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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: September 18, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009CNIOZ4
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Corrie writes about how her worst fear was being sent to a German concentration camp. As long as she was in prison in Holland she felt safe. But then the day came that her and her sister were loaded onto a train and shipped right where she had heard so many horrific stories about.
Corrie describes how they didn’t have any water for three days during the trip because every time the train cars doors were opened and a bucket of water given, only the women by the door got it all. Plus there were so many women crammed together that they couldn’t lay down or find any comfortable position. Then the train stops for a while. Just when it feels like it can't get any worse, she looks out a tiny peephole and sees that the train tracks have been seriously damaged and workers are trying to fix them so the train can move forward.
When they finally arrived at the camp, it was a brutal place. Most of you reading this know how horrific those camps were. Corrie endured this suffering at a later age in life—at the time she was in her mid-fifties. Yet in the middle of so much pain, Corrie and her sister brought the light of the Gospel to a very dark place. There’s a really powerful part of the book where she describes what it was like to lead Biblestudies in that camp. She describes how one night they were in the barracks and she was ministering to the ladies when one of the worst guards starts coming their direction.
The other ladies are trying to signal Corrie to hide the Bible that they had so carefully smuggled into the camp. Yet she continues on—teaching from the Bible and deciding to lead the group in a song. The female guard stops and listens. Then to their surprise, the guard asks them for another song. The guard says she likes the songs. As Corrie describes, “In a crude sort of way, she became a friend.”
As the book continues, Corrie describes the suffering they endured. Having to stand for hours in the freezing cold at the crack of dawn while the roll was taken. Yet she also talked about how all that suffering “was worthwhile” because that was the only way she was able to lead many of the other ladies to Christ before they died.
One of the most powerful parts was when Corrie writes about what it was like to look at the crematoriums everyday and wonder if you were going to live or die. Yet in the middle of that darkness, the Holy Spirit starts talking to her and her sister about what to do after the war. Betsie tells Corrie, “God showed me that after the war we must give to the Germans that which they now try to take away from us—our love for Jesus.”
Corrie writes, “One week before the order came to kill all the women of my age, I was free. I still don’t understand all the details….” So she goes out to minister as the Holy Spirit leads her.
The rest of the book is really powerful stories about the last twenty years of her life while she was ministering to the deep wounds after the war. She describes traveling all over the world. When she first goes to America, no one wants her to speak. This was before her book came out so people didn’t know who she was. Yet she pressed on, in traveling and looking for ministry opportunities until the doors opened. For the rest of her life, she was able to minister to a lot of people.
There’s a story in the book about what it was like to speak to a congregation in Africa whose lives were being threatened. What do you say, when you know most likely the congregation is about to be viciously attacked? Corrie tells the story of how nervous she was while doing that Biblestudy in the concentration camp when the guard walked up. Yet she also described how when we are most afraid that’s when God gives us the most courage to keep going. Shortly thereafter she finds out that many in that congregation were killed for their faith.
There’s another story in the book where she’s speaking behind the Iron Curtain. Many of you know that she traveled with Brother Andrew to minister to the persecuted church. While she’s ministering, she notices that the congregation is not hearing anything she’s saying. She can feel heavy spiritual resistance. She feels led by the Holy Spirit to rebuke the demonic principalities that are trying to close eyes and ears. (see 2Cor 4:4)
Afterward the other pastors have this big theological debate over whether demons exist. Finally the pastor says, “God has this evening given Corrie the grace to take the authority of Jesus and in His name cast out devils. We should be thankful instead of all this arguing.” Honestly, I was really surprised that Corrie talked so much about demons in this book. But it did sound really well balanced.
There is so much more to this book. It’s really rare to find a book as uplifting and powerful as this one.
Kind of a queer title by today's vocabulary, but back when she wrote it a tramp was someone more like without their own home or possessions. Corrie dedicated her life to following the leading of the Holy Spirit and traveled around the world for many years to spread the good news of Christ Jesus. Along the way she had some amazing experiences that are included in this book.
Even when she was getting quite old and tired, still she was motivated to keep "tramping" for the Lord. Beautiful, beautiful book!
I got an amazing blessing when this book arrived. I feel a little guilty as Corrie would have easily deserved my money for her work, but not only did I receive "Tramp for the Lord" when I bought a used copy of this book, it also contained "Not I, but Christ. Even though I don't feel like I paid enough for the used copy of the book I am still blessed to have received the book in practically "Like New" condition. It is amazing how many times Corrie had revelations from God and how she was strengthened time and time again when it seemed as if she was so close to the Lord already. I believe that all Christians can learn much from Corrie Ten Boom and her loving-kindness that I have longed to see in more people.
Happy Birthday Corrie!
Your brother in Christ from the U.S.