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“This is probably one of the most gripping missionary stories you'll ever read. If it were a novel, I'd find myself thinking "Now that was fake and sensationalistic... as if it would EVER happen in real life!" ...But it did, to a young man named Bruce Olson who gave everything to Jesus and in...”see full review » see other reviews »
“5 copies”Tiglin wrote this review Monday, August 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read!”Melody wrote this review Tuesday, May 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In the autobiography, Bruchko, by Bruce Olson, he shows you his vivid, insightful, and exciting story of his journey in Christianizing the Mitoline Indian tribe. He takes you from the background of his getting interested in where and why he wanted to help them, along with his adventure in becoming apart of the tribe himself. He also learns the language -- and culture-- of the Indians.
The majority of this book is set in the jungle, on the border of Venezuela and Columbia. Bruce Olson does a fantastic job with describing the un-thinkable things he had to go through on his journey. From getting abandoned at the airport, to not knowing a single person who spoke or understood his language, to getting almost life-threatening diseases; Therefore, this makes for a page-turning read! Soon after he was converted from a growing up in a Lutheran church, into a much different atmospheric church, a man speaks one Sunday about doing missionary trips. Appalled at first, Bruce was not interested. But soon after hearing everything the man had to say, Bruce took interest very quickly. He then takes the first step and goes to talk to the missionaries but surprisingly gets rejected.
Having strong faith in God: Bruce decides to go forth to Venezuela by himself to try and see where there needs help. Having no support, and little money, Bruce arrives in Venezuela where he is brutally greeted by no one speaking English. After being there for a few days Bruce finds people who were talking to him about the Mitoline Indian tribe—a tribe who no one knew their culture nor language. He immediately decided that he is going to find a way to get to these Indians and help. From this point on Bruce faces torture, life-threatening disease, and more.
This book is a great read for anybody who loves a page-turning and eye-opening book. It is something that you would not normally read about. It has a great deal of Christianity in it, because Bruce’s main influence is God, so if you are not comfortable with that or are not interested in reading about that- this book probably is not the book you would have motivation to read about. Although, you may surprise yourself, as I did. Olson has told an incredibly well written book about the life-changing journey he went through. It is very eye opening, inspirable, and memorable.
“Kind of upsetting, kind of interesting. A good book - made me uncomfortable, but made me think.”Cozy Seaside Homemaker wrote this review Friday, March 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This one made me cry. That's all I can say.”Tina wrote this review Tuesday, March 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Such a good stirrer of the soul for those of us to whom evangelism does not just naturally arise from our souls/”Don C. Vinyard wrote this review Sunday, February 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great classic!”Karen B wrote this review Saturday, November 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“True story of a 19 year old boy with a gift for linguistics who was driven to go to South America to reach out to an unreached people in the mountains of Colombia whose only distinction was their propensity to kill anyone who came near them. This is such a great example of Christs' love for us and how patient waiting helped the Motilone Indians see Jesus as a Motilone. Bruce thru Jesus enabled the Motilones to become their own advocates while preserving their culture and who they are.”nancy j pitrowiski wrote this review Tuesday, August 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of the few books of the missionary genre that I would recommend to non Christians. Many rightly feel that missionaries have done more harm than good, imposing their cultural norms, and carrying disease and ruin in their wake. This story is something else altogether. Olsen faces the challenge of introducing a belief in the context of their culture, while at the same time defending them from the intruding outside influences. Much has been made about how crazy it was for a teenager to undertake such a mission, but it's a heady mix of youthful hubris, passion, adaptability, and singleminded sense of purpose that often only 19 year olds have a full measure of. This carries him through where others may have failed. ”Darin C wrote this review Wednesday, June 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No