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The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

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At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their uneventful days, as regulate ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published October 1st 1984 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1971)
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Ariel pg. 12 in the preface. Corrie responded to Elizabeth (writer of the preface) when Elizabeth commented about the practicalness of the things she recall…morepg. 12 in the preface. Corrie responded to Elizabeth (writer of the preface) when Elizabeth commented about the practicalness of the things she recalled, how her memories seemed to throw a spotlight on problems and decisions we face here and now. Corrie responded with the quote you mentioned. (less)
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Anna {Follow me for reviews! (✿◡_◡)} Corrie and her sister were thankful that they were able to get any of those things at all. And maybe it seems crazy to be thankful for the fleas, it's…moreCorrie and her sister were thankful that they were able to get any of those things at all. And maybe it seems crazy to be thankful for the fleas, it's because it kept the guards at more of a distance when they were in that big room. (less)

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Greta G
If you consider reading this book, be warned.
When John and Elizabeth Sherrill wrote the memoir of Corrie ten Boom, they clearly had an agenda.

The first half of the book was okay. That's the reason I gave it 2 and not 1 star.

The second half, set during the war years and Corrie's imprisonment in Ravensbruck, was all about worshipping God and Jesus, praying, miracles and prophecies.
Even for all the cruelties that happened, there was a higher divine plan.

At some point, In Ravensbruck, they were
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, biography
When I was adding every book I could remember ever reading to my Goodreads shelves, I automatically slapped three-star ratings on all the nonfiction books (unless I'd disliked them, or they were specially influential for me) without thinking much about it; I'm more apt to reserve four or five star ratings for fiction --and I'm miserly with the five star ones! But this was a case where, when I sat down to do the review, I decided to change the rating. Corrie's personal narrative of her World War ...more
Meg Sherman
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Every human being should be required to read this book. I guarantee it will change forever the way you look at life.

The memoir is a true account of Corrie Ten Boom's experiences in German-occupied Holland during WWII (and afterward in prisons and concentration camps). The most amazing thing to me is that she was not Jewish. She was a Dutch Christian who freely sacrificed her own life, and the lives of those she loved most, to fight against cruelty and hate. I read the book aloud to my husband,
Natalie Vellacott
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Most people have started 2018 with parties and fireworks. I've started it by finishing a five star book!

I've read The Hiding Place a few times before but not in recent years. With so many Christian friends on Goodreads, it is the book that I see most often on people's 'favourite' shelf. During this re-read I was reminded that it deserves to be there.

Most of you will know the story; Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsie are the unmarried daughters of Casper, a Christian watchmaker in Holland duri
Cindy Rollins
If you haven’t read this book recently or ever, pick it up right now and read it. I know of no other book that demonstrates this well the depths of God’s love a grace to sinners nor his provision and kindness to use us for his kingdom.

Also you’re going to need some tissue.
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
By far one of the best and most inspirational books I've ever read. I've underlined so many parts of this book! I first read this with my first book club almost 10 years ago and read it back in October with my current book club -- still find it absolutely amazing and one I want to read and re-read.

One of my favorite themes of the book is stated by the author on page 31: "the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will gi
The Hiding Place is a story about how the depths of faith and spirituality can get a person through even the darkest nightmare. Corrie ten Boom and her family led the Dutch Underground during the Nazi occupation of Holland, aiding and hiding Jewish people in a secret room in their home above their watchmaker shop. Their efforts eventually cost them their freedom and in some cases, their lives. Corrie and members of her family are arrested and sent to a concentration camp. This is not exactly a n ...more
Two stars. That's the best I can do on a book that came highly recommended and that I read with relish as I had just been to Amsterdam and surrounding areas, visited the Museum of the Resistance and the old Jewish Synagogue referred to in the book. So why two stars?

I just didn't believe a lot of what I read. Here's what I do believe. I think Corrie, her sister Betsy, her father and other family members were courageous, passionate, religious, pro-active and bold. They did what many in Holland di
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom

Cornelia Arnolda Johanna "Corrie" ten Boom was a Dutch Christian watchmaker and later a writer who worked with her father, Casper ten Boom, her sister Betsie ten Boom and other family members to help many Jewish people escape from the Nazis during the Holocaust in World War II by hiding them in her home.

The Hiding Place is a 1971 book on the life of Corrie ten Boom, written by herself and John and Elizabeth Sherrill.

The book begins with the ten Boom family celebr
I have read this book before many years ago., but reading about it here on Goodreads reminded me how much I had been absorbed and overwhelmed by the courage and utter dedication of this young woman (the author) and I valued it highly. Although Corrie is a deeply commited Christian you don't have be of any particular religion to read and appreciate this book. She risked everything including her life during World War II to save as many Jews as possible from the Nazi regime in Holland. She and her ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, war, religion
I read this book in honor of my mother. "The Hiding Place" was one of her favorite books; I remember her telling stories about it and reading passages aloud when I was a kid.

"The Hiding Place" is the story of a Dutch family who helped Jews hide from Nazis during World War II. Corrie worked in her father's watchmaking shop and used the store as a front to help with underground activities. A secret room was built in the family's home that allowed Jews to hide when German agents visited the house.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so the many five stars all around on this here book page were warranted. It’s a heartbreaking, painful read. It’s also full of faith, strength, kindness and perseverance. I’m very glad I gave it a listen. The narrator is terrific and emotive and has the ability to draw you into the time and place instead of taking you out of it!

Corrie ten Boom is a 40 something spinster at peace with her quiet life. She is a watchmaker in her father’s shop and lives with her older sister and their kind fa
This is a profound book, and one that will not leave you unmoved. I was even inspired to write a poem before I finished reading it (it does contain a few spoilers for those who don't know Corrie's story):

Victory Song
by Melissa M.
May 16, 2010

Golden glimpses of the sun,
Bits of clouds between the bars.
Coughing blood, matted hair,
Questions, memories, leaving scars.

Making friends with tiny ants,
Spilling crumbs to bring them out.
Crossing days off on the wall,
Wondering what this is all about.

Planned by
Lisa (Harmonybites)
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 fir ...more
Sep 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I qualified the recommendation based on age because there are some difficult situations I think, for younger people. I have read many, many holocaust books, and this is by far my favorite. I wept and wept, not just for the suffering she endured, but mostly for the way in which she and her sister Betsie faced their suffering with such faith. For how they looked for opportunities to be selfless in a concentration camp, and how the women there were changed just by their example. I wept at my utter ...more
Elizabeth Dragina
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book though. 333 😍💖
Christine Indorf
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read the Hiding Place in over 10 years and I have forgotten how wonderful this book is. The story of Corrie Ten Bloom and her family and what they did when Germany took over Holland during WW2. The Ten Bloom risk their lives to save Jews. They helped them and hid them in their beloved home. When they were found out all were arrested and sent to jail and then to extermination camps. Corrie lost a lot of her family during this time but as her sister Bestie and Corrie continued to preach ...more
Olivia Jarmusch
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had such an impact on me. How would I respond if I was faced with such intense trials and persecution? Every Christian should read this book, so powerful and encouraging! <3
Nov 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A testament on how to never let go of God no matter how bad it goes. Corrie ten Boom and sister goes through the Nazi camps and the horrific tortures they endured they leaned on God to see them through. To get them through. Crossing off one day at a time trying to fi d something daily to be thankful for. To live through.
Kellyn Roth
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom was actually a very good book, much to my surprise. I expected it to be very boring, very depressing, and very preachy. At times it did drag a little - especially at the beginning - and it was sad, but it could be called preachy, and the hope won out in the end. It won out through much of the book, actually; I never felt truly depressed. I just knew God was there. Corrie and Betsie both showed their belief in this truth in the way they dealt with difficult sit ...more
Slow in spots but overall, a good, sad book.
Addy S.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There's more work to be done..."

Corrie ten Boom's story is incredible, but her faith makes me even more awestruck. She endured so much, including the loss of her father and sister while imprisoned in a concentration camp. Yet, through it all, she held on to the only sure foundation she had left: Jesus Christ. Betsie, her sister, loved everyone: including the people who would whip her. She bore no hatred for anyone. What a wonderful person! I also bear a great admiration for their father, who wa
Christian Nikitas
I read this in school. It was really a good book.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A breathtakingly moving account of a family's commitment to service of their fellow man during World War II. ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
What makes this particular book different from other (better) stories about the Holocaust is that it's from the perspective of a Christian woman who was interned. While it's extremely important for us not to forget that one group of people was specifically targeted (Jews) it's also important for us to realize that this horrible thing went beyond that. This horrible thing didn't just affect "them"/"those other people" (oh isn't that sad?, what's for dinner?") but it affected the whole world. But ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
"And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world's healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself."

This book breaks your heart in different ways - breaks your heart for the pain people suffered, the raw truth of the war, and for the inexpressible goodness of God, for there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still.

Recommended. (Have tissues handy!)
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book touched me in a way that few books do. It made me want to work to become a better person. I was definitely in awe of the unwavering and deeply held faith of this inspiring Dutch Christian family before, during and after WWII. They assisted in the Dutch underground movement helping several hundred Jews and others in peril to escape imminent arrest, persecution and execution that would have inevitably come to those they were helping all the while realizing that these activities were like ...more
It would be fair to say that the most famous story of the Holocaust is the story of Anne Frank. Yet, in many ways, we are taught the incomplete story of the Frank family and thier hiding mates. While we know in great detail about the risk that the Frank helpers took by hiding and protecting their friends, the helpers seem to get short shift. While everyone knows of Miep, not that she seemed to have wanted it, many forget that Victor Kugler (Mr. Kraler in the diary) and Johannes Kleiman (Mr. Koop ...more
Oct 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
If you have not read the book, it is the true account of a Dutch woman in her 50s who sets up an underground Jewish haven during the Nazi rule over Holland. I love reading about the Holocaust, but this was the first time I could sense such a chasm between a sweet, elderly, epitome-of-Christian woman and the cruel hatred of the Nazi camps.

Even before the war, the family's charity and service was inspiring. During the war, their optimism, stalwartness, and charity was amazing. Corrie would trust h
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Second Reading - September 2016

First Reading - August 2015
In a genre that really tests our limits to endure the dehumanization and suffering of others, this text stands out as entirely different. WWII Holocaust literature is critically important to the story of Western Civilization and it is essential that we all have a few titles get through us so that we never forget what hate and godlessness can do to entire nations.

While The Hiding Place has some genuinely tough passages, it is totally uniq
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Corrie ten Boom and her family were Christians who were active in social work in their home town of Haarlem, the Netherlands. During the Nazi occupation, they chose to act out their faith through peaceful resistance to the Nazis by active participation in the Dutch underground. They were hiding, feeding and transporting Jews and underground members hunted by the Gestapo out of the country. It is e ...more

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