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Publications | Touching The Spirit

Voice of the Soul, Music of the Heart

Publications

Books

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Cover photography © Dale Ripley

Touching the Spirit: Reflections from the Heart, 2006
This book is available for purchase, by contacting us at: touchingthespirit@gmail.com.

Reader Comments:

“Touching the Spirit is a marvellous message within a collection of beautiful poems that fill the heart with emotion and peace. One would like to linger on each one of them since they contain so much love and wisdom.”
Lena Tomatis, personal friend, wife and colleague of the late Dr. Alfred Tomatis, researcher into human listening, author of several books, including The Ear and the Voice.

“It’s beautiful! I love the cover and was doubly moved when I opened it to see the section on ‘Trust’ looking right up at me. Very gentle, and yet powerful words throughout. My mind started turning right away on all the places I will share it and read from it– my women’s group, workshops, in my own work on trust and spirituality.”
Gail Nielsen, author of Control Freak’s Guide To Living Lightly.

“I was totally overwhelmed by the heartfelt emotion in every verse. It is a beautiful piece of work and you should be very, very proud of it. I’m sure everyone will love their copy as much as I do mine.”
Beverly Koetsier, Grand Rapids, Michigan

King, N. The God of Forgiveness and Healing in the Theology of Karl Rahner. Washington: University Press of America, 1982 This book draws from the extensive writings of leading 20th century German theologian, Karl Rahner on this important theme, which it synthesizes, presents, interprets, and situates within the overarching framework of his thought. It provides insight into the nature of morality, and into the struggles of the human spirit to respond to some of the more difficult personal and interpersonal life experiences.

King, N. Experiencing God. San Francisco, Harper and Row, 1982
An analysis of key experiences, such as freedom. love, death, in the light of the theology of Karl Rahner.

Articles

King, N. and J. Ripley, “The Music Lesson … The Lesson of Music,” CK Child, Fall 2013.
Through the gift of music, we may support and encourage our children to find and live out of their true selves, to develop imagination, creativity, and wonder, and to awaken to the world around us with greater sensitivity and compassion.

King, N. And J. Ripley, “Spirituality and Vocal Music: An Exploratory Perspective,” Sharing the Voices: The Phenomenon of Singing V. Proceedings of the International Symposium, St. John’s, NL, 2010.
Spirituality may be understood as the vision, values, and support system that give meaning to a person’s life, that is, a sense identity and worth, belonging and purpose. A part of this quest for meaning is to find and express one’s unique, authentic voice, yet also discover its wider context. An essential dimension of this quest is the experience of beauty. One expression of beauty is vocal music, which may be a window to and from the sacred core of life; what T. S. Eliot calls “the still point of the turning world.”

King, N. Spirituality and Human Worth: An Exploratory Perspective. Journal of Integral Studies, Vols. 7-8, 2003.
This article explores a non-religious basis for a sense of meaning to life and for human rights, situated in the notion of the value or dignity of the human person. This approach provides a link to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the subsequent human rights tradition, in which Canada has played a significant role. In a culturally diverse world, often racked by violent religious conflict, this article suggests a foundation for an ethics that can be affirmed by persons of various backgrounds and traditions.

King, N., and M. Muldoon, Spirituality, Health Care, and Bioethics. Journal of Religion and Health. Vol. 34, No. 4, 1995, pp 329-349.
This paper draws upon life context and narrative ethics in order to articulate connections between the discipline of bioethics and decision-making in the area of health care. It provides an important resource for ethical decision-making within concrete situations.

King, N., and M. Muldoon, 1995. “A Spirituality for the Long Haul; Response to Chronic Illness,” Journal of Religion and Health. Vol. 30, no. 2, 1991, 99-108.
This article outline a spirituality appropriate for those whose lives are affected by chronic injury or illness. An emerging spirituality of the whole person in relation to self, others, society, the earth, and a divine presence that pervades all that is, acknowledges: (1) the basic dignity of the person and of all that is; and (2)) the drive to growth, wholeness and fullness, within every person. It implies a respectful assistance toward whatever growth is possible for the chronically ill, while summoning a caring presence that remains faithful despite limitations or impending death.