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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow him plenty of time to respond.
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