The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The Hiding Place

At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another....

Details The Hiding Place

TitleThe Hiding Place
Release DateOct 1st, 1984
GenreNonfiction, Biography, History, Christian, Classics, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews The Hiding Place

  • Greta
    If you consider reading this book, be warned. When John and Elizabeth Sherrill wrote the memoir of Corrie ten Boom, they clearly had an agenda. The first half of the book was okay. That's the reason I gave it 2 and not 1 star. The second half, set during the war years and Corrie's imprisonment in Ravensbruck, was all about worshipping God and Jesus, praying, miracles and prophecies. Even for all the cruelties that happened, there was a higher div...
  • Werner
    When I was adding every book I could remember ever reading to my Goodreads shelves, I automatically slapped three-star ratings on all the nonfiction books (unless I'd disliked them, or they were specially influential for me) without thinking much about it; I'm more apt to reserve four or five star ratings for fiction --and I'm miserly with the five star ones! But this was a case where, when I sat down to do the review, I decided to change the rat...
  • Meg
    Every human being should be required to read this book. I guarantee it will change forever the way you look at life. The memoir is a true account of Corrie Ten Boom's experiences in German-occupied Holland during WWII (and afterward in prisons and concentration camps). The most amazing thing to me is that she was not Jewish. She was a Dutch Christian who freely sacrificed her own life, and the lives of those she loved most, to fight against cruel...
  • Natalie Vellacott
    Most people have started 2018 with parties and fireworks. I've started it by finishing a five star book!I've read The Hiding Place a few times before but not in recent years. With so many Christian friends on Goodreads, it is the book that I see most often on people's 'favourite' shelf. During this re-read I was reminded that it deserves to be there.Most of you will know the story; Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsie are the unmarried daughters...
  • Karen
    By far one of the best and most inspirational books I've ever read. I've underlined so many parts of this book! I first read this with my first book club almost 10 years ago and read it back in October with my current book club -- still find it absolutely amazing and one I want to read and re-read. One of my favorite themes of the book is stated by the author on page 31: "the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterio...
  • Leila
    I have read this book before many years ago., but reading about it here on Goodreads reminded me how much I had been absorbed and overwhelmed by the courage and utter dedication of this young woman (the author) and I valued it highly. Although Corrie is a deeply commited Christian you don't have be of any particular religion to read and appreciate this book. She risked everything including her life during World War II to save as many Jews as poss...
  • Noel
    Two stars. That's the best I can do on a book that came highly recommended and that I read with relish as I had just been to Amsterdam and surrounding areas, visited the Museum of the Resistance and the old Jewish Synagogue referred to in the book. So why two stars? I just didn't believe a lot of what I read. Here's what I do believe. I think Corrie, her sister Betsy, her father and other family members were courageous, passionate, religious, pro...
  • Diane
    I read this book in honor of my mother. "The Hiding Place" was one of her favorite books; I remember her telling stories about it and reading passages aloud when I was a kid. "The Hiding Place" is the story of a Dutch family who helped Jews hide from Nazis during World War II. Corrie worked in her father's watchmaking shop and used the store as a front to help with underground activities. A secret room was built in the family's home that allowed ...
  • Bark
    Okay, so the many five stars all around on this here book page were warranted. It’s a heartbreaking, painful read. It’s also full of faith, strength, kindness and perseverance. I’m very glad I gave it a listen. The narrator is terrific and emotive and has the ability to draw you into the time and place instead of taking you out of it! Corrie ten Boom is a 40 something spinster at peace with her quiet life. She is a watchmaker in her father...
  • Melissa
    This is a profound book, and one that will not leave you unmoved. I was even inspired to write a poem before I finished reading it (it does contain a few spoilers for those who don't know Corrie's story):Victory Songby Melissa M.May 16, 2010Golden glimpses of the sun,Bits of clouds between the bars.Coughing blood, matted hair,Questions, memories, leaving scars.Making friends with tiny ants,Spilling crumbs to bring them out.Crossing days off on th...
  • Liz
    I qualified the recommendation based on age because there are some difficult situations I think, for younger people. I have read many, many holocaust books, and this is by far my favorite. I wept and wept, not just for the suffering she endured, but mostly for the way in which she and her sister Betsie faced their suffering with such faith. For how they looked for opportunities to be selfless in a concentration camp, and how the women there were ...
  • Loretta
    Slow in spots but overall, a good, sad book.
  • Kelly H. (Maybedog)
    What makes this particular book different from other (better) stories about the Holocaust is that it's from the perspective of a Christian woman who was interned. While it's extremely important for us not to forget that one group of people was specifically targeted (Jews) it's also important for us to realize that this horrible thing went beyond that. This horrible thing didn't just affect "them"/"those other people" (oh isn't that sad?, what's f...
  • Olivia Jarmusch
    This book had such an impact on me. How would I respond if I was faced with such intense trials and persecution? Every Christian should read this book, so powerful and encouraging!
  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    This is the story of Corrie ten Boom, a self-described "spinster" watchmaker who lived with her father and sister and was pushing fifty when she became part of the Dutch Resistance helping to hide Jews from the Nazis. Eventually betrayed, she wound up in a Gestapo prison for a few months, then doing forced labor in the Vught Concentration Camp, which harsh as it was, was paradisaical compared to where she next wound up until released, the notorio...
  • Candi
    The Hiding Place is a story about how the depths of faith and spirituality can get a person through even the darkest nightmare. Corrie ten Boom and her family led the Dutch Underground during the Nazi occupation of Holland, aiding and hiding Jewish people in a secret room in their home above their watchmaker shop. Their efforts eventually cost them their freedom and in some cases, their lives. Corrie and members of her family are arrested and sen...
  • Micaiah
    "And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world's healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself." This book breaks your heart in different ways - breaks your heart for the pain people suffered, the raw truth of the war, and for the inexpressible goodness of God, for there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. Recommen...
  • LemonLinda
    This book touched me in a way that few books do. It made me want to work to become a better person. I was definitely in awe of the unwavering and deeply held faith of this inspiring Dutch Christian family before, during and after WWII. They assisted in the Dutch underground movement helping several hundred Jews and others in peril to escape imminent arrest, persecution and execution that would have inevitably come to those they were helping all t...
  • Annalisa
    If you have not read the book, it is the true account of a Dutch woman in her 50s who sets up an underground Jewish haven during the Nazi rule over Holland. I love reading about the Holocaust, but this was the first time I could sense such a chasm between a sweet, elderly, epitome-of-Christian woman and the cruel hatred of the Nazi camps.Even before the war, the family's charity and service was inspiring. During the war, their optimism, stalwartn...
  • Kellyn Roth
    The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom was actually a very good book, much to my surprise. I expected it to be very boring, very depressing, and very preachy. At times it did drag a little - especially at the beginning - and it was sad, but it could be called preachy, and the hope won out in the end. It won out through much of the book, actually; I never felt truly depressed. I just knew God was there. Corrie and Betsie both showed their belief in t...
  • Christine
    It would be fair to say that the most famous story of the Holocaust is the story of Anne Frank. Yet, in many ways, we are taught the incomplete story of the Frank family and thier hiding mates. While we know in great detail about the risk that the Frank helpers took by hiding and protecting their friends, the helpers seem to get short shift. While everyone knows of Miep, not that she seemed to have wanted it, many forget that Victor Kugler (Mr. K...
  • Jenny
    The Hiding Place is one of my favorite books. Corrie ten Boom was 48 years old when Hitler invaded her hometown in Holland. She had spent her life caring for the family home and working in her father’s watch shop. But at 50 years of age, she became one of the leaders in the underground resistance in Holland. For 2 years, she helped many Jews go into hiding. Not only did she risk her life for this mission, but she also lived her life for it. Sh...
  • ☼♄Jülie 
    **It should be mentioned that this audio version is a retelling of Corrie Ten Boom's memoir, for a modern day audience.Fantastic! Inspirational. I listened to this on audio book in one sitting....I was mesmerised, I couldn't tear myself away from it...I didn't want to.What an amazing story, what amazing courageous women, Corrie Ten Boom shows how faith can carry you through all manner of terrible trials. Corrie Ten Boom tells her beautiful life s...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    The Hiding Place is, next to The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, one of the best and most inspirational true stories I've ever read about finding the courage and resilience to outsmart the evils of Nazism in one of humanity's darkest hours. Corrie was a strong woman and this book gives a lot of insight into what she faced.
  • Karen ⊰✿
    I received this audiobook from a while ago, but I was hesitant to read it because I am not a religious person.I really shouldn't have though because this is a fantastic true story of humanity and finding the best out of a truly harrowing situation. What a story this is to tell - someone who was in her 50s when Germany invaded Holland and yet she joined the "underground" and hid many many Jews before being caught, arrested, a...
  • Sara
    Second Reading - September 2016First Reading - August 2015In a genre that really tests our limits to endure the dehumanization and suffering of others, this text stands out as entirely different. WWII Holocaust literature is critically important to the story of Western Civilization and it is essential that we all have a few titles get through us so that we never forget what hate and godlessness can do to entire nations. While The Hiding Place has...
  • Melodie Williams
    I have read this book twice. My daughter Emily has read it at least four times. One day when she was about 14 I asked her why she loved this book so much. She said, "I want a life just like Corrie Ten Boom." I said in a searching surprised voice, "You want to be sent to a concentration camp?" She said, "No mom, duh, I want to be that kind of person. I want to have that kind of faith."This is an amazingly inspiring book. I think often of the lesso...
  • M.K. Aneal
    Wow!! Oh wow!! What can I say! This book was emaculent! This was by far the most moving book I've ever read! I'm partially embarrassed to say that I cried all through this book; for I never cry at books. However this one continually brought tears to my eyes and a pain in my heart. This book was sad- a good sad. This is a book that not only told you the pains and terrible predicaments but also showed where they were given strength! It showed who n...
  • Courtney
    Where to begin when it comes to "The Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom? I sit here at a loss for words because I know that nothing I can say will begin to display the emotions and thoughts swirling around in my mind. Ms. Boom's story touched a piece of me so deeply, I'm afraid that I will never be the same now. Seeing what she saw, hearing what she heard, things such as these will forever be with me. There are so many things that I have learned wh...
  • Ann-Marie
    I read this in high school back in the 1970's when I was involved in Campus Life/Youth For Christ. All my friends read it one summer, and the movie played in our town.Yes, I was a hippie Jesus freak with crosses and doves embroidered on my bell bottom jeans. I carried my bible everywhere and was insufferable.The book was good, though, even if I wasn't.