For the Glory

  • by Duncan Hamilton
  • Narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith
  • 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 his 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.

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'For His Glory' Would Be A More Appropriate Title

This book, much like Eric Liddell's life, is not about running. Rather, it's about his life long passion of missionary work. He was born into it and died doing it, with only a brief moment racing for glory; but it was for His glory that Eric ran.

One cannot listen to this book without feeling inadequate about being a compassionate human being. Liddell's story isn't one of self-righteous judgement of sinners and non-believers. It is something more akin to Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jesus Christ Himself, who cared more about their fellow man than their own self-interest.

I felt the author too hurriedly described the historical context of Chinese history and it's pertinence to Liddell's story. However, that doesn't take away from the author's account; I would prefer more where others might prefer less. Another criticism is the author's continuous use of the word, anachronism; archaic or old-fashioned are more appropriate in each of his uses while anachronism (albeit not incorrectly used) is more for a chronological impossibility (e.g., Abraham Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address, reading from an Android Smartphone).

Much like Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken," one is emotionally bonded with the subject and simultaneously distraught at the cruelties of mankind during Liddell's time in WWII occupied China.
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- Jonathan Love "My two favorite topics are Baseball and Military History. But my favorite books of all time are Starship Troopers and Ready Player One."

Wonderful and Inspiring

A remarkable real work about a remarkable and very real man of faith. The audiobook was flawlessly produced and everything needed to bring Eric Liddell alive.
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- William Kinney "WLK"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio