Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Review: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

This is an incredible memoir of the daughter of a Dutch watchmaker who hid Jewish refugees during World War II. If you picked up this book not knowing who she was, you would perhaps be shocked to watch her story unfold from such simple and humble beginnings. She starts by recounting her childhood and talks about her family- honest, law-abiding Christians, who lived a simple life selling watches. She talks at length about her rich relationship with her sister Betsie, as well as her family’s faith, the people they knew, their relationships, hopes and dreams. 

As the persecution of Jews began, their family almost could not help but take in refugees, as the Ten Booms were known for their kindness, hospitality, and love. Over time Corrie and her family became the center of a massive operation to hide Jews in their city and around the country. Their home was indeed a Hiding Place. They were eventually betrayed, arrested and taken to a concentration camp. Even there Corrie and her sister Betsie’s faith was a bright light in a dark world. They shared with many of the hope offered by Jesus. She recounts incredible hardships and trials and how their faith in Christ kept them through it all, how the Lord provided for them and protected them, and how they ministered to many in the camps. 

I have read many books about the Holocaust over the years, but this was different than any of them, and I was gripped by Corrie’s story. It’s encouraging, convicting and inspiring. I highly recommend this memoir!

1 comment:

Let G. said...

This is one of those books that lets us feel how much love our Creator can give to us. I was still a "young" Christian when I read it
and it was given to me by a friend. The site
cites that "The Hiding Place is a book about how faith, compassion and love triumphs in the face of unspeakable evil. This book is recommended for everyone –
nonbelievers and believer, specifically for people who have negative perspectives in life and those who are struggling to forgive other people." Heaps of books which can be used as a tool to evangelize to our friends can be found there,
maybe you and your readers could check it out. A blessed day to you.