Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The Hiding Place, written by Corrie ten Boom, is a true story about the author's experiences during the holocaust. Corrie ten Boom was a leader in the Underground. With the help of her family, she kept many Jews safe from the Nazis. However, she was eventually caught, and along with her family, thrown into prison and a concentration camp.

This inspirational story is about how Corrie found faith and held onto it for dear life. She witnessed many miracles, but the greatest miracle to me, is that Corrie and her sister, Betsie, were able to maintain such a positive outlook because of their unwavering faith in God. I mean, Betsie prays IN GRATITUDE for the fleas in the bunker, which do, amazingly enough, turn out to have a good purpose.

Here is a brief excerpt:

"Corrie Ten Boom stood naked with her older sister Betsie, watching a concentration camp matron beating a prisoner. "Oh, the poor woman," Corrie cried. "Yes. May God forgive her," Betsie replied. And, once again, Corrie realized that it was for the souls of the brutal Nazi guards that her sister prayed."

The Hiding Place is a life-changing classic. It is a quick read. Although it is about the holocaust, it is not deeply depressing but enlightening and uplifting. I hope you enjoy it! It is one of the best books I have ever read.


Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

This is a fabulous book! I visited the actual Ten Boom hiding place a number of years ago.

For some reason I am very much drawn to Holocaust stories.

Speaking of which - I'd like to review Yellow Star for Clean Reads. Soon! I am really booked in January but am working on a few reviews. I've got to learn to write them as soon as I read the books!

Stephenie said...

I read "The Hiding Place" in junior high. It was a very inspirational, amazing book. It staggered my mind to think someone could have truly gone through that situation and handled it with such grace and faith.

Marg said...

I loved this book so much. I must have read it 5 or more times in my early teens! Thanks for reminding me!

Shawna said...

I loved this book. I actually had it read to me twice as a teen, once in Sunday School and once in my English class.

Melissa said...

I absolutely love love love this book. It is one of the best books I have ever read. I still read it on occasion.

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