The God Even of Ravensbruck: The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place (1971) by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill

“I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do.” (Corrie ten Boom)

“If people can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love. We must find the way, you and I, no matter how long it takes…” (Betsie ten Boom)

At my recommendation, the ladies book club at my church recently read and discussed The Hiding Place.  While about half of us had read it before, for most of us it had been a long time (20 years for me), and I was glad to create an opportunity for the others (mostly the younger women) to read it for the first time. One of the gals commented, “At first I wondered why we chose to do a book that so many women had already read. But now that I’m into it, I totally get it!” This is one of those classic works that I believe every Christian – strike that – every person should read.

The story of the ten Boom family was compiled by husband and wife writers, John and Elizabeth Sherrill. The Sherrills had previously written about founder of World Challenge David Wilkerson’s ministry with the gangs of New York City in The Cross and the Switchblade (1963) and God’s Smuggler (1967), the story of the Dutch missionary Brother Andrew van der Bijl, who took the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain. The writing of The Hiding Place came about as a result of the Sherrills meeting Corrie ten Boom in 1968. In the Preface of The Hiding Place, the Sherrill’s describe their introduction to Corrie:

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