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

by Bruce Olson

Paperback, 2006



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Charisma House (2006), Edition: 9.6.2006, 224 pages


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)

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LibraryThing member Agape
One of my very favorite stories! Incredible adventure as he moves among native people by himself.
LibraryThing member theBkids
The astonishing true story of a 19-year-old American-his capture by the Motilone Indians and his adventures there...
LibraryThing member vnovak
When he was 19, Bruce Olson traveled to Venezuela because he felt that God was leading him to be a missionary to the Indians there. He had no financial support or affiliation with any missionary group, yet he headed into the jungle. His first contact with the Motilones was when he was shot with an
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arrow, but by gradually earning their trust, he was able to share Jesus with them and help them medically. Eventually all the Motilones trusted Jesus.
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LibraryThing member MereYom
Excellent, gripping autobiography of Bruce Olson. His love of the native people of South America shines through in this story. This is an excellent "coming of age" book for youth who are searching for their purpose in life. Olson tells his own story of deciding to do as God directed, even though it
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was in no way clear how this all would turn out.
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LibraryThing member Bjace
Riveting story of how Bruce Olson lived with a tribe of South American Indians to learn their language and share Jesus Christ with them.
LibraryThing member justagirlwithabook
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
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it's all from someone with a huge white savior complex. Maybe could have considered that wording before putting it out there.
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LibraryThing member BrannonSG
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
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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.
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224 p.; 9 inches


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