Gavin F (gavluvsga) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Gavin F

Book #24: The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherill

Number of pages: 221

I've previously read a book about the ten Boom family, who protected persecuted Jews from the Nazis during the holocaust; this was ten Boom: Betsie, Power of God by Dr. Mike Evans, who had probably read this book.

Evans' version was a partially fictionalised version from the point of view of Betsie ten Boom, who died during the holocaust; this is a first-hand account by Cornelia ("Corrie") ten Boom, and she goes into a lot of detail about the horrors of the holocaust, and the story becomes increasingly harrowing as she describes the conditions in a concentration camp where she was incarcerated.

I found Corrie to be a very good storyteller, and this book was very good at portraying her devout Christian faith, which kept her going throughout a very traumatic experience. One of her best stories was about how they set up a secret room upstairs and worked on making sure everyone got into the room in less than two minutes to prepare for visits by the Gestapo.

I was also intrigued to know that Corrie worked with Brother Andrew, who smuggled Bibles into Eastern Europe when it was under communist rule, as told in another book I have read, God's Smuggler.

Next book: Two Steps Forward (Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist)
Tags: autobiography, christian, grief, history, holocaust literature, memoir, misery memoir, non-fiction, spiritual reading

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