“There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.“- Corrie Ten Boom.
‘The Hiding Place’ by Corrie ten Boom, and co-authors, John and Elizabeth Sherrill made such an impression on me that I decided to come out of my self imposed hiatus to write a review.
It was a well written autobiography. I found that it was quite descriptive, even though I found it difficult to imagine just how small the ‘Beje’ was. But that’s a minor detail in comparison to the depths of lessons contained in this powerful book.
It tells the story of a Dutch Christian family who served God in good times and in bad times, even to the point of great suffering and death. They decided to stand for something in times when that could get you ‘cancelled’. They became a refuge for the Jews in a time where it was a taboo to be seen with one. I saw how God in His mercy, prepared them by showing glimpses of what they would go through.
I think one of the things I appreciated the most, was the humanity of ‘Tante Corrie’, as she was fondly called. She talked about moments when she felt broken, moments when she wept, moments when it was difficult and almost impossible to forgive on her own, moments of great suffering and trials. In her weaknesses, the power and strength of God could be clearly seen.
This is a story of lives that were clearly lived in service to God. Their stories didn’t all ‘end well’, in the way that we view happy endings…but it’s amazing what God can do through a life that’s totally sold out to Him, not to mention a whole family. I think it is extraordinary.
If you have read it, I’d like to hear your thoughts as well. You can use my link to subscribe on Scribd and get two months free to read this book and several others; https://www.scribd.com/ga/8e3v5q
Thanks for reading!
©Olamide Akappo, 2021