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Torchlighters Biography Series: Corrie ten Boom

Read the amazing true story of Corrie ten Boom, a Torchlighter hero of the faith, and discover how her obedience to God saved lives and continues to inspire others today.

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  • Region: All
  • Media Type: Book
  • Running Time: 90 pgs
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  • Illumination Book Award-Silver

  • Christian Small Publishers Book of the Year Award


Corrie ten Boom and her family are watchmakers in Haarlem, Holland, where they give what little they have to spread God’s love and help others. But everything changes when World War II erupts and Hitler’s army takes over their country. As the Nazis round up Corrie’s Jewish neighbors and send them to deadly concentration camps, she knows that something must be done to stop them. But what can one small family do in the face of such great evil?

Read the amazing true story of Corrie ten Boom, a Torchlighter hero of the faith, and discover how her obedience to God saved lives and continues to inspire others today.

Editorial Reviews

What a joyful recommendation I have for parents! There could be no more beautiful biography on the life of Corrie ten Boom for children than the one by the Christian History Institute. It is very well and accurately written with a wonderful array of pictures to keep the book appealing and interesting. This is a true biography, not historical fiction, and will fill a void for an age group that has few well-written biographies about people of faith.

And it delights me more than anything else that this biography ends with the message which Corrie ten Boom spent decades seeking to highlight above all else: Forgiveness of our enemies through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the most important message of our day for people of all ages. A vital message for our children.

What a riveting story! Kids will love it. Congrats to Christian History Institute for a story well told.

As a child, I learned forgiveness from Corrie Ten Boom's story. Years later I would need to practice that very thing when we were held hostage in the jungle. I am grateful for her example and life!

Intermediate grade students want facts. They also want heroes. This book delivers on both, and it does so in the most readable and engaging way. I so look forward to sharing this high-quality Christian biography with my students.

Corrie ten Boom tells a powerful story of a family’s love, sacrifice, and obedience to God. Torchlighters resources are a wonderful way to introduce children to testimonies of God’s faithfulness in times of persecution, and to the perseverance and courage of bold Christians who serve Him in difficult times and places

Am I ever impressed with this new book on Corrie ten Boom! It reads so well. I can totally see my 9-year-old getting into this story. Well done!

As a follower of Christ and a protector of Jews during World War II, Dutchwoman Corrie ten Boom is well worth learning about. And Kaylena Radcliff's new biography of Corrie does an excellent job of telling Corrie's story in a way that's appropriate and inspiring for children. The biography begins once Corrie is an adult, taking care of missionary children in her Father's rambling home in Haarlem, Holland. Soon, Hitler invades Holland. The ten Boom family, devoted Christians, are horrified at how the Nazi's treat Jews, and soon are doing all they can to help - even creating a secret room for Jews to hide in their home. Corrie and her family drill - teaching their Jewish friends to get into the secret room in under a minute, and making sure the house shows no signs of extra visitors, too. Corrie struggles as her nephew, who works for the Underground, trains her to lie to the Nazi's. He keeps waking her up at night, asking where the Jews are hidden, and Corrie must learn to say, "Jews? What Jews?" But despite their careful efforts, which include using code to communicate, one man suspects the ten Boom's are hiding Jews. He comes to their house and tells a story about needing money to bribe a Nazi soldier to get his Jewish wife returned to him. Very ill, Corrie tells him to come back later and she will help. But the man is really a spy, and soon Nazis are breaking down the ten Boom door. They don't find the Jews, well hidden in the secret room, but they take Corrie, her father, and her sister, Betsie, to prison. Corrie's father dies almost immediately, but after some time in solitary, Corrie and her sister are reunited on a train headed for another prison. They experience great hardship, being forced to labor and live in quarters that are extremely over-populated, and without sanitary conditions. Corrie complains about the fleas, but Betsie encourages her to find things to thank God for. As it turns out, the horrible fleas keep the Nazis from inspecting their quarters, making it possible for Corrie and Betsie to read the tiny Bible Corrie has smuggled in, bringing hope and faith to many prisoners. Betsie, who often says how sincerely sorry she feels for the Nazi soldiers who are so lead astray, becomes very ill. But she says God has shown her the future. She says they will be released from the prison camp before the year ends, that they will help many people after the war, and that they will go to a large green house with flower boxes and flowers everywhere. But when Betsie dies, Corrie isn't certain what her future brings. Then one day, a clerical error gets her released from the prison. The war ends. And Corrie finds herself doing exactly the things her sister predicted. She even learns to forgive the Nazi soldiers who treat her and her family so cruelly. Looking back, Corrie can see God's hand never left her and she dedicates the rest of her life to rehabilitating people after the war, and teaching the world about Jesus. And, as she says, the world listens because of the great suffering she lived through. The biography also features a map, facts about Holland, a timeline, and a glossary. Throughout, there are illustrations, including actual photographs of Corrie and her family. What I Like: Everything! My children (ages 8 and 5) both really loved this story (though, admittedly, they were primed by watching the DVD, sold separately). I heard a lot of "Just one more chapter! Please!" And I was thrilled because Corrie ten Boom's story is an excellent example of trusting in God, helping others, and forgiving even those who do horrible things to you. What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: Although my 5 yr. old loved this book, I'd say generally it's more for the 8 and up crowd.

I read the Corrie ten Boom book and really loved it! I think it is perfect for 4th graders and higher (or for younger for a read aloud). It was well told and had good information for younger readers - it didn’t go into too much detail about the concentration camps and other terrible aspects of the war - and kept the focus on Corrie wanting to serve Jesus anywhere, no matter what it meant for her time here on earth. So I really liked it.

Customer Reviews

- A good book

The Torchlighters Corrie Ten Boom Book is a real life story about a young woman called Corrie (her real name`s Corilina) and her Father and sister Betsie who were arrested because they helped Jews. I liked most of it. For example, in the book there was a chapter called “The Fleas” about some fleas that were in the bed bunks when they were at Ravensbruck (a concentration camp). The guards were afraid of the fleas, so they didn’t go in the place where the bed bunks were and this let Betsie and Corrie freely pray, teach, and read the Bible every day. This story helped me understand that God can put in things you don’t like to protect you. But there`s one thing I did not like about the book. Some of the pictures were bits from the movie and some were real-life pictures. Some of the movie pictures didn’t have color and some of them did. it was all jumbled up, and you should pick either movie pictures with color, movie pictures without color, or real-life pictures. (Most real-life pictures from Corrie’s time are black and white.) I liked the book very much because it makes me want to help people.

From the Christian History Institute comes a biography from their Heroes of the Faith line. Corrie ten Boom and her family are watchmakers in Holland. When World War II erupts, Hitler’s army takes over their country and begins rounding up their Jewish neighbors. Read the story of how one family stood strong in faith against a great evil. Recommended for ages 8 – 12, this biography shares the life of Corrie ten Boom, her sister, Betsie, and their father who hid Jewish people from the Nazi army during World War II. They would end up arrested, some going to concentration camps, and Corrie struggled to hold onto her faith in such darkness. Her amazing story is shared in this biography that is accompanied by historical photographs, illustrations that match the artwork from the associated DVD, interesting facts about the Netherlands, a timeline and a glossary of terms. This is a moving story that will remind readers of the power of forgiveness and how leaning on faith can bring you through adversity. I am glad to add this book and DVD to our home library. It would also make a fabulous addition to a church library. I received a copy of this book from the Christian History Institute. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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