Missionary Patriarch: The True Story of John G. Paton: Evangelist for Jesus Christ Among the South Sea Cannibals
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Missionary Patriarch: The True Story of John G. Paton: Evangelist for Jesus Christ Among the South Sea Cannibals

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John G. Paton's accounts of evangelism among the South Sea Cannibals are extraordinary, but what sets this book apart is that it contains one of the finest testimonies of multi-generational love and devotion between a father and son found outside the Scriptures. In this autobiographical account, Paton describes how his father's love and training prepared him to endure bitt...more
Hardcover, 524 pages
Published December 25th 2001 by Vision Forum (first published 1898)
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Sep 26, 2012 Johanna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely everyone!
This was one of the most amazing books I have ever read! I can't imagine reading it and not being strongly impressed by the truth and wonder of God's providence. Besides being very encouraging, I found this book to be very rebuking(in a good way). It shows how little most of us Christians in America today know about true suffering for Christ. John Paton's stories of his missionary experience in the New Hebrides are an amazing recount of God's awesome workings and providences, it is full of inspi...more
Crazycalvinist O'flaherty
This volume is an a multi-volume originally published in 3 separate volumes. I have just finished the first part, volume one, and its quite a remarkable story of God preserving His own, and of someone living with utter dependance for every day alive on God's keeping him from being killed and eaten alive by heathen canibals.
It reads a litle like an adventure story, except it is true, yet almost seems beyond belief, it is so incredible what he survived and how the Lord kept him alive and comparati...more
What a great autobiography! Can't say enough. A man goes to preach the gospel to the cannibals on one of the islands in the South Pacific in the 1800's just 19 years after two other missionaries were eaten for trying to do the same. He is alone and threatened every day but trusts in the Lord for help.
(Note: I read the 5th edition of volume 1, published about 1890, and ending with Paton's departure from Tanna.)

I should note, first, that I am an anthropologist and that I do fieldwork on the islands of Vanuatu (previously New Hebrides), including some of the islands where JG Paton served as a missionary. I read this book to gain a better understanding of the early colonial history of the archipelago, especially the role of missionaries in the development of the islands to their present state.

Scott Johnson
John G. Paton spent his life telling two stories. First, he told the story of God's bringing salvation to sinners through the death and resurrection of His Son. But he also told the story of how God used him and other missionaries to bring a little heaven to earth as the gospel of Jesus Christ took root among the violent and pagan people of the New Hebrides. In his autobiography, as Paton tells the latter, the prior story of God's redeeming grace is ever in view. The result is a book as God-glor...more
It is a magnificent book. Paton writes engagingly and well. His hair-raising adventures--both in the New Hebrides and in the more "civilised" lands of Scotland and Australia--drag you in, often with white-knuckle tension. His later account of the evangelisation and transformation of the Aniwan cannibals is thrilling in a different, more uplifting way. Meanwhile his personality shines through saintly and kind, but uncompromisingly, tenaciously courageous with an added helping of what can only be...more
This is an incredible read. What a story! It's riveting - especially the first half. It's action packed. John Paton was a missionary to modern day Vanuatu. He lived for 5 years on an island of cannibals while enduring life threatening situations almost daily. It was his custom to run in-between warring tribes in order to stop the violence. He frequently succeeded. He would preach to and reason with the savage heathens even while they were trying to kill each other (or him).

I found it especially...more
The compassion and courage of this pioneer missionary is inspirational. That his efforts for the sake of Christ were so dramatically effective among the Aniwa (New Hebrides) people is astonishing. The major change occured in the relationships among the people of that small island, from living in fear and focused on revenge and death at all times to kindness and fellowship--in the span of one decade! The stories of the individual lives John Paton encountered are the heart of this book and help th...more
Jimmy Reagan
Perhaps the best biography I’ve ever read! It is hard to fathom following the Lord with all he faced among the cannibals in the South Seas Islands. He had a thousand opportunities to quit serving the Lord and never did. When he had to guard the grave of his wife to keep the natives from digging up her body to eat it, you feel like quitting for him. He was betrayed often, his work collapsed over and over, and good results were elusive for such a long time. Finally, he perseveres to see the Lord h...more
Becky Hintz
A classic missionary autobiography. This book has it all--The childhood home that shaped Paton's unwavering devotion to Christ, the early preparation for overseas ministry, danger and adventure and intrigue among the cannibals, profound loss and disappointments and perseverance, wild success in a second attempt, and finally, many years of support-raising to continue the mission. May we never forget that the "exciting parts" are impossible without this last, more mundane chapter of the story.
The life this man led and what he went through in his service to Christ was incredible. Paton was a true pioneer in carrying the gospel to the darkest parts of the world. God blessed him by using him to change hearts and also by calling him to suffer.
Andy Anderson
We you think you have it bad, pick up this book and find out about a missionary to the cannibals. Awesome book on perseverence and God protection. Slow read and detailed but incredible stories of how God changed the hearts and lives of man-eating people.
What a life of service! John Paton has shared the remarkable story of his life as a missionary in the 1800's to the natives of the New Hebrides. Told very humbly and honestly, this book is an inspiration to follow God's call and see His hand at work.
John G. Paton chronicles his years of laboring in missions, seeing God's hand move to provide in amazing ways and change the hearts of entire heathen tribes.
Justin Orman
One of the seminal lives in the Christian missionary movement. Alongside Taylor and Judson in my favorite missionary biographies.
Timothy Carr
A great biography of a great missionary to the cannibals of the South Pacific.
Thomas Arn
Excellent challenging book on ministry and the heart for ministry at all costs.
Jeff Learned
The best auto-biography I have ever read.
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