Item description for John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides by John Gibson Paton...
Overview The autobiography of John G. Paton is a missionary classic. Paton witnessed the triumph of the gospel in two of the South Sea Islands. His life is almost without parallel in missionary annals and his account of it is moving and gripping.
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Studio: Banner of Truth
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.78" Height: 1.57" Weight: 1.87 lbs.
Binding Library Binding
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Banner of Truth
ISBN 085151667X ISBN13 9780851516677
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More About John Gibson Paton
John Gibson Paton was born in 1824 and died in 1907.
Reviews - What do customers think about John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides?
Better Than Watching A Movie! Nov 20, 2007
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! You learn from Paton what it really looks like to trust in the sovereign goodness of God, what it looks like to be a father and raise many kids, and what it looks like to have a heart for missions! Once you start reading you won't want to put it down . . . I've read it multiple times and burned both ends of the candle with this one!
Enduring missionary Oct 20, 2007
Another of my top three autobiographies of all time. Paton gave his life to taking the gospel to islanders of the Pacific. It cost him the lives of those dearest to him. At times he had to flee for his life. Paton experienced both extaordinary suffering and blessing. An incomparable story of a missionary giant.
VEry thorough. May 20, 2007
This autobiography has seemingly included every detail of the author's life with the tribes of the New Hebrides. It may not have been necessary to include an account of each incident when one would have done to represent all of that particular type. Thus the book is more one of a historical account than one that would inspire others to follow in John's foosteps of ministry.
inspiring and powerful missionary classic Mar 9, 2006
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.
A Life Given For the Lost Nov 16, 2005
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.