This fascinating documentary presents the details of
Eric's life, who was perhaps best known as an athlete in the 1924
Olympics, as depicted in the Academy Award-winning film, Chariots of
. His story is told by David McCasland, author of Eric Liddell: Pure Gold
Eric's daughter Patricia, and Rev. John Keddie, consultant on Chariots
, along with fellow prisoners from the internment camp in
Growing up, Eric was a gifted athlete, excelling in rugby
and later in track. He entered the 1924 Olympics in Paris and was
favored to win the 100-meter race. But when he learned that he would
have to race on Sunday, he refused. Instead, he competed in other
races and still brought home gold for Scotland.
Now a national
hero, Eric announced his intentions to go to China as a missionary.
There he taught chemistry and oversaw the school's sports programs,
sharing his faith at sporting events. He later married, then left
teaching to become an evangelist. By 1941, China was becoming more
unstable and Japan was increasing its control. Concerned for his
family's safety, he sent them off to Canada while he remained in China.
It wasn't long until the Japanese began moving people into internment
camps. There, Eric became friend and mentor to 300 children, many of
whom were separated from their missionary parents. Fellow prisoners
observed as he rose early each day to read and pray. He continued
living out his faith in the camp and was admired and respected by all.
In 1944, however, he began showing signs of a possible brain tumor and
died the following year.
Eric Liddell was a humble man with a
simple and personal faith whose life's purpose was to glorify God. His
life and legacy continue to impact people's lives around the world.
Eric Liddell: Champion Of Conviction- DVD