Since the Olympic games are on in Rio de Janeiro right now, there are a lot of books available at the library in the front shelves about the Olympics and some of the greats that made their mark on the world.
This is a book about the untold and inspiring story of Eric Liddell. He was the 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 World War II.
I love stories about Olympic heroes. And not much has been written about Eric Liddell. So, I was quite happy Eric Liddell was the greatest sprinter in the world at the time. But he chose not to run. This turned a lot of eyebrows at the time. Yet Liddell triumphed days later in a new event, winning the 400 meters.
Liddell ran–and lived–for the glory of God. He had a strict observance of the Sabbath. So, he did not compete in his signature event, the 100 meters, at the 1924 Paris Olympics. What a wonderful man of principle and honor who loved God!
Liddell was a man of honor. He traveled to China to work in a local school as a missionary. He married and had children there. By the time Liddell could see war on the horizon. he decided to put his pregnant wife, Florence, and their children on a ship to Canada while he remained and was eventually imprisoned in a war camp.
But even while imprisoned, he never gave up the practise of his faith or his sport. He became the moral center of an unbearable world, counselling many of the other prisoners, giving up his own meager meals for days, and organizing games for the children there. He was the hardest worker in the war camp.
I loved this inspiring book! It is a book that I will purchase and read and reread for years to come.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth