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I Couldn't Love You More - eBook
Tyndale House / 2012 / ePub
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Ingram and Hammitt, the former a songwriter and the latter lead vocalist for the Christian rock band Sanctus Real, team with Lovsin (Whats That Noise, Little Mouse?) to create a picture book from the lyrics to one of their songs. The message is that, as strong as a parents love is for his child, Jesus love is even stronger. Each two-page spread contains one of Lovsins colorful paintings of cuddly animal babies frolicking in nature as the seasons turn and one short stanza from the song. The joyful expressions on the animals faces dovetail nicely with the loving lyrics. A portion of the proceeds from the book and album support the Whole Hearts Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the Hammitts to help children with congenital heart defects. Ages 38. (Mar.)2012 Reed Business Information
Matt Hammitt, lead singer for the Christian recording group Sanctus Real, and children's author Jason Ingram, have combined talents with artist Polona Lovsin to turn one of Hammitt's songs, "I Couldn't Love You More," into a children's picture book of the same title. When Hammitt's third child, a son named Bowen, was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), the infant was required to undergo two major open heart surgeries. By God's grace he survived and is an integral part of the Hammitt family. However, during the recovery times, Hammitt wrote a song to his little son, assuring the child that no one could love the little guy more than Jesus. The song was featured on an album titled Every Falling Tear, and became a big favorite with fans. This subsequently led to the idea of using it as the basis of a children's picture book, featuring paintings of bunnies, baby bears, butterflies, flowers, and even little pigs.
The song's message is that a daddy loves his children more than anyone can imagine, yet, as great as that love is, Jesus loves all children even more. This is because parents are allowed to love children "for a moment," but Jesus loves them forever. It's an endearing sentiment. The double-spread paintings are the main attraction of the book, for only a few lines of print are placed on each page. This, however, will make the book a favorite with small children and with new readers. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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