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Reflections of God's glory : newly discovered meditations
Ten Boom, Corrie.
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan Pub. House, [1999]

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116 pages ; 21 cm
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Central Library BV4501.2 .T385 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Presents twenty-four meditations offering insight into the nature of God and the practical implications of faith in our lives.

Author Notes

Corrie ten Boom was a writer and historian. She was born in the Netherlands in 1892. In February of 1944, an informer turned the ten Boom family in to the Gestapo for hiding Jews in their watch and clock shop. Six family members and 30 friends were arrested. Casper, Betsie, and Christiaan ten Boom died as prisoners. Because of a clerical error, Corrie Ten Boom was released, one week before all the women her age were killed.

ten Boom went on to tell her message of survival for the next 32 years in countries throughout the world. Her story became both a book and a movie titled The Hiding Place.

Ten Boom died on April 15, 1983.

(Bowker Author Biography)



IntroductionDinner was over and the clean up underway. Having guests for dinner was a very commonplace occurrence in the Lowell household on the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean. But on this night our four children quickly recognized that this was no ordinary visitor.She insisted the kids call her “Tante” (Auntie) Corrie. After excusing herself to the living room, she sat in an old wooden rocker, opened a large purse, and pulled out a purple piece of cloth. Corrie ten Boom invited the children to sit at her feet and proceeded to talk about lifeâ€"her lifeâ€"and the challenges she and her family faced during World War II in her German-occupied town of Haarlem in the Netherlands.As she spoke, she slowly unfolded the purple cloth in her hands and revealed hundreds of strings tied in knots pulled through the cloth. It all looked so random. She showed the children how the strings didnâ€TMt seem to make sense from where they sat at her feet on the floor of the living room. “Thatâ€TMs the whole point,” she exclaimed. She said it was because of our limited vision, our limited perspective of what God is doing in our lives, that we question Him. At that point Tante Corrie slowly turned the purple tangled mess around to reveal a beautiful tapestry: a crown of gold with multi-colored jewels. “This,” she said, “is what God sees … from His perspective … a masterpiece!”During a visit to Bonaire in 1973, Corrie ten Boom shared this now-famous illustration of Godâ€TMs sovereignty. She had begun broadcasting radio messages in her native Dutch language to the Netherlands over Trans World Radio in 1966. Now, broadcasts had also been added to the Dutch-speaking Antilles islands from our station on Bonaire, and she wanted to see the station first-hand.Fast forward, for a moment, to a cool, overcast midsummer day in 1996â€"thirteen years after Corrieâ€TMs death. One of our staff members from the United States was visiting Trans World Radioâ€TMs office in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands, when another, quite dramatic, introduction took place. As this guest was handed a book of Corrie ten Boomâ€TMs radio messages published in Dutch by TWRâ€"Netherlands and saw a stack of Corrieâ€TMs typewritten radio scripts in a corner of the office there, the realization hit that no English-speaking person had ever had the benefit of hearing or reading these messages penned by a true giant of the Christian faith.Thus began the odyssey that led to the publishing of Reflections of Godâ€TMs Glory, a collection of twenty-four radio messages Corrie aired in Dutch over Trans World Radio beginning three decades ago, never before translated into English.Yet, the story of Corrie ten Boom goes back much further than either Voorthuizen or Bonaire. It was on February 28, 1944, that the lives of the Ten Boom family of Haarlem changed forever. On that day, Corrie, her father, her older sister, and thirty-five other people were arrested and sent to a Nazi concentration camp for not disclosing the whereabouts of six Jews hidden in a secret room attached to her bedroom. Corrie, the daughter of a watchmaker, and her devoutly Christian family dedicated much of their efforts toward shielding Jews from Nazi persecution during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. They were imprisoned and subjected to the atrocities of the Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany, where Corrieâ€TMs father and sister, Betsie, died. Corrie was inexplicably released after ten months of incarceration. She later found out that an order had been given at the end of the very week of her release to kill all women her age and older. God had used an error in prison paperwork as the catalyst to release her.Corrieâ€TMs unlikely voice arose from the ashes of post-World War II Europe, proclaiming the transforming message of Godâ€TMs love and forgiveness over the airwaves of Trans World Radio, an international Christian broadcasting ministry founded in the United States in 1952. She is most closely identified with her best-selling book The Hiding Place, which was later made into a full-length movie, and she gained worldwide acclaim as a Christian writer and speaker for her deep yet practical spiritual insights gleaned from her life experiences. At the time of her death in 1983, Corrie had written nine books, spoken in more than sixty countries, and produced five films.Twenty-two years after her release from Ravensbrück, Corrie had the rare privilege of beginning a ministry of broadcasting the Good News of Godâ€TMs redeeming love via a powerful transmitting site in Monte Carlo utilized by Trans World Radio. Ironically, the Monte Carlo station was originally built by Adolph Hitler for his Nazi propaganda machine, but never used for his sinister purposes. Instead, God used it as an open door for Corrie to proclaim to millions worldwide her story of how Godâ€TMs grace sustained her during her deepest hours of despair and how He empowered her to forgive those responsible for the deaths of her father and sister.Later, the broadcast followed from TWRâ€"Bonaire as well as from TWRâ€"Swaziland in Africa. Her messages were also copied onto cassettes and put into print. In addition to her popular radio talks, the text of The Hiding Place was broadcast over TWRâ€"Monte Carlo and TWRâ€"Bonaire.Throughout the years since the initial broadcast in 1954 from Tangier, Morocco, and its first program from Monte Carlo in 1960, TWR has been blessed with missions-minded broadcasters such as Corrie ten Boom. Today, more than 250 cooperating broadcasters worldwide air their programs via TWR.Utilizing forty transmitters from twelve primary sites and by satellite to three continents, TWR broadcasts more than 1,200 hours of gospel programs each week in over 140 languages. Each year more than 1.4 million letters are received from listeners in over 160 countries. Excerpted from Reflections of God's Glory by Corrie ten Boom All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Forewordp. 15
1. A Mirror of God's Gloryp. 19
2. The Lord's Gardenp. 23
3. Can You Forgive?p. 27
4. God's Answer to Worryp. 31
5. Worrying Is Disobedientp. 35
6. The Miracle of Prayer Is the Answer to Our Anxietyp. 39
7. Does God Answer Prayer?p. 43
8. Are Unanswered Prayers God's Mistakes?p. 47
9. Intercessionp. 51
10. How Do We Prepare for Jesus' Return?p. 55
11. God Prepares Usp. 59
12. God Comforts Usp. 61
13. God Gives Us Lovep. 65
14. God Gives Us Securityp. 69
15. How Can I Know What God Wants of Me?p. 73
16. God's Guidancep. 77
17. Going Where God Sends Youp. 81
18. Have You Left Your First Love?p. 85
19. God Works Through Our Helplessnessp. 89
20. Reasons for Demon Possessionp. 95
21. Victory Over Demonsp. 99
22. The Courage of Faithp. 103
23. Are You Afraid of Death?p. 107
24. What Is Your Final Destination?p. 111
Afterword The Corrie ten Boom Housep. 115

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