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
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.