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The comparisons and contrasts between The Hiding Place and Night. Both books were written with struggles, tenderness, agony, and fear in mind. Of these two books only one comes out and realizes that what they have gone through was not a cruse but some what a blessing from God, Himself. The struggles both face is more than just man against man but it is also a struggle within to find who they truly are and whom they truly believe in. Both main characters, Eli and Corrie, faced something they never knew they could face but only one comes out stronger than the other.
The Night was written by Elie Wiesel and The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Elie an author-Jew and survivor of the Holocaust describes the excruciating pain he felt during the time spent in concentration camps, and the deep inner fight contained within him. “Did I write it so as not to go mad or, on the contrary, to go mad in order to understand the nature of madness, the immense, terrifying madness that had erupted in history and in the conscience of mankind?” (Elie VII). Trapped in his own world of madness and fear he feels he’s all alone and the One God and Father of the Universe that was always to be there with him has abandoned him. “Behind me, I heard the same man asking: ‘For God’s sake, where is God?’ where He is? This is where – hanging from this gallows.” (Elie 65) Elie accused God for what was happening and felt that he could no longer praise God for his goodness. “But now I no longer pleaded for anything. I was no longer able to lament. On the contrary, I felt very strong. I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man. Without love or mercy. I was ashes now…” (Elie 68) Elie Wie...


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... leaving me. That every thing is a blessing we just have to look for the good even if it does not seem like a blessing at the time. That souls are more important than anything else that is physical in this world. And that we are made to be disciples of God to lead those who are lost and without light to the Lord. When I think about the times that we begin to think God has forsaken us it is usually us not looking for God it is us who have blinded our own selves and that Jesus is standing there waiting on us to lay everything before Him. Corrie and Elie made me realize that I need Jesus to be the center of my world that I need a firm relationship with Him before anything else. That God will never leave me. And no matter how scared I may get, no matter how many struggles and fears I face, I need to know who I truly believe in and who I truly trust God will never leave.


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