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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 Paperback – July 18, 2006
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''I am personally grateful for this opportunity that Mr. Olson [had] to tell of the remarkable progress the Motilone Indians have made in contributing to the economical, spiritual, and social development of my country, Columbia.'' --Misael Pastrana, president of Columbia, 1970-1974 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Bruce Olson, born in Minnesota and now a citizen of Colombia, is a linguist and graduate of sociology from a South American university. He has won the friendship of four Colombian presidents and appeared before the United Nations. His first book, Bruchko, has sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide. He lives in the jungle on the border of Colombia and Venezuela.
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I appreciated the day-by-day encounters of Bruchko, as he was called, with the tribal people of South America. The literary work by Bruce Olsen opened my eyes to the things of this world that one person can and does face daily when focused on getting the Palabra de Dios, Word of God, to other civilizations. The story tells of a man who was turned away by mission organizations because of his young age and inexperience. I recommend this book for anyone seeking a great story as well as those people considering going to the mission field for active work.
Despite the book ending on the last page, I know the story of his mission did not end there and look forward to hearing more about it in the future. Even after reading it twice, I look forward to the next time I pick up the book to peruse the pages. I cannot help but think about what the world would be like if more people would follow the leading of God and use Bruchko's zeal and desire as an example to bring the gospel to the world.
As an aside, I'll bet that over time a new translation of the Motilone Bible will come to be needed, one that is more "direct and literal" in its approach and resorting less to "dynamic equivalence." I think they will eventually "outgrow" the one they have. The same may happen with their music; European music certainly evolved after contact with Christianity and there is still plenty more room for change.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous life changing story if a young man who goes to live among Indian tribes in south America.Published 14 days ago by sharon sews
This was one of my textbooks for Introduction to Missions. I didn't know what to expect but I was surprised how well written it is! Read morePublished 19 days ago by Marie K.
I'm not a huge reader, but this is the first book in a long time that I could not put downPublished 21 days ago by andrew anderson
See the title "The Astonishing True Story..." it is astonishing.
That's all really.
Since I am a missionary in Colombia, I think when a person hears from God he must challenge his greatest fears and move into the vision God gave him no matter what. Read morePublished 3 months ago by robert nutting
This was the amazing story of how God used one man to bring the gospel to a people who had never heard of Him. How faith in the Lord Jesus took an entire people group by storm. Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. Spencer