Hunter Merritt

Coach Adams

August 12,2017

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place. by Corrie ten Boom. “Books fall open, you fall in.” I personally think this quote depends on the book. Some books just do not grab your attention, but this book got my attention. The more I read the more I fell into it. I feel like the quote means that the book starts, the reader falls in love with the book. They can’t just simply set the book to the side; they have to keep reading it. For me this is very hard to do, because reading is not my passion. It’s really hard for me to find a book that I like. I really enjoyed reading this book. It had very good content and it always kept me wondering what will happen next. I also loved all the conflicts that were going on throughout this story. There were a lot of life lessons that you can learn from this story. When Corrie was in prison she had the struggle of confinement. Here she was bored and she had to keep herself busy. She had had a Bible with her but had to hide it from the guards. I found this to be a good life lesson, because she turned to the Bible. It was a big risk of having a bible; if the guards would have found it they could have killed her. It showed that she had great courage and determination for wanting to have the Bible to read knowing if she was caught the consequences would not be good. I need to take some advice from her. I know I’m not in prison nor do I plan to be, but I need to reference back to the Bible more often. It sounds terrible, but for me this is a lot harder than it should be. As a teenager there are so many bad influences everywhere. I would be a much better person if I would just tell my friends that I can’t go to that party and instead go home to spend time with my family and read my Bible. It’s a decision that is sometimes hard, but we all know what we should do. Peer pressure is a thing that we all face. It is always good to be yourself. Be yourself because an original is worth more than just a copy.” ― Suzy Kassem.

Throughout the story, Corrie faced many of hardships. The first one is learning to trust God in every circumstance. It is amazing what god can do. If we put all of our faith in him he will have our backs. God is always on your side. She would put all of faith into him, and he would come through. I could not imagine going through what happened during this time. Corrie is faced with these hardships everyday. Corrie had hardships with how to house all of the Jews they were in charge of. She also had the trouble of hiding the own Jews in her house. She overcame these hardships by putting all her faith in god. People turn to God during periods of hardship ,and lean on their faith to pull them through. I personally went through this when I was younger when my mom died. It was the hardest time of my life, and couldn’t imagine being worse. I would always ask myself why this would happen to me. Then the more I thought about it the worse it got ,but my friends and family got me through it. I miss her everyday, but I know she is in a better place. I learned that god has a plan for every single one us. He knows what we are going to do before we think about doing it. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11. Even though it might not seem right he is looking out for us just like he was for Corrie during the book. She was going through the hardest time of her life and he got her through it just like he got be through it. I learned a lot from this book, and I could relate to it. I faced some of theses hardships, and I’m sure I will face some more. I will now know how to face theses types of challenges.

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