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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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Anna 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)
Ariel pg. 12 in the preface. Corrie responded to Elizabeth (writer of the preface) when Elizabeth commented about the practicalness of the things she…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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Werner
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any reader interested in the Holocaust, or in Christianity
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
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,
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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
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Greta
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
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Karen
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
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Leila
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
Diane
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, religion, war
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.
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Noel
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
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Bark
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
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Liz
Sep 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone over age 15
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
Melissa
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
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Loretta
Slow in spots but overall, a good, sad book.
LemonLinda
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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those Interested in the Dutch Resistance or the Nazi Concentration Camps
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
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
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
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
Candi
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
Annalisa
Oct 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Annalisa by: Amy Scott
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
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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
Chris
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
☼♄Jülie 
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to ☼♄Jülie  by: Sync Audiobooks

**It should be mentioned that this audio version is a retelling of Corrie Ten Boom's memoir, for a modern day audience.

Fantastic! Inspirational. I listened to this on audio book in one sitting....I was mesmerised, I couldn't tear myself away from it...I didn't want to.
What an amazing story, what amazing courageous women, Corrie Ten Boom shows how faith can carry you through all manner of terrible trials.
Corrie Ten Boom tells her beautiful life story which includes her family giving shelter to J
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Micaiah
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!)
Jenny
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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M.K. Aneal
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow!! Oh wow!! What can I say! This book was emaculent! This was by far the most moving book I've ever read! I'm partially embarrassed to say that I cried all through this book; for I never cry at books. However this one continually brought tears to my eyes and a pain in my heart. This book was sad- a good sad. This is a book that not only told you the pains and terrible predicaments but also showed where they were given strength! It showed who never left them even in the darkest of places! Who ...more
Rebecca McNutt
The Hiding Place is, next to The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, one of the best and most inspirational true stories I've ever read about finding the courage and resilience to outsmart the evils of Nazism in one of humanity's darkest hours. Corrie was a strong woman and this book gives a lot of insight into what she faced.
Sara
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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Melodie Williams
Feb 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book twice. My daughter Emily has read it at least four times. One day when she was about 14 I asked her why she loved this book so much. She said, "I want a life just like Corrie Ten Boom." I said in a searching surprised voice, "You want to be sent to a concentration camp?" She said, "No mom, duh, I want to be that kind of person. I want to have that kind of faith."

This is an amazingly inspiring book. I think often of the lessons I learned from it. Getting the ticket (of stren
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Karen ⊰✿
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this audiobook from www.audiobooksync.com a while ago, but I was hesitant to read it because I am not a religious person.
I really shouldn't have though because this is a fantastic true story of humanity and finding the best out of a truly harrowing situation. What a story this is to tell - someone who was in her 50s when Germany invaded Holland and yet she joined the "underground" and hid many many Jews before being caught, arrested, and sent to Ravensbrück.
This is a tale of her famil
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Courtney
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Where to begin when it comes to "The Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom? I sit here at a loss for words because I know that nothing I can say will begin to display the emotions and thoughts swirling around in my mind. Ms. Boom's story touched a piece of me so deeply, I'm afraid that I will never be the same now. Seeing what she saw, hearing what she heard, things such as these will forever be with me.

There are so many things that I have learned when it comes to this story, I would like to state j
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Rachel
Jun 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous book! This is the kind of book that changes the way that you see the world. It's given me so many things to think about.

Corrie and several members of her family are imprisoned in several different Nazi camps throughout the end of WWII for helping run the "underground" operation in Holland. The perspective that is offered throughout this book is absolutely incredible. I'll share with you just a couple of the things that stood out to me.

As a young woman, Corrie is totally and compl
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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
“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” 1064 likes
“Do you know what hurts so very much? It's love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.” 627 likes
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