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Eric Liddell inspired the classic movie Chariots of Fire. But he was much more than the Olympic champion who ran for the gold at the Paris Olympics in 1924. Liddell dedicated his life to God’s service on the mission field and died in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. By his example, Eric Liddell sounds a clarion call for Christians of all ages: Our worth is not measu Eric Liddell inspired the classic movie Chariots of Fire. But he was much more than the Olympic champion who ran for the gold at the Paris Olympics in 1924. Liddell dedicated his life to God’s service on the mission field and died in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. By his example, Eric Liddell sounds a clarion call for Christians of all ages: Our worth is not measured by worldly accolades but by serving and following Christ. Therein lies the true triumph of life, worth far more than all the Olympic gold medals in the world (Congressman Jim Ryun, 3-time Olympian and former world record holder). You too will be challenged and inspired by this fascinating biography of a man who ran life’s race for God.


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Eric Liddell inspired the classic movie Chariots of Fire. But he was much more than the Olympic champion who ran for the gold at the Paris Olympics in 1924. Liddell dedicated his life to God’s service on the mission field and died in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. By his example, Eric Liddell sounds a clarion call for Christians of all ages: Our worth is not measu Eric Liddell inspired the classic movie Chariots of Fire. But he was much more than the Olympic champion who ran for the gold at the Paris Olympics in 1924. Liddell dedicated his life to God’s service on the mission field and died in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. By his example, Eric Liddell sounds a clarion call for Christians of all ages: Our worth is not measured by worldly accolades but by serving and following Christ. Therein lies the true triumph of life, worth far more than all the Olympic gold medals in the world (Congressman Jim Ryun, 3-time Olympian and former world record holder). You too will be challenged and inspired by this fascinating biography of a man who ran life’s race for God.

30 review for Eric Liddell: Pure Gold : A New Biography of the Olympic Champion Who Inspired Chariots of Fire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rick Boyer

    This is a wonderful book, which chronicles the life and ministry of Eric Liddell, one of the greatest athletes of the first half of the twentieth century. About a third of the volume covers much of the same ground as the movie "Chariots of Fire," (minus the story of sprinter Harold Abrahams), and details Liddell's world-record setting and gold medal winning performance in the 400 meter race at the 1924 Paris Olympics. From an athletic point of view, it's a fascinating account of a man who, with This is a wonderful book, which chronicles the life and ministry of Eric Liddell, one of the greatest athletes of the first half of the twentieth century. About a third of the volume covers much of the same ground as the movie "Chariots of Fire," (minus the story of sprinter Harold Abrahams), and details Liddell's world-record setting and gold medal winning performance in the 400 meter race at the 1924 Paris Olympics. From an athletic point of view, it's a fascinating account of a man who, with limited coaching and training, but with enormous heart and courage, willed himself to greatness and one first-place finish after another. At the apex of his running career, Liddell was as well-known and popular in Britain, as someone like Tim Tebow or LeBron James is in America today. For a treat, check out Youtube and view the actual 400 meter final from the '24 Games. But the book is about far more than Liddell's athletic accomplishments; mostly it's the story of a passionate and committed Christian disciple, who used his fame and notoriety as a platform from which to share the message of the gospel. Unlike so many modern athletic stars, whose main ambition in life seems to be to "fill the minds of others with thoughts of themselves," Liddell was a quiet, humble man who, unless addressing a public gathering, rarely spoke of his sports accomplishments. Liddell avoided the spotlight, and, while frequently using his fame in order to benefit others, rarely, if ever, used it to benefit himself. Initially terrified at the prospect of public speaking, Liddell overcame his fear and, working with the London Missionary Society and other evangelistic outreach groups of the day, shared the message of Christ with groups all over Great Britain. The son of missionary parents, Liddell himself became a missionary in north China, where he dedicated his life to working with "the least of these." The story of Eric Liddell is an inspiration to anyone who is trying to live an authentic Christian life. Obviously, he wasn't perfect; but he did demonstrate an unusually high level of integrity, humility, selflessness, and grace... often under circumstances that would cause many of us to throw in the towel and find another line of work. I can honestly say that this book has challenged me to step up my own practice of the faith, and to consider the life of Eric Liddell to be an example well worth following.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    A well-written biography of the famed "Chariots of Fire" Eric Lidell that tells the story of his whole life. A fascinating read of Christian missionary work in China in the early/mid 20th century before the communist take-over. A refreshing read of a world-class athlete who was at the top of his game, but chose to pursue a life of service rather than the glory of fame. A well-written biography of the famed "Chariots of Fire" Eric Lidell that tells the story of his whole life. A fascinating read of Christian missionary work in China in the early/mid 20th century before the communist take-over. A refreshing read of a world-class athlete who was at the top of his game, but chose to pursue a life of service rather than the glory of fame.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Eason

    This book is absolutely fantastic. It tells the story of a man who gave all so that others could know the gospel of Jesus. If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Eric Liddell, this book is a wonderful place to start.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hall

    Inspiring Eric Liddell's faith walk was so much more than his much-publicized choice not to run on a Sunday. His daily,steadfast choice to put his Savior first and share that love with others marked me. Inspiring Eric Liddell's faith walk was so much more than his much-publicized choice not to run on a Sunday. His daily,steadfast choice to put his Savior first and share that love with others marked me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jane Duxbury

    The only reason this book got a 4 rating was that it took me a while to get into it. This is in no way due to the subject matter but reflects the style of the writing. It is good to have 'real' information to add to a story however I would have been happier with far more use of a simpler referencing system. Eric Liddell's life is quietly startling. I find it very difficult to come to terms with the amount these missionaries 'gave up'. Having children and then leaving them seems outrageous to me, The only reason this book got a 4 rating was that it took me a while to get into it. This is in no way due to the subject matter but reflects the style of the writing. It is good to have 'real' information to add to a story however I would have been happier with far more use of a simpler referencing system. Eric Liddell's life is quietly startling. I find it very difficult to come to terms with the amount these missionaries 'gave up'. Having children and then leaving them seems outrageous to me, however is this maybe what is still required in todays society for those in the forces, reporters in war zones, etc? For any Christian I think this should be compulsary reading! It's a real antidote to the 'lazy' Christianity that seems so prevalent these days. An amazing man who led and amazing life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danny Deaubé

    Eric Liddell, the 400 meter Olympic Champion of the 1924 Olympic games in Paris. His exploits expounded in the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire. A deeply religious man with deeply held beliefs. Known as the "Flying Scotsman," the hero of Scotland, won the respect and admiration of millions for his controversial decision not to run on Sunday. A dedicated Christian and man of principle, not only won the hearts of a nation, but of the world. He used his fame as a Olympic Champion as a pulpit to Eric Liddell, the 400 meter Olympic Champion of the 1924 Olympic games in Paris. His exploits expounded in the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire. A deeply religious man with deeply held beliefs. Known as the "Flying Scotsman," the hero of Scotland, won the respect and admiration of millions for his controversial decision not to run on Sunday. A dedicated Christian and man of principle, not only won the hearts of a nation, but of the world. He used his fame as a Olympic Champion as a pulpit to share his faith. A gentle man with selfless character who later became a pastor and missionary in China. A wonderful book and equally inspiring story of an unassuming and graceful man obeying the call of God. This is a 5 star all the way!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adele Pilkington

    Having first heard about Eric Liddell many years ago through the film 'Chariots of Fire' I was delighted to find this biography by an author whose books I have enjoyed. This book is honest in its account with none of the Hollywood glamour and tells of a man who gave up fame and fortune for something he held more dear - to make Christ known. It is a well written and moving account of Eric's life and ministry. Having first heard about Eric Liddell many years ago through the film 'Chariots of Fire' I was delighted to find this biography by an author whose books I have enjoyed. This book is honest in its account with none of the Hollywood glamour and tells of a man who gave up fame and fortune for something he held more dear - to make Christ known. It is a well written and moving account of Eric's life and ministry.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Was able to read this book with my son, Greg. I never knew the story of this godly man, who inspired the movie, "Chariots of Fire". Very moving, and very humbling, to see how he lived his life for Jesus Christ, and had a huge influence on so many people. Highly recommended. Was able to read this book with my son, Greg. I never knew the story of this godly man, who inspired the movie, "Chariots of Fire". Very moving, and very humbling, to see how he lived his life for Jesus Christ, and had a huge influence on so many people. Highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    From the Chariots of Fire movie, I knew that he was a religious man. Not until reading this book did I realize the depth of his character, filled with unselfish kindness. After winning the olympic medal in 1924, he dedicated his life to serving others, particularly in wartime China. His life is a wonderful example of a christlike life. My first impression of the book was disappointment that it is historical fiction. I want my fiction to be fiction and my history to be as accurate and unbiased as From the Chariots of Fire movie, I knew that he was a religious man. Not until reading this book did I realize the depth of his character, filled with unselfish kindness. After winning the olympic medal in 1924, he dedicated his life to serving others, particularly in wartime China. His life is a wonderful example of a christlike life. My first impression of the book was disappointment that it is historical fiction. I want my fiction to be fiction and my history to be as accurate and unbiased as humanly possible. It’s not possible to be totally accurate, but I’d rather that it not be intentionally fictionalized. Upon completing the book I found that it was thoroughly researched. It even included an afterword. LMS often referred to in chapter 1, but never defined. It might mean Liddell Missionary Service. At Kindle location 337 the words London Missionary Service appear (but not the initials LMS.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela Baker

    This is a must read! I have read numerous books on Eric Liddell including the only book he wrote, The Disciplines of the Christian Life, but this book goes from the beginning of his life, his athletic years, being a missionary to China, and lastly his death in a Japanese concentration camp. I love it especially because David McCasland gives the little, personal details (some funny, some sad) of his life which reminds of us the fact that Eric was just an ordinary human. Eric Liddell: Pure Gold de This is a must read! I have read numerous books on Eric Liddell including the only book he wrote, The Disciplines of the Christian Life, but this book goes from the beginning of his life, his athletic years, being a missionary to China, and lastly his death in a Japanese concentration camp. I love it especially because David McCasland gives the little, personal details (some funny, some sad) of his life which reminds of us the fact that Eric was just an ordinary human. Eric Liddell: Pure Gold definitely has a special place in my heart. Eric Liddell is someone I have looked up to over the years. I read it in 2018/2019 and it still challenges and encourages me in my faith and I plan to read it again. I definitely recommend it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Scot Bellavia

    This biography is extremely fact-heavy. It’s amazing how many details the author was able to discover and word to fill a book. At times, this was its fault too. One event and person after another made them fly by without processing what was happening. But in the end, it was simply astonishing and informative to know what all happened to Eric beyond CHARIOTS OF FIRE. He was a man obedient to God and the ending more than satisfied me without it being a textbook biography ending. Would recommend fo This biography is extremely fact-heavy. It’s amazing how many details the author was able to discover and word to fill a book. At times, this was its fault too. One event and person after another made them fly by without processing what was happening. But in the end, it was simply astonishing and informative to know what all happened to Eric beyond CHARIOTS OF FIRE. He was a man obedient to God and the ending more than satisfied me without it being a textbook biography ending. Would recommend for anyone interested in a missionary’s biography!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gary B

    A seemingly comprehensive biography of the life of Eric Liddell. The book is written in a linear fashion and concentrates on the people and places rather than Eric's theology and faith. I did appreciate the occasional delving into Eric's writings and extracts from talks he's given as well as references to the Oxford Group which contributed to his strong faith and beliefs. I'll probably need to watch Chariots of Fire again soon! A seemingly comprehensive biography of the life of Eric Liddell. The book is written in a linear fashion and concentrates on the people and places rather than Eric's theology and faith. I did appreciate the occasional delving into Eric's writings and extracts from talks he's given as well as references to the Oxford Group which contributed to his strong faith and beliefs. I'll probably need to watch Chariots of Fire again soon!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Doug Rogers

    Having seen "Chariots of Fire" when it was released, I must say how refreshing, and so fulfilling, it was to read "Eric Liddell: Pure Gold." His commitment to his Lord may have been evidenced on the Olympic race track, but it was that same commitment that empowered him for missionary service in China during troubling times. An awesome read! Having seen "Chariots of Fire" when it was released, I must say how refreshing, and so fulfilling, it was to read "Eric Liddell: Pure Gold." His commitment to his Lord may have been evidenced on the Olympic race track, but it was that same commitment that empowered him for missionary service in China during troubling times. An awesome read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Ule

    A fine biography of a fine man which goes far deeper than the affirming story of Chariots of Fire. Indeed, Liddell had a lot more to offer the world that the Olympic champion title. I enjoyed it very much.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    It wasn't the best biography I ever read. It wasn't the best biography I ever read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Ann

    Well written account of this Christian man.

  17. 4 out of 5

    RevRonR

    This worthy biography of the life of Eric Liddell clearly outlined the difference between the real and Hollywood version of his life. Though "Chariots of Fire" overall did a very respectful job in portraying Liddell and his conviction about keeping the Christian Sabbath, along with what took place in some of his races prior to the 1924 Olympics, this book is much better than the movie's version. Not only do you discover that his sister Jenny never hounded him about focusing on running and that t This worthy biography of the life of Eric Liddell clearly outlined the difference between the real and Hollywood version of his life. Though "Chariots of Fire" overall did a very respectful job in portraying Liddell and his conviction about keeping the Christian Sabbath, along with what took place in some of his races prior to the 1924 Olympics, this book is much better than the movie's version. Not only do you discover that his sister Jenny never hounded him about focusing on running and that the character who handed him the note prior to his 400 meter Olympic race was not US runner Jackson Sholtz, but a British message therapist, you also watch him grow throughout his short life as a man of firm conviction and faith in his Savior. At the same time, he lived out his faith far more by example than being overbearing on others. Throwing his convictions on others (including refraining from sports activities on Sundays) was not his way. There are not many around with the sound display of Christian character and solid devotion to faith and practice. Much is learned from this man in these areas in this book, which makes it more than reading once and then over again. Even more special is that is showed how one seemingly ordinary man was brought to extraordinary heights in every way through obedience to the God he loved and served without wavering.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Breanne

    This story is inspirational, wholesome, and uplifting. I enjoyed so many elements of the whole picture. That being said, I wish my star rating could be 5 for content and 2 for writing. The author has such an adoration for Eric Liddell that he includes in this biography EVERY detail with as much enthusiasm as one would read a travel itinery with sweet, speculative, personal interjections. It's very mundane. As an individual, Eric Liddell is every bit the gold used in the title. I appreciated his This story is inspirational, wholesome, and uplifting. I enjoyed so many elements of the whole picture. That being said, I wish my star rating could be 5 for content and 2 for writing. The author has such an adoration for Eric Liddell that he includes in this biography EVERY detail with as much enthusiasm as one would read a travel itinery with sweet, speculative, personal interjections. It's very mundane. As an individual, Eric Liddell is every bit the gold used in the title. I appreciated his candor, his commitment to the sabbath day, his love for young people, his casual and effective leadership, his sincere heart and his overall love of God. The book is not long and full of things to talk about. Our young scholar class read this book together to introduce a perspective of WWII and we simulated a Japanese interment camp during mealtime, which added to an appreciation for the book. Don't plan to be blown away by exquisite literary greatness but a worthwhile read, especially for teens!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marci

    Every seen Chariots of Fire? This book is the full life story of this man of God. Most people don't know that Eric Liddell was not only a runner, but went to China to be a missionary (just as his parents had done). China during the 30's and 40's was a very unsettled place. Communism was just coming into power and with it the fear and hatred of religion. When Japan took over China all American's were put into prison camps. Luckily, Eric's wife and young daughters were able to leave prior to this, Every seen Chariots of Fire? This book is the full life story of this man of God. Most people don't know that Eric Liddell was not only a runner, but went to China to be a missionary (just as his parents had done). China during the 30's and 40's was a very unsettled place. Communism was just coming into power and with it the fear and hatred of religion. When Japan took over China all American's were put into prison camps. Luckily, Eric's wife and young daughters were able to leave prior to this, but Eric stayed behind and spent his last years in the prison. However, Eric a teacher and always optimistic person still served the Lord during this difficult time and tried to make the best of the situation. Good account, well written and interesting!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Othón A. León

    His life is an inspiration... a humble man who proved that real power lies within our minds. I completely enjoyed this jewel in my library. I must confess that the only reason I started it was because of a movie (Chariots of Fire) that deeply impacted my life some 30 years ago (1981) when I saw it I wanted to know more and more about this enigmatic character. I wanted to know more... I needed to know more... how could he do that? I mean, he was fast but according to the movie it was much more th His life is an inspiration... a humble man who proved that real power lies within our minds. I completely enjoyed this jewel in my library. I must confess that the only reason I started it was because of a movie (Chariots of Fire) that deeply impacted my life some 30 years ago (1981) when I saw it I wanted to know more and more about this enigmatic character. I wanted to know more... I needed to know more... how could he do that? I mean, he was fast but according to the movie it was much more than simply a matter of physical attributes which moved him so fast. The book confirmed that yes, it was much more than just "talent"... it was a matter of determination, character, inspiration, etc. Read it. You won't regret a single second you spend on it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Pure Gold by David McCasland was worth reading. While many people have watched the movie Chariots of Fire this book takes the life of Eric Liddell and walks the reader slowly through it. In my opinion, perhaps a little too slowly in the beginning. This may be because so much of Liddell's life as an athlete is known and so until the book really began to track the lives of the Liddell's in China it was a little slow going. While it includes his life as an athlete that is not the primary focus and Pure Gold by David McCasland was worth reading. While many people have watched the movie Chariots of Fire this book takes the life of Eric Liddell and walks the reader slowly through it. In my opinion, perhaps a little too slowly in the beginning. This may be because so much of Liddell's life as an athlete is known and so until the book really began to track the lives of the Liddell's in China it was a little slow going. While it includes his life as an athlete that is not the primary focus and certainly not the part of Eric Liddell's life that was most important to Eric Liddell himself. By the end of the book I had an even deeper respect for Eric Liddell and the life that he led.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Everyone... including the people who like to read... who read this with me HATED it. I loved it the more I read it. It's spiritually uplifting, and sets a great example to Christians. However, don't read it if you're just jumping into non-fiction... I think that's why I liked it so much and my classmates didn't. It wasn't uncommon to hear this type of complaining: "If this book could sell so much about a random dude, I could write one about my dad and become a millionare!" No. This angered me. Er Everyone... including the people who like to read... who read this with me HATED it. I loved it the more I read it. It's spiritually uplifting, and sets a great example to Christians. However, don't read it if you're just jumping into non-fiction... I think that's why I liked it so much and my classmates didn't. It wasn't uncommon to hear this type of complaining: "If this book could sell so much about a random dude, I could write one about my dad and become a millionare!" No. This angered me. Eric Liddell was a wonderful person, who had a life worth writing about. If you feel this way about non-fiction and can't handle large bundles of extremely fine details, don't read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jan Strong

    Being a gigantic fan of the movie "Chariots of Fire" and particularly of the scotsman Eric Liddell, I really enjoyed learning more about his life. What a wonderful man and family. Here are some British and Scottish folks who believe so dearly in Christianity and helping others to find Jesus Christ, that they devote their time, efforts , talents and lives to spreading the good news in China. Erick Liddell is one of the truly great and noble people who is a guiding light to many and to me as well. H Being a gigantic fan of the movie "Chariots of Fire" and particularly of the scotsman Eric Liddell, I really enjoyed learning more about his life. What a wonderful man and family. Here are some British and Scottish folks who believe so dearly in Christianity and helping others to find Jesus Christ, that they devote their time, efforts , talents and lives to spreading the good news in China. Erick Liddell is one of the truly great and noble people who is a guiding light to many and to me as well. He was absolute in his own standards, but loved others so well, he never judged or scorned the living of their lives. He continued always to be a top notch athlete! A joyful, uplifting read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    This was an excellent book. Still have mixed feelings with missionary parents sending their children off to boarding school for years at a time. Made me admire Eric and his faith. Wow! What a servant with an amazing heart. The book shows how he obeyed by "loving God with all his heart, soul, and mind!" 03/23/10 Book Club Discussion topics included: missionary life, Eric's character, Eric's writings, difficulty and culture of leaving your children behind to be in a missionary boarding school, res This was an excellent book. Still have mixed feelings with missionary parents sending their children off to boarding school for years at a time. Made me admire Eric and his faith. Wow! What a servant with an amazing heart. The book shows how he obeyed by "loving God with all his heart, soul, and mind!" 03/23/10 Book Club Discussion topics included: missionary life, Eric's character, Eric's writings, difficulty and culture of leaving your children behind to be in a missionary boarding school, resourcefulness of community while in camp.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Cregor

    Okay...no spoiler alert, we all know that Eric Liddell dies in the end. I thought...thought...I would get to the end of the book and say, "Yes, he lived well and died. That's life." Bawled my eyes out of my tiny beany-head. This man is a contemporary model of a true disciple of Christ. When Judgement Day comes, and Eric Liddell arrives a the bar of God, he is going to be on the fast-track to exaltation! Looooove this man! Love him! I am going to search for the Daily Study book that he penned. Okay...no spoiler alert, we all know that Eric Liddell dies in the end. I thought...thought...I would get to the end of the book and say, "Yes, he lived well and died. That's life." Bawled my eyes out of my tiny beany-head. This man is a contemporary model of a true disciple of Christ. When Judgement Day comes, and Eric Liddell arrives a the bar of God, he is going to be on the fast-track to exaltation! Looooove this man! Love him! I am going to search for the Daily Study book that he penned.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Lean

    This is an inspirational story of the the great athlete and remarkable man of God, Eric Liddel who due to his beliefs refused to compete in the olympics after his event was postponed to a Sunday. By chance he is offered a place in another event on a different day. He takes first place in this event to become olympic champion. After his olympic days, his life contines on as he serves the Lord in China.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christina Wainwright

    Picked this up to learn more about the man who inspired some of the most heart-wrenching scenes in Chariots of Fire. As a non-religious person I was initially turned off by the book's many references to faith. But since that was the guiding principle of Liddell's life, I see that it needed to be in the book. Pedestrian writing about a simple man made great by his selfless love for his god and his fellow man. Picked this up to learn more about the man who inspired some of the most heart-wrenching scenes in Chariots of Fire. As a non-religious person I was initially turned off by the book's many references to faith. But since that was the guiding principle of Liddell's life, I see that it needed to be in the book. Pedestrian writing about a simple man made great by his selfless love for his god and his fellow man.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    A very compelling definitive biography. All the characters in Liddell's life are complex and well-defined. McCasland draws his details from such diverse sources that at times the nitty-gritty seems to get in the way of the overall arc. However, these digressions are all very interesting and provide the reader with valuable insights into Liddell's circle of friends and influences, they only disrupt the pacing. Highly recommended reading. A very compelling definitive biography. All the characters in Liddell's life are complex and well-defined. McCasland draws his details from such diverse sources that at times the nitty-gritty seems to get in the way of the overall arc. However, these digressions are all very interesting and provide the reader with valuable insights into Liddell's circle of friends and influences, they only disrupt the pacing. Highly recommended reading.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nathanael Ayling

    This biography tells the story of the famous Christian Olympic gold medalist who stood by his principles by not racing on a Sunday, even though it was his favoured event - a story made iconic by the film, 'Chariots of Fire'. But the lesser known aspects of Eric's life, his childhood in China and English boarding school, and his later career as a missionary in China, are also told in this biography. A truly inspiring man who strived to surrender all to his Lord. This biography tells the story of the famous Christian Olympic gold medalist who stood by his principles by not racing on a Sunday, even though it was his favoured event - a story made iconic by the film, 'Chariots of Fire'. But the lesser known aspects of Eric's life, his childhood in China and English boarding school, and his later career as a missionary in China, are also told in this biography. A truly inspiring man who strived to surrender all to his Lord.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I stumbled across this on the kindle I borrowed to bring overseas, and am glad I did. Only the first third of the book deals with his running career - the remaining portions cover his time as a missionary in China and subsequent internment in China by the Japanese. While this is no 'Unbroken', it was a worthwhile read, especially if you're a fan of biographies. However, I wouldn't necessarily read this on a kindle if I had the choice - the photos and maps were hard to see. I stumbled across this on the kindle I borrowed to bring overseas, and am glad I did. Only the first third of the book deals with his running career - the remaining portions cover his time as a missionary in China and subsequent internment in China by the Japanese. While this is no 'Unbroken', it was a worthwhile read, especially if you're a fan of biographies. However, I wouldn't necessarily read this on a kindle if I had the choice - the photos and maps were hard to see.

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