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One woman’s faith

The new Ennis Literary Guild has a spiritual as well as literary treat in store for members when the group gathers again next week to hear Pam Rosewell Moore tell of her years as companion to Christian missionary and Dutch Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom.
“She served the Lord in her weakness as she had in her strength, in her old age as in her youth, in her death as in her life,” said Moore who will address the Guild on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Ennis Public Library.
The British-born writer and lecturer, now a resident of Waxahachie, was for seven years personal assistant and companion to the legendary crusader whose family helped shelter Jews from the Nazis during World War II. The ten Boom family, successful in their efforts to protect many from imprisonment and execution, were themselves soon captured and committed to Germany’s infamous Ravensbruck concentration camp.
Ten Boom’s miraculous escape strengthened her faith and led her on a path of service to others as a teacher, evangelist and author of Christian books, the most famous of which is her autobiography, The Hiding Place, later made into a film.
Moore came into ten Boom’s life in 1976 and although the great lady soon suffered a stroke, her young helper didn’t abandon her but remained at her side until her death in 1983. Ten Boom passed away on her 91st birthday but that didn’t bother her, she told Moore, because it meant she “and the Lord can celebrate it together.”
“During what I call the five silent years that followed her stroke, in what seemed to be a very slow movement of time, I watched closely and saw that, in spite of it all, Christianity really works,” Moore said. “This remarkable woman, although captive to her physical condition, was nevertheless very much spiritually free and a powerful witness to the truth of Christ. She was truly a gift from the Lord to the church—and to me.”
Although Moore wrote an earlier book on ten Boom, the review to the Ennis Literary Guild she will give on Sept. 6 will be of her book Life Lessons from the Hiding Place, published in 2004.
Moore, who served 14 years as director of intercessory prayer ministry at Dallas Baptist University, is the author of three other titles, including Safer Than a Known Way, a memoir. Her husband, Carey Moore, is librarian of government documents at Dallas Baptist University.
The Ennis Literary Guild meets quarterly at the Ennis Public Library. The group, founded earlier this year by Joanne Ventura, Nancy Thomas and Sandra Wakefield, is the first all-inclusive local women’s book club. Membership for this year is $40 (or $15 at the door).
Next Thursday’s review of Moore’s Life Lessons from the Hiding Place takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information on membership or forthcoming programs call Ventura (972-878-7300), Thomas (972-878-9888) or Wakefield (972-875-4535), or write to the Ennis Literary Guild, 400 W. Denton St., Ennis, Tx 75119.

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