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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  269 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
American bush pilot Russell Stendal, on routine business, landed his plane in a remote Colombian village. Gunfire exploded throughout the town and within minutes Russell's 142 day ordeal had begun. The Colombian cartel explained that this was a kidnapping for ransom and that he would be held until payment was made.
Held at gunpoint deep in the jungle and with little else
Paperback, 253 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Life Sentence Publishing (first published June 1985)
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Jason Mccool
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After hearing Russ speak at a Voice of the Martyrs conference in February 2013, I had to get this book. He has lived a pretty exciting roller coaster of a life, and is able to convey it well in his speeches. But more than that, he's able to convey deep spiritual concepts in a down-to-earth way. While the first sentence of the book is "I am not a 'professional' writer", he still does does a great job of conveying his story. He tells of his kidnapping by Marxist guerrillas in Colombia and his capt ...more
Ginny Jaques
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Russell Stendal's father read him a story about what life in Columbia is like for an indigenous person. Russell asked his dad why life was so hard for them, and was told it was because no one had gone to help them make things better. Russell immediately got down on his knees and asked God to send his parents to Columbia to help the needy people. He was 4 years old at the time.

When Russell was 8, the family moved to Columbia to begin translation work with Wycliffe Bible translators. When he was 2
Rob Robideau
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Missionary Stories with Some Adventure

As a missionary and a pilot currently serving in Nepal, this book sounded interesting even before I read the first page. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. The action starts quickly and the main story comes across well without seeming too over-the-top braggadocios or sensational.

The structure of the book has alternating chapters skipping back and forth from the story of his captivity to the stories of his childhood as a missionary kid in Columbia.
A little over half of this book Russell Stendal wrote his story about being captured by Marxist terroist. About 40% at the end was written more like a devoational; lessons that Russell learned. I rated three stars because the writing style was a bit hard to follow at times, but I would give about five stars for the story itself as it amazes me how God works through difficult situations and uses His servants to convict the even darkest of people.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story!
Annie Buddy
It was a great book. I thought I was picked an entirely different captive missionary when I purchased the book but soon after I started I was glad I made the mistaken purchase. I loved how a small child convinced his parents to give up their earthly ties to family and community and move to a culture who do not yet know of their Savior's love. I loved also how God used this missionary, through the writing of the book in the middle of the jungle, to win the hearts of some of his captives. Who know ...more
Jalynn Patterson
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

American bush pilot Russell Stendal, on routine business, landed his plane in a remote Colombian village. Gunfire exploded throughout the town and within minutes Russell's 142 day ordeal had begun. The Colombian cartel explained that this was a kidnapping for ransom and that he would be held until payment was made. Held at gunpoint deep in the jungle and with little else to occupy his time, Russell got ahold of some paper and began to write. He told the story of his life and kept
D.I. Telbat
A jungle pilot is kidnapped by Marxist guerrillas in Colombia. Instead of fighting and hating his captors, Stendal shares Christ's love and wins the hearts of the most ruthless militants. He wrote this book while in captivity!

I've told many about this book. It's a short, quick read of 176 pages. Stendal's connection with his captors was aided by a lifetime in Colombia as a missionary kid. Though initially targeted as a capitalist enemy, the guerrillas soon realized this poor jungle pilot was not
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a true story about the author who was kidnapped in Columbia by a group of guerrilla fighters when he was working as a jungle pilot.

Along with the actual kidnapping story itself and subsequent time in captivity, he weaves in stories from his childhood and early adulthood missionary and God adventures.

I greatly appreciated the author’s openness and honesty in the way he reveals his own faults and how God turned them around.

I also greatly liked the way he shared his faith with his capt
Nancy DeValve
Russell Stendal was kidnapped by guerrillas in Colombia and held captive. At first he was angry and upset and pulled a gun that he had in his boot and shot one of the guerrillas. Fortunately the guy didn't die and Mr. Stendal was able to ask the man's forgiveness and they became friends. During his captivity Mr. Stendal began to see that if God allowed him to get into this situation, God could get him out of it and it wasn't necessary for him to use violence. As the months went on, he became mor ...more
In 1983, a former missionary kid who grew to become a missionary himself while flying planes around Colombia in order to help people who were in desperate need (suffering or poor and helping them with businesses like fishing) is kidnapped by the FARC Guerrillas with a ransom. He types out his story while in captivity for a few months about his life, the miracles he witnessed, the Jesus he loves, how he met his wife, the mistakes he made, and about the relationships he was building with the men w ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having previously read "Our Son Was Captured By Guerrillas" by the parents of Russell Stendal, I was interested in reading Russell's own book which relates the story of his experiences as a captive of guerrillas in the Colombian jungle for 142 days. This book is a testimony to the amazing things that God can do in someone who is yielded to Him. Once Russell realized that perhaps God had allowed the kidnapping to take place in order for Russell to reach his captors with God's Word, miraculous eve ...more
Carlene Havel
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not the best written book, but what a story! Imagine being in a life-or-death situation and deciding to live according to your Christian beliefs instead of cowering in fear. That's the premise of this charming book. The author admits to his mistakes and failures, yet attests to the power of starting over every day. More than a true adventure, this is a book about a man's spiritual journey, once that strengthens him and impacts those around him. They have guns, but he has the Word. Definitely wor ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too bad the cover doesn't show. It won the best cover winner at the National Christian Booksellers Convention. Russell has a powerful story telling ability. His accounts of his childhood are absolutely delightful, and his telling of his time in the Marxist guerilla camp make a person take a second look at how rich we are and how little they have. Heart wrenching at times Russell does a great job of sharing the predicament the Colombians find themselves in. It's an easy read with the power of God ...more
Tom Schulte
captured by the FARC Stendal writes this book in captivity while trying to be a Christian captive winning the admiration of a guerrilla he nearly killed and the enmity of those who feel he threatens their Marxist ideal. I like the stories of his altruistic work as bush pilot missionary and captive, buf can do without the theological musings. This edition has extensive appendix material, mostly theological, but includes the hilarious relating of transporting an unwilling hog via Cessna,
Axle Black
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Now this is the kind of stuff I like to read! Stendal tells this amazing story with humility, giving God all the credit. Though some of the happenings make you chew your fingernails, they are all believable. You don't get the impression that the facts are embellished for effect - they don't have to be. One could'nt outline a fictional scenario more captivating.
I take my hat off to you Russell.
Trudy E
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This gripping account of being abducted and held captive in the jungles of South America is well told by the victim. Missionary Russell Stendal shares his experience, and the impact it had on him and those he would go from fearing to being burdened to pray for. The last part of the book is mostly studies or sermons and took me longer to get through, but worth the time.
Carrie Allen
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like the message that this book offers. Particularly at the end, there are several parts that refer to the inner peace that God offers to his people. This is helpful and encouraging for any circumstance. This book has a lot of good reminders on what Christian behavior should be like and what Christ can do in your life.
Scott Goossen
I couldn't decide between a three and a four star on this one. Many parts of this book are very, very interesting, some are a little dull and most is quite obviously written by an amateur. However, it is interesting, inspirational.
Margaret Nelson
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best missionary books I've read in a long time

This book is so good., I've ordered a print copy to share with friends who don't have s Kindle. Well worth reading.
Susan Meyer
Excellent! Very thought provoking

An excellent read for every Christian and one to share with those who are not believers. Be sure to read the appendices.
Kim Hill
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Loved the fact he was able to hold on to his faith and witness to his captors. Also liked the sermon at the end of the book.
Ashley Tetzlaff
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I dare you to be able to put this book down once you've started it... you won't want to. Join Russell as he deals with life and captivity among drug smugglers and communists.
John Gilchrist
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Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read recently. It is inspiring because it was written so honestly. A testimony to how what often seems like a tragedy can be an amazing part of God's greater plan.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narra de una forma genial las ocurrencias reales que solo conocen quién han pasado por tan horrible experiencia.
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating story about God's provision in the midst of tragedy. Reminds me of the Burnham story in the Philippines.
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Russell Stendal, a former hostage of Colombian rebels, is a lifelong missionary to that same group in the jungles of Colombia. He is an influential friend to military and government leaders in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United States. Russell's ministry shares the gospel via twelve radio stations, hundreds of thousands of Bibles, books, and movies distributed through airplane parac ...more
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