I'm a guy. A dude. An outie.
When I saw The Hiding Place on Amazon, I was hesitant to buy and read the book because it honestly looked like it might be a “chick book”. Something horribly new-wavy or self-pandering like “Eat, Pray, Love”. (Sorry – everyone is entitled to an opinion).
But I could not have been more wrong.
Corrie Ten Boom (love the name) couldn't have been a more unlikely candidate for a hero than Otis from Mayberry RFD.
She was an innocent, sheltered, and quite naive 50 something spinster. She lived at her father's home and watch repair shop with her spinster sister. She was very much a “grandmotherly type woman”. Like Mrs. Doubtfire in many ways.
But Corrie Ten Boom, her father and her sister Betsie were a powerful force to be reckoned with. They had a deep, authentic faith that Jesus Christ existed, died, and rose to life 2000 years ago AND that because of that, his recorded words had the ability to change the world.
For those folks who think they know everything about religion and want to put down Christianity I would argue that you are probably extremely ignorant about the idea. Most people don't know much more than what they read in the newspaper headlines. If you can't go deeper than a headline, then move on.
But if you can go deeper than a headline, this story might be the one that bops you on the head.
When faced with a neighbor in need, a Jewish neighbor, the Ten Booms didn't even bat an eye. They simply did the right thing. They helped a neighbor in need. Then 5. Then 10, Then 20… you get the picture. They did this for years!
They just happened to do this during the German occupation of Holland during WWII. That made their kindness downright dangerous.
But then in 1944 they got caught.
Then and only then do you, dear reader, get a lesson in spirituality you won't soon forget.
Only then will you see and feel in the deepest way the brutish capacity of man.
Only then does the Hiding Place truly start
Corrie, I believe, is not capable of more than a single lie. She only told one in the book. But I believe her capacity for truth telling to be so rock solid that this book has provided me a complete paradigm shift.
Her writing is so good – her ability to place you in her story – to have you feel what she felt – that I, a self respecting male, found myself weeping at Corrie's losses. Corrie transported me back to a dear dear friend that departed from me 40 years ago – that I felt as if my loss was just yesterday.
All I have to say is “go get The Hiding Place” – but beware, as it will smack you between the eyes.