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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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    Deborah 02-09-13
    Deborah 02-09-13 Member Since 2008
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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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    Kenneth M. McIntyre 11-02-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Love Overcomes Horror of Holocaust"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hiding Place to be better than the print version?

    No: They are equal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This isn't a novel so I don't have a favorite character. I DO have favorite passages. I DO have favorite lessons. And I recognize that the Incomprehensible God of Creation fueled the engine of love of the ten Boom family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See above.


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

    Yes; I cried each time I saw love triumph over hatred.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite biographies that I re-read each year. It inspires me on a tangible level to look beyond my own petty circumstances and care for others, even those who hate me, in a loving way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Herman 10-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Story of Faith in the Midst of Evil"
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    I read this book about 40 years ago as a teenager. Listening to it on audio book was a delight. Corrie's story is amazing and one that should never be forgotten. This book is not just an account of life under Nazi occupation, but a triumph of faith. Bad things happen to good people, but God is with His faithful even in the most dire of circumstances. Why does He let His people be harmed? We are part of this world and whatever happens to it happens to us all. It is through trials that faith shines brighter. If you suffer, remember that God did not promise "prosperity" in this life (that is a false doctrine) or an easy road. "As the Master, so shall the servant be"; He suffered and had nothing in His earthly life. But, He holds us in the hollow of His hand and is with us in the dark places. And when our earthly life ends, then we find ourselves forever in His presence. It was a blessed reminder that instead of hating our enemies, we must look to God to give us love and forgiveness for even the most unlovable. I also loved that Corrie often struggled in this endeavor just as I do, but she emerged victorious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 09-22-14
    Barbara 09-22-14

    A Bookworm. Interested in all sorts of good books.

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    "An Amazing Story of Faith and Endurance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hiding Place to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoyed the audio version. It gave the story a life of its own.


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

    God's Smuggler. Brother Andrew was a contemporary of Corrie Ten Boom. They both helped others and shared their faith when it was politically dangerous to do it.


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

    She did a good job with this book. I have not listened to other books read by Wanda McCaddon.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was so tempting to do that.


    Any additional comments?

    As a child, I remember Corrie Ten Boom being interviewed on TV. She continued to help others even after this story took place. She was an amazing woman

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Gerace 12-22-13
    C. Gerace 12-22-13

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    "New Perspective"
    Would you listen to The Hiding Place again? Why?

    Yes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    I believed I was listening to the actual Corie Ten Boom...she sounded as if she'd been there, done that.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Basically, I did listen to this book in one sitting. I couldn't stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    When day to day troubles get to you, listen to this story and get some major perspective lovingly slapped into you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Little 12-04-13
    E. Little 12-04-13

    truth seeker

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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up The Hiding Place in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible truth written


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wisdom and truth about God's interaction and relationship to us in this life.


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

    Corrie


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hope O. Kiah Santa Fe, NM USA 12-01-13
    Hope O. Kiah Santa Fe, NM USA 12-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Hope Kiah

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    "The Ultimate Inspiration"
    Where does The Hiding Place rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks extremely high on my list.


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

    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!


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

    Betsie was perfect. Corrie was my favorite because she was more real to me.


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

    Gifts in the darkness.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect holiday reading. If you need uplifting, or lessons in appreciating your given situation, believe it or not, this holocaust memoir is IT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Oxnard, CA, United States 11-30-13
    Tracy Oxnard, CA, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Lucky she made it out alive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Inspirational to hear how she made the best of a bad situation.


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

    none


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

    I didn't care for the narrator.


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

    A Test of Faith


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure about the narrator. I think someone else could have been chosen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lakin R Oklahoma, US 11-16-13
    Lakin R Oklahoma, US 11-16-13
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    "Absolutely Inspiring"
    What did you love best about The Hiding Place?

    There are so many books about the Holocaust, but this one holds its own and stands out among the rest. Corrie's storytelling-like writing style and her inspiring recount of her involvement with hiding Jews during WWII makes this one hard to stop listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration is wonderful and contributes well to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Hudson, WI, United States 08-13-12
    Susie Hudson, WI, United States 08-13-12
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    "Fascinating, intriguing and uplifting"
    If you could sum up The Hiding Place in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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