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The Hiding Place
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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
on 19 June 2007
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
on 8 January 2009
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
on 4 April 2009
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
on 12 December 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
on 26 September 2001
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2011
What an inspirational Christian family. To show such commitment to faith and Christian living even when faced with the darkest of times, shows a level of dedication and foresight that I would most definitely struggle to match.

This is the story of a loving, close-knit family from Holland who opened their doors to Jews and other vulnerable people whilst the country was under occupation during the Second World War. Eventually betrayed, the family did all they could to help as many people as possible whilst they had the power to do so, deriving strength and encouragement from their steadfast faith in God.

The family was imprisoned after their betrayal and two of the sisters were eventually transferred to Ravensbruck concentration camp. Whilst incarcerated the sisters endured and witnessed scenes of degradation, brutality and a bewildering lack of compassion from the prison/camp guards. The sisters came from a relatively sheltered home and as a result, must have been completely mortified by the behaviour and actions of the both the Nazis and their Dutch collaborators.

This is a book which reinforces the power of faith, the survival of beneficent acts even in the most evil of places, the love of a family grounded firmly in the teachings of Jesus and the Bible and the desire to help a fellow man in a time of great need. It is completely compelling and will have you hooked from the first to the last page. The whole spectrum of human emotions will be experienced as one progresses through the book; it is a testament to the bravery and kindness of a remarkable family.

Highly recommended to those who study the Holocaust or to those who need a book which demonstrates how the great commandment: `Love thy neighbour', can be practised during times of unthinkable evil.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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
on 10 December 2001
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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