This book has been recommended to me for years. I've always had a fascination with WWII and the Holocaust, but I find reading about it difficult--a book is a long time to spend with one's head in such a dark place. Still, several people told me how uplifting and surprisingly light Ten Boom's story was, in spite of the darkness surrounding her. I can only add my agreement here. From the first lines of the book, The Hiding Place captured me with its infectious warmth. Corrie Ten Boom was clearly tenacious in her optimism and faith, and that strength of spirit infuses her telling. I literally could not put the book down, and carried it with me throughout the house, finishing it in a day.