The Hiding Place
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Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
Corrie ten Boom, her sister, Bessie, and their father run a watch repair business outside of Amsterdam. When Corrie is in her 50's, Hitler's German army seizes Holland and begins persecuting Jews. Although Corrie and her family are devout Christians, their compassion for their neighbors leads to their involvement in a stealthy underground effort to hide and protect Jews. The ten Booms are eventually captured and imprisoned for their "crimes" against the Germans. Corrie and Bessie endure horrific conditions in several concentration camps, all the while sharing their faith with anyone who will listen.
The ten Booms are committed Christians who engage in daily Bible reading and who reach out to their neighbors in Christian love even before the German invasion. They struggle repeatedly over the question of whether lying to help save a Jew's life is contrary to God's will. Corrie and Bessie pray fervently throughout their prison experiences. They smuggle a Bible into the camp and share God's word with the other inmates. Bessie constantly praises God for her circumstances and pities her cruel German captors because they're so far from God. Many Bible passages appear in the text.
Other Belief Systems
Jews frequently engage in friendly religious debates with Corrie's father. Though specific tenants of Hitler's agenda are not mentioned in detail, Nazi beliefs play a foundational role in the story.
None. Brief descriptions about life in the concentration camp are disturbing, though. For example, while looking for her ailing sister in the hospital, Corrie discovers naked corpses thrown carelessly on the ground. Corrie and Bessie hear the tortured cries of their fellow prisoners, watch the elderly and infirm being sent to the extermination area and hear frequent gunshots as prisoners are executed.
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Smoking: Corrie's father and others smoke pipes and cigars.
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Readability Age Range
13 and up
Corrie Ten Boom
Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group