The central theme in this book about the horrors of the Holocaust is, paradoxically, responding in faith. The entire experience of the Ten Boom family comes to pass because of their unwavering dedication in living God's will for them, as they see it. Their response to the hellish events of their times is straightforward and unquestioned; they open their home to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution for the simple reason that they are fellow human beings in need of assistance, they endure the unspeakable consequences of their deeds by seeking God's help in bearing their burdens, and they strive to overcome their human tendencies towards bitterness and anger in order to forgive the perpetrators of the most heinous of crimes in imitation of their Savior.
The Ten Booms' response to circumstances during World War II is simply an extension of the manner in which they have always approached life. In a spirit of loving kindness, they have always held the doors of the Beje open to the needy, long before the occupation of Holland. When their own family members no longer filled up all the rooms, a series of foster children had found a home there. When they too had grown up and gone away, Corrie and Betsie continued to minister to the least of God's children in the persons of the disabled and developmentally handicapped. Familiar with the generous hospitality of the Ten Booms, frantic Jews with no other recourse begin to appear at their door during the occupation, and the family responds as they always have, with open arms for anyone in need, regardless of the consequences.
When the inevitable backlash of acting upon their beliefs finally does arrive, the Ten Booms continue to behave in accordance with God's will for them. In deference to his age, Casper Ten Boom is offered leniency when the family is arrested, if only he will promise to cease his activities in harboring Jews, but he remains steadfast in his beliefs, and dies after having been imprisoned for...
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