Tramp for the Lord

by Corrie ten Boom
191 pages, Religion
Reviewed by Lily A.

A mixture of personal stories and thoughts about God from a lovely woman of faith.


Written “with Jamie Buckingham”.
Corrie ten Boom survived the invasion of her country in World War II, imprisonment for her involvement in helping the Jews, and a stay in a concentration camp. But that was not the end of her life. Corrie felt herself called of God to a new life, and a different sort of challenge: taking the Gospel around the world as an itinerant evangelist, or "tramp for the Lord."


The morality here is sound. Bad deeds are spoken of, but this is done through the lens of the human need for forgiveness, and God’s amazing grace. The main character and storyteller seems to hold herself to a very high standard.

Spiritual Content

Spiritual content is everywhere, to the point where this seems to be almost equally biography and devotional, and it is thoroughly Christian. Corrie speaks of her walk with God, of His promptings as to where to go in her travels; of the conversions of many people; prayer; battling with sin, temptation and demonic influence; miracles; and miraculous arrangement of circumstances. Her theology seems like it may be somewhat charismatic, and some readers’ mileage may vary on that, but her faith and her portrayal of the world by that faith is earnest.


Corrie tells about her time in the concentration camp. This involves poor living conditions, beatings by guards, someone near her dying, seeing the smoke from bodies burning and wondering when it would be her turn.

There are some references to the war.
Corrie meets some people with very difficult circumstances in their lives, including a man who is on death row.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None recalled.

Sexual Content

There are several un-sexualized references to nakedness. A story is related about the circumstances of a child’s birth. A woman is said to have been “delivered from lust and impurity.”

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Some reference to characters cursing, but the words are not given.


This book was an interesting read, for me, sparkling with anecdotes and glowing with the warmth of hope. It was a series of glimpses into the life of a woman who I admire very much. More than that, it was a glimpse of what faith looks like: following God’s commands even when it doesn’t make sense, speaking of Him even to intimidating people, forgiving even people who hurt you horribly - because He forgives.

There is much to like here, and I think I could recommend it to any Christian in its intended age range.

Fun Score: 3.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: adult

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