, while visiting her father in Jordan, she was casually introduced on the airport runway to King Hussein. Widely admired in the Arab world as a voice of moderation, and for his direct lineage to the prophet Muhammad, Hussein would soon become the world's most eligible bachelor after the tragic death of his wife. The next time they met, Hussein would fall headlong in love with the athletic, outspoken daughter of his longtime friend. After a whirlwind, secret courtship Lisa Halaby became Noor Al Hussein, Queen of Jordan.
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  christinejoseph | Jul 25, 2016 |
Read this one for my library book group. I was very disappointed with the bashing of the US and our attempts to help bring peace in the middle-east. We are blamed for eatery fart in the room. The middle-east will never be able to return to 1960 borders that is not even feasible. This hatred has been going on for centuries with both sides having valid points but until both are willing to give we will not see a change.

Wow what girl doesn't dream of becoming a princess let alone a queen. She enjoys all the niceties that come with it but is not happy and it does not fit how she believes things should work.

Jordan is a moderate in the Arab countries but women are still not completely free. Honor killings can still and do occur.

I did enjoy reading how she met and came to be Queen.

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  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
Royalty is always fun to read about. This lady lives an interesting life and clearly made an important contribution to her adopted country adding some needed glamor. ( )
  carterchristian1 | Feb 19, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786867175, Hardcover)

Leap of Faith is the dramatic and inspiring story of an American woman's remarkable journey into the heart of a man and his nation.

Born into a distinguished Arab-American family and raised amid privilege, Lisa Halaby joined the first freshman class at Princeton to accept women, graduating in 1974 with a degree in architecture and urban planning. Two years later, while visiting her father in Jordan, she was casually introduced on the airport runway to King Hussein. Widely admired in the Arab world as a voice of moderation, and for his direct lineage to the prophet Muhammad, Hussein would soon become the world's most eligible bachelor after the tragic death of his wife. The next time they met, Hussein would fall headlong in love with the athletic, outspoken daughter of his longtime friend. After a whirlwind, secret courtship Lisa Halaby became Noor Al Hussein, Queen of Jordan.

With eloquence and candor, Queen Noor speaks of the obstacles she faced as a naive young bride in the royal court, of rebelling against the smothering embrace of security guards and palace life, and of her own successful struggle to create a working role as a humanitarian activist In a court that simply expected Noor to keep her husband happy. As she gradually took on the mantle of a queen, Noor's joys and challenges grew. After a heartbreaking miscarriage, she gave birth to four children. Meshing the demands of motherhood with the commitments of her position often proved difficult, but she tried to keep her young children by her side, even while flying the world with her husband in his relentless quest for peace. This mission would reap satisfying rewards, including greater Arab unity and a peace treaty with Israel, and suffer such terrible setbacks as the Gulf War and the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin.

Leap of Faith is a remarkable document. It is the story of a young American woman who became wife and partner to an Arab monarch. It provides a compelling portrait of the late King Hussein and his lifelong effort to bring peace to his wartorn region, and an insider's view of the growing gulf between the United States and the Arab nations. It is also the refreshingly candid story of a mother coming to terms with the demands the king's role as a world statesman placed on her family's private life. But most of all it is a love story—the intimate account of a woman who lost her heart to a king, and to his people.

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Sharing a personal perspective on the past three decades of world history, Queen Noor talks frankly of the many challenges of her life as wife and partner to the monarch, providing both an intimate portrait of the late King Hussein and a moving account of their public role.… (more)

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