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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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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