The last weeks have been crazy. First the hubster and I traveled to Canada for our friends’ wedding. Then we followed it with an impromptu trip to the Hudson River Valley to live out my dreams of living off the land.
By the time we got home from all of that traveling I was dying to just sit on the couch and read a book. Normally I have a stack of them ready to go, but ever since I finished Jesus Is _____. by Judah Smith I’d been trying to figure out what to read next.
I wanted something that read more like a novel than a non-fiction book, but I also have a serious thing for true stories over fiction. Then I remembered The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Somehow this book is literally the only thing to follow me from childhood to adulthood, and since I couldn’t remember a thing about it something told me this was a good time to re-read it.
It’s a pretty well known book, but for those who haven’t read it (or have bad memories like me) The Hiding Place is the true story of the Ten Boom family before, during, and after World War II. Their faith compelled them to hide Jewish people from the Nazi soldiers occupying Holland, and ultimately the family was arrested and sent to a concentration camp for their crimes.
I can’t even put into words the horrific events that Corrie describes, and I won’t cheapen the magnitude of the story by trying to. But let me just tell you, in spite of all the waterworks that came along with reading it, I can confidently say it’s one of my favorite books of all time. I have been gushing about it non-stop since the day I picked it up.
The Ten Boom family went through things I never want to, even before the war began, and through it all their faith was strengthened. When the Germans occupied Holland at the start of the war, they found themselves wrestling with how to live out faith and love in a world taken over by evil.
And the rest of their story models that in a way that has changed my entire outlook on life in just one week’s time.
Corrie shares how God used her past to prepare her for what she would experience, how He equipped her to do things that were beyond her power, how He provided for her every step of the way, and how He taught her to love even as she hated the places she was imprisoned and the things going on around her.
People have said that The Hiding Place is a story that’s relevant to our present, too, and I couldn’t agree more. When I saw several copies on the shelf at Barnes and Noble for only $7.99 I grabbed them to give to friends. This book is a seriously powerful story that shares what life looks like in the Kingdom of God versus this world, and I’m so thankful she shared it with us.
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This audio recording of Corrie Ten Boom’s testimony is so good. Listen here.