Book recommendation: “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom.

I recently finished Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place (the audiobook version) and was left shaken.

From the depths of human depravity to the heights of human compassion, the love of God and the gospel of Christ permeates our fallen world but we oftentimes fail to see it until we are under intense suffering (and even then we often miss it).

This book is bursting at the seams with biblical truths. One example is when Corrie refuses to accept her sister Betsie’s admonition from 1 Thessalonians 5 (to give thanks in all things) when it came to the fleas infesting their prison camp barracks. Corrie simply could find no reason to be thankful to God for the biting insects. That was until she discovered that the Nazi guards refused to step into their barracks because of the fleas, providing them the ability to hold daily Bible studies with the other prisoners without fear of being discovered.

The fact that this book is a true story makes it even more powerful. I was moved by it and enjoyed it even more than The Diary of Anne Frank. I highly recommend The Hiding Place and it is now on my required reading list for my children.

My only regret is that I never read this book earlier in my life.

7 comments on “Book recommendation: “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom.

  1. I read that book years ago and the one scene you commented on was the one that stuck in my mind. How wretched we are, coveting our convenience more than the Word of God. Maranatha!

  2. I grew up reading “The Hiding Place” and “God’s Smuggler”.

  3. On my first tour of Israel, our guide mentioned The Hiding Place, asking if anyone had read it. Several raised their hands. She ask if anyone had a copy – no one raised their hand – it seems the book is not availiable in Israel – I was blessed to have been able to send her a copy on my return to the USA.

    She is not a believer, YET, but pray the book will open her eyes to the truth.

  4. I am a homeschooling mom. I read this book out loud to my three sons when they were in late elementary school. It deeply impacted them, and they have never forgotten it. Yes, this book shows the ugliness that humanity manifests, but it also shows courage, faith, and the faithfulness of God in every circumstance. Everyone should read it.

  5. Thank you for the review, I will buy this book.

  6. After you read the book (or for those have already read it or listened to the audiobook) check out this great virtual tour of the Ten Boom house (which has been turned into a museum):


  7. a had a copy of this book! so glad I bought it :) It was really striking ! :) and found out that their house in Harlem was already turn into a museum.. :)

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