Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review: Corrie ten Boom:Are All of the Watches Safe? by:Catherine Mackenzie

 Corrie ten Boom: Are All of the Watches Safe?
About the Book:
Tells the true story of Corrie Ten Boom and little Dutch watch shop. While she mends watches she is constantly watching out for danger to ensure that her friends in the secret room are safe. Tells the story of God who is the only one who can keep us safe.

About the Author:
Catherine Mackenzie enjoys explaining the gospel to a child and sees it as a challenge and a joy - something to treasure and to look forward to. Catherine's favourite activity is making flapjacks with her nephews & nieces. She loves to collect books & real life heroes and some of these can be seen in her Little Light's series. Watch out for two additions to this series in November 2008. She has written several trailblazer biographies (including Billy Graham) for young people, the ‘Stories from Canterbury Place’ series dealing with difficult issues those children may have to face. Her Recent Board Series 'Sent to Save'(March 2008) follows on from ‘Born to be King’ which was released in July 2006.

My Review:
 Corrie ten Boom grew up in Holland and lived in a small watch shop with her family, that her father owned and operated. Everyday she would watch as her father would work on watches and clocks and something about seeing her father do this day after day made her want to do the same as he. She absolutely loved working in the watch shop so much so that every night she would ask her father after he locked up for the night, "are all the watches safe?" And after he assured her they were they would hurry off to dinner.

 It wasn't long before even Holland was feeling the threats of Nazi Germany, when the ten Boom family heard enemy war planes overhead. Bombs began to be dropped until long last Holland was defeated and the Nazis took it over. Corrie seen all that was happening to the Jewish people and she decided to help by letting them seek refuge in a secret room in her home. It wasn't long though before the enemy found out and even Corrie was taken prisoner.

 She managed to outlive her father and sister but not without coming through something very horrific herself. Corrie believed that the only person that could provide the ultimate safe refuge is God and she continued to share that message until her death.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.