At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another.
But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed. Corrie ten Boom and her family became leaders in the Dutch underground, hiding Jewish people in their home in a specially built room and aiding their escape from the Nazis. For their pains, all but Corrie found death in a concentration camp.
Here is a story aglow with the glory of God and the courage of a quiet Christian whose life was transformed by it.
©1971 Corrie ten Boom and John and Elizabeth Sherrill (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Wanda McCaddon does great credit to the writers of this true story. Her emotional control makes the tension and horror of the family’s plight more real and hideous. The listener is left with a story of extraordinary humanity, goodness and overwhelming love." (AudioFile)
The story is so improbable it could only be true: an elderly spinster watchmaker becomes a leader in the Dutch underground of World War 2.
The richness of the characters and their deep faith in God drew me in.
The narrator's lovely accent helped transport me to Dutch Harlem. The names of people and places roll off her tongue so easily; if I was reading the book myself I'd have to stop and think about each one.
I've had to ration myself to listen to this book on my commute, but it's definitely changed my perspective about the drive. I eagerly anticipate when I can get into to the car and immerse myself in The Hiding Place. I'm more excited to get back to the book than I am to get home.
Corrie's story is truly amazing. I had read "The Hiding Place" three times previously but due to visual problems am now a listener. I listen to books while walking and my walk were longer than usual while listening to "The Hiding Place." The shining faith and dedication of the Ten Booms in the face of Nazi horrors will inspire all. I enjoyed this narrator better than most I've listened to so far.
Heartwarming, educational and thrilling!
One of the most memorable moments for me is the way that Corrie was let out of the concentration camp BY "ACCIDENT!" the time when the home of the Ten Booms was invaded and the family was taken away, while the Jewish "guests" were not found, was also exciting.
No, I have not listened to other books read by Wanda McCaddon, but she does a great job. I could feel Corrie's feelings in the way she read the story.
I cried many times during the book- when Corrie's mother passes away, Times when Casper would teach a life concept to Corrie, and when Betsy dies. There were also many fun and happy times that made me laugh.
A nice book to listen to on a rainy day when feeling sorry for ones self.
This story will stay with me for the rest of my life. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to feel challenged to live with more gratitude, faith, and joy. The narration was excellent and the story was life-changing.
Inspiring, comforting, frightening
Nollie ten Boom, Corrie's sister.
Her lovely voice. I'm dsylexic.
It made me want the walk of faith in Jesus that Corrie and her family had.
It's easier to tell the truth when it will cost you just your life. But when it could cost others theirs? Yet Jesus is supposed to be Truth. Fascinating book. I was struck with Corrie's sister Nollie. She didn't lie.
For me this was a difficult book to listen to. It is hard to say that a book about the cold and callous abuse suffered in prison and a concentration camp was wonderful. But, this book was just that, wonderful. I found myself horrified by much of this story of faith, family and survival. Carrie and her family set the standard of living their faith in love very high. The book is especially good because Carrie tells the reader so much about herself and the life she and her family lived before the war involved Holland. It made me feel I knew them and how they would cope and rise to any challenge presented. The best thing about the book was that it was an overview of a whole life. It wasn't just one awful phase plucked out of a life and told out of context. At the end I felt I understood the ten Boom family and their faith and rock like belief in prayer and God's love and abiding protection. Somehow this book was able to flesh out the true horror of WWII. It left me wondering about the stark contrast between the hate filled invaders and collaborators capable of such atrocities and the simple kindness and love exhibited by people like the ten Boom's. Carrie seems to have written the book as a challenge to others to choose to live a life of forgiveness, love and peace. Very inspiring.
What an awesome book. This book really made me look at my life and wonder if I could be as strong a person as Corrie was … and this is not a fiction account of a life. It is a real life. Corrie and her entire family faced the absolutely worst that a family could face and they came out winners for His kingdom. This book portrays Corrie and her family as real people, faults and all, and tells how they overcame. It clearly demonstrates and tells of God’s holding us in the very palm of His hand and how He gives us His strength when it’s needed. The author of this book made this Dutch family step out of its pages and step right into our hearts.
Even if you have read this book in the past, it is always worth reading again. That’s one of the biggest compliments I can give a book because I rarely read a book more than once and this one has met that mark. Thanks to the authors for this magnificent read.
My wife recommended this book to me years ago and I somehow didn't read it then. Too bad I waited so long for this treat. What a fantastic story. The faith of the people in this book is amazing and beautiful. I came away from this with so many reminders of how blessed the children of God are. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The narrator did an excellent job. Definitely one to have in every home.
I read this book in high school....many, many years behind me now, and to listen to this book just made me rekindle that forgiveness, love and understanding of God is all in His time. When our flesh can't do it God gives us the strength to put our hand out. Corrie and her sister Betsy were extraordinary women, I loved her story, How they conquered their time in a horrible place, always going forth with HOPE and FAITH. I will re-listen to this book over and over again.
The way I could "feel" every situation the narrator painted the picture excellent.
Hard to choose
Yes. Hearing the story makes it come vividly to life. I read the book decades ago as a teenager. The listening experience was infinitely better. One feels as if you are reliving the actual events with the heroine.
The Diary of Anne Frank. Anne was hiding in an Amsterdam attic when the Ten Boom story was evolving in Haarlem. Like Anne, Corrie was discovered by the Gestapo and ultimately sent to a concentration camp. But Anne Frank who was Jewish (a virtual death sentence) was first sent to the Westerbork concentration camp in Holland, then to the extermination center at Auschwitz in Poland and later perished at Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Corrie Ten Boom was first sent to a Gestapo prison then to the concentration camp at Vaught in Holland, then to the concentration camp Ravensbruck in Germany where anyone who wasn't Jewish had a minimal chance of survival. Luckily, Miss Ten Boom was saved by a clerical error toward the end of the war when she was released from Ravensbruck in January 1945. She was to learn years later that all of the middle-aged women in her prison block were sent to the gas chamber only a few days after she was sent back to Holland.
Corrie Ten Boom. As the narrator of the story, it is this heroine who springs most vividly to life.
They did make a film of this book in 1974 and I believe the tagline was a truly inspiring one. I can't remember what it was but I don't believe I could improve upon it.
Today a lot of Christians and people of all religions have lost their faith in God. Money has become the center of their lives. Since most people do not have as much as they would prefer, this has caused many to become bitter and resentful of those who are wealthy, particularly Jewish people. This rage produced so much hatred in Germany in the decade following the First World War and especially during the Depression that it enabled Hitler and the Nazi Party to rise to power in Germany. Once Hitler became Chanchellor it wasn't long before he disolved Parliament thereby outlawing any democratic opposition to his military dictatorship. Hitler therefore had the absolute power to rearm Germany and prepare for war and the military conquest of most of Europe. When his troops occupied most of the European countries, the Gestapo and their dreaded SS put into motion the Final Solution which eventually led to the murder of more than half of the Jews in Europe. We are again living through dangerous times because the ability to maintain the quality of life is just as uncertain as it was during the Great Depression. This has brought about the rise of Fascism in Europe, as it did eight decades ago, only this time the Jews are targets of both the hard right wing as well as the millions of Muslim immigrants who have moved from the former colonies for a better life on the Continent. If there is any irony in all this it is because the right wing neo-fascists care no more for the Muslims than they do for the Jewish people. Europe may once again be on the verge of a World War. It happened twice before and it may happen again. A French political pundit told the New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman several years ago that the Churches in Paris were empty and the Mosques were full. This is as good an indication as any that most White Christians in Europe are just as discouraged as their American counterparts and that the current demographic situation will not improve collective attiudes regarding racial tolerance anytime soon. A story like The Hiding Place has just as much relevance if not more so today than at the time of its original publication in the 1970s. Corrie Ten Boom never gave up her faith in God and this faith enabled her tolerance of her fellow man, including her greatest enemies the German occupying forces. It is a lesson still taught by Anne Frank in the most famous passage of her diary that in spite of everything she really believed that people were good at heart.
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