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John G. Paton - The Autobiography of the Pioneer Missionary to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) Hardcover – June 1, 2013
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as a teacher, I find myself often using little stories from this book to stress committment to the kids I work with. Paton is from the period of missions where these guys were truly on an island by themselves. He gave up everything even though many told him not to go to the savages. One of the greatest lines from the book is when an old man was telling Paton not to go to the island saying 'But Paton, they'll eat you!' Paton replied, "Maybe, but you are advanced in age and will so pass away, only to be eaten by worms. What difference is it who we're eaten by?" that isn't the direct line, but the main idea of what he said.
Paton displayed the true idea of a life turned over to whatever Christ wanted and a life that truly displayed that he believed his citizenship was in Heaven.
However, if you are not an avid reader, this book will probably be "too much" for you. I'd recommend getting one the shorter biographies of his life. But because this is John's first hand account - there are many fascinating stories/situations. You'll probably miss out on many of them if you opt for a biography of his life instead.
This book was inspiring and powerful. It takes you from his childhood, all the way to his later years. John Paton was sold out for Jesus, and for reaching the cannibals for Christ. Imagine landing on a primitive island, and not even speaking the language of the natives. He started from nothing! He endured much hardship,suffering,sickness and danger - especially on the first island that he was a missionary on. There were setbacks and disappointments. Many would have given up and went home, but not John Paton. Eventually, after much sacrifice and labor, he saw many natives come to Christ and their lives miraculously transformed.
On a lighter note...One part of the book left me laughing so hard that I cried! Paton was a "total abstainer" from alcohol (and he argues his choice very strongly). But one time while travelling in Australia he had a 20 mile ride on a crazy, out of control, horse. Upon reaching his destination, he was topsy turvy and could barely speak. They thought he was drunk and try as he might he couldn't convince them he was sober. You have to read it yourself - it was hysterical.
Anyways, I give this 5 stars. It is a missionary classic.
Additionally, this brand new hardcover from Banner of Truth, newly printed in 2013, is a beautiful edition of the book. Beautiful cover and a neat, kind of old-fashioned/antique look to it. Would make a great gift. THIS is the unabridged version. Others out there by other publishers are not complete.
My copy of this hardcover book was different than shown and was much lower in price.I must warn readers he is a self professed Calvinist (page 195),but his teaching does not express itself to that direction.This book is basically in 2 parts with the former his experiences on Tanna and the latter his experiences on Aniwa.
I count 6 or 7 times he was given a chance to leave Tanna but because of his love for the people there stayed on.He had problems galore as he struggled with language,wicked traditions ,and extreme sickness.
The type is rather small and is not written in an easy to read style in which case a more modern up to date coverage of his life can be had through a different publisher,mine was by 'the banner of truth'
This is a very complete bio being edited by his brother James.It includes his parents life and experiences,his upbringing both at home and school and even includes 3 appendice,s with a complete index to the book for quick reference to any given topic in his life.
A great book,I was inspired by his massive dedication to God in many,many dangerous situations.Some of us are light years ahead of others it seems in regards to commitment and faith.
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One of the best autobiographies ever written. You can literally allow it to fall open to any page, begin reading at any point on that page, and immediately be captured by the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Derek Johnson
Haven't been able to read much yet; however, what I have read has been wonderful. Very humble.Published 14 months ago by Mary DeAngelis
A fast moving amazing account of John Paton's missionary work on the islands.Published 20 months ago by Joseph Dedic
Hard to find even a paragraph that is not unique, encouraging and astounding at the same time.Published on July 19, 2014 by Logan
Love this autobiography! Amazing story of faith and trust in God above
many many trials and adversaries. God's miraculous protection is awesome.
If you like reading bio's of people that God soverignly used, then this is one of them. John Paton accomplished more in his life than most would ever dream of. Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by Dave Anderson
I'm a pastor who has read my share of biographies and historical books. This book, by far, is the greatest biography I've ever read. Paton has become my historical hero! Read morePublished on November 20, 2007 by Christopher L. Barksdale