Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

A very riveting book. I read it all in one day. Although her native language is not English, her prose is frequently poetic. At the same time, this is not a difficult read.

This book is about the author's experience with the holocaust. As such, you cannot expect a happy, light story. And yet the book is inspiring and empowering. There are many Christian references and quotes from the King James Bible throughout the book. The author emphasizes forgiveness and love as well as conversion to Christ. I highly recommend this book.

Warning - Descriptions below may include spoilers.

Violence: Heavy
Violent scenes and images are scattered throughout this book. Sometimes only the resulting injuries are described, other times how they are acquired is included. She does not include the most gory descriptions, and does not dwell on them constantly, but they are frequent. Most poignant is a description of a form of torture at a concentration camp, and the treatment of the bodies of the dead.

Sexual References: Moderate
Mentions "sexsin", without describing what it is. Describes men ogling the naked women during their physicals, but does not say much sexually about the women themselves. Mentions prostitutes being among the prisoners.

Offensive language: None
I cannot recall any swearing or cursing in this book.

Overall Content Rating: Moderate

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