Over a year ago I posted a review of some of my favorite World War II Page Turners, and it was shortly after that, a follower suggested a book called, "The Hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth and John Sherrill. Since I always come back to World War II novels, I added the book to my must-read list, where it sat for far too long. I finally decided to read the true story of a Dutch spinster turned Jewish sympathizer and later concentration camp survivor when I downloaded "The Hiding Place" on my Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.
Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsie Ten Boom were among the hundreds of thousands of prisoners detained in the Ravensbrück women's concentration camp during World War II. The difference between the Ten Booms and most of the other inmates was apparent as the story unfolded. The Ten Booms were devout Christian women. Their faith poured over into their every action, not withstanding the time they prayed for the Lord to use them to protect his sheep. Shortly, after that Corrie found herself at the center of the Dutch underground, working diligently to aid in the protection of Jews and young Dutch men. Little did the Ten Booms know they too would soon be hiding fugitive Jews in their home.
Throughout the story, there are several instances of miracles described which can only be attributed to God's glory and faithfulness. It was in one the darkest places, and during such a tumultuous and terrible time, that the Ten Boom women were living witnesses to God's promise of faithfulness and love. They were able to hide a bible in the concentration camp and read to the other women, who desperately yearned for the promise of better days and an ever-faithful and loving God.
As a modern Christian, this book is full of practical takeaways. I was most moved by the Ten Booms ability to see every situation as an opportunity to minister the Word of God and how their faith in Him kept their spirits lively in the darkest of circumstances. However, the most profound lesson was told through Betsie's story; it was her incredible love for the enemy and her constant prayers for their change of heart that I found most moving. In the mists of the most inhumane treatment, Betsie prayed for her captors.
This true story ends with a lasting legacy when Corrie Ten Boom is released from the concentration camp and later starts and runs rehabilitation centers for those affected by the war. This outreach was a dream she and Betsie shared during their quiet moments together in the concentration camp, and their mission helped hundreds of battered souls regain their place in society.
If you are a lover of WWII novels, nonfiction, historical fiction, or Christian novels, this book is a must read. I give this one a hearty 4.5/5 stars.
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