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All Roads Lead to Jerusalem: A Muslim American Woman Looking for Hope and Answers in the West Bank [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Lynn Jones

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When Jenny Jones and her three children move from their Washington home to that of Jenny's in-laws in the West Bank, the village of Safa seems like a haven. Sheltered from much of the area's troubles, Jenny considers the village to be the ideal place for her children to explore a part of their identity they deserved to know more about.

In spite of its pastoral charm, Safa is far more complex than Jenny had imagined. On top of dealing with inter-tribal battles, military round-ups, and nighttime raids, Jenny has to deal with her in-laws and day-to-day difficulties caused by her less than eloquent Arabic and frequent cultural misunderstandings. 

But the Holy Land is famous for its miracles after all-and after coming across a National Geographic article one day bemoaning the jealously guarded off-limits archaeological chambers on Jerusalem's famous Temple Mount, Jenny decides to make a sudden, life-changing decision to find a way in herself-despite virtually impossible odds-along the way discovering a kind of self-acceptance and belonging that she never imagined possible.   

All Roads Lead to Jerusalem depicts a woman's struggle to find a sense of inner peace after realizing that neither the restrictive Islamic culture she has chosen, nor the increasingly hostile North American society she was born into, seem to offer the acceptance she yearns for.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2326 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Titletown Publishing, LLC (19 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J64CKE0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #795,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, about a courageous woman! 24 Jun. 2014
By Ann El-moslimany - Published on
Once I started reading this book I could not put it down. It is indeed a story of growth and self-discovery, but it is also the story of a gutsy woman who even as a teen-ager took it upon herself to make life-changing decisions. Only a strong and courageous woman would have traveled alone with her young children to spend a year in a Palestinian village to bolster their sense of identity.

This is a woman who obviously refused to be pigeon-holed, a woman who courageously faced up to xenophobic settlers and vengeful soldiers and yet made an effort to renew a friendship with an Israeli woman who had been her Seattle neighbor; who adjusted to village life but still was determined to overcome family and bureaucratic resistance to explore and discover the historic sites her adventurous nature compelled her to visit.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!! 18 Jun. 2014
By Kay4 - Published on
I loved reading this book! I admire Jenny for her courage in taking her kids to a different country to help her kids identify with their Palestinian roots and respect how she dealt with all the situations thrown at her. I loved her sense of humor as she told her story. I also liked how she gave the importance of some of the places she visited from not only Muslims point of view but from the Christian and Jewish point of view as well. Which is why"All roads lead to Jerusalem" is a great title for this book. A definite must read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 18 Jun. 2014
By Casey - Published on
I love this book! What an amazing journey in such an interesting part of the world and told with such wit and insight. I was hooked from page one!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down, feel like I just took a trip to the Holy Lands.... 22 Jun. 2014
By Beth M - Published on
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The Holy Lands "version" of Eat, Pray, Love. (without the excessive food, relationship escapades) Author Jenny Jones takes readers on her very personal journey of self acceptance with her bi-cultural Palestinian-American children in tow. Readers get an inside view of life under occupation, as well as the real life of an American convert just trying to figure it all out. Loved witnessing her transformation from housewife to superwoman with all of the courage she thought she needed, already inside of her. Even my 14 year old daughter just picked up the book and can't put it down.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 12 Jun. 2014
By Linda - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Held my interest the whole time. What courage!!!!! Everyone has felt like the outsider at one time or another. This Mother has gone to extremes to make sure her kids understood both cultures. BRAVO
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