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The Hiding Place (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Hiding Place (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Corrie Ten Boom

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Holland is under Nazi control...

Thousands of Jewish refugees...

One extraordinary family.

An old watchmaker in Holland. His two daughters, Corrie and Betsie. Simple, ordinary people. Yet these three unlikely heroes became the center of a major underground operation: To hide Jewish refugees from the occupying Germans. These kindly, law


Holland is under Nazi control...

Thousands of Jewish refugees...

One extraordinary family.

An old watchmaker in Holland. His two daughters, Corrie and Betsie. Simple, ordinary people. Yet these three unlikely heroes became the center of a major underground operation: To hide Jewish refugees from the occupying Germans. These kindly, law abiding people broke every rule in the book to save the lives of the men, women and children being hunted by the Nazis. Their home became a hiding place, but the cost of their bravery was betrayal and in the dreaded Ravensbruck concentration camp, they had to create another hiding place for those around them.

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12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) was born in Haarlem, The Netherlands. After being arrested in 1944 for helping Jews escape the Nazi regime, Corrie spent the last year of World War II in various prison camps. After the war, she was invited to share her experiences in over sixty countries and was honored by the state of Israel for her work during the war. Her life story, The Hiding Place, was originally released in 1971. In 1977, she settled in California, where she remained until her death in 1983, on her 91st birthday.

John and Elizabeth Sherrill have authored or coauthored numerous best sellers with sales in excess of 50 million, including The Hiding Place, The Cross and the Switchblade, and God's Smuggler. Their ongoing work as roving editors for Guideposts magazine has taken them from their home in Westchester County, New York, to assignments in five countries.

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The Hiding Place 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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.
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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How many pages is this book? (•_•)
Taylor_Sutton More than 1 year ago
The Hiding Place, a must-read for those who enjoy Historical Non-Fictions, takes place in Holland during the years of the holocaust, but it is not the typical story, it’s written and narrated through the eyes of a simple Dutch woman, named Corrie Ten Boom. This book is very easy to get pulled into, written similarly to a fictional story; it uses narratives that keep a vivid image in your mind the entire time. Surprisingly, even though this book is during the holocaust, it continually uplifts the reader. Instead of feeling pity for Corrie and her family as you read the book, you feel a great sense of admiration and strength through their experiences. This book also has something that is so rarely found in other holocaust stories, there is hardly a word spoken of Hitler and also it is not even from the point of a Jew. Boom did not have to suffer at the same level that the Jewish people were forced to suffer. She could have lived a relatively safe life and quietly endured those terrible war years, but instead her and her family sacrifice so much, to save hundreds of individuals that they do not even know. The emotional connection you have with the characters in this book through Boom’s eyes is powerful. It makes you feel as if you are there with her family, experiencing these extreme highs and lows, feeling scared when they feel scared, feeling joy when they feel joy. I have never had this much of a changed outlook on life from a book than I have now. A humble gratitude for the little things I have has been planted in my heart. There is power in the words and stories Boom shares that is thought altering and undeniable. Once is not enough, I plan on reading this book again and again over the years.
Danny_G More than 1 year 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.
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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mljackson More than 1 year ago
Good historical read mixed with religion. Good for one struggling with forgiveness.