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)
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.
These true stories need to be told.God will see his people thought if we keep our faith.
I just loved everything about this book!!! I will read it again, and I don't do that. She did such a great job of telling her family's story, and describing everything in detail. The faith in Christ she had is such a Honorable place! She made me want to be a better person.
She was the perfect person to do the Audio Book, I felt think I was hearing Corrie tell her story in her own words, what more could you ask!
The story had details of agony and misery that might not be something everyone would choose to experience. The book was recommended to me by a Dutch friend who lived through the German occupation. She wanted me to understand the circumstances surrounding her early years. For her sake, I was glad to read it. But...oh....the layers and layers of faith and prayer that served the main characters so well. Would the writer have survived had her Christian convictions not been so firm? I was both drawn and repelled by some of the simplistic views of Corrie and her sister Betsy. I am still mulling over how I would have responded to their ministry in the concentration camp. The reader has an air of missionary goodness in her tone. I'm sure it matches the intent of the writer.
Anyone who enjoys history and the stories of the people who lived it will be caught up in the true story of this family whose sacrifice saved so many during World War II.
The night of their betrayal and capture and the many miraculous incidents that took place during their time in prison and the concentration camps.
She does a nice job telling the story and almost sounds like she could be Corrie, the main character.
Betsy's death in the camp was very touching.
I loved this book and the story is one that pulls you in from the start and keeps you going until the triumphant ending.
Make no mistake: We're all mammals here.
Once you start listening to this classic, it's hard to turn it off. I found myself looking for excuses to put my earphones in - my dog got longer walks, the kitchen got cleaned more often, the TV got watched a lot less. Having finished it I want to listen to it again.
Every word of this book carries a certain weight, and it's impossible to remain unmoved by ten Boom's faith and the power of God to bring light to dark places.
The narration was also very good, though it was difficult to hear the repeated mispronunciation of of Scheveningen :-/
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.
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.
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.
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