I Couldn't Love You More  -     By: Matt Hammitt, Jason Ingram
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I Couldn't Love You More

Tyndale House / 2012 / Hardcover

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Share a powerful message with your little one - "I couldn't love you more, but there is somebody who does!" Adorable illustrations paired with the lyrics of Ingram and Hammitt's song reveal the special bond parents, children, and God share. Perfect for bedtime read-alouds, it's sure to shoot to the top of your child's "read it again" stack!

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414367392
ISBN-13: 9781414367392
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 3-8

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Publisher's Description

In the same manner as touching picture books like bestsellers Let Me Hold You Longer and Love You Forever, I Couldn't Love You More tells a sweet, loving, yet powerful message: I couldn’t love you more, but there is someone who does. Through the unique relationship of adorable animals, the book shares that Christ is always with you and he loves you more than you can imagine. This engaging picture book combines lovable and irresistible images with the lyrics from the song (co-written by Jason Ingram and Matt Hammitt). Matt is lead vocalist for Sanctus Real, a Grammy-nominated Christian rock band. The song is on Hammitt’s latest album, Every Fallen Tear. When Matt and his wife, Sarah, were halfway through her pregnancy, they discovered their son would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare congenital defect. Matt and Sarah’s son, Bowen, was born on 9/9/10 and received a huge following through the Hammitt’s blog (bowensheart.com), K-LOVE, and ABC News. A portion of the proceeds from the book goes to the foundation the Hammitts’ have started to help parents with children who have this heart condition.

Publisher's Weekly

Ingram and Hammitt, the former a songwriter and the latter lead vocalist for the Christian rock band Sanctus Real, team with Lovsin (What’s 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 parent’s love is for his child, Jesus’ love is even stronger. Each two-page spread contains one of Lovsin’s 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 3–8. (Mar.)2012 Reed Business Information

ChristianBookPreviews.com

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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  1. rlighthouse
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Book
    May 30, 2013
    rlighthouse
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I Couldn't Love You More is a beautifully illustrated children's book written by Matt Hammitt and Jason Ingram. The book talks of the love for a child and Who is always with them and loving them. Even if the child is too little to understand all the words the beautiful illustrations of animal babies going throughout their day help get the message across that they are loved at all times of the day or night and that Jesus is always with them.
  2. nrnoodle
    Colorado
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    beautiful and meaningful
    June 26, 2012
    nrnoodle
    Colorado
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a beautiful illustrated hardback picture book for your little one or even just for you! The message is simple. Jesus is always with you and Jesus loves you more than even your parents can. It expresses the complete love of the parent for the child. The illustrations in this book are just gorgeous. I would like to purchase another copy of this book just so I can remove some of the pages and frame them for my wall.

    This book was inspired by one of the author's child's diagnosis with a heart defect. One of the pages especially touched my heart. It says, "You are mine for a moment but you are His Forever His." I lost my middle daughter minutes after she was born to the birth defects caused by anencephaly. After carrying her for nine months and giving birth to her, she was literally only mine for a moment, but I was comforted by the belief that she went immediately from my arms into the arms of Jesus.

    Also, being a foster parent who is hoping to adopt, it is always gut wrenching when a child that has been in my care is placed with a family member and leaves our home. It is comforting to know that no matter where that child goes, even though I can't be with them anymore, Jesus is always with them.

    This would be a lovely book to give to departing foster children, to your own child, or to a new grandchild. This book was provided to me by Tyndale publishers for my review.
  3. Nora Finding Hope
    Atlanta
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Special Time Book
    June 25, 2012
    Nora Finding Hope
    Atlanta
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Love the cover of this book and the feeling you get just by looking at the picture of the mama bear and her club together. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is profound especially after hearing Matt Hammitt's testimony about how this song and book came about.

    Matt and his wife heard the news that their son had something wrong with his heart and in several months he would be born fighting for his life. Him and his wife sought God for answers, asked friends to pray and let God prepare them for this little life.

    This story is a great way to introduce the idea to your kids that God is always with us. In the morning, in the night we don't have to fear because he is with us. He is with out children when we can't be. The book says, "I couldn't love you more. No, I couldn't love you more But somebody does Jesus!"

    I love the pictures and the fact that this book is a tool that can help get conversations started with your kids. It's an easy read for beginning readers and one you can easily read to toddlers. They love the pictures and will get the message as they grow. It's a reminder to parents as the book says, "You are mine for a moment But you are His Forever His!" Cherish the time you have with your little ones. That time is so short!

    I highly recommend this book as a gift or one to add your special book collection!

    Nora St.Laurent

    The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org
  4. Trisha
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    adorable book
    June 11, 2012
    Trisha
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I couldn't love you more, by Jason Ingram and Matt Hammitt. This adorable book teaches children about how we (their parents) couldn't possibiliy love them any more than we do because we love them with all we are. But there is some one who loves them even more than we do and that is Jesus! This book teaches a message of God's love and how God is always with you. I shared this book with my children when it arrived in the mail and they loved it! They are 6 and 8 years old and reading on their own now, but this is one of the books that time and time again they want my husband and I to read to them. Such a cute book with a fantastic message! A favorite in this house!!
  5. Joyfulmom
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet Picture Book
    May 19, 2012
    Joyfulmom
    I Couldn't Love You More is a sweet picture book to read to your little ones.

    "I Couldn't Love You More is the message of a parent to a child. While it depicts the immense love a parent has for a child, it highlights on an even deeper level the unconditional love of Christ." (Description from the book cover.)

    One of the authors, Matt Hammitt, wrote a song "that chronicles his faith journey surrounding the birth of his son, Bowen. The Hammitts' son was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and endured two open-heart surgeries within the first months of his life." This book is based on the lyrics of that song.

    A portion of the proceeds from this book will be given to support the Whole Hearts foundation, which is a non-profit organization founded by the Hammitts, that is dedicated to helping families with children suffering congenital heart defects.

    With colorful, sweet illustrations and simple words, this book is sure to be a hit with toddlers and young children. It would make a great bedtime book.
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