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“One of my all-time favorite books. This story showed me what a person who exhibits the qualities of Christ should look like. And, Corrie ten Boom was just that person. Of the two greatest commandments, Jesus said, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Very moving! Could not put it down. ”Marie wrote this review Saturday, November 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is my favorite book!”Denise M. Hillman wrote this review Friday, October 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read with Marsha and Bible study second or third time”Dianne Stephenson wrote this review Saturday, October 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is by far one of my favorite. The writing and descriptions are colorful, well crafted and places the depiction of that description right before your eyes. Based on a true story this is a book written about a young girl and her family experiencing horrors that most would never think possible. A fascinating read!”Ida Lambert wrote this review Friday, October 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the story of Corrie ten Boom, a self-described "spinster" watchmaker who lived with her father and sister and was pushing fifty when she became part of the Dutch Resistance helping to hide Jews from the Nazis. Eventually betrayed, she wound up in a Gestapo prison for a few months, then doing forced labor in the Vught Concentration Camp, which harsh as it was, was paradisaical compared to where she next wound up until released, the notorious Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. This is her first person account, written decades after the fact with the help of John and Elizabeth Sherrill. It got off to what I found a slow start in the first four chapters which tells of the life of her and her family before World War II. I thought it picked up in pace a great deal in the later chapters once it began to tell of her involvement aiding Jews in the Underground, and from that moment I was completely engrossed--and indeed the story, particularly before they were betrayed to the Nazis, sometimes surprised me with its warmth and humor. Her father, for instance, never really understood why all the Resistance people were calling themselves "Smit" and kept asking whether they were related to this or that Smit family he knew.
I picked up the book because it was recommended on the Ultimate Reading List in the "Inspirational Non-fiction" section. For "inspirational" read "religious" and almost always "Christian" and I indeed found it in the "Christian Inspiration" section. Some reviews complained about the religiosity, but it really didn't bother me--and I'm an atheist with little patience when I feel I'm being preached at. Perhaps it's just that I took this in stride as part and parcel of Miss Ten Boom. That faith was just as much as the foundation of her thinking and deeds as Hinduism was for Ghandi or Buddhism for the Dalai Llama. There's nothing smug or self-righteous in her tone. Nor did she come across as "goodie two shoes" to me--she sometimes understandably struggled with anger and fear. She's human--although in my book still a hero. I even saw one review that called her a "bigot." That couldn't be further from the truth. The Ten Booms saved many Jews, hiding them in their own home at great risk to themselves, tried to serve them kosher food when they could, celebrated the Sabbath with them and Jewish holidays. I saw no sign of bigotry towards those of other beliefs. Having a strong faith that a person takes seriously in deciding how to act does not make one a bigot. Anyone who mistakes that for bigotry has their own issues with anti-Christian bigotry in my opinion.
On the other hand, I do agree with one reviewer that I suspect that her Christian faith did "sugar coat" things more than a little and probably colored her recollection. I don't think Ten Boom ever consciously shaded the truth, but especially given this was recounted almost thirty years later when Ten Boom was in her seventies, I do wonder if time put a gloss on memories such as the vitamin drop "miracle." Anne Frank's account of hiding in an Amsterdam annex from the Nazis came directly from her diaries written very close to events. Viktor E. Frankl's story of his experiences in four Concentration Camps including Auschwitz, Man's Search for Meaning, was written by him in nine days within months of his liberation. Elie Wiesel's story of his time in Auschwitz, Night was written in his twenties within a decade after his experiences there. The Hiding Place doesn't have the freshness and intensity of those accounts. Also, though it tells an extraordinary story, it's not always extraordinarily well-written when I compare it to the other books mentioned above. I read Frankl's account just before this book, and read Wiesel's book for the second time less than two months ago. Those are powerful accounts that deserve the name literature. This doesn't, which is why I haven't rated it nearly as highly as those other two books. But it's still a often gripping, at times moving book.”
“Her faith in the midst of the horrors of the Holocaust is truly inspiring!”Mr. Reed wrote this review Wednesday, August 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Corrie Ten Boom tells a powerful story of her family during the atrocity of injustice towards the Jewish population in the 30's and 40's. Corrie eventually creates her own network of hiding places for Jewish neighbors, and helps develop a network of people with practicle skills: i.e. home build-outs and daily food rations. Corrie tells her story of how she came to forgive one German soldier for the atrocities. And how she learned from her sister about how to keep her eyes on Jesus, rather than the present circumstances in a concentration camp for sympathizers. ”David Haneke wrote this review Tuesday, August 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Corrie is a great storyteller and has a great story, and she continued to remind me of a woman who has meant very much to me my whole life.
Overall a very good read. I strongly recommend it.”
“Her story is so inspiring as is her faith.”Amy Machita wrote this review Tuesday, July 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read this again for the first time in over 20 years. It is a delicately told and heart rending story of a warm Christian family who are drawn in to the horror of the Nazi invasion of Holland. There are convicting messages about faith, forgiveness and treating God as God. It is a heart warming story - and also comes in junior versions to give to younger children. ”Sarah B-D wrote this review Monday, July 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No