The Heart That Grew Three Sizes Children's Leader Guide

Finding Faith in the Story of the Grinch

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The Heart That Grew Three Sizes Children's Leader Guide
Paperback ISBN: 9781791017453
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Published September 2021

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. If we're being honest, there's probably something within the Christmas season celebration that awakens a Grinch within all of us. Maybe the gift we unwrap was all wrong, or memories that were supposed to be joyful never were. When everything seems wrong in the world, even joyful celebrations are much too loud.
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 Children’s Leader Guide contains session ideas for younger and older children including games, activities, craft ideas, and reproducible handouts.

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
The original Christmas story has always held the magical miraculous for children of all ages, but making it accessible is the gift Matt Rawle offers in his latest work, The Heart That Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith in the Story of the Grinch. Each year we’re re-tempted to make the holiday into a no-holds-barred, shop-til-you-drop season, but halfway through Advent we realize our calendars are full and our hearts are shrinking. Rawle’s is an invitation for humans—and entire faith communities—to grow our hearts with empathy, compassion, and love.
– Rachel Billups, Senior Pastor, Ginghamsburg Church

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About the Author

Matt Rawle

Matt Rawle is Lead Pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City, Louisiana. Matt is an international speaker who loves to tell an old story in a new way, especially at the intersection of pop culture and the church. He is the author of a new series of books titled The Pop in Culture Series. The series includes The Faith of a Mockingbird, Hollywood Jesus, The Salvation of Doctor Who, The Redemption of Scrooge, What Makes a Hero?, and The Gift of the Nutcracker.