Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life

Version: Unabridged
Author: Queen Noor
Narrator: Suzanne Toren
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Sound Library
Published In: March 2003
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 6 minutes
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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. A fascinating memoir of Queen Noor of Jordan, from her American childhood and education at Princeton to her years as queen of Jordan and wife of the late King Hussein.

Reviews (4)

Favorite for the Year

Written by Anonymous on July 28th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was eye-opening on the Arab people and how the US Middle-East policy is viewed. The book inspired me to learn more about Queen Noor and she is my hero. This book is my favorite book of the year and it will be a Christmas present for many of my family members.

Leap of faith

Written by Anonymous from Scottsdale, AZ on April 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Queen SNORE should be the name of the author--it takes a leap of faith to make it to the end. Queen Noor gives up very little about herself and her inner life as Queen of Jordan, which is what most readers would want to know. She just yammers on about politics, blah blah--but she does not give up the goods. Skip it.

Leap of Faith

Written by Sarah Collins on December 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I was hoping to learn what an American woman, post lib, would have to say about becoming a Muslim, especially since this was not her traditional faith growing up. The good and/or bad. I was hoping for more detail on living in a traditional Arab society, adjusting to being a queen. However, I came to feel there was little adjustment on Queen Noor's part. I found her to be VERY full of herself and appeared to fall very naturally into the role of a queen. I found the book to be a quite one sided view of the Middle East situation--with Arab and Muslim peoples seemingly repeatedly being victimized by Israeli and American unprovoked attacks. There is plenty of blame to go around on all sides of this horrible history of violence but Queen Noor almost always explains away any Arab violence as simply a response to intial Israeli or American misdeeds. I would not recommend this book.

Great Memoir

Written by Anonymous on May 4th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have always been curious about Queen Noor's life, after finding out she was American. This book is very interesting...not just the memoirs of her life, but also the history of Jordan, and the Arab world. This was a refreshing look at history in the Middle East. I would have enjoyed it more if Queen Noor had read the entire book, but the reader was not unpleasant to listen to.

Author Details

Author Details

, Queen Noor

Her Majesty Queen Noor currently divides her time between Jordan, London, and Washington, D.C.