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In the midst of life: Insights of a hospital chaplain

27th April 2021

With over 30 years’ of hospital chaplaincy experience, Michael Marsden, Chaplain at Nevill Hall Hospital shares his insights with us in his new book.

About the book

Sickness is no respecter of time, person or place. Therefore it involves all of us at some point in our lives.

Through the power of story-telling the author shares over 30 years’ experience as a hospital chaplain, ministering to a countless number of patients, their  families and health care staff.

In addition to these moving stories, each short, self-contained chapter contains a passage of scripture and prayer to assist the reader to reflect and ponder.  

From the Foreword

I can’t think of another book that so beautifully sums up the vocation of a hospital chaplain, with a wealth of personal recollection and a wealth of invaluable quotation and reflection…. Michael writes with wit and clarity and compassion not simply about sickness and health but about the amazing grace of being human, and the joy of witnessing to this.

(Dr Rowan Williams. Formerly Archbishop of Canterbury. 2002-2012)


Read the reviews of Michael's book from the following:

  • Rev’d Lance Sharpe, Registrar, College of Health Care Chaplains
  • Sister Josephine Egan, Daughters of the Holy Spirit
  • Dr. John Huish FRCP, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Cwm Taf University Health Board
  • Pam Kelly, Chief Constable of Gwent Police
About the author

Michael was ordained in Llandaff Cathedral in 1982 and has worked in a number of church and health care settings throughout South Wales. He presently works within the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. He is involved in nurse training and lectures regularly at the University of South Wales.

He is married to Salli and has two adult daughters, Lydia and Lucy, and a Parson Jack Russell called Toby.


The book is now available on Amazon.