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.
No: They are equal.
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.
Yes; I cried each time I saw love triumph over hatred.
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.
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.
A Bookworm. Interested in all sorts of good books.
I really enjoyed the audio version. It gave the story a life of its own.
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.
She did a good job with this book. I have not listened to other books read by Wanda McCaddon.
It was so tempting to do that.
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
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.
Inspirational to hear how she made the best of a bad situation.
I didn't care for the narrator.
A Test of Faith
Not sure about the narrator. I think someone else could have been chosen.
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.
The narration is wonderful and contributes well to the story.
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.
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