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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 bittJohn 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 bitter hardship, to persevere against unspeakably difficult circumstances, and to resist sin. Because of his father's faithful example, Paton was able to love and lead to Christ the very people who tried to eat his wife and child....

Title : Missionary Patriarch: The True Story of John G. Paton: Evangelist for Jesus Christ Among the South Sea Cannibals
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ISBN : 9781929241378
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Number of Pages : 524 Pages
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Missionary Patriarch: The True Story of John G. Paton: Evangelist for Jesus Christ Among the South Sea Cannibals Reviews

  • Tori Samar
    2019-04-25 22:56

    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. Paton's when he wrote lines like the following: "For three years we had toiled and prayed and taught for this. At the moment when I put the bread and wine into those dark hands, once stained with the blood of Cannibalism, but now stretched out to receive and partake the emblems and seals of the Redeemer's love, I had a foretaste of the joy of Glory that well nigh broke my heart to pieces." Praise God for the Gospel's saving and transforming power!I was equally encouraged just in learning more about Mr. Paton himself. Here was a man whose life was in constant danger from island natives who wanted to stop him from telling about the worship of Jehovah. Yet he also had constant trust that God would either enable him to continue his work or take him home to glory, and he was completely satisfied with either of those options. And his love for the New Hebrides people, even the ones who wanted to kill him, is evident across every page of writing. I think it most fitting to end my review with two of my favorite quotes from the book. To me, they perfectly capture Mr. Paton's heart. He trusted the sovereign hand of his God in all things and committed himself fully to serving his God:-"Whatever trials have befallen me in my Earthly Pilgrimage, I have never had the trial of doubting that perhaps, after all, Jesus had made some mistake. No! my blessed Lord Jesus makes no mistakes! When we see all His meaning, we shall then understand, what now we can only trustfully believe, that all is well—best for us, best for the cause most dear to us, best for the good of others and the glory of God."-"If God gave me back my life to be lived over again, I would without one quiver of hesitation lay it on the altar to Christ, that He might use it as before in similar ministries of love, especially amongst those who have never yet heard the Name of Jesus. . . . God gave His best, His Son, to me; and I give back my best, my All, to Him."

  • Jonathan Bartlett
    2019-04-19 23:59

    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.

  • Chris Partyka
    2019-04-03 02:15

    The Cost of Sharing ChristEncouraging 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
    2019-04-19 00:04

    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.The roughly second half of the book is still quite profitable with some wise & instructive insights from Brother Paton. However it focuses more on the lengths he went to spread word of the mission & raise funds, and at no fault of his own, this part of the book at times dragged a bit.Overall a very important book for 21st century Christians to read; if we are truly reborn through repentant faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, this book will serve to remind us that we are His representatives & missionaries, all of us, whether in the south Pacific or wherever we are. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is not a hobby or recreation on the side...

  • Wendy Sparkes
    2019-04-15 22:52

    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 was easy to read in short bursts, & I quite happily picked it up to read the next installment.This has been prepared for Kindle by a group of volunteers, & is now offered for free on & I think at least one of the volunteers was American as for the most part the spelling is the British way, but occasionally an American spelling creeps in - wasn't a problem for me, although it did make me smile. I think if I had been preparing an American book, I would have found it difficult to use American spellings for words I'm so used to spelling the British way!

  • Suzannah
    2019-04-24 23:47

    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 called cheek. From his short way dealing with bullies as a young schoolmaster to the many occasions on which, having just foiled an attack on his life in the Cannibal Islands, he lay down and enjoyed the sound sleep of the righteous, Paton shows a delightful pluck, or moxie, as John Piper calls it!Read the rest of my review at my blog, In Which I Read Vintage Novels.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-05 18:57

    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 the reader to endure the lengthy passages on interate trips and reports to the board.

  • Jimmy Reagan
    2019-04-18 01:54

    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 honor him. Your faith will soar reading this book! A nice gift or family keepsake!

  • Lee Gerrietts
    2019-04-05 18:50

    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
    2019-04-21 19:49

    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
    2019-04-06 01:08

    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.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-15 20:56

    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.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-12 02:17

    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.

  • Elisha
    2019-04-15 21:05

    It was impressing and astonishing on how the indians came to church after believing in God and repenting.

  • Janet
    2019-04-21 20:48


  • Sarah
    2019-03-27 21:00

    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.

  • Cherie
    2019-04-10 20:58

    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
    2019-04-17 02:13

    Amazing story if God's protection and providence. And you can get the Kindle edition free from Amazon.

  • Devra Dato-on
    2019-04-14 22:00

    Wonderful testimony of an amazing servant of God and the miraculous providence of God.

  • David West
    2019-04-09 19:06

    I enjoyed this book. A great testimony to God's faithfulness and the faithfulness of those who serve Him.