The Hiding Place
Corrie Ten Boom
Corrie Ten Boom was born on April 15, 1892 in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. She had three siblings; Bestie, Nollie, and Willem. Corrie's mother died when Corrie was young, so her three aunts moved into Corrie's sweet little home in Harlem. Corrie's father, Casper owned a watch shop below their home. When Corrie was old enough she worked in her father's shop. She was the first woman to become a watchmaker in 1924. Corrie and her family were devout Christians. Corrie ran a church for mentally disabled people and she fostered children. Corrie and her precious family kept Jewsish people and families on their house. Corrie was one of the main workers in the underground system of hiding Jewish people.
About World War II
Summary of the memoir
1) “ANOTHER STRANGE THING was happening. The Davitamon bottle was continuing to produce drops. It scarcely seemed possible, so small a bottle, so many doses a day. Now, in addition to Betsie, a dozen others on our pier were taking it.”
- This is yet another example of how God blessed Corrie and Bestie in the concentration camp. Their vitamin bottle never ran out of drops.
2) “I leaned down to make out Betsie’s words, “. . . must tell people what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here.”
- This is one of the last things Bestie tells Corrie before she passes away. And that is just what Corrie did. She went all over the world to talk about her experiences in the concentration camp and how God protected her the whole time.
3) “As for us, from morning until lights-out, whenever we were not in ranks for roll call, our Bible was the center of an ever-widening circle of help and hope. Like waifs clustered around a blazing fire, we gathered about it, holding out our hearts to its warmth and light. The blacker the night around us grew, the brighter and truer and more beautiful burned the word of God. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
- I love when Corrie talks about their Bible Studies and how their group became bigger and bigger.
Corrie and Bestie taught many people how God's light can shine even in the darkest of places like a concentration camp.
Corrie and Bestie always had a Bible with them so they were able to share with others about God's enduring love and promises.
Concentration Camp Sign
My relation to the book
I love the story of the Hiding Place. Corrie Ten Boom's story is an amazing story that I believe everyone should read and learn about. Knowing she could be thrown into a concentration camp or be killed, she risked her own life to save many others. I connect with this story because I am a Christian and I love hearing how she shared with many others about God and how His love and light can be anywhere at any time. It was amazing to read about how God protected and provided for Corrie and Bestie throughout their trials and tribulations.