Item description for Eric Liddell: Pure Gold: A New Biography of the Olympic Champion Who Inspired Chariots of Fire by David McCasland...
Overview A compelling biography of the Olympic medalist (Chariots of Fire) who became a missionary to China and died in a Japanese internment camp in World War II. Most people will remember Eric Liddell as the inspiration for the award-winning movie Chariots of Fire. But his life away from athletic competition was even more compelling and held an influence that reached all the way to a Japanese internment camp in China. Eric Liddell-Pure Gold is the fascinating account of Scotland's beloved Olympic champion whose greatest race was for an eternal prize.
Most people will remember Eric Liddell as the inspiration for the award-winning movie "Chariots of Fire." But his life away from athletic competition was even more compelling and held an influence that reached all the way to a Japanese internment camp in China.
"Eric Liddell--Pure Gold "is the fascinating account of Scotland's beloved Olympic champion whose greatest race was for an eternal prize.
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Studio: Discovery House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.75" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2003
Publisher Discovery House Publishers
ISBN 1572931302 ISBN13 9781572931305
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More About David McCasland
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was born in Scotland and spent much of his boyhood there. His ministry of teaching and preaching took him for a time to the United States and Japan. The last six years of his life were spent as principal of the Bible Training College in London, and as a chaplain to British Commonwealth troops in Egypt during World War l. After his death, the books which bear his name were compiled by his wife from her own verbatim shorthand notes of his talks.
David McCasland is a writer whose research for this book took him to the scenes of Oswald Chambers' life and ministry throughout Britain, the United States, and Egypt. David and his wife, Luann, have four daughters and live in Colorado.
David McCasland currently resides in Liberty Hill, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Eric Liddell: Pure Gold: A New Biography of the Olympic Champion Who Inspired Chariots of Fire?
Wonderful and complete Nov 10, 2008
This is wonderful and complete, and it tells the story that most people don't know, far beyond the Olympics. One word of warning: this is written and distributed through a Christian Publishing house in Michigan, and is highly inspirational and religiously oriented. If that turns you off, do not read. Or maybe DO read....but for sheer completeness of the Liddell story, there is nothing else that comes close to this volume.
Pure Gold Jun 23, 2008
Outstanding book on the life of a young dedicated christian. Should be of great encouragement to young people who desperately need someone as an role model in this day of confusion. Book is well written and brings out his courage to do that which is right in the face of adversity. Book is written in a foremat that can be enjoyed by those of any age group.
No wonder his chariot was of fire! Dec 9, 2007
Are you sure it can't be done??? well, think twice and then read this man's biography. Eric Liddell immortilized worldwide in the 1981 Hugh Hudson's motion picture Chariots of Fire in its purest form is presented in this book. A story on courage, capacity and determination. You should not miss it. You shall want to go out jogging and be a better person to say the least!
From his birth on January 16, 1902 in Tientsin, China, to his unexpected death due to a brain tumor on February 21, 1945 in a japanese concentration camp in that same country, passing through his experiences at boarding school in the UK, his olympic victory, his religious commitments, his unbelievable determination, his beloved Florence ("Flo") and the beautiful love story that surrounded their relationship, the people who marked his life (his mother Mary, father James, brothers Rob and Ernest, sister Jenny, etc.). A book that brought out emotions from the beginning when I read about Florence (Eric's widow) watching Chariots of Fire and imagining her reactions, her feelings of pride... This book is a thoroughly rewarding experience!
Good but not a Chariot of Fire Jun 9, 2007
I fell in love with the movie "Chariots of Fire" when I was in college over 20 years ago. I also enjoyed the paperback of the same name. Recently I became interested in this true story again and found "Pure Gold" on this site. This biography is slow-moving and tedious. I have never been to China nor do I have any interest in the Orient, so the setting of most of the book was not compelling. I was hoping that Eric's personality and dedication to Christian principles would pull me through when I was tempted to stop reading and give the book away. I was inspired enough to finish it but "ho hum" is my response to the writing. Maybe "Chariots of Fire" was a too "Hollywood-ized" version of the 1924 Olympics,(as Back Flash was to firefighting) but even if it was, I prefer it to this book.
Borders on hagiography Apr 14, 2007
Eric Liddell is an interesting & worthy subject for a biography but this one isn't it. The author did extensive research in primary documents, interviewed people who knew Liddell personally, & created an excellent bibliography. Unfortunately, the writing style is corny & some of the passages are fictionalized, particularly ones regarding Liddell's relationship with his wife Flo. The author puts thoughts in their minds that he couldn't possibly know. He so over-romanticizes his subject that he becomes almost unreal. Liddell was a great athlete & a great servant of the Lord, but the author so idolizes him that he becomes a kind of plaster saint. The main problem with this book is that it is explicitly written to be "inspirational," & so the reader is reminded over & over again what a great Christian role model Liddell was. This gets tiresome. Don't misunderstand me -- I am not knocking Liddell here at all, only the author's mode of presenting him. A less didactic book would serve Liddell better. His own words & actions speak for themselves.