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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books (April 1995)
  • ISBN-10: 1568651295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568651293
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,936,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Corrie Ten Boom stood naked with her older sister Betsie, watching a concentration camp matron beating a prisoner."Oh, the poor woman," Corrie cried."Yes. May God forgive her," Betsie replied. And, once again, Corrie realized that it was for the souls of the brutal Nazi guards that her sister prayed.

Here is a book aglow with the glory of God and the courage of a quiet Christian spinster whose life was transformed by it. A story of Christ's message and the courageous woman who listened and lived to pass it along -- with joy and triumph! --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

In the years since the closing chapter of this book, Corrie Ten Boom has traveled ceaselessly, carrying her message of triumphant living all over the world, especially behind the Iron Curtain. The author of devotional books treasured by millions, she is also a colorful, amusing speaker with a hold on young audiences that is but one of her many intriguing personal mysteries. This is the full story behind the faith that has touched and stirred and changed so many lives everywhere. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gregory TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 16 2015
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The Hiding Place is an enthralling autobiography of the World War II experiences of Corrie Ten Boom. Miss Ten Boom is a captivating writer and her story is truly inspirational. Her family was led by a meek, watch repairman. That patriarch was a devoted believer in the love of God and the scriptures, both old and new testaments. The book brought to my mind a tale of Harriet Tubman meets Anne Frank.

After the German invasion of Holland, the Ten Booms hid Jews in their home and watch repair shop. They also became active members of the Dutch Resistance and made numerous connections between Jewish and Christian homes, an act similar to that of the Underground Railroad of the U.S. Civil War era.

The activities of Corrie, her sister Betsie, and their father were eventually discovered, and they were imprisoned for their subversive actions. During captivity, they suffered great humiliation and pain, but they continued their mission to bring joy to those around them through the loving word of God. Throughout all the suffering, their belief remained strong, and Corrie's faith grew enormously. Although her sister and father died in prison, Corrie returned to their home and continued to help the less fortunate and preach the gospel. After the war, she toured Holland, Germany, all of Europe and finally the world, providing the people this message..."God's love and forgiveness is stronger than man's power ...stronger than the pain, suffering, and hardship of life!"

I'm certain that some readers would find the opening chapters tedious and uninteresting, but I believe that the foundation provided in those chapters is necessary to the full understanding of the ten Boom tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JeromeC on June 11 2013
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The most hideous crime of the 20th Century had to be the Holocaust. It is a chronical of nightmares and perversion making a religion out of sadistic torture and a criminal philosophy.

Yet amidst this is the story of a few good people who said "No I will not let this go unopposed. I will stand by the values I have been taught and I will not compromise those values."

Such a person was Corrie ten Boom. This book is uplifting as well as being sad. It is sad that it was written and published. It is sad because the injustice is so obvious and yet people died because the injustice was so deeply intrenched in a society that allowed themselves to know no better.

Corrie ten Boom did know better and she says so. It gives her the right to talk about her Christianity and how she stood by its values without seeming to be a hollow voice. Her voice has depth and meaning. This is an old book well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.Landry on April 25 2009
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This is a powerful story of Corrie ten Boom's family. Staying focused on God and walk in the faith in God in the middle, and in the face of evil, Corrie and her family showed me that God could use us even in a dreadful situation unimaginable as long as we continue and determined to live by His standard. I was so inspired by this book, now I recommend everybody who is Christian and who are searching for faith to read it(In fact, I think anybody can get inspired by this book!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30 2004
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This book was excellent, I thought, in giving a great insight to those that tried to help out their neighbors in escaping from the Germans. This family continued even thought there was great risk. They paid with their lives and still held strong that they were doing the right thing. It gave a different feel for what happened to all people involved in the Holocaust. It helped me to understand a different side to all the hatred and gore that happened then.
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THE POWER OF DARKNESS-Luke 22:52-53
Christ's words at His arrest in the garden of Gethsemane: "Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves? When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: BUT THIS IS YOUR HOUR, AND THE POWER OF DARKNESS."
Corrie Ten Boom has a tree planted in her name along the avenue of the Righteous of the Nations at Yad Vashem, Israel's Shoah Memorial. The avenue and trees are all dedicated to non-jews who saved jewish lives during the Nazi regime.
Holland was invaded by Hitler's troops on May 10, 1940. The Ten Boom family lived in Haarlem and spent several years hiding jews, working to get them safely out of Hitler's occupied territory. Her sister Betsie urged her sister before dying at Ravensbruke "...must tell people what we have learned here...They will listen to us because we have been here."
Let's hope that those who still refuse to listen, will reconsider the testimonies of these silent trees.
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I just finished reading "The Hiding Place" and was (and still am!) deeply inspired by Corrie's unfaltering faith in God and the Bible which, without question, helped her survive the horrific ordeal. The overall mood of the book is upbeat considering the emotional episodes throughout. I don't believe the lightness of the way in which Corrie tells her story undermines the seriousness of it but rather, the mood reflects Corrie's contagious personality as a good-doer, always finding the good in everything, even her enemies which Betsie taught her to do.
Corrie's book taught me many valuable lessons about the human spirit and how much a person can endure in order to survive but the lesson that I struggle with the most is to love and forgive your enemies. The most powerful passage in the book is when the former S.S. man from Ravensbruck thrusts his hand out towards Corrie and she thinks to herself, "And I, who had preached so often to the people of Bloemendaal the need to forgive, kept my hand at my side." She later asks, "Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me Your forgiveness." Corrie eventually shakes hands with the man but makes sure the reader knows that it is the hardest lesson of all to accept, even for her. This passage doesn't diminish the importance of the message which is to learn from Corrie's mistakes as well as her achievements. I highly recommend this book to anyone, young and old, especially the young.
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