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5 Stars Out Of 5
May 29, 2010
The first time I ever read this story I was in high school, and it became one of my favorite books. I've read it since then, but it's probably been about 10 years since I've read the book. I had forgotten how amazing this story is. "The Hiding Place" is the autobiographical story of how Corrie Ten Boom helped the Jews in Holland during WWII. What I liked most about reading along while listening to the audiobook was how much more the story came to life. Corrie Ten Boom wasn't the narrator, but Bernadette Dunne did an excellent job. I enjoy hearing names and words spoken in their native tongue. It was nice hearing the correct pronunciation of "Beje" and other names. Bernadette Dunne was warm, animated, and full of emotion. I must admit, though, that I had to speed the audiobook up because the narration was a bit slower than I read. I love the characters of "The Hiding Place". The reader/listener is drawn into the world of the Ten Boom family. The glimpses into their lives makes you feel like you're a part of them. Even though I've read this book several times, I'm still amazed by how Providence worked through the Ten Boom family and in the lives of the people around them. I admire the unwavering faith and courage that the family and the "contacts" had and how they risked their own lives (and sometimes even their loved ones' lives) to protect God's chosen people. More than anything though, "The Hiding Place" teaches the reader about the true forgiveness that only Christ can give. This review was written as part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program.
I have read this book many times before. However, the excellent narration by Bernadette Dunne made the book fresh, insightful and captivating. Corrie Ten Booms classic work is a masterpiece and should be read and re-read by our modern myopic generation. It is inconceivable to Americans that any civilized nation could descend to the depths of depravity that man can descend. But the lessons in her book are far deeper than mere politics or war. The Sovereignty of God drips from every page. Corrie understood God was in control and good in all he did. She believed this before WWII ever happened, however, she still held strong to this belief through oppression, abuse and imprisonment. To those who doubt that Gods faithfulness in hard times, I recommend this book. It does not answer all the why questions, but it does answer the who question. Corrie knew who was able to answer all her questions someday. And she held firm to the belief that God was able to right all the wrongs in eternity. She rested in Him, even when it was hard. Corries work is needed now more than ever. And it is my prayer that future readers can come to rest in the God that satisfied Corries soul. I pray that they would find God to be their hiding place.