I Will Bring You Home brings together in one place a tremendous collection of story, humor, and history. Within these pages we hear testimony from one of the most prolific and best-known composers in Roman Catholic worship today. David Haas has been putting music on the lips of the people of God for over four decades, and this book tells the story of how much of that music came to be. Here, in David’s own words, we hear the stories behind over 130 of his best-loved songs—how he came to write them, what they have meant to him and to others, and what was in his heart at the time of their creation.
‘We are called,’ as David wrote, ‘to love tenderly.’ But sometimes, we need to sing it to feel it and feel it to live it. No one helps us along that path of love better than David Haas. His work invites us to sing, feel and live a life of love. No follower of the gospel could hope for more, and these stories help begin to tell us why.
Chairman of Special Olympics International, Washington DC
“Everyone who knows David knows that he is always eager to engage in the lively art of conversation. And he writes here in a conversational style so that you almost hear his voice as you read. The tone of this book is that of fireside chat—a group of friends gathered with him in which someone asks, David, tell us about how you came to write ‘Blest Are They,’ and the story pours forth. The details are rich, and often there is a touch of humor, sometimes a bit self-deprecating…If you know David, you will feast on the tales he tells herein. If ‘David Haas’ is mostly a name that you have encountered appended to a musical score, be prepared to make a new friend.” (from the Foreword, by Robert J. Batastini)
Check out this video interview with David, where he shares more background and his hopes for how the book might enrich the hearts of lovers of liturgical music.