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Great story about a great man. Only negative was that too much of the writers opinions and long winded descriptive but irrelevant rantings crept in
Would you listen to For the Glory again? Why?
No I don't think I will. I was drawn to the book having read the many glowing reviews upon it's release but I found myself unmoved and frustrated by it. Eric Liddell did not come to life in my minds eye as I listened and I liked him far less than I expected. The author is very reverential to Liddel, he is over positive, too forgiving, does not challenge anything, his only criticisms were aimed at the church Liddel was a missionary for who treated the great athlete at times as a cash cow and did not extract him from a dangerous and volatile situation.I found Liddel rather selfish in his selfishness, born in to a missionary family, sent off to a boarding schoolwhich was run by the church for children of missionaries, he was conditioned and brought up to that way of life. He identified with China as that was were he was born and the only place /time he lived as a family with his parents before being sent back to England for school. Even when he was sent to England were he stayed till the end of his schooldays he considered himself Scottish simply because his parents were Scottish. He seemed to spend his life trying to live up to his hero, his father and in his goodness I started to find him a bit frustrating and dare I say annoying. There is an arrogance in the mindset that the events and fall out that led up to war did not seem to factor in to Liddel's consciousness or if they did this aspect was not explored in the book. So determined were the missionaris to carry out there work that the events in the rest of the world did not seem to factor. This results in the Liddel family complete with his two girls almost getting torpedoed on their way to Canada. For parents to put their children in to such awful danger seems unforgivably reckless and negligent to me. In being determined to carry out his calling to God he spent little time with his family and they underwent hardships, danger and lack of contact with their father because of this. This is held up by the author as a sign if Liddel's ultimate good and selfless character but it made me cross and think less of him.
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One of (if not the best) audio book I have listened to so far.
So moving, so inspiring.
I watched the movie Chariots of Fire and was very impressed with Eric liddle then... but listening to this audio has made me think of him on a whole new level.
Recommend highly reading this book or audio.