Don't miss Duncan Hamilton’s inspired, absorbing biography of Eric Liddell, FOR THE GLORY
You might know Olympic sprinter Eric Liddell from the 1981 classic movie Chariots of Fire, which tells the story of Liddell’s famous decision to forego his signature event because it fell on Sunday, and he was a strict observer of the Christian Sabbath. He was the greatest sprinter in the world at the time, and his choice not to run was ridiculed by the British Olympic committee, his fellow athletes, and most of the world press–even though he went on to win a gold the next day at his least-favored event, the 400m.
In FOR THE GLORY, prizewinning sportswriter Duncan Hamilton continues Liddell’s story, following him to China, where he devoted himself to missionary work in an increasingly dangerous and hostile environment. When Japan invaded, he and thousands of other westerners were interned at a Japanese work camp. Even in these extreme circumstances, Liddell continued to practice and preach his faith, counseling other prisoners, sharing his meager rations with the sick and weak, and even organizing–and competing in–footraces to keep spirits up. When he passed away, just months before the end of the war, he was mourned around the world as an incredible athlete and as a man who changed the world around him through his devotion to his beliefs.
“The real theme of Liddell’s story is faith and providence rather than fame and proving oneself. […] A story about religious belief could be dry fare, but Liddell is too good a subject and Hamilton too deft a guide to let that happen.” – The Times (London)
Read the prologue on Medium here!
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