I don’t even know where to start. First, I am a little upset that no one in my 31 years of life made me read this book. Maybe some of you in high school have or are going to read it–the more I talk about, “The Hiding Place”, the more I hear people read it when they were young. I’m not sure why my class skipped this one…
For those of you who have not read Corrie Ten-Boom’s, “The Hiding Place”, let me do my best to help you understand why you need this book in your life. It takes place in Haarlem, The Netherlands in the 1940’s. Right in the middle of World War II. Enter the Ten-Boom’s, a Christian, watchmaking family. These are simple, regular and good people. They fear God more than man. They want to do what is right despite the consequences that may follow.
When Nazi’s roll into their city and start taking away Jews, the Ten-Boom family gets involved. They use their resources and faith to find ways to help the helpless. As you can tell from the title of the book, they build a hiding place in their home for Jews to stay. They are eventually caught for this act and are imprisoned. The story of their imprisonment is one of hope, faith, forgiveness and love as they suffer from every imaginable and unimaginable sorrow. You see how the Lord uses good people who are willing to listen to His words and promptings, to improve any circumstance.
The Ten-Boom family truly has changed me. Their dedication to the scriptures, prayer and overall love for their fellow man is almost unbelievable. I truly can’t recommend this book enough.
I actually live in The Netherlands. Not too far from the Ten-Boom home in Haarlem. I can’t wait to plan a trip to see their preserved home which was the center of so much Christ-like love and encouragement.
“Whenever we can’t love in the old human way…God can give us the perfect way.”