On the Backlist: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

If you haven’t heard of The Hiding Place, please let me be the first to insist that you read it. Immediately.

The Hiding Place had been recommended to me for years, but like a lot of people might, I thought, ‘Yeahhh, I’m not sure I’m so excited about reading a non-fiction book written by a WWII concentration camp survivor. That sounds depressing.”  Nothing could be further from the truth. If you’d like a book that’s joyful, uplifting, and steeped in inspiring stories, this is the book for you.

Corrie ten Boom was a middle-aged woman, living with her family in Holland and working as a watchmaker. She was smart, but living a quiet life as a single lady above the shop with her sister and father. Then the Nazis invaded. Corie found herself hiding Jews in her home and helping them escape, until she, herself, was captured. Her story is riveting, and–despite the darkness around her–filled with light. Corrie’s writing flows beautifully, and I found her story impossible to put down. It’s worth reading, if only for the story at the end about meeting, years later, the Nazi who had been her guard in Ravensbrück camp. It is deeply moving and cathartic. Despite the fact that ten Boom first published her book in 1971, it’s still beautifully relevant and vividly inspirational. I can’t think of a book I recommend more highly.

5 Stars

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