The Ten Boom family lived in the heart of Haarlem in the Netherlands during the second world war. Corrie assisted her father in the family watch-making business. She was the first licensed female watchmaker in the country. As living conditions became dangerous for the Jewish residents of Haarlem, the Ten Booms built a secret room in their home, and hid Jews there until they could be smuggled out of the country. Eventually they were caught by the Gestapo, and Corrie, her sister Betsie, her father and other relatives were arrested.
Much of the book deals with Corrie and Betsie’s time in the Ravensbrück concentration camp for women. Life was all but unbearable, but God was with them through it all. It is a hard biography to read, but in the end it re-affirms that there is no trial that we go through alone.
Father sat down on the edge of the narrow bed. “Corrie,” he began gently, “when you and I go to Amsterdam – when do I give you your ticket?”
I sniffed a few times, considering this.
“Why, just before we get on the train.”
“Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things, too. Don’t run out ahead of Him, Corrie. When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need – just in time.”