10 November 2004

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Non-fiction. Paperback from Bantam Books. Published 1971. Reissued 1984. Purchased in Grand Rapids, MI, USA

I remember reading this many years ago and so bought it for the kids to read. It was brought over in a pile of WW2 books. I saw it on the shelf the other day and thought I would reread it. It didn't take long to read, but what an amazing book. In it you get people at their worst and people at their very best.

As an aside: In my rereading, I noticed for the first time that a Siemens plant near Ravensbruck used people from the concentration camps as forced labourers. A quick web search for companies associated with the Nazi regime turned up the names of several that I recognize. So, I'm sitting here wondering what one does with that type of information.

Publisher's summary:
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.

Both women had been sent to the camp for helping the Jews. Christ's spirit and words were their guide; it was His persecuted people they tried to save – at the risk of their own lives; it was His strength that sustained them through times of profound horror.

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!

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