The Hiding Place is Corrie ten Boom’s personal story, which is an inspiration to millions and has continued to be a best seller since its original publication in 1972 as well as been made into a popular feature film.

As the Nazi madness swept across Europe, a quiet watchmaker’s family in Holland risked everything for the sake of others, and for the love of Christ. Despite the danger and threat of discovery, they courageously offered shelter to persecuted Jews. Then a trap brought about the family’s arrest. Could God’s love shine through, even in Ravensbruck?

What an inspirational Christian family. To show such commitment to faith and Christian living even when faced with the darkest of times, shows a level of dedication and foresight that I would most definitely struggle to match.

The family was imprisoned after their betrayal and two of the sisters were eventually transferred to Ravensbruck concentration camp. Whilst incarcerated the sisters endured and witnessed scenes of degradation, brutality and a bewildering lack of compassion from the prison/camp guards. The sisters came from a relatively sheltered home and as a result, must have been completely mortified by the behaviour and actions of the both the Nazis and their Dutch collaborators.

This is a book which reinforces the power of faith, the survival of beneficent acts even in the most evil of places, the love of a family grounded firmly in the teachings of Jesus and the Bible and the desire to help a fellow man in a time of great need. It is completely compelling and will have you hooked from the first to the last page. The whole spectrum of human emotions will be experienced as one progresses through the book; it is a testament to the bravery and kindness of a remarkable family.

Highly recommended to those who study the Holocaust or to those who need a book which demonstrates how the great commandment: `Love your neighbour’, can be practised during times of unthinkable evil.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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