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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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The material which John G Paton had collected over the years were compiled and edited by his brother Rev James Paton who supported John Paton in Scotland. Rev Paton was an author and Presbyterian minister in Scotland. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848712766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848712768
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
This book should be required reading for every "would-be" missionary AND for anyone who thinks they have personal problems dealing with the "heathen" in today's world. John Paton's written experiences brought tears to my eyes and a wonderful glorious inspiration to my soul as I read of his trials and tribulations in the New Hebrides. I was rewarded by the true testimonies of the ones whose lives and souls he saved. This could be a life-changing book and in many ways it has been for me, personally. Renew your Faith in God and the power of the Word by spending several hours with the conversion efforts of John Paton in the South Pacific. You will be blessed for it, I promise!
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Format: Library Binding
the life of John G. Paton was one of a continual sacrifice to bring the gospel to those that hated it the most. It is hard to imagine living under such scrutiny and continual danger and still loving the people that literally wanted to eat you. This book, especially the first half, is full of incredible stories of God's provision and faithfulness and Paton's committment to staying and bringing these people the Gospel. It also has an incredibly touching story of one of the natives who gave his life to save people that were exactly where he saw himself before he heard and believed this gospel.

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.
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Format: Library Binding
John Paton was the famous 1800's missionary to the cannibals of the South Seas islands. This is his autobiography and it is over 500 pages long. I read it slowly over about 8 weeks. It was more than worth my efforts!!

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.
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Outside of the Bible, this is one of the greatest books you will read in your life. Moving, dramatic, challenging, touching, thoughtfully written, even funny, and dripping passionate love for Jesus on page after page. I felt like John Paton became a friend of mine as I was reading his story. It's amazing the bond and common thread that followers of Jesus share through the ages. It often brought me to tears and prayer that God could likewise use me to display His infinite worth.

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.
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This book John Paton --missionary to the New Hebrides (now is called vanuatu) is a detailed account of this awesome man who served that island (and a few others) in the late 1800,s.He was subjected to terrific problems with the bloodthirsty natives and on many occasions was face to face with death.

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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