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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (18 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340863536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340863534
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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Corrie ten Boom is known and loved by millions for her book, THE HIDING PLACE, which tells how her family protected Jews during the Nazi occupation of Holland. The book launched her into a worldwide ministry of speaking, teaching and writing, which lasted until her death in 1983.

Elizabeth Sherrill is a prolific Christian writer, based in the USA. She often collaborates on books with her husband John.

John Sherrill is a prolific Christian writer, based in the USA. He often collaborates on books with his wife Elizabeth.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2001
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This is an absolutely extraordinary book. Never have I read a book in which the spiritual beauty of the author so resonated throughout the story. The purity of heart that manifests itself in this inspiring saga of a heroic, Dutch family in Nazi occupied Holland during World War II is simply stunning.
This is the true story of the Ten Boom family who, during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, upon seeing what was happening to their jewish neighbors and friends, asked themselves this age old question, "If not us...who; if not now when?" They answered it, ultimately at great cost.
The Ten Booms were devoutly christian and lived a simple life. The patriarch of the family ran a clock shop that had been in his family for a century. Some of the family members, the author among them, worked there, selling and repairing clocks and watches. They also lived in the house in which the shop was located.
When the Nazis occupied their country, the reality of what it meant slowly dawned upon them, as they saw the treatment given to their fellow Dutch citizens of the jewish faith. Moved by their plight, the author at the age of fifty, together with members of the family, including their father who was nearly eighty, became active in the Dutch underground and resistance movement.
When it became clear to the Ten Booms that jews were being targeted for deportation and death, they had a false wall constructed in the author's bedroom, thereby creating a secret room. There, they would hide the terrified jews who were staying with them, in the event of a Nazi raid upon their home.
Eventually, denounced by someone to the Nazis, the Ten Booms were arrested and their home raided and ransacked by the Gestapo, in the search for the jews that were believed to be hiding there.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2002
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This is an absolutely extraordinary book. Never have I read a book in which the spiritual beauty of the author so resonated throughout the story. The purity of heart that manifests itself in this inspiring saga of a heroic, Dutch family in Nazi occupied Holland during World War II is stunningly beautiful.
This is the true story of the Ten Boom family who, during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, upon seeing what was happening to their jewish neighbors and friends, asked themselves this age old question "If not us,...who; if not now,...when?" They answered it, ultimately, at great cost.
The Ten Booms were devoutly Christian and lived a simple life. The patriarch of the family ran a watch shop that had been in his family for a century. Some of the family members, the author among them, worked there, selling and repairing clocks and watches. They also lived in the house in which the shop was located.
When the Nazis occupied their country, the reality of what it meant slowly dawned upon them, as they saw the treatment given to their fellow Dutch citizens of the jewish faith. Moved by their plight, the author at the age of fifty, together with other members of her family, including their father who was nearly eighty, became active in the Dutch underground.
When it became clear to the Ten Booms that jews were being targeted for deportation and death, they had a false wall constructed in the author's bedroom, thereby creating a secret room. There, they would hide the terrified jews who were staying with them, in the event of a Nazi raid upon their home.
Eventually denounced by someone to the Nazis, the Ten Booms were arrested and their home raided and torn apart by the Gestapo, in their search for the jews they believed to be hiding there.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on 19 Jun. 2007
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Corrie Ten Boom is a 50 something spinster from a strong Christian family that lived in Holland during the second world war. The faith of the whole family is tested as they find themselves caught up in the adventure of the Dutch underground.

This is a book that I would recommend to anyone. It is a really easy read and an inspiring book that I was unable to put down.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim on 8 Jan. 2009
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This amazing book is very well-written and hard to put down from the first page. The author's account of her experiences during World War II is
honest and heart-wrenching, but is also very inspiring and uplifting through her and her sister's faith in God and love for others which transformed many lives both in the terrible Nazi concentration camps and after the war. Even in that dark time there was light.

The first half of the book deals with her life before the war from childhood and is fascinating as well. Her eccentric, warm, loving family - her first love - her involvement in helping others even as the war loomed nearer... All her experiences were preparing her for her later imprisonment and ministry.

A must read!

-Mary Davis
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Graham Lewis on 4 April 2009
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The film is good but fails to do justice to the book so read this after watching the movie. And then, for a total experience, go to Haarlem and see the shop for yourself. It is utterly unspoilt and no attempt has been made to commercialise it but you can visit the rooms (put Ten Boom Haarlem in Google to find it.) And stand in the stairwell looking towards the Hiding Place and marvel at how anyone could have missed the fact that the wall in Corrie's room touches the window but the back wall of the house is some 3 feet beyond the window. And then read the book again.
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