In my Father’s House

Somehow I’ve missed reading Corrie ten Boom’s In My Father’s House until just this past week.

Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch woman who, with her father and sister, hid Jews from the Gestapo during the German occupation of Holland in the second world war. For this crime, many members of her family died, and Corrie only barely escaped death.

The book is a sort of a follow-up to The Hiding Place, which tells the story of those war years. In My Father’s House is more a story of Corrie’s young years.

I’m continually amazed as I read through the book: at the joy and love in her poor, poor family. At the faith and love Corrie had from a very young age. And mostly at the amazing way that God crafted her life: from miracle to miracle.

Well worth a read!

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If you’ve never heard of Corrie ten Boom, take a look at her website. She died in 1983, but the museum foundation that now owns her home maintains the site. Also, you can get a list of her books at Amazon.

Here’s a paragraph from her website:

For their crime of helping Jews, the Ten Boom family was sent to prison. Papa died within ten days of his arrest. He had said it would be a privilege to give his life for the Jews. Willem and his son Christiaan also died due to their imprisonments. Corrie and Betsie spent a total of ten months in three different prisons. The last was Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, located near Berlin, Germany. Betsie died there, but through a clerical error (God’s miracle), Corrie was released. Starting at age 53, she spent the next 33 years sharing what she and Betsie had learned in Ravensbruck. “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still” and “God will enable you to forgive your enemies.â€?

 


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