The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

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"Every experience God gives us . . . is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see."—Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

Here is the riveting account of how Corrie and her family were able to save many of God's chosen people. For 35 years millions have seen that there is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still. Now The Hiding Place, repackaged for a new generation of readers, continues to declare that God's love will overcome, heal, and restore.

"A groundbreaking book that shines a clear light on one of the darkest moments of history."—Philip Yancey, author, The Jesus I Never Knew

"Ten Boom's classic is even more relevant to the present hour than at the time of its writing. We . . . need to be inspired afresh by the courage manifested by her family."—Jack W. Hayford, president, International Foursquare Church; chancellor, The King's College and Seminary

"The Hiding Place is a classic that begs revisiting. Corrie ten Boom lived the deeper life with God. Her gripping story of love in action will challenge and inspire you!"—Joyce Meyer, best-selling author and Bible teacher

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800794057
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Edition description: 35th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 8,546
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About 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.

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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have all heard the story of the holocaust. It was a tragic experience for many and to this day, this black mark on human history haunts the lives of numerous souls. While there are an abundant amount of books about the holocaust, The Hiding Place has a quality in which none of the rest have, or so I have found. It is a story of a dedicated Christian girl living in Holland during the reign of Hitler. While she is initially safe because of her religion and background, her family and her quickly learn how serious it is, to even befriend an undesirable (Jew). The consequences may be worse than death itself. Since it is non fiction, The Hiding Place is incredibly accurate and descriptive of the true happenings of Corrie Ten Boom's life. I absolutely loved the book. It was filled with every emotion imaginable. I found myself laughing one moment and crying the next. There is truly not much to dislike. If anything, I found myself wanting a more detailed account of what happened in parts. Corrie Ten Boom has done an amazing job at recounting her tale. Being in first person, she captures you and you seem to become a part of the Ten Boom family; sharing with all their joy and pain. The Hiding Place is a great book for just about any age. Whether just starting high school, or you have children of your own, it is a book that will engage any audience member. The lesson of forgiveness and courage to stand up for your own beliefs is one any person of any age can learn and gain from. To think of how many people suffered though this tragic experience and lived full productive lives is encouraging. I feel I can now face anything life throws at me with just a little faith and determination. If you enjoy this book or books about or involving the Holocaust, you may also enjoy I Stand at the Door and Knock by Corrie Ten Boom,? A Prisoner and Yet... by Corrie Ten Boom,? and The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank.?
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.
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!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Slow start but becomes very Interesting as you get into it.
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SallyAma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so privileged to meet Corrie ten Boom in person at the Billy Graham Association in Minneapolis during the 70's, and then privileged to work on the film production of the movie. She was an amazing, lovely, Godly woman, and her story will remain timeless.
MaryWysong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of those wonderful biographies that you can fall in love with. It was my first real introduction to the horrors of the Holocaust, and the first time I read it, I turned around and read several more times. I was so in awe of the family, the story, the horrors they experienced and everything about it. It's definitely a moving story. Since I first read it over twenty years ago, I have returned every couple years to re-read it. My original copy became so worn, I had to buy another. The Hiding Place is basically divided into two sections--family history and resistance work with a subsection in concentration camps. The family history is incredibly charming. I feel like I know the characters! Each one stands out with his or her own unique personality. You can't help but love them. They are well described and developed as well as admirable. The family home is a quirky character in itself, which is important to their later work.The second half of the book is not so light and cheerful, but it is still inspiring and it is an important story to tell. This family put their own lives in danger to do the right thing--something that is all too rare in society. They shared everything they owned, and lost most of it, but I believe they gained from their experiences with the Jews they harbored.When their resistance work lands them in a concentration camp, Betsy and Corrie's story turns to a story of faith. Although terrible things happen to them, there are also many little miracles that seem much stronger than just coincidence. I am not an incredibly religious person, but the amazing bravery and faith of the ten Boom family awes me every time I read this book. It will always be one of my favorites.
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A truly awe-inspiring story of a Dutch Christian who helped protect Jews during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. This book is especially notable because ten Boom is very rarely the hero in it. Yes, her bravery and compassion shine on nearly every page, but the constant focus on this story is on Christ. In this way, the book sets itself apart from many other like stories, but rather turns us, even in the darkest moments we can imagine, to the love and sovereignty of God, where we can rejoice even for fleas! (Which the characters ultimately have good reason to do!)I would wholeheartedly recommend to all Christians and to all people as a truly worthwhile and inspiring read.
WanitaCoy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne Frank has nothing on Corrie Ten Boom, the German occupation reveals the true spirit of neighbors a must read...
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this book, I had to ask myself, what is it that makes some people so much stronger than others? And I think that love is the answer. I just finished reading Man's Search for Meaning, and taken with that one, I found myself so impressed by the strength and faith of these people. I was just so inspired.I love to read Corrie Ten Boom. She makes me feel like I can do more, I can be better. Another thing I noticed about this book and about Viktor Frankl's is that neither one of them spent much time feeling sorry for themselves. They just went on with what had to be done.And even after Corrie returned home, having lost her sister and her father, she went ahead with her life, serving others who had lost just as much as she had, but still needed help.I could go on more about this book, but I'm not sure how to put into words what I felt. I know that I did feel that I can handle my challenges. She inspired me to become better myself.
dawnlovesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
was really into the book to begin with, but just lost interest.
KJBdesign on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The hiding place starts with a Holland family and how they tried to help Jews in their country during World War Two. They were caught and then put into jail but all were released except for the two sisters and that is where the true story starts. It tells of their time in concentration camps and how one survives. This book was written by the surviving sister Corrie Ten Boom. She tells of the hard times in a way that compels you to feel her pain. But not only did she explain the difficulties that tear your heart apart, she shows how forgiving and strong she is after everything has ended, all because of her never failing faith of God. Becoming an inspiring and humbling book it is one of the best books about the terrors of World War Two, I have ever read.
Schmerguls on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book lists Corrie Ten Boom as its author, but was published in 1971 and tells of Corrie's life before 1940 and then of the years she helped the Resistance in the Netherlands, till Aug 14, 1943, when she was arrested and spent time in prison and concentration camps till Jan 1, 1945. She was helped by the strong faith of her sister and herself, and thie book was published by a religious publsher in Grand Rapids, MIch. It has a lot of good pages, and I found it good reading, including the account of the years before the war.
misshoneybee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a profound book, and one that will not leave you unmoved. I even wrote a poem about it before I finished reading it:Victory Songby Melissa M.May 16, 2010Golden glimpses of the sun,Bits of clouds between the bars.Coughing blood, matted hair,Questions, memories, leaving scars.Making friends with tiny ants,Spilling crumbs to bring them out.Crossing days off on the wall,Wondering what this is all about.Planned by God, even this?Yes, and rejoicing still,Corrie ten Boom lying there,Knowing that this is God's will.Father died--no, was releasedTo Canaan's fairer land above.Jews in hiding did escape,This the outcome of God's love.Will we sing in trials now,Fight the sin and lonely days?Will we bravely others reach,And remember God's holy ways?Lord, we ask for strength and grace,Love for others true and strong,Love for You above all else,And to sing Your victory song!
revslick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
thanks to Fowles referencing this in his sermon, I had to reread this classic tale of a time in our history that should never be forgotten.The ending is in my top ten best book endings of all time.
dccab73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom has to be one of the most moving, faith strengthening, profound books I have ever read!!! Corrie and the Ten Boom family decide to take a stand and hide and help their Jewish friends and neighbors in Nazi occupied Holland. The Ten Boom's build a hiding place within their home and assist in helping hundreds of others in finding safe shelter from the Nazi's, all the while putting them in constant peril. The true story that ensues describes horrors beyond belief. Even when faced with extreme adversity, the Ten Boom's push on insisting on relying upon their incredible faith in their savior, Jesus Christ. The Ten Boom's lived a life of faith that we all wish we had the guts to live! This book was incredible and life changing! Christian or not, this is a book that teaches us beyond just our faith that whatever we face, we must love one another regardless of the person or situation you are faced with, including the people who in the Ten Boom's case, where actually persecuting them!
MorganGMac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read! Corrie Ten Boom's story of the Holocaust is simultaneously frightening and somehow uplifting at the same time. Her humble, courageous faith is certainly something to be imitated.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Corrie ten Boom, a self-described "spinster" watchmaker who lived with her father and sister and was pushing fifty when she became part of the Dutch Resistance helping to hide Jews from the Nazis. Eventually betrayed, she wound up in a Gestapo prison for a few months, then doing forced labor in the Vught Concentration Camp, which harsh as it was, was paradisaical compared to where she next wound up until released, the notorious Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. This is her first person account, written decades after the fact with the help of John and Elizabeth Sherrill. It got off to what I found a slow start in the first four chapters which tells of the life of her and her family before World War II. I thought it picked up in pace a great deal in the later chapters once it began to tell of her involvement aiding Jews in the Underground, and from that moment I was completely engrossed--and indeed the story, particularly before they were betrayed to the Nazis, sometimes surprised me with its warmth and humor. Her father, for instance, never really understood why all the Resistance people were calling themselves "Smit" and kept asking whether they were related to this or that Smit family he knew.I picked up the book because it was recommended on the Ultimate Reading List in the "Inspirational Non-fiction" section. For "inspirational" read "religious" and almost always "Christian" and I indeed found it in the "Christian Inspiration" section. Some reviews complained about the religiosity, but it really didn't bother me--and I'm an atheist with little patience when I feel I'm being preached at. Perhaps it's just that I took this in stride as part and parcel of Miss Ten Boom. That faith was just as much as the foundation of her thinking and deeds as Hinduism was for Ghandi or Buddhism for the Dalai Llama. There's nothing smug or self-righteous in her tone. Nor did she come across as "goodie two shoes" to me--she sometimes understandably struggled with anger and fear. She's human--although in my book still a hero. I even saw one review that called her a "bigot." That couldn't be further from the truth. The Ten Booms saved many Jews, hiding them in their own home at great risk to themselves, tried to serve them kosher food when they could, celebrated the Sabbath with them and Jewish holidays. I saw no sign of bigotry towards those of other beliefs. Having a strong faith that a person takes seriously in deciding how to act does not make one a bigot. Anyone who mistakes that for bigotry has their own issues with anti-Christian bigotry in my opinion.On the other hand, I do agree with one reviewer that I suspect that her Christian faith did "sugar coat" things more than a little and probably colored her recollection. I don't think Ten Boom ever consciously shaded the truth, but especially given this was recounted almost thirty years later when Ten Boom was in her seventies, I do wonder if time put a gloss on memories such as the vitamin drop "miracle." Anne Frank's account of hiding in an Amsterdam annex from the Nazis came directly from her diaries written very close to events. Viktor E. Frankl's story of his experiences in four Concentration Camps including Auschwitz, Man's Search for Meaning, was written by him in nine days within months of his liberation. Elie Wiesel's story of his time in Auschwitz, Night was written in his twenties within a decade after his experiences there. The Hiding Place doesn't have the freshness and intensity of those accounts. Also, though it tells an extraordinary story, it's not always extraordinarily well-written when I compare it to the other books mentioned above. I read Frankl's account just before this book, and read Wiesel's book for the second time less than two months ago. Those are powerful accounts that deserve the name literature. This doesn't, which is why I haven't rated it nearly as highly as those other two books. But it's still a often gripping, at ti
Celtchick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Hiding Place tells the story of the TenBoom family who were Dutch Christians in Holland during the Second world War and how they committed their lives to protecting God's people- the Jews- from the Nazis. "Me and my family would concider it an honour to die for the Jews" Said Papa TenBoom, and die he would.
briannad84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a wonderful book. I haven't read a book about the Holocaust in awhile and it's amazing to see it from the perspective of a Christian, since most I've read are by or about the Jewish victims who survived it.
lauralkeet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Corrie ten Boom and her family operated an underground movement in Holland during World War II, providing safe passage to Jews during the German occupation. Corrie's father owned a watch repair business; Corrie and her older sister Betsie remained unmarried and assisted their father in the shop. They were well-known for their kindness and hospitality, so it was natural for neighbors to turn to them for help. As they developed connections with others involved in the movement, their operation increased in scope and required both more sophisticated methods and more caution. A secret room was built in the house to hide the occupants in case of a raid. A buzzer system was installed to alert occupants to a raid or other emergency, and drills were held to ensure people could hide without leaving evidence. Signals were arranged to communicate when it was safe to enter the house. The ten Boom family performed an important ministry during the war, but eventually the authorities became aware of their work and the family was arrested and taken to a political prisoner camp. Corrie and Betsie ten Boom spent nearly a year in a series of prison camps, under appalling conditions. Their deep Christian faith was key to survival. After the war, Corrie set up rehabilitation centers in the Netherlands, lectured about her experience, and taught others based on the Christian Gospels and themes of forgiveness. Corrie ten Boom's faith and ability to forgive are an inspiration; it takes an extraordinary person to survive such a harrowing experience and be able to forgive your persecutors.The Hiding Place was an interesting memoir from a dark time in the history of humankind.
lucymaesmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I knew forever that this book is a Christian classic that I should have already read, but dreaded it thinking that the book would be dry and boring and preachy. Far from it. I was moved by the story, Corrie's faith and her struggles.