the hiding place

5 April, 2010

I’m probably the only follower of Jesus over the age of 40 who’s not read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I only just finished listening to the audio version of the book, and am moved beyond comprehension by this amazing story of God’s grace in the midst of the horror of the Holocaust .

This autobiographical account is one of the best audio books I’ve ever heard.  The story so well told by Corrie ten Boom and narrated so faithfully by Bernadette Dunne, tells the story of a family of well loved Christian watchmakers who refused to turn their back on the suffering around them, but relied on God to lead them at ever turn, in order to save as many people as possible.

I listened to the book in my car as I’ve been driving around for the last week, and at times I admit, I had to turn it off before arriving at my destination, so powerful was the story that my emotions often got the better of me.  Corrie relates their experiences so well, that I genuinely felt invited into the situation, the family, their associates, those they cared for, and those they suffered alongside of, each making my heart sing, laugh and cry as their faith in their God led them on to stand up to the evil around them.

I cannot speak highly enough of this book.  A definite “must read” (or hear), for every Christian, if not for the story itself, and the amazing expression of faith, but also for a first hand account of man’s inhumanity to man and just how low we really can go. It’s a poignant reminder that  while it seems a million years away from where we are now, the Holocaust really wasn’t that long ago, and people just like you and me, were on both sides of this war, people very much loved by our God, ordinary people who turned on one another.  The Nazi reign is clearly one of humanities darkest hours.

I pray we never again see a time like this, but if we should, I also pray that there are faithful servants like the Ten Booms, out there serving their Lord with all they have.  I pray I may be as faithful as they.

In the interests of honesty in blogging.  I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook from christianaudio.com as a part of their reviewers program.  I was under no obligation at all to provide a positive review.

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5 September, 2009

Spring is springing quite well indeed here in Melbourne, Australia and I feel like I’m starting to find my way out of some wintery doldrums. I’ve missed the warmth of the sun and being able to get out and walk and ride my bike away from the cold winds.

I’ve been using my inside-time to some advantage though. Reading [& coffeeing] a lot. I made my way through Eugene Peterson’s “The Message” (NT), in both written form and listening to it the car as I drive about. I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m quite looking forward to going back to my NKJV though, it’s like family.

At the moment I’m re-reading though Jim Petersen’s Church Without Walls: Moving Beyond Traditional Boundaries and enjoying his insights while thinking through what it is to be Dad’s Church.


the shack

2 August, 2007

I just finished reading “The Shack” by William P. Young, and it’s not an overstatement to say that it’s quite possibly the best book I’ve ever read (outside of the Bible).

 

I’m completely overwhelmed by what I’ve read.

 

The song “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” is playing relentlessly and with great joy in my mind. It’s not in the book, it’s just all I can think of at the moment through the tears of love and gratitude.

 

 

 

I really didn’t think I’d like it. The opening story isn’t one that you get to mess about with. It’s awful. It hurt to read it. Having said that though, it was so worth reading on. I don’t want to give anything away, so I wont go into any details, but I will say, that this book really is amazing.

 

 

 

If you’d like to check it out, you can get it at… http://www.theshackbook.com or click the link below.

 

 

 

The shack