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Dont Give Up, Don't Give In Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini

Louis Zamperini.  Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life.  New York, NY: Dey Street Book, November 18th, 2014.  238 pp.

I had mixed feeling about the book.  There’s no question that Louis Zamperini lived an extraordinary life.  Louis Zamperini is an Olympian, war hero, celebrity and famous convert of Billy Graham’s ministry.  Here in this book Zamperini talks about his life in his own words.

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It’s the start of the Olympics at Brazil.

In light of that I thought I share with you “The Story of Eric Liddell.

Enjoy!

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I’m not necessarily attacking the Olympics itself, but searching up the medal count for this summer’s 2012 Olympics had me thinking about Eternity and God.

In one sense, the Olympics had me thinking a bit about how our Christian walk can be compared to a race and the work of athletics as 1 Timothy 4:7-8 states:

7 But [c]have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Discipline here is the verb where we get our modern word “gym.”

Yet, in another sense, the Olympics is also a story of tragedy of those who spend all their lives searching for meaning, purpose and significance in a moment’s attempt to make a claim to fame.  It seems that pursuit is one that is really short lived and sad.

The last time I checked, the US lead in terms of medal counts with a total of a hundred, with China coming in second place with 85.  Yet, four years from now who will remember the medal counts?  Or try seeing how people remember the 2008 Olympics medal count and descriptions.  Those who are familiar with the Bible’s book of Ecclesiastes (if not, you ought to read it!) should remember the echoes of Solomon’s “Vanities!  Vanities!”

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