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Product Details

  • Series: Hendrickson Classic Biographies
  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers; First Edition Thus edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598563394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598563399
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (505 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nadia May does great credit to the writers of this true story....Her emotional control makes the tension and horror of the family s plight more real and hideous....The listener is left with a story of extraordinary humanity, goodness and overwhelming love. --AudioFile

Reader May has the right tone and accent to convey Corrie s middle-aged presentation. The soul searching and questioning that Corrie expresses comes out clearly through the reader. --Kliatt

A story of hope and faith. Its conversational style makes it especially effective in audio. -- Indianapolis Star. Narrator Nadia May provides an authentic and engaging vocal presentation of this fine work. -- Library Journal. --. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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! --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Very well written book.
It would be wise to read this book, not only to see in action, God's grace, but in the world we live in to remember that it can happen again.
Suzette L. Weaver
The story of Corrie Ten Booms family and their devotion to God and love for His people is truly inspiring and life changing.
Laura K. Habeth

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255 of 259 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an absolutely extraordinary book. Never have I read a book in which the spiritual beauty of the author so resonated throughout the story. The purity of heart that manifests itself in this inspiring saga of a heroic, Dutch family in Nazi occupied Holland during World War II is stunningly beautiful.

This is the true story of the Ten Boom family who, during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, upon seeing what was happening to their Jewish neighbors and friends, asked themselves this age old question "If not us,...who; if not now,...when?" They answered it, ultimately at great cost.

The Ten Booms were devoutly Christian and lived a simple life. The patriarch of the family ran a watch shop that had been in his family for a century. Some of the family members, the author among them, worked there, selling and repairing clocks and watches. They also lived in the house in which the shop was located.

When the Nazis occupied their country, the reality of what it meant slowly dawned upon them, as they saw the treatment given to their fellow Dutch citizens of the Jewish faith. Moved by their plight, the author at the age of fifty, together with other members of her family, including their father who was nearly eighty, became active in the Dutch underground.

When it became clear to the Ten Booms that Jews were being targeted for deportation and death, they had a false wall constructed in the author's bedroom, thereby creating a secret room. There, they would hide the terrified Jews who were staying with them, in the event of a Nazi raid upon their home.

Eventually denounced by someone to the Nazis, the Ten Booms were arrested and their home raided and torn apart by the Gestapo, in their search for the Jews they believed to be hiding there.
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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Judith Miller VINE VOICE on April 14, 2001
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I've been aware of this book for a number of years, and finally read it when my friend Ann said I was missing a great story. Now, after reading it, I'm encouraging everyone to do the same.

The story begins in 1937 when a Dutch family is preparing for the 100th birthday of the family shop, Ten Boom: Watches. Flowers are being delivered and friends are calling to help celebrate the day. The conversation centers around Germany and the Jews who are coming to Holland for asylum. The Ten Boom's and their guests could not have foreseen what was to come. Their world had changed.

This is the autobiographical story of Corrie Ten Boom and how she and her family worked for the Dutch underground movement during World War II. The family were Christians and took a very strong stand against the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Corrie's father, a kindly, religious man, summed up his thoughts on the Nazis by saying, "I pity them Corrie. They have touched the apple of God's eye."

Corrie and her sister, Betsie were two ladies aged 45 and 52 years of age, respectively. They are the unlikely heroines of this story. Never married and rather innocent of the world, they proved the old saying that "you can't tell a book by its cover." Both sisters risked everything they had including their lives to save people they didn't even know.

In today's world of "me first", it's so encouraging to read a story of a family that truly lived their faith and practiced the Golden Rule.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By E. Dian Moore on September 27, 2004
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The ultimate "Hiding Place" is within God. Such a short and simple statement, that holds great power. This simple fact was divinely revealed during the Holocaust for Corrie Ten Boom and her family, and in this book, HIDING PLACE, she shares what happened.

Corrie, a native of Holland in her early 50's, became involved in the underground movement to hide Jews and others persecuted by the Germans. Holland was invaded by the Germans which made it very difficult to hide the refugees, as well as hide Corrie's role in their protection. While hiding several refugees in a false room in her bedroom, Corrie and her sister Betsy, as well as their aged father are taken prisoner by the Germans.

Corrie is ill, while Betsy has suffered from an ailment since childhood and has always been frail. They are separated and do not see each other for quite some time.

While being moved to another prison, the sisters are reunited and Betsy, by example only, helps Corrie cement her faith in God as well as learn to rely on him and trust solely in him.

Again and again, Corrie is able to hide her small bible that a kindly nurse was able to slip to her. She hid it through numerous, supervised showers and naked inspections. God's Hiding Place was in action.

Fleas that disgusted the guards became another thing to thank God for, as they created a "Hiding Place" for Corrie and Betsy as they revealed God's word to other captives and were able to give new life and hope in God.

The sisters endure many humiliations and hardships that no human being should ever have to even dream about. Throughout all, their faith in God is strengthened and the book gives example after example of how this faith is met by God.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Curtis on February 28, 2006
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I don't typically read books of faith and that is what I perceived The Hiding Place to be. So, in beginning The Hiding Place, I had preconceived notions of what the book had to offer. I was very wrong. Boy, was I wrong.

This book doesn't preach. Plain and simple. It doesn't tell you what you should or shouldn't do. In its style, this book embraces objectivism and humanism. But all that is beside the point.

From the liner notes, I knew that the main character and her family had helped the Jews during WWII and were caught and imprisoned, so the book was not about the destination, but the journey - and what a beautiful journey it was. Similar to other reviews - I was inspired (not converted yet, but inspired). I can recognize and appreciate the fact that the ten Boom family were exceptional in their courage and their faith - and I cannot deny that it was their faith that gave them the strength to overcome all they encountered. Never at any time, however, did I feel like I was being preached to. Quite the contrary, I felt like I had the opportunity to look through a window into something quite wonderful that left in me a feeling of awe. These people were quite amazing.

I would compare the book to The Good Earth in its simple, straight forward view of a simple life turned outrageous. The message was one of human (and spiritual) strength. If you like to read, you'll probably enjoy this book.
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