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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
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Tori Samar
I've already profited immensely in 2016 from reading about J. Hudson Taylor, and here I find yet another compelling testimony of one man's commitment to Christ and the Gospel. Mr. Paton often used the phrase "mighty to save" in describing how God worked in the hearts of the New Hebrides natives, and what an apt phrase that is. I was so encouraged in reading the transformation that took place in so many lives as God demonstrated that He is "mighty to save" anyone. My heart resonated with Mr. Pato ...more
Jonathan Bartlett
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would give this book six stars if I could. It was thrilling to see God work in this man's life to bring the gospel to the South Sea cannibals. John Paton dedicated his life to bringing these savages to Jesus Christ and discipling them in the faith. His commitment was unwavering despite daily risks to his life. Few books have moved me as much as this one.
Daniel Schantz
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adventures in old-school missions

Autobiography of a man on the fringes of mission work, risking his life many times to spread the word about Jesus.
Chris Partyka
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cost of Sharing Christ

Encouraging story of God’s Sovereign provision in Patton’s life and ministry. The value of Christ is evident in these missionaries life as they risked everything to bring the gospel to the New Hebrides.
Mathias Seiwert
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic account, especially the first half of the book, of the struggles Brother Paton and other Christians went through to simply share the Good News of Jesus Christ, with their words & actions, with cannibals in the south Pacific Ocean. It stirred me to cry out to the Lord Jesus for increased faith & confidence in Him, for Him to empty me of my self-confidence, and for Him to enable me to focus on being one of His ambassadors in the locations where He places me.

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Wendy Sparkes
What a heart for the Lord this missionary had!

John G. Paton served among the Cannibals of the New Hebrides (now known as Vanuatu) from 1857 (aged 33) to 1887 sharing the love of Jesus despite many difficult & dangerous situations. He also was key in getting the Missionary ship the Dayspring established to help support the missionaries serving on those islands of the South Seas.

The style of writing is obviously of the 1800s, & although I found it more difficult to read on occasions, it wa
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: south-asia
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
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Lee Gerrietts
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was profound for me to see the zeal and love a man had for the Gospel and missions to the heathens. I highly recommend reading this autobiography. At a minimum listen to John Piper'stalk or biographical sketch of John G Paton.

In particular his love for his father and their relationship has had a lasting impact on me.
Luke Burgess
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
The beginning of this book which records the impact of Mr. Paton's father upon his life should be required for any Christian father. I have read and reread that particular passage on many occasions. The book as a whole is one of the best biographies I've ever read. It conveys a life of faith, and a evangelistic passion and courage that comes from it. Great from many perspectives.
Andy Anderson
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, missions
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.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was free on Amazon kindle. What a delightful book! He is a wonderful writer and it was interesting and charming to hear about the mission life in the 1800s. Only Gods sovereign hand could move a heart to respond like John Pattons. Amazing.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read at least three times. Oh, how inspiring is this man's faith and humility!! I love the story. Reminds me that "yea, tho I walk in the valley of the shadow of death," the One Who created me, sustains me yet. Powerful book.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was impressing and astonishing on how the indians came to church after believing in God and repenting.
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of how God used this guy is amazing. It's free from Amazon on Kindle so go read it yourself! His faith=wow.
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Holly Splawn
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story if God's protection and providence. And you can get the Kindle edition free from Amazon.
Wonderful testimony of an amazing servant of God and the miraculous providence of God.
David West
I enjoyed this book. A great testimony to God's faithfulness and the faithfulness of those who serve Him.
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John Gibson Paton , born in Scotland, was a Protestant missionary to the New Hebrides Islands of the South Pacific. He brought to the natives of the New Hebrides education and Christianity.
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“Beautiful was it to mark how the poorest began to improve in personal appearance immediately after they came to our Class; how they gradually got shoes and one bit of clothing after another, to enable them to attend our other Meetings, and then to go to Church; and, above all, how eagerly they sought to bring others with them, taking a deep personal interest in all the work of the Mission. Long after they themselves could appear in excellent dress, many of them still continued to attend in their working clothes, and to bring other and poorer girls with them to that Morning Class, and thereby helped to improve and elevate their companions. My delight in that Bible Class was among the purest joys in all my life, and the results were amongst the most certain and precious of all my Ministry.” 3 likes
“Thither daily, and oftentimes a day, generally after each meal, we saw our father retire, and "shut to the door"; and we children got to understand by a sort of spiritual instinct (for the thing was too sacred to be talked about) that prayers were being poured out there for us, as of old by the High Priest within the veil in the Most Holy Place. We occasionally heard the pathetic echoes of a trembling voice pleading as if for life, and we learned to slip out and in past that door on tiptoe, not to disturb the holy colloquy.” 3 likes
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