• A photo of a student reading The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

    2017-18 Harding Read announced

    Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place will be the featured book for next year.

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  • This is a photo of a student reading the bookAmazing Grace.

    2016 Harding Read

    The 2016 campus read was centered on Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas.

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Harding Read 2017

A campus read program called Harding Read began fall 2016. The American Studies Institute, Brackett Library and First Year Experience contributed ideas to the creation of the program, which encourages the campus community to read a book together and engage both in and out of the classroom.

The book selected for the 2017-18 school year is The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

Incoming students will be introduced to it at Summer Stampede, the entire student body will be exposed to it in chapel throughout the year, and alumni will be invited to online discussion groups. When young people come to college, they expect to be exposed to deep thoughts, important issues and grand ideas. Harding Read 2017 is an opportunity for the entire Harding community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and administration – to join together on what promises to be a thrilling journey with The Hiding Place.

Program info

About the book

The Hiding Place tells the story of Ten Boom and her family and their work with the Dutch underground during World War 2. Ten Boom and her older sister were eventually arrested and sent to a concentration camp themselves. The book chronicles their lives, the danger they were in, and the faith that helped them through it.

About the author

Information to come

Faculty resources

Faculty are encouraged to use ideas and thoughts from the book in the classroom. Brackett Library has provided a resource page for more information and tools for classroom use. View the resources here.


June 8 and July 13 | Summer Stampede welcome sessions
President Bruce McLarty will speak to new students in the opening sessions of Summer Stampede I and II and introduce the Harding Read program and book for the school year. The sessions will happen in Benson Auditorium from 2-3 p.m.

June 9 and July 14 | Book distribution
Copies of Amazing Grace will be available for free to all new students. Books can be picked up in Brackett Library after 3 p.m. on June 9 and July 14.