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)
For me this was a difficult book to listen to. It is hard to say that a book about the cold and callous abuse suffered in prison and a concentration camp was wonderful. But, this book was just that, wonderful. I found myself horrified by much of this story of faith, family and survival. Carrie and her family set the standard of living their faith in love very high. The book is especially good because Carrie tells the reader so much about herself and the life she and her family lived before the war involved Holland. It made me feel I knew them and how they would cope and rise to any challenge presented. The best thing about the book was that it was an overview of a whole life. It wasn't just one awful phase plucked out of a life and told out of context. At the end I felt I understood the ten Boom family and their faith and rock like belief in prayer and God's love and abiding protection. Somehow this book was able to flesh out the true horror of WWII. It left me wondering about the stark contrast between the hate filled invaders and collaborators capable of such atrocities and the simple kindness and love exhibited by people like the ten Boom's. Carrie seems to have written the book as a challenge to others to choose to live a life of forgiveness, love and peace. Very inspiring.
Corrie's story is truly amazing. I had read "The Hiding Place" three times previously but due to visual problems am now a listener. I listen to books while walking and my walk were longer than usual while listening to "The Hiding Place." The shining faith and dedication of the Ten Booms in the face of Nazi horrors will inspire all. I enjoyed this narrator better than most I've listened to so far.
What an awesome book. This book really made me look at my life and wonder if I could be as strong a person as Corrie was … and this is not a fiction account of a life. It is a real life. Corrie and her entire family faced the absolutely worst that a family could face and they came out winners for His kingdom. This book portrays Corrie and her family as real people, faults and all, and tells how they overcame. It clearly demonstrates and tells of God’s holding us in the very palm of His hand and how He gives us His strength when it’s needed. The author of this book made this Dutch family step out of its pages and step right into our hearts.
Even if you have read this book in the past, it is always worth reading again. That’s one of the biggest compliments I can give a book because I rarely read a book more than once and this one has met that mark. Thanks to the authors for this magnificent read.
I read this book in high school....many, many years behind me now, and to listen to this book just made me rekindle that forgiveness, love and understanding of God is all in His time. When our flesh can't do it God gives us the strength to put our hand out. Corrie and her sister Betsy were extraordinary women, I loved her story, How they conquered their time in a horrible place, always going forth with HOPE and FAITH. I will re-listen to this book over and over again.
The way I could "feel" every situation the narrator painted the picture excellent.
Hard to choose
The story is so improbable it could only be true: an elderly spinster watchmaker becomes a leader in the Dutch underground of World War 2.
The richness of the characters and their deep faith in God drew me in.
The narrator's lovely accent helped transport me to Dutch Harlem. The names of people and places roll off her tongue so easily; if I was reading the book myself I'd have to stop and think about each one.
I've had to ration myself to listen to this book on my commute, but it's definitely changed my perspective about the drive. I eagerly anticipate when I can get into to the car and immerse myself in The Hiding Place. I'm more excited to get back to the book than I am to get home.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Although this book has been around for many, many years, I had never actually read it. I had heard quotes from it, little snippets of it, but the book in it's entirely is so much more. And very different than I expected. I cannot begin to tell how "The Hiding Place" blessed me as I listened. Although it is a wonderful story of a Christian family helping and hiding Jews during WWII, the foundation of the book begins many years prior to the war in the home and town of a humble watchmaker. A watchmaker who "forgets" to bill his customers, who takes pleasure in his daily work, who loves his family, and who passes down to them the treasures of God's knowledge that will sustain them in the years to come. It is with a quiet courage that this family eventually answers the call to help their Jewish friends and neighbors. The work that Corrie ten Boom continued following the war is also miraculous and something that isn't as commonly spoken of. Instead of being BITTER, she chose to become even BETTER, following her imprisonment. She chose Jesus. She chose to serve. I cannot recommend this book enough. It will bless you beyond measure.
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.
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.
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,
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