Marshall Ball

The Messenger of Love


Marshall Stewart Ball was born with a devastating genetic disorder that causes him to not be able to walk, talk, sit up without assistance, or to even feed himself. But his mind is lovely and free. Since learning to communicate by tapping letters on an alphabet board at the age of five, Marshall has never expressed anger or frustration about his circumstances. Instead, he has written profound thoughts and poems about love, listening, kindness, acceptance, and God. Through his wondrous writings, Marshall has become what he has always said he wanted to be: a teacher who shares fine thoughts.

Now thirty, Marshall Ball lives with his family near Asheville, North Carolina. Since his physical world is so limited, he loves to receive correspondence. 

Marshall can be contacted at Please allow him plenty of time to respond.

“Those who know him say Marshall is their greatest spiritual teacher.”

Oprah Winfrey

The Oprah Winfrey Show

About the book

Kiss of God was originally compiled by Marshall in 1996, when he was eleven years old, from six years of his writings. It was intended as a Christmas gift for his father. After a family friend began to spread the word, the book became a favorite in Austin, Texas, where Marshall lived. It was republished by HCI in 1999 and become a New York Times bestseller, selling almost half a million copies.

This revised and expanded Twentieth Anniversary edition keeps the original text and layout of the beloved classic and includes more than a dozen new thoughts and poems Marshall has written since its publication.

“ …if there is one thing that I have learned from Marshall, it is that economy of words is as, or even more powerful, than their abundance.  I don’t have his gift for succinct jewels of wisdom; I’ve barely even got going and I’m already on word eighty.  By eighty Marshall will have changed someone’s view of the world!”

Chris Martin


Marshall Stewart Ball, wrote Kiss of God between the ages of five and ten years of age.  This marvelous collection of thoughts, letters and poems has inspired millions.  Unable to speak, walk or care for himself, Marshall never complains, always dares us to listen and motivates us to love.  This is the 20th Anniversary of Kiss of God and it includes a special introduction and forward written by Marshall's dear friends Chris Martin of Coldplay and Dr. Habib Sadeghi.  There is an additional chapter including some of Marshall's new work as well. Seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN and Time magazine, Marshall Ball is silently working to bring love into lives. 

"Kiss of God changed my life and I'm sure it will change yours too."

                                                                   - Chris Martin, Coldplay


“Marshall Ball is an American literary phenomenon.”




Tacirring Foundation is a private operating foundation established in Asheville, North Carolina.  Founder Marshall Ball, a child author and spiritual thinker, conceived of  Tacirring as a child and has now created a place to bring together people, teaching love through art, words and music. Currently Tacirring Studio is located at 45 South French Broad, Asheville, NC and eventually in another location will become a public park, museum and thinking place for all people.

Good Caring Tacirring

Magnificent joy is given
good caring is found
great marvelous room is grounded
carrying Tacirring
germinating ideas
granted by Love’s
hearing, giving, listening
good child

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