An analysis of the book The Hiding Place: The Story and Life of Corrie ten Boom

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The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom and John and Elizabeth Sherrill is the story and life of Corrie ten Boom and her family. This book is not so much a biography but rather a testimony of God's work in the life of the ten Boom family during World War II.

The ten Booms owned a watch shop in Harlem, Holland where the family had maintained business for over 100 years. Corrie's family included her two sisters, Betsie and Nollie, and her brother, Willem. Her father, who ran the watch shop, was the delight of all children in Harlem. And her mother knew all the names of everyone in town and always found a way to brighten someone's day. In that tiny workshop, known as the beje, many different things happened. People came and went and orphans ran through every hall at one time or another. And for a while, that's how they all thought it would always be.

Every morning at 8:30 Opa, as father was called, began each day by picking up the big brass-hinged Bible off its shelf for morning devotions. After breakfast, Corrie and her father would take a walk around the town and greet their neighbors and friends. Following her schooling, Corrie learned the watch trade and enjoyed her work in the watch shop. She continued the relationships with the townsmen that she and her father had begun years before. Her spare time was used helping retarded children in the town. She was very good with children. The only serious suitor, with whom Corrie fell in love, was a very rich and influential young man. However, he felt he could not disappoint his parents expectations for him to marry "well". From that point on, Corrie knew God's plan for her life involved much more than...