Great Reads for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, but love is an action to be demonstrated year-round. We compiled a list of some love-inspiring reads so you can love your spouse, children, friends, grandchildren, and God better. There’s also a chance for you to win one of these books. Details are at the bottom of this post!

I Couldn’t Love You More by Matt Hammitt of Sanctus Real & Jason Ingram
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.

Hear Matt talk more about the book and the story behind it.

Beyond Ordinary by Justin and Trisha Davis

Time + unintentionality = ordinary marriage

How safe is your marriage? The answer may surprise you. The biggest threat to any marriage isn’t infidelity or miscommunication. The greatest enemy is ordinary. Ordinary marriages lose hope. Ordinary marriages lack vision. Ordinary marriages give in to compromise. Ordinary is the belief that this is as good as it will ever get. And when we begin to settle for ordinary, it’s easy to move from “I do” to “I’m done.”

Justin and Trisha Davis know just how dangerous ordinary can be. In this beautifully written book, Justin and Trisha take us inside the slow fade that occurred in their own marriage—each telling the story from their own perspective. Together, they reveal the mistakes they made, the work they avoided, the thoughts and feelings that led to an affair and near divorce, and finally, the heart-change that had to occur in both of them before they could experience the hope, healing, and restoration of a truly extraordinary marriage.

This is not your ordinary marriage book.

Bible Stories that End with a Hug by Stephen Elkins

Children love getting—and giving—hugs! Show your little ones just how much you treasure them this Valentine’s Day while teaching about God’s love for them. Each easy-to-understand Bible story includes a special “Hug Time” during which you can share a great big hug with your child.

Check out this adorable video of little Tyndale Blog Network readers enjoying “Hug Time”  while reading Bible Stories that End with a Hug. Shower your little ones with hugs and kisses this Valentine’s Day!

I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp

I Still Believe is beautiful story of how God’s love and faithfulness has sustained Jeremy throughout his life.  Especially through his marriage to his first wife Melissa, losing her to cancer and then finding love again when he thought it wasn’t possible.  Jeremy is now married and has 3 children.

We hope you check out some of these great books and share them with someone you love. WIN a copy of one of these books. Leave a comment and tell us which book you would want to win and why. One winner will be chosen for each title {U.S. Residents only}. Contest ends Friday, February 15 at 8:00 a.m. CST. Winners will be contacted via email. Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Christy Stroud

Christy Stroud

Christy is a publicist at Tyndale, working to get the best media coverage possible for our authors and products. She has worked on many campaigns including the New York Times bestseller "Winning Balance" by Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, Phil Vischer’s What’s in the Bible? DVD series, "The Devil in Pew Number Seven" by Rebecca Alonzo, "Night of the Living Dead Christian" by Matt Mikalatos, the "Courageous" novelization by Randy Alcorn, and "Cupidity" and "Unstuff" by Michael and Hayley DiMarco. Christy enjoys being a wife, mom, and pug owner. You can often find her reading, running, training for triathlons, doing youth ministry, and occasionally horseback riding. She also blogs at http://www.christystroud.com.