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The Hiding Place | [Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill]

The Hiding Place

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "Fantastic. The illustration of many miracles."

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Dahlonega, GA, United States 11-22-11
    Brenda Dahlonega, GA, United States 11-22-11
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    "I've read this before but worth reading again."

    These true stories need to be told.God will see his people thought if we keep our faith.

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    Sivan Houston, TX, United States 09-05-14
    Sivan Houston, TX, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Christian Inspiration, If You Need It..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I skipped the first 2 or 3 chapters. The stories of her childhood did not interest me one bit. I found her family were an inspiration. I would have said this book was great if the author has not attributed everything good in her life to god. When it comes to holocaust books I'm most interested in hearing their rationalizations of their experiences. I've read "Night" and "Auschwitz", both of which I recommend over this book. The author continues to punch home how god provides yet she falls from bad situation to another. There is a disconnect between her message and what actually happens in her experiences.

    I recommend this book to Christians who want to be inspired by the christian experiences of others. I can see how faith inspired the author to sustain her moral.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Price Blanchard 08-23-14
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    "LOVE this book, what an amazing true story"
    If you could sum up The Hiding Place in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Great Cacapon, WV, United States 07-09-14
    Helen Great Cacapon, WV, United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Powerful and radiant with faith"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Libby 06-27-14
    Libby 06-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspirational and a Great Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hiding Place?

    The night of their betrayal and capture and the many miraculous incidents that took place during their time in prison and the concentration camps.


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a nice job telling the story and almost sounds like she could be Corrie, the main character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Betsy's death in the camp was very touching.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and the story is one that pulls you in from the start and keeps you going until the triumphant ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bosco 04-23-14
    Bosco 04-23-14 Member Since 2009

    Make no mistake: We're all mammals here.

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    "Try to Turn This One Off"
    Any additional comments?

    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 :-/

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 04-10-14
    Cheryl 04-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "How simple and wonderful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hiding Place?

    Thank God in all things - even fleas. Something so unlikable, so un-understandable - God will use for my good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M.J. Lutz, FL, United States 02-21-12
    M.J. Lutz, FL, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "a magnificent, moving, inspirational experience"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hiding Place to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Hiding Place to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    Corrie Ten Boom. As the narrator of the story, it is this heroine who springs most vividly to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 02-09-13
    Deborah 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A book that holds one's attention!"
    If you could sum up The Hiding Place in three words, what would they be?

    Heartwarming, educational and thrilling!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hiding Place?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    A nice book to listen to on a rainy day when feeling sorry for ones self.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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