Overview

Few songs have inspired a nation as did Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope you Dance." It affirms life and challenges you to live fully, joyously and with abandon. The companion book published in 2001 perfectly captured the message of the song and, with 1.7 million copies sold, became one of the best selling books of this decade. So much so that the book now stands alone and the message of the book transcends the original market of people who loved the song. This new edition has a fresh new cover and a lower price and does...

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I Hope You Dance

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Overview

Few songs have inspired a nation as did Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope you Dance." It affirms life and challenges you to live fully, joyously and with abandon. The companion book published in 2001 perfectly captured the message of the song and, with 1.7 million copies sold, became one of the best selling books of this decade. So much so that the book now stands alone and the message of the book transcends the original market of people who loved the song. This new edition has a fresh new cover and a lower price and does not include the companion CD.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418578527
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 705,253
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mark D. Sanders is a songwriter and father and soccer coach who lives in Nashville with his wife, Cindy, and children. He's had #1 songs recorded by George Strait, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, Alan Jackson and a slew of others.

Tia Sillers is a songwriter and a gardener who counts her parents among her best friends. When not writing, she follows her recording-artist husband around the globe. She's had hits with the Dixie Chicks, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Pam Tillis, Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack.

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I Hope You Dance with CD (Audio)
By Mark D. Sanders Rutledge Hill Press

Copyright © 2000 Mark D. Sanders
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781558538443



Chapter One

How many times have my wishes and my dreams and my prayers for you hidden beneath my breath?

How many times have I looked at you, heart in my throat, hands in my pockets, a smile on my face, just wanting to say ...

I HOPE YOU NEVER LOSE YOUR SENSE OF WONDER

WHAT IS HOPE

What is hope? To want? To desire? To expect that what's envisioned may indeed happen? YES to all of the above. Is hope that gut feeling that it's worthholding out and hanging on for just a little longer? ABSOLUTELY. Is hope the core of the human condition? CERTAINLY. Can you have hope without faith and humility and wonder? THAT 'S TOUGH. Just the thought that there's something bigger, something truer, something totally surprising out there waiting for us is ... priceless.

What would you be without hope growing deep in your bones, thriving in every inch of you? NOTHING.

Hope takes never ceasing to be amazed ...

Wearing your soul on your sleeve ...

Holding your breath, waiting to hear "I love you, too ..."

Believing that tomorrow could be better than today ... that you'll get a second chance ... that you'll make a difference ... that you matter.

YOU GET YOUR FILL TO EAT BUT ALWAYS KEEP THAT HUNGER

Hunger is the wanting: to see more to feel more to touch more to crave, desire, search out, find, hold more. And sometimes hunger hurts more. But go on, go west, young man, young woman. Plow the land, plant the seeds, grow the food for the whole wide world.

MAY YOU NEVER TAKE ONE SINGLE BREATH FOR GRANTED

SO BREATH OUT AND BREATHE IN

(AND SOAK IT ALL UP)

GOD FORBID LOVE EVER LEAVE YOU EMPTY-HANDED

But if it does, may it leave you patient and stronger, willing and wiser, tender and tougher.

I HOPE YOU STILL FEEL

SMALL WHEN YOU STAND BESIDE THE OCEAN



Continues...


Excerpted from I Hope You Dance with CD (Audio) by Mark D. Sanders Copyright © 2000 by Mark D. Sanders. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted June 24, 2010

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    May you always dance!

    I read this book once from a friend who got it from her mother as a birthday present. Which I thought was such a sweet and great gift from the heart. I remember saying to myself that I have to get this book sooner or later in life for my child(thats when I ever have kids). This book is so beautiful and the words are so true & inspiring. Also unforgetable and heartfelt. I already have the cd. The song is so precious and lovely from beginning to end. Just like the book. I hope you all dance!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2008

    My friend died of cancer a few years ago

    My friend was dying of cancer and before she got really sick she and her husband had a second wedding. She sang this song to her two small girls at the wedding. I know they will always remember her when they hear it. She wanted them to enjoy life after she was gone and always dance. In memory of Yali Garcia

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2004

    TO HAVE NO LIMITS!!

    In my life I have felt restricted by my fears. After having experienced this book I realized that I cannot allow my son to adapt these same feelings. Although he is still very young I see things in him that I want to hold on to and I hope he will always cherish. I'm buying this book to share with him and to instill in him the courage I have found. And I hope he learns to never loose his innocence.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Tori

    Okay (um okay)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Alec

    Leaves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Love

    I love this song and book

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    Amazing Book

    Very inspirational book. Love every single page of it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This Is One Of My Favorite Songs

    I heard this song at the end of a Tyler Perry movie, "Family That Preys" and Gladys Knight sings it. Then, I heard Carrie Underwood and Lee Ann Womack both sing it. It makes my heart soar each time and definitely a must have. To know there is a book to accompany it, I am so happy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    Great book for a pick me up

    My sister died suddenly in an accident. We played this song at her funeral along with a picture slideshow. I pick this book up on a regular basis and read through it, because it makes me think of my moments with her. It reminds to me to keep living and smiling, like she would want me to do.

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    Great!

    I first read this book at a friends house, I was going through my "I hate the world" moments. I thought it was so beautiful and poetic. Even though it didn't cause change in me (my friend later bought me a copy) I know that if I ever meet anyone that needs a pick me up, I will quote this book. Truly beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    Amazung

    This was an amazing book. My teacher read this to us and played the song on the last day of school. We were all crying cause this is an amazing song and book. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    love it

    my dad donated this song to me and i love this song and many others written bt them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2007

    a reviewer

    this book is phenomenal. as simple it may seem, this book contains a beautiful message within. i gave this to my favorite language arts teacher in her birthday. before buying it, i had stood in Barnes&Noble reading it entirely. i planned just to skim through it, however when i began reading it, i could not stop. My teacher loved this book. she even says she plans to use 'i hope you dance' as her wedding song. this book was so great, that a week later, i decided i needed one for my self and my mother. my mother is battling cancer and loved the hope that can be extracted from that book. today i always carry this book in my purse, and whenever a friend is feeling down, i let them lend the book and listen to the song. this book left me speechless. i know a great book when i see one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2005

    May You All Dance!.

    I read this book once from a friend who got it from her mother as a birthday present.Which I thought was such a sweet gift from the heart. I remember saying to myself that I have to get this book sooner or later in life for my child(thats when I ever have kids). This book is so beautiful and the words are so true & inspiring. Also unforgetable. I already have the cd. The song is to precious and lovely from beginning to end. Just like the book. I hope you all dance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    THE Song says It the way she (my girlfriend) would have !

    My son chose this song for my girlfriends funeral.She passed away from breast cancer in 2002.My son said,and I agree that the song says it the way she would want everyone to live their lives. And she loved to Dance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL

    I READ THIS BOOK THE OTHER NIGHT AND AS I WAS READING IT, I HAD CHILLS RUNNING UP & DOWN MY SPINE OVER & OVER. HOW TRUE THESE WORDS ARE TO LIFE. ANYONE THAT HAS EVERY FALLEN DOWN MUST READ THIS INSPIRATIONAL BOOK. I LOVE IT!!! I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    Wonderful

    This book is so well done it is hard to find any areas that could be improved. Wonderful song, wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    Great Book.

    The very first time that I heard this song, I knew I had to get it for my daughter. I found the book a while back and was so excited. It says everything that I hope and wish for her as she gets older. She is only 7 right now, but I plan to give the book to her later. I think that it is something that she will treasure. It is a great little book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    Loved it!

    I loved this book so much! My sister bought it for herself one day, and made me read it. I actually cried when I finished the book. I love this song so much, and now I have to buy the book for myself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    She did dance

    My little girl Leslie has motor skill problems and high functioning autism. When I put her in ballet - she was awkward, and her ballance took every bit of her concentration. With her arms up high and she stood on her toes, -She danced to this song on her recital. She was 15 years old and she worked day and night to be a ballerina. I bought her the book and the CD and she was so proud of it. I watch the tape of her dancing and my dream is one day - we will again find a special dance teacher and she will dance. This is Leslie's song. In my heart it always will be the wishes that I have for my little girl.

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