The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

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by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, John Scherrill

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“I pray that God forgive them...”

Corrie Ten Boom stood naked with her older sister Betsie, watching a concentration camp matron beating a prisoner. “Oh, the poor woman,” Corrie cried. “Yes. May God forgive her,” Betsie replied. And, once again, Corrie realized that it was for the souls of the brutal Nazi guards that her sister

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“I pray that God forgive them...”

Corrie Ten Boom stood naked with her older sister Betsie, watching a concentration camp matron beating a prisoner. “Oh, the poor woman,” Corrie cried. “Yes. May God forgive her,” Betsie replied. And, once again, Corrie realized that it was for the souls of the brutal Nazi guards that her sister prayed.

Both woman had been sent to the camp for helping the Jews. Christ’s Spirit and words were their guide; it was His persecuted people they tried to save—at the risk of their own lives; it was His strength that sustained them through times of profound horror.

Here is a book aglow with the glory of God and the courage of a quiet Christian spinster whose life was transformed by it. A story of Christ’s message and the courage woman who listened and lived to pass it along—with joy and triumph!

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The Hiding Place 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
purtle More than 1 year ago
This book was very good! like awesomely good! It's about a woman hiding Jews in her house during the holocaust and they get caught. She and her family is taken to prison and later put in a concentration camp. It is a very touching and inspirational story. If you want something to read in a cozy chair one rainy afternoon this is the book.
Goose315 More than 1 year ago
This book is about Faith and God's love. Despite all of the horror and evil around them, the ten Boom family never gave up hope and continued to help others to cope with the unjust treatment of people during World War II by sharing the word of a loving God. The Hiding Place is a book about a Christian family who risked their own lives to save as many Jewish people as they could from being hunted down by the Nazis during World War II. They knew that hiding the Jews in their home and later moving them through the secret underground network was against the laws of the land however, it was absolutely the right thing to do as Christians. Their faith drove them to care more about the people who were being persecuted than their selves. When the secret room was discovered and the ten Boom's were sent to concentration camps as punishment, the reader questions God's hand. We later learn that their faith was far more useful in the camps. I could not stand to read how awful the Nazis were. I do not understand why the German public didn't rebel and stop the madness. I was riveted by the graphic tales of the concentration camp life for the prisoners. I also could not stand that the Germans would disguise themselves to catch people going against the law. I think that was a little too far. I liked how the ten Boom's continued to risk their own safety and how they came up with clever codes to protect their Jews and themselves. When they built the secret room, it was amazing how small the room was, and how many people they could squeeze into it. You just knew that only God could have protected them for so long. It was moving to see how God worked through Corrie ten Boom as she became a prisoner and yet, she continued to help others in the camp by referring them to God. I also like how the history of World War II comes to life through this book. You should definitely read this book if you want a real personal view of what life was like for a Christian family during the Nazi era. This is a true story and it is written by Miss ten Boom herself. The Hiding Place is an encouraging book about unending Faith and love during unbelievable times. I haven't read any other of the ten Boom books but, I would like to. My overall rating of this book would be a 4.5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very engaging...u feel like u are hiding. The author is so inspiring.
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Danny_G 12 months ago
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Chosen Books in exchange for my honest review. I heard about Corrie ten Boom growing up as a child. I heard the stories of Nazi's prison camps, torture, mocking, and humiliation. However, I had never read the story of her life until now. Her life was one of family, fun, and God. In her book, ten Boom recounts stories of her family life as the daughter of a watchmaker, a Dutch citizen, and a sister. I was drawn in by the love she had for her family and God. I was also drawn in by her resolve to not let World War II and the ensuing imprisonment deter her from her faith. While this is a Young Reader's Edition, it is still a powerful read of what one women went through at the hands of an evil empire.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Corrie and her family own a watch shop in the Netherlands. But when World War II starts their loyalties are tested. They can't sit by and watch while thousands of Jews are killed. So they secretly alter their home to hid a few people. When someone betrays them they are all rounded up and sent to the concentration camps. Corrie and her sister Betsie must endure the most terrible conditions. Corrie is amazed at her sister's faith and learns to trust in God no matter the circumstances. I loved the adult version and was so excited to see an edited version for children. Both of my children enjoyed the book. Corrie Ten Boom is an amazing and inspiring woman. Her story reaches out to the young and old alike. It's one that I felt blessed to be able to share with my family. The black and white drawings were a plus with my young readers. The story, while dealing with harsh reality, didn't cross the line as far as too much information. This is a book I would recommend every household having in their library. I received this book free of charge from Chosen in exchange for my honest review.
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
World War II hits Holland like a ton of bricks as Corrie and her religious Christian family must decide how to help their Jewish neighbors who are being hunted down. With a large estate, the Ten Boom family converts a large bedroom into a small bedroom and a small hiding place. There, Jews hide from the police. All is well until the Ten Boom family is found out. Corrie and her family are first sent to prison and eventually to concentration camps. As a children's edition book, this story does not get incredibly graphic. However, there is still enough information to convey the suffering--inadequate food supplies, poor sanitation, flea infestation, etc. Amidst all the tragedy, there is hope in the book. Corrie learns to forgive a soldier who she hates, and even fulfills her late sister's wish for healing concentration camp survivors. There is an ending in this book. Whether or not readers will find that ending happy is something that only they can decide.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
Seventy years after the end of World War II, The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom’s record of courage and grace during the darkest days of European history, has been released in a Young Reader’s Edition for youth ages 9-12. Authors Elizabeth and John Sherrill actually travelled with Corrie back in the 1960’s and have beautifully captured her story and her legacy of faith for another generation. The Hiding Place begins in a world characterized by the peaceful coziness of a family’s life — surrounded by friends and neighbors, punctuated with quirky relatives and loving memories from childhood, and lived to the cadence of ticking watches from Father ten Boom’s repair ship. The idyllic scene was shattered when Hitler’s Germany invaded Holland in the early days of World War II. The resulting hardship and deprivation revealed the foundation of this family’s peaceful life to be an unshakeable faith in the living God. Because they lived in the knowledge that their times were in His hands, they boldly put themselves at risk for the safety of others, particularly the Jewish citizens of Holland who were threatened under Hitler’s regime. Elizabeth and John Sherrill’s version of The Hiding Place loses none of the suspense of Corrie’s original, and most helpfully examines complex issues for young readers: •War against evil brings issues of moral ambiguity to the heart of one who follows God. Is Corrie right in lying to the Nazi’s about her family’s radio, or is her older sister right in believing that God will work things out if she just tells the truth? •The far-reaching effects of a political theory that reduces the value of life will spill beyond the group of people targeted, and all of life will become cheaper. •The power of God is not limited by evil. In fact, at times it seems that He allows evil to flourish in order that the truth may shine more brightly. •God does not always answer our prayers in the way that we expect. When Corrie offered herself for His people in any way, any place, any time, she could never have imagined that His plan for her included four months of solitary confinement and desolate years in Nazi prison camps. Corrie and her sister Betsie continued to fight the darkness even during their imprisonment, smuggling a Bible into their filthy, flea-infested barracks and opening the Words of light to hundreds of women who gathered around them every evening for prayers. Experiencing “tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril and sword” on a daily basis, they discovered the truth of Romans 8:37: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” After her release, Corrie’s journey back to her quiet watchmaking shop soon led to a ministry of healing and rehabilitation for those damaged by the war. Ultimately, she travelled to 161 countries, fighting the darkness of hatred and fear with the light of forgiveness. The last generation to experience World War II is nearly gone, and those of us who heard the stories of those who survived and knew their brave hearts have a duty to pass on the lessons from the past. Elizabeth and John Sherrill have given us a valuable tool in accomplishing this with our children. This book was provided by Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.
Micaiah14 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a story... I've romanticized World War II. I really think I did. I could say 'Yeah, that was a bad time!' and that all of the things the Germans did to people were terrible - but I never really knew everything. This book changed my outlook on the war. It gave me a small glimpse into what life was like when Hitler struck: the terror that gripped everyone; the lengths people would go to to hide family members; the fear that was hidden in every heart; the hatred and cruelness of the Germans; the darkness that hung in the air; the never knowing... How can people be so evil? I realized things about the time and what was going on reading this. It was an interesting read - one that had me in tears (the second book to actually make me REALLY cry - the first being Secret of the Lost Settlement by John J. Horn). :) This was a great read - I'd recommend it!
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Very Real and Emotional. The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom is an inspiring book about a Christian woman and her family that gets caught in the terror of the Holocaust. Her family and her help a lot of Jewish people evade Hitler’s soldiers for many years by developing an underground operation. Eventually they dicover that one of their “allies” is an inside man for the german army; this leads to the capture of Corrie and her family. They are all sent to a concentration camp where some members of her family are released, while her sister and she go through many hardships and struggles. Even though the times are extremely hard for them, the whole time they are praying to God that things will get better. The two most important themes in this book are family and hope. Family is exetremely important to Corrie; it is how she gets through everything. She fights on to keep her family safe, and she would sacrifice herself for any member of her family. Her sister is what keeps her going in the concentration camps. Hope and religion is also very big in this book. Corrie’s sister, Betsie, is always positive even when it seems like there is nothing left to live for. She is always spreading hope by reading the bible to the women in the camp. I loved this book because it was just so vivid and emotional. When I read about the concentration camps, I felt like I was actually there. It was so real that I creid 4 times! The only thing I disliked about this book was that it took a while to develop and I found the beginning of the book pretty uneventful. If you like realistic books, then you will like this book. I wasn’t thrilled about reading this book because I thought it would be boring since it is an autobiography, but I would definitely recommend it.Overall, this book is breathtaking and I give it 4 stars.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This is an inspirational story of sacrifice and love that uplifts the soul. It is a true account of Corrie Ten Boom's experiences in German-occupied Holland during WWII. It includes her involvement in the underground and her later imprisonment. She and her sister were truly an example of Christ like love that we can all learn from.
MicheleRDH More than 1 year ago
Moving, unreal, enlightening book. I cried reading this book but it also showed ones faith during a time of horror. This is a must read.
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The Hiding Place is a true story written by Corrie Ten Boom and John Scherill. It was published on October 28, 1984. This book is intended for any reader who loves uplifting historical fiction. Although the book is not written flawlessly, the message it contains makes up for it. It is the story of Corrie Ten Boom and her sister, Betsie, and their struggle to survive the Holocaust while doing the right thing. The hiding place takes place in Germany in the height of World War II. Corrie Ten Boom had firsthand experience with the Nazis and Jewish and non-Jewish Germans. As a result this book is based ofn real events and people. Ten Boom's book is a realistic reperesentation of the holocaust and the horrible effect it had on so many people, but also how individuals grew through it. Corrie and Betsie both go to the concentration camps, but they learn and experience different things. They are represented realistically, with their faults and their strengths. This is the kind of book that makes you want to be better because of the great example of the characters. The strength that the sisters have is inspiring and hopeful. The major themes in The Hiding Place are selfless sacrifice, charity and forgiveness. The Ten Booms struggle to protect despairing Jews from the Gestapo while putting their lives on the line. Their faith in God keeps them from letting fear get in their way. It is the story of Corrie's experience with the Nazis and their victims, but more fully it is the story of her journey toward emulating Christ's character in all situations. This is an amazing book that I reccomend to all readers.
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Elmerfletch More than 1 year ago
This book gives me something new each time I read it. The lessons here are simple truths. They are intertwined in a story that deals with difficult times that broke many - but lifted Corrie Ten Boom's eyes to God and developed her loving perspective. I return to this book again and again whenever I feel the need to be inspired and comforted.
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Tara21TC More than 1 year ago
The Hiding Place is a very moving book. It teaches many values and reminds us how much pain and sadness many people had to go through in that time in history. The Jews were so persecuted by the Nazis that it blows my mind. This book was very informative and inspirational. It was a personal account told by Corrie Ten Boom who was the main character. Corrie Ten Boom was an amazing woman who always helped others. She was forgiving to all. She was a woman who sacrificed much for the people she knew, the people she only recognized, and often times complete strangers whom she had never met. She was very smart and forgiving. She risked her life on multiple occasions but saved so many lives. She chose to help others and provide homes for the homeless, food for the hungry, money for the poor, and a "hiding place" for many who were in need of a safe haven at the time. I often think about what I would have done in her situation. Would I have given my money and food to a complete stranger? Would I have opened up my home to a person in need? Would I have risked my safety and life to help save the life of another human being? I am sure that most people would not do as Corrie did for fear of their lives and the lives of their family. Not only did Corrie Ten Boom provide things such as food money and shelter, she also provided hope, love, and forgiveness. These things were a big part of her character. She forgave everyone no matter what they did to her and her family. That forgiveness and love helped so many. She was known as a beacon of light, love, and safety in a world that was lacking in all three. She was a very religious woman who never wavered in her faith and love towards everyone. She gives a first hand account on what happened in that terrible time. The Hiding Place is written with amazing detail and Corrie Ten Boom gives expresses great feeling and love and forgiveness to all who read her book. She makes it feel like you are there with her, experiencing all the struggles right next to her! All throughout her life all she did was help other people. Even after she was captured and thrown into prison she still helped the people that were around her. Through all her experiences and trials Corrie learned to count her many blessings and to always be thankful for what she had. There was a part in the story when Corrie and her sister were moved to the Ravensbruk Concentration Camp and their cabin was infested with fleas. Corrie felt bitter and angry about the fleas but her sister reminded her that she must be thankful for everything, even the fleas. Corrie then told her sister that she would never be thankful for the fleas. The two sisters later came to find that they were not being watched as closely by the guards because the guards wouldn't go in their cabin because of the fleas. I love this because it shows that no matter how difficult and unfair trials may seem, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Even if it means that you are grateful for fleas. Another example of Corrie's amazing character is after the war when she meets the man who originally betrayed her family to the Nazis. She felt no resentment towards the man. Only love and forgiveness. She helped others come to find that same love and forgiveness towards others too. Corrie Ten Boom continues to help people today by her book the Hiding Place. I want everyone to read this book so they too can personally witness the true meaning of love through Corrie Ten Boom
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Lady_White_Koi_Fish More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a report at school, and at first I was a little skeptical. But once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. It paints a vivid picture of what is was like to live through WWII. At moments it had me on the edge of my seat, crying my heart out, or laughing. But what I found I liked most about this book is the fact that I, personally, can relate with how the author feels. As a Christian (and a teen) I face some of the same questions Corrie did in her book, but in present day life. Like, is it okay to lie? Even if it's to save a person's life? I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys WWII stories or just anyone looking for God.