Monday, January 7, 2013
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
How is it that I have made it this far in life not having read this book?
I was always hearing about it but for some reason it just didn't sound interesting.
Shame on me.
As someone who has read so much about the personal lives of various people from all different countries during World War II, this is just one that should not be missed.
Corrie ten Boom is the middle-aged daughter of a watchmaker in Holland. Her father is an important part of this story, since he is the man who taught her that every soul is important in the eyes of God and that when we let ourselves rest in God's hands, anything is possible.
So, when her beloved country is defeated and occupied, and hungry and afraid Jews from home and abroad show up at her house needing help, she begins helping. Starting small, Corrie is eventually a major player in the underground efforts in Holland to protect the innocent.
As so many stories go, there is unthinkable horror and tragedy for Corrie and yet, as NOT so many stories go, her story is really about faith and hope and forgiveness. It is a treatise to her knowledge that God is good. That Christ can heal and save. That in the darkest and most frightening circumstances, we can find peace.
And THAT is an amazing thing. She brought me to tears, multiple times, with the miracles she experienced in her life. I was inspired, truly, and totally entertained by her swiftly moving narrative.
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