The Hiding Place (Young Reader’s Edition) by Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth & John Sherrill

Book description:

Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

Here is the riveting account of how Corrie and her family were able to save many of God’s chosen people. For 35 years millions have seen that there is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still. Now The Hiding Place, repackaged for a new generation of readers, continues to declare that God’s love will overcome, heal, and restore.

My review:

I read The Hiding Place several years ago and really loved Corrie Ten Boom’s story, so when I had the opportunity to read and review the young reader’s edition of this book, I was really excited.

I found this book to be every bit as good as the original edition that I read.  Sometimes when you read a young reader’s edition of a book, it is so watered down and simplistic that much of the content is lost or the arc of the story leaves much to be desired.  Not so with this one.  The Sherrill’s did a magnificent job keeping the details of Corrie’s story intact, while still giving young reader’s all the necessary information.

I can’t wait to pass this one along to my daughter to read, especially since she just finished studying about WWII.  Unfortunately her school removed all copies of this book from their library because it has too many references to God, which I think is a disservice to the students.  This book is unlike many others of the genre because it draws attention to people who helped the Jews survive the Holocaust at a terrible personal cost.

It also is an inspiring read because of Corrie’s struggle with forgiveness.  I still get goosebumps when I read about her meeting up with the SS guard after the war.  It challenges all readers to forgive others as she forgave the guard.

If you are looking for a book to introduce young reader’s to WWII, or to supplement their study of WWII, you can not go wrong with this one.  It teaches readers about history and provides an amazing character study and lesson at the same time.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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