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John G. Paton

The Autobiography of the Pioneer Missionary to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu)

John G Paton
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Look Inside Price £14.50
Weight 0.84 kg
Dimensions 22.35 x 14.61 x 3.56 cm
page-count

540

format

Book

isbn

9781848712768

Original Pub Date

1889

Banner Pub Date

Oct 1, 1965

topic

Missions, 19th Century, Missionary Biography

binding

Cloth-bound

ENDORSEMENT

‘What sustained John Paton in his missionary zeal? No doubt he had a love for the people. He was certainly burdened for them and had compassion on their souls, knowing that without Christ they were certain to go to hell. As important as compassion is for those who do not know God, I suggest this will not sustain a missionary zeal, whether it be for missionaries serving on the field or for Christians in western churches who pray and support various missionaries. Something more is needed…Only a zeal for the true and living God to receive his due, to receive the glory and commitment in a local church.’ — ALLEN M. BAKER

Book Description

The autobiography of John G. Paton contains everything necessary to make it a missionary classic. Born into a Christian family near Dumfries in 1824, Paton’s early years were marked by a struggle against poverty. He was self-educated, and the training ground for his life’s work was the slums of Glasgow where he laboured with success as a city missionary. With ‘the wail of the perishing heathen in the South Seas’ continually sounding in his ears, he prepared himself to serve overseas and was ordained as a missionary to the New Hebrides in 1858. This group of thirty mountainous islands, so named by Captain Cook, with its unhealthy climate, was then inhabited by savages and cannibals. The first attempt to introduce Christianity to them resulted in John Williams and James Harris being clubbed to death within a few minutes of landing in 1839. The difficulties that confronted Paton were accentuated by the sudden death of his wife and child within months of their arrival. Against the savagery and the superstition, despite the trials and the tragedies, Paton persevered and witnessed the triumph of the gospel in two of these 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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Table of Contents Expand ↓

  PART FIRST  
  INTRODUCTORY NOTE 2
  CHAPTER I.  
  THE HOME LIFE 3-18
  CHAPTER II.  
  SCHOOL AND EARLY COLLEGE DAYS 19-31
  CHAPTER III.  
  IN GLASGOW CITY MISSION 32-51
  CHAPTER IV.  
  FOREIGN MISSION CLAIMS 52-61
  CHAPTER V.  
  THE NEW HEBRIDES 62-69
  CHAPTER VI.  
  LIFE AND DEATH ON TANNA 70-85
  CHAPTER VII.  
  MISSION LEAVES FROM TANNA 86-108
  CHAPTER VIII.  
  MORE MISSION LEAVES FROM TANNA 109-148
  CHAPTER IX.  
  DEEPENING SHADOWS 149-185
  CHAPTER X.  
  FAREWELL SCENES 186-224
  CONCLUDING NOTE 225
  PART SECOND  
  PRELIMINARY NOTE 228
  CHAPTER I.  
  THE FLOATING OF THE “DAYSPRING” 229-258
  CHAPTER II.  
  THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES 259-275
  CHAPTER III.  
  TO SCOTLAND AND BACK 276-293
  CHAPTER IV.  
  CONCERNING FRIENDS AND FOES 294-308
  CHAPTER V.  
  SETTLEMENT ON ANIWA 309-325
  CHAPTER VI.  
  FACE TO FACE WITH HEATHENISM 326-359
  CHAPTER VII.  
  THE LIGHT THAT SHINETH MORE AND MORE 360-387
  CHAPTER VIII.  
  PEN PORTRAITS OF ANIWANS 388-416
  CHAPTER IX.  
  SECOND VISIT TO BRITAIN 417-442
  CLOSING TESTIMONY 443-444
  PART THIRD  
  PRELIMINARY NOTE 446
  CHAPTER I.  
  ROUND THE WORLD FOR JESUS 447-471
  CHAPTER II.  
  THE HOME-LANDS AND THE ISLANDS 472-496
  FAREWELL TO THE READER 497
  APPENDICES  
  A. A WHITE-SOULED PEASANT 501-503
  B. NOTES ON THE NEW HEBRIDES 503-506
  C. THE PRAYER OF THE TANNESE 506-508
  INDEX 509-524

 

 

 

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  1. 5 out of 5

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    This is my favourite Banner book, hands down. God used it to show me the value of a godly home, and the impact it can have on one’s children (Paton was massively influenced in his personal walk by his father – great stuff). The amount of times Paton escapes death, coupled with the amount of converts the Lord blesses his ministry with, makes for one exciting, spiritually edifying read!

  2. 5 out of 5

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    This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The encouragement to godly parenting (Paton’s father) and the example of inspiring courage (Paton himself) were tied together by the same scarlet thread – a fiery love for Christ and for those made in his image. I recommend this book to every Christian, but especially to parents, church planters, and foreign missionaries.

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