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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2006
After hearing Bruce Olson speak over a year ago and reading his first book, Bruchko, I have researched every magazine article and other source I could find on the life of this very special man. So when the sequel came out I was very excited to order my copy. It does an excellent job of filling in the later years, right up to the present.

The gripping story of Olson's unorthodox life in the Amazon jungle challenges every stereotype we may have of missionaries. As a passionate and driven 19-year-old, he left a comfortable, bookworm existence in Minnesota and followed his God-given dream to travel to South America, where he was violently captured by a reclusive, murderous tribe of stone age Indians. And he has lived with them ever since!

Bruchko and the Motilone Miracle unfolds all the events that have happened in Olson's life with the Indians, who are now transformed into a productive and positive cultural force in Colombia. It covers the account of Olson's unbelievable response to his kidnapping and captivity in 1988 by one of the armed rebel groups using the jungle as their base of operations.

There are so many reasons why I was attracted to this story. It's a high adventure journey filled with love, suffering, resurrection, social redemption, and victory over evil. I'd like to see the movie made -- and made on a big scale, because it would enthrall audiences more than the most elaborate Hollywood action film. In this case, truth is stronger than fiction!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
The original Bruchko book is one of my favorite books of all time. So when I heard he had written a second book which updated his story into the present day, I purchased it quickly. It was like getting reacquainted with an old friend. You see Bruchko grappling with the losses of Gloria and Bobarishora. You see his spirit rekindled after hearing a couple of the younger Motilones speaking at a peace conference. You feel his joy as the nation of Columbia recognizes that 420 acres of jungle land belong to the Motilone people (truly known as the Bari people).

The first 36 pages rehash the first Bruchko book, while the rest of the volume brings the story into the present day (with occasional looks back into the past).

You get to read the details of Bruce's entanglements with terrorist groups and drug dealers. You get his first person account of his brutal 1988 abduction by the ENF and his mixed feelings about the current direction the Motilones are taking. You get the sense that the younger Motilones want to modernize more and to forego some of the tribal traditions that Bruce has been trying hardf to safeguard. Yet Bruce is confident in the Lord that God will continue to raise up Motilones who walk in our Lord's trail.

If you love the first book, you'll definitely want this one, too. But this is also a good place to start even if you have never heard of Bruchko.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2010
Bruce Olson is a modern legend. If you are looking for a great autobiography and missionary story, this is it. I read a lot and there are very few books that I give a 5-star rating.

This is one of my favorite books of all time. It will change your life. I think this man has had a great impact on the Motilone Indians in South America. Bruce, an American, has lived in the jungles of of Columbia and Venezuela for most of his life, giving up all the creature comforts of modern day culture. His story is remarkable.

I recommend reading the first Bruchko book first, which tells about his early life and how he got to the jungle. This book gives a review of the first book in the first few chapters, and then picks up where the last one left off.

You will not regret buying this book. It also makes a great gift.
High school students and college students will also enjoy it, as well as those bound for seminary or the mission field.

I guarantee you they will make a movie about this man one day. You simply can not make this stuff up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2014
I am utterly baffled as to why this book was written.

When I purchased it, I expected it to be a sequel, of sorts, to the original autobiographical book "Bruchko", written by the eponymous missionary Bruce Olson. The original is a gripping, engaging, fascinating tale of one man's quest to bring Christianity to the Motilone / Barí natives of South America. If you are like me, you read the initial book "Bruchko" start to finish, without putting it down. If you are like me, you felt like you were right there with Olson, staring death in the face multiple times, experiencing the heartache, the confusion, the ecstasy, the terror, the elation, as he strives to follow what he perceives to be God's calling for his life.

This is exactly why I found this second book to be an almost complete waste of time and resources.

Rather than picking up where the first book leaves off, this book spends 80% of its pages merely retelling the exact same story--without any of the engaging storytelling or exciting narrative. The bulk of this book is devoted to retelling all the exact same stories from the first autobiographical book--in a style that is dry, uninteresting, and detached. Furthermore, the book jumps around chronologically, which makes for some terribly boring storytelling. It reads more like a meandering conversation with a friend--"tell me a couple stories of your time in the jungle, Bruce"--than any sort of interesting narrative.

The worst part of this book is, it contains almost no new material. Perhaps 20% of the pages have anything at all to do with what happened after the first book was written--that is to say, after the 1980s. This is ironic, given the fact that the subtitle is "how Bruce Olson brought a stone age tribe into the 21st century". If you were hoping for a book devoted to what has happened with the Motilone / Barí people and their adopted kinsman Bruce Olson, you will be VERY DISAPPOINTED with this book.

I am utterly confused by the fact that this book was even published. The more cynical side of me suspects that it was simply a shameless money grab by the publishing company. All the life and soul have been drained out of the original Bruchko story with this one; this book is neither a re-release of the original tale nor a sequel to it. It fails on both accounts.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2011
Bruchko is one of the most inspiring, faith building books I have ever read. It witnesses the power of God for salvation to those who believe. It is a book about one man's willingness to sacrifice all for the sake of Christ's Kingdom. It's fascinating to read of the Motilone Indians, who seemed so primitive yet turn out to be superior people in many ways, once communication is made. I read Bruchko when I was in my early 20s and heading out to do mission work. Now I have bought it again, along with Bruchko and the Motilone Miracle, 30 years later for my sons to read - in this age of self-centeredness and materialism, both books speak of a high purpose for life. I recommend this book to everyone!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2013
We read Bruce Olson's first book, Bruchko, and this was marketed as the sequel. While it added details that were not included in the first book, it felt like we were just reading the same story again, without some of the excitement and flow that Bruchko had. While the first book was less detailed, it engaged us with better storytelling.

If you already enjoyed the first book and are looking for further reading, this might be a disappointment. but if you haven't read the other one you may enjoy this. The first one, my nine year old read independently; this one we have used as a read aloud, but it has been slow going even with me reading it.
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on January 16, 2014
I think it was somewhere about 1980 when a missionary to Columbia gave me this book and said, "Read this. What you read here also happened to me only with a different tribe of Indians." I read it and it changed my thinking about how missionaries should approach any culture not their own. Shortly after I read it, I gave the book away. Fast forward to 2013. Now I have read the book with 33 years of experience behind me. Wonderful and exciting read all over again. I now have a grandson who is missions minded. He now has the book. Excitement all over again. I'm thinking of buying 20 more copies to hand out. What an inspiring book.
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on May 2, 2014
Having been able to have/to read the sequel to "Bruchko" I was once again inspired and challenge by this man's life. It is awesome what one man can do, when he listens to the voice of God, and not only listens and obeys. Going somewhere he had never been, learning a language he had never been taught by the natives, been so totally accepted and loved by them finally and making such a difference in their lives and them in his, is incredible. Great read!!
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on September 21, 2012
I was so challenged by the change that is brought about in a life totally abandoned to God's way of living and loving. The Motilone people's acceptance of Jesus and doing things His way is such an incredible example of the power of the Gospel. I want to be more like them... living by faith in a God who is able to do above and beyond what we could ever imagine. God was so glorified through every page of this book. A great read!
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on January 28, 2013
If you like true adventure and inspiration, read this book! Bruce Olson lived with an Indian tribe in South America for four years, learning their ways, waiting for an opportunity to share the gospel message. The time finally came in God's timing, and the entire tribe is now walking in the trail of Jesus. Discover what happens when a 19-year old follows God's leading into the jungles of South America.
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