The Hiding Place PG and Return to the Hiding Place Cert 12 by James F. Collier

BookPoint not only has books, cards and gifts but also a growing collection of CDs and DVDs, many of which can also be found in the library.

Two such are The Hiding Place made in 1975 and now restored and remastered and its sequel, Return to the Hiding Place made in 2013.

If you want a comfortable, feel-good movie, these films are not for you. I originally saw The Hiding Place at the cinema in the 1970s when I remember the cinema-goers coming out in silence. Christians around the country stood outside cinemas and gave out Christian leaflets to viewers as they left to encourage them to think further about what they had seen. It is the true story of Corrie Ten Boom and her family in Holland and their valiant attempts to hide Jews as they fled the Nazis who had occupied their country. It is gruelling, gripping but true.  

The sequel follows the life of one of Corrie’s ‘watches’ (the name given by the Ten Boom family to their fugitives), a young man named Hans Poley and his subsequent adventures when he was forced to flee The Hiding Place. It has a Certificate 12 because of the violence and there were times I had to turn away. Would I recommend these films? Yes. Christians are sometimes accused of being unaware of reality and living in LaLa land. Detached from what is going on. We need to be people who are aware of what is happening and has happened in the world around us. We need to be aware of the cost of being a Christian and be willing to give everything for the name of Jesus, just like this Dutch family, so that others might know the true Hiding Place for eternity.

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