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Overview The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers" focuses on the beloved TV personalitys spiritual legacy to reveal a man who, to paraphrase the words of St. Francis of Assisi, "preached the gospel at all times; when necessary he used words."
Tom Brokaw of NBC Nightly News once said of the American icon Fred Rogers, "Mister Rogers was an ordained minister, but he never talked about God on his program. He didn't need to."
Eight years before his death, Fred Rogers met author, educator, and speaker Amy Hollingsworth. What started as a television interview turned into a wonderful friendship spanning dozens of letters detailing the driving force behind this gentle man of extraordinary influence. Educator? Philosopher? Psychologist? Minister? Here is an intimate portrait of the real Mister Rogers.
The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers focuses on Mr. Rogers' spiritual legacy, but it is much more than that. It shows us a man who, to paraphrase the words of St. Francis of Assisi, "preached the gospel at all times; when necessary he used words."
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Sep 11, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849918944 ISBN13 9780849918940
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More About Amy Hollingsworth
Amy Hollingsworthis the author ofThe Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World's Most Beloved Neighbor, based on her nine-year friendship with television's Fred Rogers. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor's degree in English and is an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she lives with her husband Jeff and their children, Jonathan and Emily. She has written for various magazines, includingParentLife, and was a writer for eight years forThe 700 Clubtelevision program."
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Profoundly Moving And Spiritually Uplifting Mar 29, 2007
I once wrote to Fred Rogers, asking him a few questions concerning technical aspects of the show. I did this because I have a job in recorded media, albeit a low-key one.
Anyway, I expected a short reply - if anything - and, knowing how many people in media are, wouldn't have been surprised to receive no reply at all. What I got, instead, was a handwritten three-page letter, pre-printed inserts concerning my questions totalling about 15 pages, and a personally autographed photo.
That's how Fred Rogers was. He cared deeply about the smallest things. He considered every request made of him as a blessing; an opportunity to enrich not only the life of the person asking, but also his own. And Amy Hollingsworth has captured that loving, giving spirit magnificently in this book.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is quite possibly the most spiritually uplifting book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Please do yourself a favor and buy it. You will not be sorry you did.
The Simple Faith is simply the best Feb 5, 2007
The world lost a great man when Fred Rogers died. We are fortunate that his words of wisdom live on through his many videos and writings and the memories that others like Amy share with us. Thank you, Fred. Thank you, Amy.
A Different Look at Mr. Rogers Aug 8, 2006
Insights about his philosophy of life and spiritual basis abound in this book that is filled with anectodes. The author knew Mr. Rogers personally and shares many of her insights and personal coorespondence that she had with Mr. Rogers. It is a lucid and easy to read book. There are funny and sad moments, the spectrum of a deep friendship.
So THAT's what he was about Feb 24, 2006
As someone who always found Mr. Rogers so slow as to make me want to scream, this book is a real eye-opener concerning the lives he touched, and his simple, straightforward life. It's inspiring. We don't need expensive paraphenalia to be effective in the lives of others!
Who Is My Neighbor? Feb 21, 2006
Being a Presbyterian minister who attended the same seminary as Fred Rogers (albeit many years later), I was intrigued by "The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers." When Mister Rogers passed away, I had scanned the newspapers and the internet about glimpses into his life of faith. I found little, and what I found were platitudes. All I really knew about the faith of Mister Rogers was that he took it seriously, and he was ordained in the United Presbyterian Church as an evangelist to children. Guessing that Mister Roger's faith did not fit the stereotypical protestant evangelical mold, I was even more intrigued when I discovered that the book's author, Amy Hollingsworth, worked eight years as a writer and researcher for the 700 Club.
The book is part eulogy and part devotional. It effectively plays on emotions although not in a manipulative way. Intellectual biography or systematic theology is not the intent. Don't expect it. Through the book, we take away simple lessons from the life of Fred Rogers on prayer, forgiveness, quietness, etc. In some ways, the book is really about the author as she struggles with these lessons. In fact, some of the best anecdotes are about her life, not Mister Rogers. Nonetheless, I met Mister Rogers in this book (after having met him countless times on television).
More importantly, I have a glimpse into his faith. That faith is profoundly influenced by the gospels, authors like Henri Nouwen and Madeleine L'Engle, books like the "Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and his own studies of child development psychology. That faith is disciplined by prayer, scripture reading, the singing of hymns and times of quiet. I'm sure there are doctrinal issues with which Fred Rogers and I would disagree, but I cannot disagree with the kindness, compassion, and love of this gentle man. Someone once asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" It would be hard to do better than Mister Rogers.