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I love adding Christian biographies to our studies so I was excited to review Corrie Ten Boom, one of the books in the Christian Heroes: Then & Now from YWAM Publishing. Corrie Ten Boom: Keeper of the Angels’ Den by Janet and Geoff Benge was just one of the many Christian biographies offered in this series.
How We Used the Book
Corrie Ten Boom is my favorite Christian hero to read and study about. From the moment I finished reading The Hiding Place, I was inspired and intrigued by her devotion and faith. So, naturally I was thrilled to read and review this book.
Reading Christian Biographies Aloud
My daughter (6th grade) and I read this book every day during our regular Literature time in the afternoon. We started reading one chapter a day but gradually added more due to her pleading, “Mom, please, another chapter! I have to find out what happens!”
Since this book has just 15 chapters, we finished reading in less than two weeks. My daughter sat beside me on our couch and worked on crochet projects while I read aloud to her. We normally use two copies of books and take turns reading. Listening to a read aloud was a refreshing change for her and she was quite engaged throughout the book.
Incorporating Unit Study Guides
YWAM Publishing sent me a unit study guide to accompany the reading of the book. While I did not use this unit study guide in depth, here is a look at the guide and what portions I found helpful.
Key Bible Verses
The Ten Boom family was firmly grounded in the Word of God. There were several areas of the book that mentioned verses meaningful to the family. Some of these verses were:
- “Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I hope in thy word.” (Psalm 119:114 KJV)
- “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. (I Thessalonians 5:15 KJV)
You can memorize these verses or use them to begin meaningful discussions on how they impacted Corrie’s life. We read these verses and I let my daughter tell me her thoughts on the verses and when Corrie called them to memory.
Essay & Chapter Questions
While we did not write any essays for this book, I did pull from essay questions to spark some discussions within the chapters. The unit study guide also has questions for each chapter to facilitate discussion in the manner that fits your homeschool. Some of these questions are vocabulary related while others are open-ended questions to engage student thinking.
I love how they included various levels that aid student learning. Older students can concentrate more on open-ended questions while younger students can practice with vocabulary.
One of the main reasons I love reading biographies or other literary works is the way I can integrate other subject material into the reading. This unit study does a wonderful job related the book’s themes to our lives.
Many families love using creative additions to their literature time. Getting in the kitchen to cook food together, learning new music, or decorating with various displays are just a few things you can do. These enhance learning and deepen love and understanding of the book.
Why I Loved Reading About Corrie Ten Boom
Corrie Ten Boom lived in Haarlem in the Netherlands during World War II. She witnessed Adolf Hitler’s regime brutal abuse of thousands of friends and strangers. God used her family to hide away numerous Jews and save them from death.
In her later years, Corrie is captured and taken prisoner for many months. Her story of enduring faithfulness and willingness to spread the Gospel in dangerous conditions demonstrates her solid faith in God.
If you’re not familiar with Corrie Ten Boom, I encourage you to read this book with your children. I also encourage you to consider their age levels and frames when reading certain portions of the book. While not all graphic situations are included in this book, there is some hard material to read and deal with.
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