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The Heart That Grew Three Sizes Worship Resources

Finding Faith in the Story of the Grinch
Finding Faith in the Story of the Grinch
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Rediscover the gift of Advent that comes without packages, ribbons, and bows.

Rediscover the gift of Advent that comes without packages, ribbons, and bows.


We don’t know why the Grinch hated Christmas. We just know he did. In this new Advent study, Matt Rawle explores the faith themes in the Christmas classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! including, how did the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes come Christmas morning? How did Christmas save the Grinch? Could it be that the very thing we think we hate is the one thing that changes our lives? This Advent and Christmas season, look at a familiar classic through the lens of faith and see how Christ speaks to us through our culture.


The Worship Resources Flash Drive provides ideas and tools for use in worship and in your congregation during the churchwide study. Resources include promotional videos, worship countdowns, sermon outlines, posters, social media images, presentation slides, and more helps to incorporate the theme into the worship service.


Praise for Matt Rawle’s Pop in Culture Series
“Matt Rawle has done it again. Through his eyes, secular parables from our culture become backstage entrances into the marvel of the gospel. In this wise, engaging, accessible little book, the Grinch doesn’t steal Christmas but reveals to us surprising and delightful truths about ourselves, God, and redemption down here in Whoville.”
—James Howell, Senior Pastor, Hyde Park UMC, Charolette, NC


“Matt Rawle is one of the most creative pastors serving the church today. Using wit and humor, he invites us to offer our contemporary response to issues that pierce through time.”
—Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Bishop, Louisiana Conference, The United Methodist Church


“Matt Rawle shares his remarkable encounters with Christ in some of our culture’s greatest stories. Thank you, Matt!”
—Toby Hill of the Christian band Soulfruit

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Rediscover the gift of Advent that comes without packages, ribbons, and bows.

Rediscover the gift of Advent that comes without packages, ribbons, and bows.


We don’t know why the Grinch hated Christmas. We just know he did. In this new Advent study, Matt Rawle explores the faith themes in the Christmas classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! including, how did the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes come Christmas morning? How did Christmas save the Grinch? Could it be that the very thing we think we hate is the one thing that changes our lives? This Advent and Christmas season, look at a familiar classic through the lens of faith and see how Christ speaks to us through our culture.


The Worship Resources Flash Drive provides ideas and tools for use in worship and in your congregation during the churchwide study. Resources include promotional videos, worship countdowns, sermon outlines, posters, social media images, presentation slides, and more helps to incorporate the theme into the worship service.

Praise for The Heart That Grew Three Sizes

Matt Rawle has done it again. Through his eyes, secular parables from our culture became backstage entrances into the marvel of the Gospel. In this wise, engaging, accessible little book, the Grinch doesn’t steal Christmas but reveals to us surprising and delightful truths about ourselves, God, and redemption down here in Whoville.

James Howell, Senior Pastor, Myers Park United Methodist Church

You can be sure your heart will grow three sizes as you follow Matt Rawle’s adept treatment of Doctor Suess’ timeless story in the light of the gospel of Christ.

– Samuel Wells, Vicar, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK

I continue to be inspired by the way in which Matt Rawle takes a familiar story most of us consider secular and applies the lens of faith. Matt helps us to see ourselves and our lives in The Heart That Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith in the Story of the Grinch. I have especially noted a portion of the introduction:  

“Through Jesus, God put on flesh and walked among us, in our world, in order to re-narrate what it means to be a child of God. God assumed culture and transformed it. That is the very mystery of the Incarnation that we celebrate at Christmas and await during the Advent season.” 

This should be a call to us of incarnation and transformation; to re-narrate the story of God in the midst of a culture that is broken. May we heed this call to transform the world around us as we experience the mystery of incarnation in the Advent and Christmas season and every day of our lives! Emmanuel, God with us. 

– Cynthia Fiero Harvey, President, UMC Council of Bishops

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781791017446
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781791017446
    • Publication Date: 09/21/2021
    • Format: Electronic Download
    • Author: Matt Rawle
    • SKU: 9781791017439
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781791017439
    • Publication Date: 09/21/2021
    • Format: Electronic Download
    • Author: Matt Rawle
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