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For the glory : the untold and inspiring story of Eric Liddell, hero of Chariots of Fire

Author: Duncan Hamilton
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Eric Liddell ran -- and lived -- for the glory of God. After winning the Olympic gold medal for the 400 meters in Paris, 1924, he dedicated himself to missionary work in China where he married and had children. When war appeared on the horizon, he put his family on a boat to Canada, while he remained behind to help, eventually becoming interned at a Japanese work camp. There, he did what he was born to do: practice
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Eric Liddell; Eric Liddell
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Duncan Hamilton
ISBN: 9780143110187 0143110187
OCLC Number: 957138799
Description: 388 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles ; 22 cm
Contents: The last race of the champion --
Faster. How to become a great athlete --
A cup of strong tea, please --
Coming to the crossroads --
I wonder if I'm doing the right thing? --
Dancing the tango along the Champs-Élysées --
Not for sale at any price --
Higher. Good-bye to all that --
There are no foreign lands --
"Will ye no come back again?" --
There's something I want to talk to you about --
Everywhere the crows are black --
The sharpest edge of the sword --
Stronger. The man who isn't there --
No more happy birthdays --
You can run ... but you won't catch us, old man --
Call to me all my sad captains --
What will survive of us is love.
Responsibility: Duncan Hamilton.

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Eric Liddell ran -- and lived -- for the glory of God. After winning the Olympic gold medal for the 400 meters in Paris, 1924, he dedicated himself to missionary work in China where he married and had children. When war appeared on the horizon, he put his family on a boat to Canada, while he remained behind to help, eventually becoming interned at a Japanese work camp. There, he did what he was born to do: practice his faith and his sport. For the people around him, he became the moral center of an unbearable world, one that proved too much: he succumbed to a brain tumor before the end of the war, with his passing mourned around the world. Yet his story continues to inspire. For the Glory is both a compelling narrative of Liddell's heroic athleticism and of faith in the darkest circumstances. - Back cover.

This book is the untold and inspiring story of Eric Liddell, hero of Chariots of Fire, from his Olympic medal to his missionary work in China to his last, brave years in a Japanese work camp during WWII. Many people will remember Eric Liddell as the Olympic gold medalist from the Academy Award winning film Chariots of Fire. Famously, Liddell would not run on Sunday because of his strict observance of the Christian sabbath, and so he did not compete in his signature event, the 100 meters, at the 1924 Paris Olympics. 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. Yet Liddell triumphed in a new event, winning the 400 meters in Paris. Liddell ran -- and lived -- for the glory of his God. After winning gold, he dedicated himself to missionary work. He travelled to China to work in a local school and as a missionary. He married and had children there. By the time he could see war on the horizon, Liddell put Florence, his pregnant wife, and children on a boat to Canada, while he stayed behind, his conscience compelling him to stay among the Chinese. He and thousands of other westerners were eventually interned at a Japanese work camp. Once imprisoned, Liddell did what he was born to do, practice his faith and his sport. He became the moral center of an unbearable world. He was the hardest worker in the camp, he counseled many of the other prisoners, he gave up his own meager portion of meals many days, and he organized games for the children there. He even raced again. For his ailing, malnourished body, it was all too much. Liddell died of a brain tumor just before the end of the war. His passing was mourned around the world, and his story still inspires. In the spirit of The Boys in the Boat and Unbroken, For the Glory is both a compelling narrative of athletic heroism and a gripping story of faith in the darkest circumstances. - Publisher.

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Praise for Duncan Hamilton's FOR THE GLORY: "Duncan Hamilton's compelling biography puts flesh on the legend and paints a vivid picture of not only a great athlete, but also a very special human Read more...

 
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