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For the Glory: Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr

Duncan Hamilton
# UM1402 Hardcover, 388 pages; 2016
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If you've seen the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire, you may think you know the story of Olympic runner Eric Liddell. But this inspiring biography goes far beyond the scope of that movie to tell his extraordinary tale. Born in China to Scottish missionaries, Liddell sprinted to fame in the 1924 Paris Olympics, earning renown both for his gold-medal performance and for his staunch refusal to compete on Sundays. And though Olympic endorsements in the 1920s weren't as lucrative as they are today, Liddell's decision to step off the track and return as a missionary to the land of his birth shocked the sports world. Yet the discipline, strength, and quiet humility that helped to make Liddell an Olympic champion were the same traits that guided his work with children and the poor in war-torn China. And when he was imprisoned by the occupying Japanese in a work camp, Liddell's devotion to his faith and his fellow man - even the prison guards - earned him more respect than a hundred Olympic gold medals ever could. It's a compelling, remarkable story you won't soon forget. (KG)
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