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Book Review - John G Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides

Sometime back, TE Rogers mentioned in this very publication that he had read the first chapter of an autobiography, John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides, and that it was quite possibly the greatest chapter of any book he had ever read. (I don’t recall if he expressly exempted the Scriptures from that statement, but I’m confident of his meaning.) Around the same time, at least one Elder at our Denomination’s summer Family Conference made reference to this same book in similarly glowing terms. So as Christmas time rolled around – or more pointedly, Christmas present buying time – a year ago, I decided that I would trust my Elders and buy a copy of John Paton’s book for a friend and I to read together. Shortly thereafter, the ladies of our mission work became interested in and adopted the autobiography as a part of their regular book study. Now, half our congregation can personally affirm, to one and all, that the Elders of the RPCUS were not exaggerating when they sang the praises of this book.

John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides, is one of the greatest books you will ever find, and I unabashedly demand for it a place on your book shelf – wedged in there between your copies of Pilgrims Progress and Through Gates of Splendor.