Running the race
Eric Liddell - Olympic champion and missionary
RUNNING THE RACE
Eric Liddell — Olympic Champion and Missionary
By John W Keddie.
Evangelical Press. 256 pages
John Keddie appears to know more about Eric Liddell’s athletic performances than ought to be reasonably expected. His book is comprehensive about every significant rugby game Liddell played and every race Liddell ran in his golden sporting period between 1921 and 1925.
After these two opening sentences of the review I appreciate that you are on the verge of moving to another review unless you are something of a statistical anorak. Wait! Before you move on let me try and convey to you why the stats are not at all dull.
As you read the book you find yourself right in the thick of the action, feeling almost trackside as you watch this first class athlete in action. The best winger in Scotland in his generation and the finest runner in Britain leaves you breathless in the trail of his sporting performances. For any sportsman, this alone would be sufficient evidence to read the book. But there’s more!
What shines through the work is this athlete’s awesome desire to witness to his Saviour. Training, racing, witnessing and preaching are seamless in Liddell’s life. His passion for his sport is great, his love of Jesus Christ greater. The finest feature of Keddie’s work is that he doesn’t feel forced to make these two things mutually exclusive. The author leaves us in no doubt that Eric Liddell was determine to honour God by using the sporting gifts given to him and that he was determined to speak of Christ to anyone who would listen.
If you’ve a passion for sport and a love of Christ, this book will inspire you to press on and play for him and to tell people in the world of sport about Jesus Christ. If you don’t have a passion for sport, I guess you’ve long left this review!