Right from the opening paragraph, Eric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold, written by Janet and Geoff Benge, throws the reader into the action. With vivid and rousing storytelling, this well-written biography provides insights into life of Olympic gold champion Eric Liddell and the impact he had on others.
The book begins with one of Liddell’s most amazing triumphs—victory in an Olympic event he was not favored to win after being highly criticized by the media for refusing to run on Sunday. From there, the book backtracks to Liddell’s upbringing, chronicling first his childhood as an MK in china, then as a quiet, reserved boy in boarding school, and later as a rising sports star and national hero.
Interestingly enough, when Liddell proved to be a highly sought-after athlete, he was asked to speak about his faith. Though this was outside Eric’s comfort zone, he said, “I’ll do it. Tell me where you need me and when.” That one commitment opened many doors for Eric to reach hundreds of people with his testimony. Years later, he worked as a missionary in China. His self-sacrificing attitude, gentle character, and solid belief in God helped him endure the physical and mental challenges he faced.
What I Dislike: The cover wasn't very eye-catching. But I liked everything else about the book.
Overall Rating: Excellent
Age Appeal: ages 4-8, but I believe it holds appeal to people ages eight to eighty!
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