Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the poetry audiobook From the Heart: A Journey of Love by Huffington Post Passionista Hadel S. Ma’ayeh, narrated by Cristian Romo. A sample of it can be heard below. The audiobook is available from Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. The book is also available in ebook edition from the usual outlets and directly from the publishers.
Wonderful journey into the potential and power of poetry.I will be the first to admit that I did not get poetry until I read this book. I now understand poetry as a way to transport you to another world, to travel the world without leaving to go anywhere. This book has so many poems that you would think you had enough poetry for a lifetime. Each poem takes you to another world filled with mystery in which what is left out is just as important as what is there. My two favorites are Thank You, which is a poem for soldiers or veterans who are serving or have served their country. This one almost brought tears of thankfulness, both for the poem being written and for the joy of serving my country. My second was Capri for this is the first poem that actually brought to me what poetry is meant to be – a vehicle of imagination and dreams, to transport you to another part of the planet filled with God’s beauty. Cannot wait to go there. Finally, there are many poems that speak of forgiveness and sorrow, and seeking heaven. All the poems are infused with a subtle love of God and neighbor and family, and also what happens when you betray those high ideals of God, family, and your neighbors for selfish reasons. I recommend this book as a wonderful journey into the potential and power of poetry. Hopefully, it will kindle your love of this fine art form that thanks to this book, I am now beginning to appreciate.
Our Jordanian-American author Hadel S. Ma’ayeh and her book of poetry, haikus, and sayings titled From the Heart: A Journey of Love(2014; Hope & Life Press) have been featured in the January 11 Issue (#132) of the online magazine Be a Bestseller. Ma’ayeh, who is also a Huffington Post Passionista, was interviewed for this feature by Jennifer Carlevatti Aderhold. The interview is reproduced below for your enjoyment, with the magazine publisher’s consent.
Makin’ It Happen
As this week’s Makin it Happen Author we have Hadel S. Ma’ayeh, who resides in scenic Illinois, USA and beautiful Madaba, Jordan. Hadel is passionate about the arts, poetry in particular, and she draws her inspiration from profound poets, such as Khalil Gibran, Emily Dickinson, and Edgar Allen Poe. Hadel enjoys writing poems and haikus by taking in the world around her and writing from the heart. All of Hadel’s poetry is expressed by her emotions and the people who surround her in life. Like an oil painter who uses a paint brush, Hadel paints scenes and moments through her eloquent words.
Hadel is an American-Jordanian poet who has been writing poetry since she was nine years old. She is influenced and encouraged by her peers, family, and teachers. Her poetry spans 20 plus years of life experience, and readers are able to glimpse into Hadel’s Jordanian heritage as well as her faith as a Greek Orthodox Christian. Hadel is proud of the fact that she was baptized in the historical Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church in Madaba, Jordan, which houses a sixth century mosaic map of the Holy Land on the church’s floor.
Hadel is a new author of a book of 56 poems, 14 haikus, and various sayings published by Hope and Life Press. The book, FROM THE HEART – A Journey of Love, is available on Amazon worldwide along with other major booksellers. Additionally, before the book’s release date (October 16, 2014), Hadel made Amazon’s list of “Hot New Releases in Middle Eastern Poetry.” Currently, Hadel continues to write poems and haikus along with some new short stories.
We are pleased to announce that our Jordanian-American author Hadel S. Ma’ayeh and her book of poetry, haikus, and sayings titled From the Heart: A Journey of Love(2014; Hope & Life Press) have been featured in the October issue of VEMA, the monthly newspaper of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, and the “oldest circulating Greek newspaper outside Greece.” Ma’ayeh who is also a Huffington Post Passionista was interviewed for this feature by Chris Vlahonasios of Transfigure Media. To read this fascinating interview whereby Hadel talks in depth about how she came to develop her poetry and sayings, please click here or on the above photo, and download the newspaper in English or Greek. The interview is on page 15.
From the Heart: A Journey of Love contains poems that are haunting and timeless, innovative and jazzy, exquisitely balanced, with the ability to invade one’s soul. In them Ma’ayeh’s poetic voice paints an extraordinarily realistic picture of life in our postmodern age. The sensory words and emotions she uses effectively transport the reader to the settings described. The composition of the poems is sufficiently complex to provoke the reader into filling the blanks with their imagination, while being left wanting more.
Below is an interview we just had with one of our female authors, the Jordanian-American poet and Huffington Post Passionista Hadel S. Ma’ayeh. Ma’ayeh is the author of From the Heart: A Journey of Love(2014, Hope & Life Press), a book of poems, haikus, and sayings available in paperback and ebook editions from major booksellers worldwide and directly from ourselves at Hope and Life Press.
Q: Hadel, when did you first start writing?
I started to write poems at the age of nine. I was reading assorted works by poets such as Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, Khalil Gibran, David Frost and many more. I was intrigued so much by their emotional effects and descriptive words that it influenced me to write my own poems. I have been writing ever since.
In all honesty, this book of poems and haikus is a collection from my journals for 20+ years. I am inspired by my surroundings as well as my family and friends. I jot down in my journal a particular event or moment in life that emotionally touched my heart and soul, whether happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, or humor.
Q: What motivated you to become an author?
I was lucky enough to receive encouragement by family and friends, and by visitors online. I shared my personal poems online for the love of poetry and writing in general, and the outpouring of positive words pushed me more to become an author, but mainly a writer/poet.
Q: What is the greatest joy for you in writing?
If I could inspire even one person to affect their lives in some way or another, then I accomplished my goal in writing my poems. This, in return, gives me enjoyment to continue to write poems and other assorted works.
Q: Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote? What was it like for you?
My first poems Life and Souls were published in the local paper after having been submitted by my then high-school English teacher, Richard McNally (God rest his soul). That was the backbone of my motivation and encouragement to write poems. It was an amazing feeling and a positive support that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Q: Where did you grow up? How did that influence your writing?
I was fortunate to be raised in Madaba, Jordan until the age of four, then again at the age of six. Most of my childhood and adult life, I was raised, educated, and worked in the United States. Of course, having both cultures influenced my writing to a great degree. I am capable of expressing my memories through my senses from a particular moment in life that might have been dramatic, such as wars or celebrations.
Q: How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
My first love in life is dancing so I continue to dance, to keep myself motivated and fit. I also enjoy reading books, fiction and non-fiction. I must confess that I am a Sci-Fi geek, so the weekends are for catching up on my favorite Sci-Fi shows and/or movies.
Q: What do you read for pleasure?
Similar to my musical taste, I have an eclectic taste in books. I enjoy reading mysteries, thrillers, and supernatural as far as fiction books. Non-fiction, I like to read biographies, historical events, religion, politics, and poetry.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
To travel more and see more places for inspiration through cultures and wonderful, diverse group of people.
Hadel spoke about her book of poems, haikus and sayings titled From the Heart: A Journey of Love, published by Hope and Life Press in October 2014. She also narrated a few lines from one of her poems and spoke about how being Jordanian, with personal ancestry dating back to the Crucifixion, she experiences the current plight of the persecuted Christians in the Middle East. From the Heart: A Journey of Loveis available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon and major booksellers.
Earlier this month, our Jordanian-American poetry author Hadel Ma’ayeh was also interviewed and featured in Arab Women Magazine. Titled Hadel S. Ma’ayeh – A Woman of Many Talents, please click of the aforementioned link to read Hadel’s interview.
From the Heart – A Journey of Love by the Jordanian-American author and HuffPo Passionista Hadel S. Ma’ayeh (Hope & Life Press, 2014) is now the #4 Bestseller in Middle Eastern Poetry books in Canada. From the Heart is available from major booksellers worldwide in paperback and ebook editions.