Friday, May 15, 2009

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom Library) The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

Book 52 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge
Book 4 of 50 for the New Author Challenge
Book 4 of 10 for the Orbis Terrarum Challenge (The Netherlands)

rating: 5 of 5 stars

Corrie ten Boom was in her 50s when World War II broke out. She lived with her unmarried sister and her father in an old home in downtown Haarlem. Corrie learned the art of watchmaking from her father, and she was the first woman licensed watchmaker in the Netherlands.

The ten Booms became part of an underground network that took care of Jewish people during the occupation of the Netherlands. They even had a false wall built in their home to hide those who were staying with them. Eventually, they were betrayed and Corrie ten Boom was send to a concentration camp.

While some Holocaust books can be depressing, this is a book of hope, optimism and forgiveness in even the most trying of circumstances. Corrie and her sister Betsie saw miracles occur as they sought to do God's will both in Holland and in Germany where they were imprisoned. Their faith and determination were a blessing to all those they came in contact with, even their captors.

This is truly and inspirational novel from a remarkable woman. I highly recommend it.

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bermudaonion said...

I need to read this book!

Anonymous said...

This book is sitting on my self just waiting to be read. I need to find it and add it to the read-soon pile.

Anna said...

I've wanted to read this one for a long time. I've heard such good things about it. Would it be okay to link to your review on War Through the Generations?

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(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This one sounds good, depressing, but good.

Britt said...

Want to know something really sad? I can't remember if I've read this one or not! It's one of those that is so out there, so prominent, that knowing what it's about and what happens doesn't necessarily mean you read it!

Guess I'll have to (re?)read it!

Tricia said...

bermuda: I don't know where I've been all my life, but I had only just heard about this one. It's really great.

jacketsandcovers: You won't be disappointed.

Anna: Please do!

Diane: It really isn't depressing. I think you'll enjoy it.

Britt: I'm totally reading a book right now like that. I'm reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and I can't remember if I read it in high school or not. So annoying!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for linking to my review. I've linked to yours as well. Great review :)

Anna said...

Thanks! I added the link here.

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