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I just re-read a book (for about the 10th time) that is outstanding – exciting, encouraging, gross (in places), faith-building, challenging – but best of all…TRUE!


The book is Bruchko by Bruce Olson. It’s the incredible account of the author going into the jungles of South America, as a 19 year old, to reach a stone-aged tribe named the Motilones. God’s power and miraculous provision is constantly evident. Bruce was sure of his calling from God and he pursued that calling with his entire being. Despite being physically attacked and tortured, extreme physical illness, and even being kidnapped by Communist guerillas – he remained faithful to sharing the good news of Christ.


In preparation for our trip to Honduras, our entire team read this book. I’d encourage you to do the same. This book will be one you find hard to put down. If you do read it – tell me what you think!




5 thoughts on “BRUCHKO

  1. Jordan

    This was a great book and it was hard to put the book down once I started it. Through all the pain and suffering the author persevered for the sake of spreading The Gospel. By venturing into unknown territory to share The Good News of Jesus Christ with unreached people, whatever the cost, Bruce Olson is a modern day example of what it means to be a witness of Jesus Christ to the “ends of the earth”.

  2. Mark Birmingham

    Bruchko is a trip. Just when you think your day isn’t going that well, you realize that you could be in the middle of a village of murderous indians, alone and fighting for your life. Suddenly, things don’t seem that bad, right?

    Imagine truly relying on God for every breath, every step you take. This is what I imagine what life was like for Bruce Olson. After reading this book, I have a better idea of how little I have trusted in God at times in my life and how much more fruitful it could be if I attempted to have an ounce of the faith that this young man had!

    Read this book. Change your perspective on following God. Realize all things are possible with Christ.

  3. Adrin

    Yeah, I have read that book a couple of times. What a great read. I remember the line “I learned to eat, if not for me then for the bugs living inside me.”
    What a story of jumping in with both feet and trusting God.

  4. Vickie Kerr

    After reading this book, I was in awe of Bruce’s determination to follow God’s call on his life. He knew that he could not live his life any other way! It is an inspiring book that I highly recommend!

  5. Kristen

    This book was so good I finished it in a day! I’ll admit sometimes Christian based literature feels more like I am reading it because I should be. This book is like reading a fictional adventure story. Then as you read it, you realize it is a true story and God has a powerful message. God asks us to get out of our comfort zone for him. To put our lives in his hands, or as is often said, get out of the boat. Though in this case, God called Olson to first buy a boat with no money, carry the boat across a couple countries, paddle out in the middle of a tsunami, then get out and walk on water. The amazing thing is to see a faith as strong as Olson’s that he did just that! I felt inspired and challenged as I read it. Olson’s faith, God’s love and providence. Combined with adventure, excitement and love, makes this one of the best books I have read in years and by far the best “christian” book I have ever read, next to the bible.

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