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Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a…

Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a 19-Year-Old American, His Capture… (edition 2006)

by Bruce Olson (Author)

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What happens when a nineteen-year-old boy leaves home and heads into the jungles to evangelize a murderous tribe of South American Indians? For Bruce Olson, it meant capture, disease, terror, loneliness, and torture. But what he discovered through trial and error has revolutionized the world of missions. Bruchko, which has sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide, has been called "more fantastic and harrowing than anything Hollywood could concoct." Having lived with the Motilone Indians since 1961, Olson has won the friendship of four presidents of Colombia and made appearances before the United Nations because of his efforts. Bruchko includes the story of Olson's 1988 kidnapping by communist guerrillas and the nine months of captivity that followed. This revised version of his story is an amazing reminder that simple faith in Christ can make anything possible.… (more)
Title:Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a 19-Year-Old American, His Capture by the Motilone Indians and His Adventures in Christianizing the Stone Age Tribe
Authors:Bruce Olson (Author)
Info:Charisma House (2006), Edition: 9.6.2006, 224 pages
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I think this book came out either when I was still in high school or newly in college. It made waves in the Christian community and really had a message more of grace than anything. The subtitle makes me cringe a bit now - "Christianizing the Stone Age Tribe" - it makes the whole thing sounds like it's all from someone with a huge white savior complex. Maybe could have considered that wording before putting it out there. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Jul 31, 2018 |
Full Review to come later on.... ( )
  Keli_B | Oct 19, 2017 |
This was an interesting read about an American missionary seeking to use cultural analogies to share the Gospel with tribal people in Colombia/Venezuela....

Why the low rating? My full review is here;


The book is free of bad language and sexual content. There is some violence/distressing scenes that may make it unsuitable for some readers. It is worth reading (especially for missionaries) if only for the purposes of personal reflection. ( )
  sparkleandchico | Aug 31, 2016 |
In Mark 16:15, the Bible records a command Jesus gave to the early Christians: "And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."" - (ESV) That command holds the same weight today as it did when Jesus first proclaimed it, but most Christians are only partially obedient. Not so Bruce Olson, the author of Bruchko. The title comes from the name the Motilone Indians gave him when he joined them in the deep jungles of Columbia, but not before they nearly killed him, twice. Ultimately, Mr. Olson's love of God and calling to share the gospel with the Motilone tribe gave him the perseverance to live among them, learn their ways, understand their language, become accepted by them, and ultimately share the gospel with them so that the Holy Spirit could draw them to Jesus. This inspiring story tells of trials most people only read about or see in movies that are so extreme they would shy away from ever even attempting to live through them. This is a truly inspiring and challenging book about a life lived to fully serve Jesus. ( )
  BrannonSG | Jul 26, 2016 |
first edition signed copy
  timcameron1 | Feb 25, 2015 |
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The astonishing true story of a 19-year-old American -- his capture by the Motilone Indians and his adventures in Christianizing the Stone Age tribe.
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