A Leap of Faith: Memoir of an Unexpected Life Paperback – 4 Mar 2004
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Here she tells the story of her life as a young royal bride, her humanitarian work, her miscarriage and the births of her four children. Above all she describes her abiding love for her husband who died in 1999. (SUNDAY TRIBUNE)
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But those who have been wondering when a writer would enlighten the outside world, about the Middle-East, with a serious, factual and well thought out writing, have their prayers answered in this inspiring book.
This book is for those who are open-minded enough to want to look beyond the Western clichés at Jordan and the Middle-East from a Jordanian and Middle-Eastern viewpoints.
I liked its style based on factual data –NO FICTION- given not in a cold manner but with a warm and loving heart.
Out of this book, flows mutual respect, understanding and love for (wo)mankind.
Queen Noor, in this book, has spoken on behalf of ordinary Middle-Eastern people, like me, who have no access to the powerful Western media.
Thank you for that!
“Leap of Faith” is more a political biography than anything else, the book only touches the surface when it comes to more personal issues like; children, marriage, faith, etc. Queen Noor has made some dramatic changes in her life, moving from one of the richest countries in the world to one of the poorest, converting to the faith of Islam, always standing in the shadow of her husband and the enormous cultural shock that must have been. However, Queen Noor doesn’t seem to let her audience inside, we’re kept at a very safe distance and after reading this book I was left with the distinct feeling that there is a lot more to Queen Noor than this books reveals. Had she opened the lid just a little more, this could have been a great book!
However, to some extend, the book reads like a very strong advocator for the Jordanian Royal house, especialy for King Hussein and Queen Noor herself, which is totally understandable given it is an autobiography. Despite a number of elegant humor, the book can sometimes be a bit "textbook-dry".
However, all in all, I would still recommend this book, espeically for anyone who seeks an alternative, or more "realistic" understanding and view on Middle East, besides those fueled by USA.
In her autobiography, the Queen alternates between describing the turbulent and frightening political times of the seventies and eighties, with very personal stories of her family life. She is protective and respectful of her husband, family, and country, and still paints a realistic picture of the challenges she faced becoming a queen. Her marriage lasted 21 years, until her beloved husband's death from cancer. She describes him as a loving and dedicated ruler and father. She comes across as an intelligent, hard-working, and articulate lady. Her story is so well-written, I could not put it down. A unique look into a fascinating "unexpected life."
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Very interesting background on the Middle East with a human story and hope against all odds.Published 2 months ago by Quilter
Should be on everyone interested in the Middle East's book list. Beautifully written by a very competent journalist.Published 20 months ago by Mike
I really enjoyed this booked especially because I've been to Jordan in holiday and this book has helped me understand and appreciate the country's political struggles and have... Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2014 by Sharon R. Campbell
I got this to get my teenage daughter to read about Jordan before she went. It worked! Just enough information about the various places to tantalize.Published on 17 Feb. 2014 by Mrs Alice Amery
Easy to read and very interesting though not entirely sure one should believe every word. Hussein comes over as an amazing man with a very loving and supportive wife. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2010 by hmc
This book is so boring ,very repetitive it discusses
mostly arabic politics,hard to get through the book,
without thinking yes that has been mentioned several
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Leap of Faith: Memoir of an Unexpected Life, I had heard reviews on the radio when the hardback 1st came out. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2009 by RLSPW
I found the book interesting enough to keep me glued most of the time. Only for the few pages in which Queen Noor talks more about her projects did I feel it tough-going. Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2004 by Tony Okoromadu