"It doesn't take much to change lives forever."
"Inspiring and redemptive."
"This is more than a beautiful gift book, the writings within will bring life back to a disheartened soul."
I HOPE YOU DANCE. The song. The documentary. And now, the book.
The story of a song, the people who created it and the legions that have embraced it as their own.
What does it take to hope? Everything.
When Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers wrote “I Hope You Dance” during an otherwise ordinary collaboration session, they unleashed a breathtaking piece of music that would go on to win a stunning amount of awards—and hearts. Originally recorded by country artist Lee Ann Womack and released in 2000, it’s become a heart pounding, soul stirring and universal anthem of hope.
It comforts. It celebrates. It connects. And in his tender film "I Hope You Dance, The Power and Spirit of Song," acclaimed director John Scheinfeld (U.S. vs. John Lennon, Who is Harry Nilsson?) explores the power of one song to impact lives in profound, meaningful and sometimes startling ways.
In this book, the film’s co-producer Judith A. Proffer (and Huqua Press/Padaro Press founder) curates the genesis and life of “I Hope You Dance,” including four real-life stories of faith and hope. A homeless woman who reclaims self through dance. A quadriplegic whose steadfast beliefs are life changing. A father who navigates a parent’s painful journey. And a reluctant bride who ultimately accepts joy in her life, and in doing so finds her true north.
Featuring commentary from:
Lee Ann Womack
Foreword by Tim Storey and introduction by John Scheinfeld with additional commentary by Judson Laipply (“Evolution of Dance”) and Musical Therapist Alexandra Field.
Huqua Press teamed with Savio and Post Hill Press to publish the book, distributed by Simon & Schuster.
Illustrated by esteemed graphic designer Hugh Syme, it embodies the spirit & essence of the song.
The book was released to coincide with the airing of the I Hope You Dance special on the Hallmark Channel over Thanksgiving week-end in 2015. It's available on amazon.com.
pictured: Judith A. Proffer with singer/songwriter Graham Nash.