The Hiding Place
Book review time! Today we are talking about The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. I usually stay in the fantasy and fiction genres but this book was brought to my attention and I am so glad it was. However, warning, you will cry buckets during this book. Alright, on to the review…
Summary: Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch watchmaker, lived with her father and sister in Amsterdam during WWII. When the Nazis invaded the Netherlands, the Ten Booms risked their lives to help Jews and the underground workers escape, even using their home as a safe house to harbor people in. Once discovered, Corrie Ten Boom endures the horrors of prison, solitary confinement, and concentration camps until a miraculous release. She was the only one in her family to survive and tell the story about how faith will always overcome evil.
I cannot express how much I love this book. It is absolutely amazing. And here’s why.
Reason #1 – Real Perspective
We all learn about the Holocaust in school at some point. Some of us even learn about it multiple times. But this book gives a whole new perspective of what happened during WWII. While reading, in the beginning I often had to remind myself that what was happening on the page in front of me was something that someone, a real person had seen and experienced. By the end of the book, my ideas about WWII had totally flipped, and I had a real and raw example of what it was actually like for the people that lived through those horrors.
Reason #2 – Moral Lessons
There are so many lessons and messages throughout this book. At this time I would like to mention two. First, that Corrie and her family knew they would be persecuted for helping the Jews and those associated with the underground. And the Ten Booms did it anyway. How often are we willing to do something that may be right, but will most certainly put us, our families, and everything we love in danger? Second. The end of the book is the best message of forgiveness I have ever heard or read in my life. I shall not spoil the ending, but let us just say that you may cry. Correction. You will cry.
Reason #3 – Uplifting
You may be thinking “How on earth can a book about the Holocaust be uplifting?” Though many terrible things happen in this book: Sickness, starvation, loneliness, and death. By the end of it all, as I mentioned before, it has the most uplifting message of faith and forgiveness. It leaves you with the uplifting feeling that no matter what happens, no matter how bad it gets, no matter how horribly we messed up, there is a brighter future ahead of us.
I recommend this book to all those who one: like WWII books, and two: want something that provokes thought and leaves you with uplifted spirits. It really is a remarkable read and is definitely worth it!
Rating: 5 Stars