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)
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.
I liked the accents, and they were not difficult to understand. Helped me feel like I was there.
Cory, of course! She's was just an amazing person. So much courage!
I enjoyed this very much. I'd heard many times that this was a good book, but never had time to read it. I'm thankful for Audible that I finally was able to have it read to me! I found it very educational too. The graphic descriptions made me feel like I was there witnessing everything Cory was seeing.
Looking back on her life growing up with her parents and the Tantas. The love and warmth and candor of that time was very heartwarming and relatable....I listened to the early time several times for its nostalgia.
Corrie was my favorite because she was so human and someone I could relate to......not so faith driven that she was saintly.
Her voice just lulls me...the way she spoke the name corrie was magical to my ears...I know these characters because their personalities where painted with soft strokes of vocal sounds and tones, pitches and speech patterns.
When the family had the argument because nollie's daughter couldn't lie to the Gestapo....when Corrie was chiming in with her reasoning, it sounded very life-like....
I believe this was a story of great substance and the value was realized based on the talent of the story teller....she truly made the book come to life,
The Ten Boom family hides Jews and works in an underground to find hiding places for Jews all over Holland. The family is discovered and sent to concentration camps. The Jews are never found in the secret room and eventually escape and survive the war.
The religious aspects and the faith that led the family to do what they did. This is a true
story that shows how very many people resisted against the Germans in small ways and in large ways.
These true stories need to be told.God will see his people thought if we keep our faith.
I would encourage my believing friends to listen to this book and have your faith refreshed. My friends who have yet to know Christ has their Savior - listen and see how much God loves you - personally, practically, and fantastically.
Thank God in all things - even fleas. Something so unlikable, so un-understandable - God will use for my good.
Oh yes - I had an extreme reaction. It reminded me of when my faith was young and new and not all weighed down with "life". Somehow I've complicated my faith but Corey reminded me that it's so simple. Trust God, He loves me. Ask God, He loves me. Know God - He loves me.
This was written by a Christian and had a very religious outlook. This is fine and people who enjoy religious books would probably enjoy that. However, I was looking more for a nonreligious historical account of the time and place she described.
This story is a reminder of just how life can change, and how we can choose to deal with those changes for the good of ourselves and others.
I believed I was listening to the actual Corie Ten Boom...she sounded as if she'd been there, done that.
Basically, I did listen to this book in one sitting. I couldn't stop listening.
When day to day troubles get to you, listen to this story and get some major perspective lovingly slapped into you.
Incredible truth written
The wisdom and truth about God's interaction and relationship to us in this life.
I cried at the beauty of the revelations of God given to us to help us in this life, and I cried at the horror of man's inhumanity to mankind. It takes a person to put hands and feet to the enemy's plans just as the Body of Christ, God's people, are Lord's hands and feet.
A must read for all!
This book ranks extremely high on my list.
The fleas! When Corrie and Betsie entered their last barracks, in the camp where Betsie would pass away, they were assaulted by fleas. Betsie insisted on giving thanks for everything about the camp. Corrie reluctantly agreed to give thanks for the fleas. You must read the book to learn the blessings wrought by the fleas!
Betsie was perfect. Corrie was my favorite because she was more real to me.
Gifts in the darkness.
Perfect holiday reading. If you need uplifting, or lessons in appreciating your given situation, believe it or not, this holocaust memoir is IT.
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