• For the Glory

  • Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr
  • By: Duncan Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (339 ratings)

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By: Duncan Hamilton
Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
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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. 

©2016 Duncan Hamilton (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Poignant...moving...[For the Glory] will appeal to fans of Chariots of Fire as well as Unbroken and similar books.” (Kirkus)

"In this vivid portrait of Eric Liddell, Hamilton shows us not only the power of a hero, but also the power of faith. He brings to life a man who was exemplary in his perseverance and unbending in his beliefs when facing adversity. A beautifully-written, evocative story of unflinching morality and true humanity" (Eric Blehm, New York Times best-selling author of Fearless and Legend)

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The challenge of a life lived for God's Glory

The strength of this biography, beyond the fact that Eric Liddell's life is worth writing about, may be that it is not, strictly speaking, a Christian book. The author does not seem to write from a strictly faith perspective. He simply relates the facts of Liddell's life as they are, without any attempt to "spiritualized" them. The result is an unvarnished telling of a remarkably unblemished life. Humility, selflessness, devotion to God - Eric Liddell apparently reflected each of them in a manner so consistent and sincere that it is impossible to deny them.

By the time you reach the epilogue of Hamilton's work, you are realize how rare such individuals as Liddell are. You wonder whether you can live as he did if you saw God as great as he saw Him, and desired to live unto Him the way he did. The Olympic medal, the question of races not run, almost seem trivial when compared to the question of where God fits into one's own life - which is likely how Eric Liddell would have wanted it.

The audio version is well done, although there are times when the narrator seems to lack engagement with the text. He comes across as merely reading script than telling the challenging story of a man who lived almost entirely for the Glory of God.

I highly recommend this work.

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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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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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To live for Christ

The faith of many great men is lost. Thank you for this book. God bless all who were involved.

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Inspirational story of true heroism

best heroes story is told in a sincere but gripping manner. Excellent read. Great Book.

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a great example of Jesus.

Well written, well performed. Great encouragement to be like Eric Liddle who lived his life for Jesus.

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Great book about one of the best men to ever live!

Very thorough and in-depth telling of an amazing human being. I have read many biographies about Eric Liddell, this one stands out as one of the bette ones. A great focus and depiction of his humility stands out to me the most! Must read/listen!

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Factual and Inspiring

An excellent read that causes you to rethink your own priorities and impact on those around you.

My only complaints are that the narrative jumps around a bit at times and that some descriptions of the war are quite graphic.

Overall, an excellent representation of a life lived to the Glory of God.

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a story of a beautiful life

I absolutely loved this book. it was well written and colorful, the content of this man's character shines through every sentence

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Great story !

I enjoyed this beautiful book about an amazing life and the people who witnessed it