New devotional features 'lost writings' of Corrie Ten Boom

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Recently discovered "lost writings" from the late Corrie Ten Boom, whose family sheltered Jews during Germany's occupation of her native Holland, have been translated and published in the new devotional, "I Stand at the Door and Knock."

Ten Boom's story was originally chronicled in her 1971 autobiography, "The Hiding Place," an international best-seller that eventually became a movie.

According to Mission News Network the writings were discovered by a Trans World Radio missionary in the Netherlands who was scouring the international ministry's archives looking for more of her work, which was broadcast between 1966 and the early '70s.

"These were programs that she broadcast in Dutch and had never before been translated into English," said Tom Watkins, U.S. director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships for Trans World Radio. "Essentially, it's kind of like finding a 'Fort Knox,' in terms of original content from Corrie Ten Boom that's never been translated into English."

After her release from a Nazi concentration camp at the end of World War II, Ten Boom used the radio program as part of her worldwide ministry of preaching the gospel to the lost. She also encouraged the church with her message of love, faith, and forgiveness until her death in 1983. Ten Boom said that it was the sustaining power of God that helped her and her family through the atrocities of a concentration camp after their capture by the Nazis.

The devotional was published late this summer as part of a partnership with Zondervan Publishing House in Grand Rapids, Mich., and comprises the third and likely final installment of Corrie's extensive writings discovered among unused audio segments containing her spiritual meditations.

"There was virtually nothing that we had to change in terms of updating, or making something relevant, or taking a message and thinking, 'What she's saying here is not pertinent for today.' It's remarkably timeless, the devotional thoughts that she had," Watkins said.

Earlier collaborations between the radio ministry and Zondervan included two other books of Corrie's unpublished radio scripts: "Reflections of God's Glory" and "Messages of God's Abundance."

"Our hope is that there will be a whole new generation of people and readers out there who may not have been familiar with Corrie Ten Boom and her story and 'The Hiding Place,' who will be brand new to this story," Watkins said.

For more information, visit www.zondervan.com and type in Ten Boom in the search box.