A couple years ago, my sister-in-law Whitney gave me a copy of The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and John and Elizabeth Sherrill for my birthday. I completely wore that copy out while we lived in Ukraine. I remember reading it at least five times over the few months we were overseas, and often used it to help teach English lessons to some of our Ukrainian friends.
Every once in a while I come across a book that speaks to me, one that is so completely familiar to me that I can't put it down. Obviously after reading this one a dozen times I practically have the chronology memorized, but even the first time I read it, I thought, "I know this story. I know these characters."
That's the thing about truth. Our souls recognize it and cleave to it and thirst for it. This story of a woman and her family during World War II is so close to my heart because it strengthens my faith, fills me with gratitude, and reminds me of the relationship that we are all capable of having with our families, enemies, friends, and God.
There are so many lessons in this book, so many amazing stories that I would love to share with you but I think you'd enjoy it a lot more if you just read it yourself! I have an extra copy, so if you want me to mail it to you just send me an email.
Just to give you a little taste, one of my (many) favorite lines from the book:
"Whenever we cannot love in the old, human way... God can give us the perfect way."