Eric Liddell Homeschool Resources


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This Scottish runner bypassed an Olympic qualifying race because it was being held on a Sunday. Then he qualified in a different race and won a gold medal (in world record time!) in the 1924 Paris games. But Eric Liddell left his fame behind to become a missionary in China. His dramatic story, which inspired the Academy Award-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire, will challenge you to run the race of life mentioned in Hebrews 12:1-2: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

This easy-reading, novelized biography details Liddell's life and ministry, and the sacrifices he made in commitment to God. You'll be inspired to follow his example, as he followed the example of Christ, and run the race of life to win.

Eric Liddell, hero of the film Chariots of Fire, risked becoming a national disgrace at the 1924 Paris Olympics when he refused to run on a Sunday. Disqualifying himself from the finals, Britain's hope of a medal was sacrificed as well. But the thinly veiled criticism in the press turned to sensational acclaim when Eric entered -- and won -- a race for which he was completely untrained, finishing a full five meters ahead of the favorite. He was a celebrity, but the faith which had inspired his couragous stand stirred in him again, and at the height of his fame he announced that he was leaving athletics to return as a missionary to the land of his birth, China. This story of "God's Athlete" makes for inspiring reading. For ages 12 and up.

Introduce your kids to the incredible life of Eric Liddell with this Little Lights biography. Featuring illustrations throughout and simple sentences, kids will learn of Eric Liddell's great achievements in life, from bringing many people to Christ to his winning an Olympic gold medal for running. Children will learn the importance of preparation, be it for a race, studies, or serving God.

Learn about the amazing life of Eric Liddell, the "Flying Scot", with this Trailblazers biography. Written for children 8-14, kids will learn about Liddell's early years as a missionary's child in China, his Olympic running years, and finally his final years in a Prisoner of War camp in China.

Eric Liddell (1902-1945) stunned the world by refusing to run his Olympic race on a Sunday, a day he believed was for honoring God. Many people thought he was a fool, but Eric believed God's promise. "He who honors me, I will honor" - and God kept His promise. From winning Olympic gold to leaving his fame behind to go to China as a missionary, Eric put God in first place.

The Heroes for Young Readers series introduces younger children to the lives of Christian heroes. Perfect for read-alouds or early independent readers, children will love the captivating rhyming poems and color illustrations. Recommended for ages 5 to 10.

Eric was a national hero in Scotland whose countrymen were eager for their track star to bring home Olympic gold in the 100-meter race. But when Eric makes the stunning announcement that he won't race on Sunday, he is soon labeled a disgrace and a traitor. See how Eric's famous stand during the 1924 Olympics prepares him for even greater challenges as a missionary to China during World War II. Approx. 30 minutes.

Special Features:

  • English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles
  • "Eric Liddell: Champion of Conviction," 60-minute documentary
  • Comprehensive leader's guide with four lesson plans, background information, and more
  • Reproducible student handouts, including comprehension and discussion questions, puzzles, activities, coloring, and more

You met him in the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. Now learn the full story of a humble Scotsman whose life's purpose was to glorify God! You'll be inspired by the way Liddell's faith sustained him as an Olympic athlete, a husband and father, a missionary to China, and a finally a prisoner in a Japanese internment camp. Approx. 60 minutes.

When the Japanese invade China, Kwei Er and his family flee to live with their uncle and his wife. As Kwei beings helping his uncle and the missionary Eric Liddell transport wounded Chinese, Kwei wonders if he'll live to come home. A true story! 105 pages, softcover. Ages 9-12.

The Christian Heroes: Then & Now series chronicles the true stories of ordinary men and women whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary deeds for his kingdom and glory.

Eric Liddell's refusal earlier that week to run on Sunday in the Olympic 100-meter race has stunned the world. Now his incredible victory in the 400-meter race further strengthened his belief in God's promise, "He who honors Me, I will honor." Years later, Liddell would be tested far beyond mere physical ability as a missionary to China.

For ages 10 and up.

This audiobook version Christian Heroes: Then & Now: Eric Liddell is the perfect companion for long car trips or quiet-times at home.

This inspiring biographical story looks at the life of Eric Liddell. His incredible victory in the 400-meter race further strengthened his belief in God's promise, "He who honors Me, I would honor." Liddell's character, perseverance, and endurance are a challenging example for all who would obey the call to bring the gospel to the nations.

Approximately 4:39 hours on 4 CDs.

      Revised edition of the biography of Olympicchampion and missionary Eric Liddell.

      Eric Liddell, the Scottish 400m Olympic champion from the 1924Olympic Games in Paris was immortalized in the Oscar-winning fi lmChariots of Fire. His story, however, goes far beyond the restrictionsof a 2-hour movie.

      Julian Wilson's vivid biography recounts not only the highs and lowsof Liddell's athletics career, including his controversial decisionnever to run on a Sunday, but also his life after the Olympics as amissionary in war-torn China.

      The book draws upon interviews with Liddell's surviving family andfriends, and includes some fascinating anecdotes, reminiscences,extracts from his letters and a number of rare photographs.