Many know Eric Liddell as the Olympic gold medalist from the Academy Award winning film Chariots of Fire. Famously, he would not run on Sunday because of his adherence to the Christian Sabbath, 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, and he was ridiculed worldwide for his decision. Yet he triumphed in another 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, married, and had children. With war on the horizon, he put his pregnant wife and children on a boat to Canada, while he remained behind in China to help. He and thousands of other westerners were later interned at a Japanese work camp. There, he did what he was born to do: practice his faith and his sport. He became the moral center of an unbearable world. He counseled other prisoners, gave up portions of his meager meals, and organized games for the children. He even raced again. But it was all too much. Liddell died of a brain tumor just before the end of the War, with his passing mourned around the world.
In the spirit of The Boys in the Boat and Unbroken, For the Glory is a compelling narrative of athletic heroism and a gripping account of faith in the darkest circumstances.