Bruchko by Bruce Olson // Book Review

Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Charisma House (July 18, 2006)
Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography
Audience: PG
Buy On: Amazon

Rating: 5 out of 5.


What happens when a nineteen-year-old boy leaves home and heads into the jungles to evangelize a murderous tribe of South American Indians? For Bruce Olson, it meant capture, disease, terror, loneliness, and torture. But what he discovered by trial and error has revolutionized then world of missions.

Bruchko, which has sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide, has been called “more fantastic and harrowing than anything Hollywood could concoct.” Living with the Motilone Indians since 1961, Olson has won the friendship of four presidents of Colombia and has made appearances before the United Nations because of his efforts. Bruchko includes the story of his 1988 kidnapping by communist guerrillas and the nine months of captivity that followed. This revised version of Olson’s story will amaze you and remind you that simple faith in Christ can make anything possible.

“[Bruchko is] an all-time missionary classic. Bruce Olson is a modern missionary hero who has modeled for us in our time the reaching of the unreached tribes.”

—Loren Cunningham Co-founder, Youth With A Mission


No one can tell a story of someone as well as the person himself, because no one knows the story as well as the person who lived through it. This was definately the case for Bruchko.

Because the author, Bruce Olson, both lived and wrote his book, Bruchko was written excellently.  All the events were told in such a way as to make it come alive to the reader.

The experiences Bruchko lived through were crazy. Not many missionaries have the same drive that Bruchko did. It seemed like he had endless courage. He went through so many trials and torture and disease and yet never quit his mission–to bring God’s light to South America.

There was no doubt God was with him. Multiple times, he came close to death, and yet miraculously survived. Time after time, he was spared and continued to spread Gods word. Never once did he let his experiences define him or stop him from following his calling.

His story is a great inspiration to not let fear control you.   Olson’s story will amaze you and remind you that simple faith in Christ can make anything possible.


  1. I love this story. As a former missionary, I can testify to the sacrifice you have to make, and he did it without the support of his church, who wrongly opposed him coming. An excellent book, I’m so glad you read it!

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    1. Ani says:

      That’s awesome!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Rosy Marr says:

    I’ve read this one. It’s a cool book! 🙃

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Kaelyn says:

    This book looks like such an amazing read! I have never read this book but his story sounds so powerful. Great book review, Ani. 🙂
    -kaelyn 😛

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