As the nazi madness swept across Europe, a quiet watchmaker's family in Holland risked everything for the sake of others, and for the love of Christ. Despite the danger and threat of discovery, they courageously offered shelter to persecuted Jews. Then a trap brought about the family's arrest. Could God's love shine through, even in Ravensbruck?
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Three vignettes stick in my mind. 1)Corrie explaining to her Bible class of retarded children that she was like the glove she held. By itself it could do nothing, but with her hand in it (representing Christ in her life), it could do whatever was required. 2) When afraid she would not be able to face death, her father asking when he gave her (a child) the ticket to get on the train when she accompanied him to Amsterdam. She replied--just before we get on. He explained that dying grace is not given ahead of time either. 3) Learning to be thankful for the infestation of fleas!!
I not only recommend the book, but also the movie of the same name. I see it at least once a year and reread the book to be reminded that "there is no pit so deep that His love is not deeper still."
This was a re-read for me. Corrie has been one of my heroes since I first read this book as a young adult. What impressed me on the first reading was Corrie's encounter with one of her former guards at Ravensbruck who had come to hear her speak at a church in Germany. He sought her out after the meeting and asked for her forgiveness. This time through, I saw Betsie's influence in this encounter. In the concentration camp, Corrie was moved by the suffering of their fellow prisoners and dedicated herself to ministering to them. Betsie was moved by the spiritual poverty of the guards and other officials, and she dreamed of ministering to them after the war. It would seem that Betsie's dream motivated Corrie to speak of God's forgiveness in German churches in the years following the war.
I've learned much more about the war and the Holocaust in the years since I first read this book. There is no question that European Jews were persecuted for their faith, and I'm thankful for every Holocaust memoir that preserves the stories of individuals who suffered in the concentration camps and who witnessed the mass exterminations of Jews. Corrie ten Boom's account is a reminder that it wasn't only Jews who were persecuted by the Nazis. It seems that Christianity wasn't welcome in the camps either. The Ten Booms were arrested when they had gathered for a Bible study in their home. Corrie and Betsie smuggled Bibles into the prison and later into the concentration camp. They held Bible studies and prayer meetings with other prisoners in secret.
This time through I was struck by how well-written this book is. The authors take an episodic approach to Corrie's life, and each chapter tells a story. The audio production is outstanding, and the narrator tells Corrie's story as if she had lived it herself. This is a classic of Christian literature that probably hasn't been out of print since its publication. It will also appeal to readers interested in accounts of occupied territories and resistance movements in World War II.
I love to read Corrie Ten Boom. She makes me feel like I can do more, I can be better. Another thing I noticed about this book and about Viktor Frankl's is that neither one of them spent much time feeling sorry for themselves. They just went on with what had to be done.
And even after Corrie returned home, having lost her sister and her father, she went ahead with her life, serving others who had lost just as much as she had, but still needed help.
I could go on more about this book, but I'm not sure how to put into words what I felt. I know that I did feel that I can handle my challenges. She inspired me to become better myself.
Corrie ten Boom was 48 years old when Hitler invaded her hometown in Holland. She had spent her life caring for the family home and working in her fatherâ€™s watch shop. But at 50 years of age, she became one of the leaders in the underground resistance in Holland. For 2 Â½ years, she helped many Jews go into hiding. Not only did she risk her life for this mission, but she also lived her life for it.
She spent nearly a year imprisoned in the concentration camps. During that year, she ministered to the other prisoners and the Nazi officials trying to bring them peace and joy. After the war was finally over, she worked to catalyze the healing of both the victims and those who had joined the Nazis. She turned a former concentration camp into a bastion of healing. She traveled around the world teaching people how to forgive and be healed.
While lecturing in Germany, she came face to face with one of the guards from the concentration camp. He thanked her for her words and the healing they brought to his soul. As he reached out his hand to shake hers, she was put to the ultimate test. Could she practice what she preached? The anger and hurt swept through her and she despised him. But after she turned it over to God, she was able to touch his hand. And as they shook hands she found that â€œinto [her] heart sprang a love for this stranger that almost overwhelmed [her]."
What made Corrie become great? It was 50 years of preparationâ€”years of study, years of work, years of service. The Hiding Place is the story of her preparation. Corrie could never have led the resistance, survived the concentration camps, and gone on to become such an inspiration to so many without that vital preparation. She was led by the Voice of Conscienceâ€”first in her preparation and later in her life's mission.
When you finish reading The Hiding Place, make sure you pick up a copy of Tramp For the Lord. Tramp For the Lord continues Corrie's story after The Hiding Place.
I read and reread this book as a teenager; I read it so many times I got rid of it thinking I'd never read it again and then bought it years later because I couldn't quite bear not to own it. Looking at it with fresh adult eyes, I found myself with slightly more mixed feelings. The book is preachier than I remembered, and the writing clunkier than it could have been. I would have liked for some of Corrie's story to stand on its own rather than having the lesson spelled out for me. I realized rereading this that there were some experiences she had that I didn't quite get when I was younger, and understood better now with greater knowledge about World War 2. I wished that some historical or political information was spelled out a bit clearer to ground her story more. But as far as inspirational memoirs go, it's still a good read, and I as I read I realized how much some of her statements - about love and forgiveness, for example - had stayed with me and shaped my own views over the years.
Corrie and Willhelm along with others create and manage an underground system to provide shelter, food and transport for targeted Jews. They save many until an informer changes their lives but not their integrity and character.
So glad I discovered and read this gem about true goodness and selflessness. Read this and be moved and inspired.
The ending is in my top ten best book endings of all time.
I would wholeheartedly recommend to all Christians and to all people as a truly worthwhile and inspiring read.
In 1939, Holland was attacked by the Germans under Adolph Hitler. The Gestapo, a Nazi police organization, would raid people's homes and kidnap young men between the ages of 17 and 30, and force them to work in the army. They were imprisoned, killed, and sent to extermination camps to die. Not only the Jews, but also anyone that assisted them would suffer. Ten Booms continued to hide Jews in a hidden room behind a wall in Corrie's room. The soldiers found out that the Ten Booms were helping the Jewish people. They came at a time when Corrie was sick with the flu. She managed to help the people into the room before the soldiers got to them. The police interrogated the family but the Ten Booms refused to give up the other people in the underground. They were sent to Scheveningen. Corrie and Betsie were separated from their father in another part of the prison. They moved to another camp where Betsie died. Two days later Corrie was set free on a clerical error. Shortly after she was released all the prisoners were exterminated.
This was an in depth viewpoint into the lives of people who lived in Europe during World War II and how their lives were impacted by the invasion of Hitler. It was very inspirational to stand up for something that was right. The forgiveness that Corrie and her sister portrayed toward the soldiers who treated them badly was remarkable. This book should be read at least in the eighth grade because of the realities of war. Some activities that could be used with this book would be a timeline of the countries that Hitler invaded or a web quest of Corrie Ten Boom Home with the Hiding place. There is a web site that shows the actual home where she lived.
Corrie Ten Boom, her sister and her father chose to put their Christian faith into action by protecting Jews in their homeland in Holland from the Nazi killing machine. The hiding place in their home eventually cost them dearly, but Corrie learned many lessons as well as how to forgive her captors.
The ten Boom family performed an important ministry during the war, but eventually the authorities became aware of their work and the family was arrested and taken to a political prisoner camp. Corrie and Betsie ten Boom spent nearly a year in a series of prison camps, under appalling conditions. Their deep Christian faith was key to survival. After the war, Corrie set up rehabilitation centers in the Netherlands, lectured about her experience, and taught others based on the Christian Gospels and themes of forgiveness. Corrie ten Boom's faith and ability to forgive are an inspiration; it takes an extraordinary person to survive such a harrowing experience and be able to forgive your persecutors.
The Hiding Place was an interesting memoir from a dark time in the history of humankind.
During World War II, the ten Boom family hid Jewish people in a secret hiding place in their house. Because of their acts of kindness, Corrie and her sister Betsy were sent to a concentration camp.
Every time I read this book I am struck by the love and forgiveness that Betsy and her sister had for their captors. I always admire Corrie because she admitted that loving and forgiving was sometimes hard work.
My copy is well worn from many readings. It is one of my favorites and I plan to keep it even if it falls apart.
In the book, Corrie Ten Boom is the secret leader of the underground, helping save Jewish lives in the dark of the night. The story keeps the reader on edge and pulls at heart strings. It is filled with loss and struggles, but also triumph and success. It is a book that will teach you the true beauty in people, long after you set it down.