Category Archives: Books

# 48. “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill

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WhileCT focused on the situational ethics questions raised by this book, I focused on the love and forgiveness answers.

I last read this book years ago, but the I Corinthians 13 love that Corrie showed towards the Jews, the others in the concentration camp, and the guards was miraculous. Something empowered by a Supernatural Being. God.

While I probably won’t ever be caged or stereotypically despised, I will (and do) have great needs that need a greater God to handle. I need, want and am thankful for supernatural empowerment by my loving Father God.

This type of forgiveness reminds me of how the Amish community is responding to a killer’s family. Without Christ, or a biblical theology, this type of communal forgiveness is not possible. Is it?

I pray that when I am called upon to grace those around me, I do. That is one of my earnest prayers.

Anyway, share what impact this book has made on you.

Or, if you haven’t read it and want to, I’ll reread it. It would be fun to have a group read. LMK.

NOTE: CT recently posted their top 50 books written in the past 50 years. We will talk about a few each week. Here’s the original post for this week.

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# 49. “Knowledge of the Holy” by A. W. Tozer.

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“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” AW Tozer

Do you agree? Disagree?

Tozer believes, “Worship is pure or base as the worshipper entertains high or low thoughts about God” (p. 1).

Who do you say God is? Tozer says many of us are not in touch with “our real idea of God.” Indeed theses ideas “may lie buried under the rubbish of conventional religious notions and may require an intelligent and vigorous search before it is finally unearthed and exposed for what it is” (p. 2). I think we all have heretical thoughts/beliefs about God.

One way to unearth these is to read about God and compare our ideas to truth.

Knowledge of the Holy describes 19 attributes of God. Each chapter begins with a prayer and in a few pages (6-8) boils down the essential points of each trait.

The information is concise and simple enough for a new Believer and yet deep enough to use as support material for papers in college. (I read through chapter 13, The Divine Transcendence, many times in order to get a grip on that topic for a final.)

Don’t be fooled though. Even were you to memorize each word, you would not fully know God. But any information you do internalize will surely help you grow in faith, hope, and love.

Reading this book also increased my AWE for God.

Questions for you . . .

  • What quotes struck you?
  • What attribute was most beautiful? Difficult to visualize?
  • Where are your heresies?
  • So, how many of you have read this book?

I look forward to growing along with you in this discussion.

NOTE: CT recently posted their top 50 books written in the past 50 years. We will talk about a few each week. Here’s the original post for this week.