Monday, February 11, 2013
Book Review: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
This book was co-written by John and Elizabeth Sherrill.
Corrie Ten Boom grows up contentedly in Holland during the years leading up to World War II. She lives with her family in a house that also contains their watch shop, where her father is a watchmaker. As the years pass, only Corrie, her sister Betsie, and their father remain at the house. When Nazis invade Holland, the Ten Boom family notices the persecution of the Jews, and begins hiding Jews in their home. Eventually the Nazis figure out part of what is going on and arrest Corrie, her sister, and their father. This brave trio is imprisoned, and only one of them will survive to tell their story.
Whether it is due to good writing or that the story being told is true, the first thing you will notice with The Hiding Place is the vividness of the characters and the setting. You can envision the house that Corrie lives in much of her life, the city the house is in, and alternately, the nightmarish concentration camps. To an even greater degree, you can envision Corrie and her siblings and parents and friends and enemies. The story being told, of triumph in all circumstances due to Christ, is powerful on its own, and even more so when illustrated with such colorful details.
Since much of the real horror of the Nazis is described, this is not a book to approach lightly. Various people are beaten, killed, stripped naked, and treated in other horrible ways. Adult topics are referenced without going into detail. Since the dark things depicted in this book are all unfortunately a part of our lost world, and everyone can be inspired by the way God helps Corrie overcome these things, this is a book that everyone who is old enough to handle the intensity should read. Parental discretion and discussion of the book is recommended for younger readers.