During a discussion on grace and forgiveness at my book group someone mentioned Corrie ten Boom's ability to forgive one of the S.S. men who had been one of her jailers at Ravensbruck. I vaguely knew the story of Corrie ten Boom, but I decided to read The Hiding Place and discover the details.
I read a lot and am trying not to just slip onto Amazon and buy things, so I asked around for a copy. Nadda. My mum, who I really did think would have a copy didn't have it. Despite two people saying they had left their copies in the church library for others to read I couldn't find one. And several other friends who had read it no longer had a copy they could lay their hands on. I resolved to go to the library such was my resolve to stop buying books all the time (a resolve that hasn't stood the test of time - it's too easy with access to Amazon on my iPhone!). Before I made it the library I arrived home early one evening to find a copy through my letter box. One of the people I had asked if they had a copy I could borrow had managed to get a copy, or rather they had decided to buy a copy for the church library and I was the first person to read it. I love little acts of kindness like that and I hope that many more people read it after me as it is powerful story and testimony.
For those that are unfamiliar, Corrie ten Boom was a watchmaker in Holland and a Christian. As the Nazis reigned over Europe, Corrie and her family risked everything to protect persecuted Jews, motivated by their love of Jesus. Corrie is an unlikely heroine and relies on prayer and God's help to successful run what became a very successful underground operation, saving countless lives until a trap sees the family arrested.
Throughout the story Corrie shares how her faith and trust in God brought her through so many trials and ultimately through the horrors of Ravensbruck. It is not a romanticised story, we see Corrie struggle and doubt at times, but ultimately Corrie discovers that "There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still."
This is an inspirational story and whilst I hope to never experience what Corrie ten Boom does, there is much wisdom to be found and applied today.
The above quotation is one of my favourites. So often I wonder about various ifs and maybes, wondering what might have been or could have been. I can drive myself crazy thinking about all the different ways things could work rather than trusting that I am where I should be and that God will guide where he wants me next. Corrie ten Boom's testimony is so powerful because in spite of the horrendous conditions and treatment, Corrie and her sister (Betsie) still shine like stars for God and their saviour, Jesus. Their faith and trust was rewarded and shows the amazing power of love through Jesus.
For those local to me the copy I read will be going in the Church library at All Saints, Anchorsholme.
It is also available to purchase from Amazon*:
Have you read The Hiding Place? What other powerful testimonies and stories of hope would you recommend?
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