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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Charisma House; annotated edition edition (8 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591857953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591857952
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This book is based on Bruce Olson's life amongst the Motilone Indians. It is very interesting to follow the development in the indian society, without them becoming little westerners. The layout and the foreword (?), however, annoy me, because they don't fit together with the message in Bruces text. The book is definetely worth reading, though!
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By Cov Kid on 15 Sep 2011
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It is a good book, but it seems to be a sequel to the one I thought I was buying and was misled by the earlier reviewers who are describing, I believe, the original autobiography which is a much older book just called "Bruchko". Confusing, eh?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prabal Ray on 8 Jan 2009
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Bruce Olsen went as a missionary to live and work amongst a primitive, stone-age type tribe in South America. I read this book years ago and assumed it would not be in print but amazingly it still is. It really is an unforgettable story.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reader on 15 Sep 2010
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Like the previous reviewer I read this amazing story years ago and have never forgotten the gist of how God took this 18-year-old to a remote South American tribe, inspite of his having been rejected by a missionary organisation in his home country of Canada and how He (God) led him and provided for him & the tribespeople again and again inspite of tragedy and difficulty. Just one quibble: Let me take issue with the title of this updated version - not "How Bruce Olsen..." but "How Jesus Christ brought a native South American tribe into the Kingdom of God". Highly recommended.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Truth is stronger than fiction 18 Oct 2006
By Thomas Stoerzbach - Published on
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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!
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A Visit With an Old Friend 4 Aug 2007
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on
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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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
One of My Favorite Books of All Time 11 Jan 2010
By Destin Vacation - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Entirely unnecessary book, if you read the original "Bruchko" 18 Jan 2014
By Señor Khui - Published on
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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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bruchko 23 April 2011
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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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