Hope and faith after despair – retired chaplain launches memoir

In his frank and inspiring memoir, Neven talks about his extraordinary success as a rugby player. A lock and number eight, Neven represented Wellington at a provincial level, before achieving the ultimate in New Zealand rugby – wearing the revered All Black jersey. His contemporaries included Tiny White, Don Clarke, Wilson Whineray, Kelvin Tremain, Colin Meads and Ian Clarke.

But this is not just a memoir of rugby achievements; Neven talks frankly about the difficulties in his life ‘when the crowd stops roaring’ and the reality away from the rugby field. There are immense challenges, including a suicide attempt and his battle with alcoholism. But there is also hope, triumph and new beginnings with Neven going on to give back and help others who have lost their way.

Neven was ordained as a Vocational Deacon in 1991, and from 1985-2005 was Prison Chaplain at Manawatu Prison. In the book he talks frankly about his faith journey and how his faith has shaped his life and work.

Book launch – When the Crowd Stops Roaring, Neven MacEwan

Tuesday 21 May, 6pm
Guest speakers: Keith Quinn (rugby commentator) and David Rowe (Dean of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul)

Refreshments will be available – all welcome!

Download the book launch invitation here.