Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Hiding Place

Okay, so i just read a book a week or so ago. That book was "The hiding place". And my mom wants me to write a sort of a review about the book. So I will do the best I can, since I don't exactly know how to write a proper review I'll just write a little bit about the plots and what I liked and whatnot.

The hiding place is a book about a lady named Corrie ten Boom. She was a middle aged woman during the world war 2. She lived in Holland with her father and sister Betsie. Her father was a clock maker, and since she never fell in love and did not get married she lived and helped in the home above the shop. The building was called a Beje [bay-yay]. For a while she lived a pretty normal and quiet life. That is, until a shop across the street was raided by German soldiers because the owner was Jewish. She brought him in and made a call to her brother wilem who was hiding Jews and finding places for them to live. This was her first encounter with the "underground" and organization that helped Jews. She began asking her brother to help more and more until he couldn't anymore. So she took his place and the little Beje became the center of an entire organization in the underground that reached all over Holland. She was doing good, until she and a bunch of other people got in trouble by falling into a trap set by the Germans. They arrested her and her sister and everyone else in the beje at the time. She went to a local prison where she had a few roommates for a little while but was then sent to solitary. The food was bad, she wore the same clothes for months, and she started talking to ants. On the night of Hitlers birthday all the guards went out to celebrate and the prisoners took that to their advantage to learn about other people in the prison. Corrie learned that some of her family was released, her sister betsie was down the hall and sadly her father died 10 days into being at the prison. The guards then moved everyone at that prison to a few different prisons and finally to a concentration camp. Even though all of this bad has happened to corrie ten boom she tried to look at positive even though she wasn't able to find positive in the situations all the time. She survived the war but again sadly, her sister betsie did not.

I liked this book, because I like history and true stories. Corrie ten Boom was brave and stood for what she believed in. She even witnessed to her fellow prisoners about God whenever she could. She kept faith in God even through her hardest struggles.