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5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLY MOVING SAGA OF HEROIC DUTCH FAMILY DURING WWII...
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...
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLY MOVING SAGA OF HEROIC DUTCH FAMILY DURING WWII..., 20 Sep 2001
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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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. At the time of the raid, the Ten Boom home was filled to capacity with jews in hiding. So well concealed was the hidden room that had been created by the erection of the false wall, that these poor, terrified jews managed to escape detection.
The Ten Boom family did not fare so well. It was upon their arrest that they learned first hand of man's inhumanity to man, and their faith was put to a test they had never dreamt possible. It was faith, however, that sustained the author in what was to be her hour of darkest despair. To find out what happened to the Ten Booms, read this book. It is the story of an incredible family, who had the courage to put their convictions to the test. The reader is sure to be captivated by the goodness and spiritual beauty contained within its pages. The book is a masterpiece.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLY MOVING SAGA OF HEROIC DUTCH FAMILY DURING WW II.., 30 Dec 2002
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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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. At the time of the raid, the Ten Boom home was filled to capacity with jews in hiding. So well concealed was the hidden room that had been created by the erection of the false wall, that these poor, terrified jews managed to escape detection.
The Ten Boom family, however, did not fare so well. It was upon their arrest that they learned first hand of man's inhumanity to man, and their faith was put to a test that they had never dreamt possible. It was faith, however, that sustained the author in what was to be her hour of darkest despair. To find out what happened to the Ten Booms, read this book. It is the story of an incredible family, who had the courage to put their convictions to the test.
This book is a masterpiece. The reader is sure to be captivated by the goodness and spiritual beauty contained within its pages.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring true story., 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Story of Faith and Love, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch the movie, read the book, visit the shop, read the book again, 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique story of courage, 12 Dec 2000
The highly emotional story of Corrie ten Boom is told beautifully in her book, The Hiding Place. It is, in a word, unique. Her courage shows throughout the story, of how her trust in her sister and her belief that God loved her kept her sustained throughout the horrors of a concentration camp during the Second World War, sent there because she did what she thought was right. She risked everything to protect Jews from the Nazis, because Jesus was a Jew; and this is a quality I have never heard of in such a strong sense before. Every moment of the story held me in amazement, as I gradually realised the true meaning of being a prisoner and Corrie's survival a struggle all the way, in a battle of her emotions and her sister's beliefs of forgiveness to everyone who did wrong. The most striking thing for me, however, was no matter what happened, the sisters thanked God, and their prayers were always answered. A remarkable book, telling the story of a remarkable woman.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring story of tragedy and courage, 26 Sep 2001
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This is truly a life-changing book. I first read it in the early seventies and have re-read it many times since. Truth and wisdom shine through these pages, which address the question of how you can find it in your heart to forgive those who have wronged you. Opening herself to the love of God enabled Corrie to do things which (humanly) seemed impossible. She and her family suffered terribly at the hands of the Nazis but there is no bitterness in her book, only sadness and hope.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOVING SAGA OF HEROIC DUTCH FAMILY DURING WORLD WAR II..., 22 Feb 2003
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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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. At the time of the raid, the Ten Boom home was filled to capacity with Jews in hiding. So well concealed was the hidden room that had been created by the erection of the false wall, that these poor, terrified Jews managed to escape detection.
The Ten Boom family did not fare so well. It was upon their arrest that they learned first hand of man's inhumanity to man, and their faith was put to a test that they had never dreamt possible. It was faith, however, that sustained the author in what was to be her hour of darkest despair. To find out what happened to the Ten Booms, read this book. It is the story of an incredible family, who had the courage to put their convictions to the test.
This book is a masterpiece. The reader is sure to be captivated by the goodness and spiritual beauty contained within its pages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving tale, that is a lesson to us all, 10 Dec 2001
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A wonderful reflection upon a life filled with blissful simplicity and happiness until the last few years of World War II. Corrie's love for all cannot be crushed, even in one of Nazi Germany's worst concentration camps. A must read for any Christian, a definite must read for everyone else.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most inspiring books that I have ever read, 8 Jan 2009
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Well known story of the Dutch family, the Ten Booms, living quietly in Haarlem until the second world war when the Germans arrive and start to round up all the Jews in the neighbourhood. What is interesting in the book is that the first half which is all about Corrie Ten Boom's life before the war and all that she learnt about God is as fascinating as the activities during the war.
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