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Daktar: Diplomat in Bangladesh [Paperback]

By Viggo Olsen (Author)
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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.43" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.93 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 1996
Publisher   Kregel Publications
ISBN  0825433681  
EAN  9780825433689  

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The former East Pakistan was a country best with disease, poverty, and natural disasters. In the early 1960's a brilliant young Christian doctor named Viggo Olsen left behind the possibility of a prosperous career in the United States to establish the first modern medical facility on the eastern side of the country. In 1971 a viciously one-sided civil war ravaged the country as heavily-armed troops from West Pakistan savagely attacked the almost defenseless East Pakistanis who sought to form their own nation. In countless hours of crisis and the horrors of war, God used Dr. Olsen to act as both a political meditator and spiritual counselor. This classic missionary story continues to thrill readers with its blend of excitement, insight, and inspiration surrounding the birth of the new nation of Bangledesh and the dedicated Christian workers who served its people.

24 Chapters 352 Pages

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Some parts very interesting  Jul 30, 2007
I read this book with an agenda. In the mid-1970s a little booklet called "The Agnostic Who Dared to Search" was available in Christian bookstores. It was taken from chapters 5 and 6 of Dr. Olsen's book.

It detailed how Dr. Olsen and his wife accepted the challenge proposed by her newly converted parents in order to bring an end to family arguments about religion. The Olsen's thought it would be easy to dust off college notes about errors in the Bible and silence the in-laws. About this time Dr. Olsen also revelled in telling nursing students their belief in a special creation by God was foolish and evolution is endorsed by thinking people everywhere.

The Olsens were surprised to discover the critiques they had in college notes exposing flaws in the Bible were themselves weak and faulty. They began to realize many things point to God, but which god? Perhaps other religions are as good as Christianity or even better. In time all criticisms of Christianity fell away and the Olsens believed in Jesus as the Son of God and their savior.

I used to give that small booklet to many people. Then as quickly as it appeared it became unavailable. I wanted to read the source book in its entirety for a complete context. That would be "Daktar..."

"Daktar..." adds some interesting examples of how God led the Olsens and their medical mission in Bangladesh. As noted in other reviews, it also spends many pages in detail about political developments in East Pakistan. For the average reader, these details numb the mind and take away from the story.

I am glad I read the book, but it could have been a lot shorter for my purposes.
A World at Change!!  Mar 16, 2006

The man of the hour, Dr. Olsen, is remarkably used of God to bring many to Christ in the country of Bangladesh in the 1960's and 70's where violent governmental unrest formed calculated demise. East Pakistan forcibly moved to an autonomous state to mold a parliamentary government, birthing death and destruction in its wake to freedom. Dr. Olsen, his medical team and hospital were spared razing through God's timely intrusion.

The book parts throughout to reveal many a miracle beginning with Dr. Olsen, himself. He was a riotous, sin-seeking man before the phenomenal change by Christ. One medical associate refused to conceive that he came to the Savior as he whole-heartedly believed it unfeasible. He was well aware of the magnitude of sins that controlled Dr. Olsen's previous being. God took this reprobate of a man and turned him into an on-fire believer who left a spiritual trail of productive Christianity.

Drawbacks to the book: It was hard to tread through as it was penned in a detailed manner that lacked reader-appeal with its lengthy facts; reading through political details can relax one to a slumbering snooze. I also felt much more scripture could have been supplied to enhance this work. In addition, the details of the miracles of Christ could have been expounded upon. It would have been great to hear more of the conversion of the heathen through the compassionate healing hands of Dr. Olsen.
Ready for a challenge?  Jun 21, 2005
When I told my pastor I was interested in third-world development, he gave me a dusty hardback copy of this book. It changed my outlook dramatically. All I can say is, when someone is totally yielded to God, real life is so much more exciting than fiction.

The book starts a little slowly, and sometimes I felt like Olsen was getting bogged down in painstaking theology issues, but I think that reflects the painstaking process the realization of truth was for him. Stick with it, because when the story picks up, you won't be able to put it down. Olsen and his team demonstrate a ministry that is pure gospel rather than cultural imperialism.
May change your mind about missionaries!  Jul 8, 2003
This man is extraordinary! While we desire wealth, security, good health, and so much more, Vic Olsen's autobiography touches my heart as I see the tremendous passion and commitment of a Christian missionary to help the people of Bangladesh while ignoring the superficial desires of our society. His life trumps the stereotype delusional missionary of the same era portrayed in The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. You may reject his perspective that Jesus Christ is the Messiah (although he provides a logical defense), but think again what this man did because he committed his life to Jesus Christ. Is not this world better off because of this man's decision? Now, what am I going to do?
The Best Example of Medical Missionary work you can find  Jun 26, 2002
If you're looking to do some missionary work and your going into the medical field, this is the book for you. Viggo Olsen's story in Bangladesh is extemely inspiring and lets you see how the Father truly works through him.

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