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Every Day, He Taught God's Message Without Preaching a Word.

He was their neighbor, their friend. And for over 30 years, Fred Rogers visited so quietly with the children of America that nobody dreamed he was a Presbyterian minister. Using puppets instead of a pulpit, this icon of children's television shared with America's youngsters the basic principles of the Christian faith - forgiveness, kindness, compassion, respect - and made those values real for his audience.

In this poignant audiobook, a longtime friend of Mister Rogers reveals how this extraordinary man touched her and her family through years of correspondence - and takes us beyond the camera to discover the spiritual legacy of a man who, to paraphrase the words of St. Francis of Assisi, preached the Gospel at all times and, when necessary, used words.

©2015 Thomas Nelson (P)2015 Oasis Audio

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I really, really wanted to like this

First of all, I love and revere Mr. Rogers which is why I got this book. His profound simplicity and honesty was nothing short of breath taking. He is not simple in an immature way. He is genuine in a childlike way but he is simple in a way that is the result of consciously tearing away everything that is unnecessary until only the simple distilled core remains. At times, this book will capture a tiny bit of his magic, but not often enough.

I didn't care much for the writing style. She tries to get too clever for her own good instead of keeping it simple. Also, some authors really bring their book to life when they narrate their own work. Others not so much. This, unfortunately, is the latter.

It's a noble attempt in both writing and narration, but in the end, I only found a few moments enjoyable or insightful. I must say though, that those nuggets were truly insightful indeed.

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Didn’t think I’d like it

I’m not religious at all and even spirituality is not my strong suit. But on a very sad day, I happened to watch a documentary about Mr. Rogers and I was hooked. I am much too old to have benefited from his wisdom in childhood, but I remembered my years working in a pediatric intensive care unit with children on ventilators, children who were very sick in an environment of beeping machines, needles, strangers. And I remembered the entrancing, calming, mesmerizing effect Mr. Rogers had on them. Thanks s seemed like a good time to look into it a little deeper.

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Disappointed

Don't want to be a downer but very disappointed in the audio book. If you want a book about Mr. Rogers and a type of biographical account of his life look for another book. It is more about the author and her thoughts. She interviews Mr. Rogers and then gives her ideas on it. "You are Special" is much better at really looking into Mr. Rogers and his life "philosophies".

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treasure

there is tons of wisdom here and it is packages in a very accessable way. thank you Amy!

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Inspirational Story

I am so thankful to have discovered this book. My prayers are that I would have a friend like the author. I was so inspired by her letter she sent to the editor of the newspaper that spoke against Mr. Fred Rogers - by her writing it is obvious that she knew him well. They prayed for one another for over twenty years. She was a great advocate for him - especially giving us a glimpse into the man, behind the neighborhood and puppets. Mister Rogers was such a gentleman- and kind. He meant a lot to me growing up. I could not imagine my childhood without him. Thank you for writing this story. I’ve read others who speak of him, but I felt this book was guided by the Holy Spirit - and was a wonderful memorial of his life.

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Heartwarming and Inspiring

This book was a great read. Written by a good friend of Fred Rogers, Amy Hollingsworth helps draw the reader closer to a better knowledge of the character of our favourite neighbour, Mister Rogers. Full of quotes, quips, stories, and scripture, this book will hearten and inspire readers to recognise the unique gifts each of us, and each of our neighbours, has. The world is a better place for having had Fred Rogers in it. May more of us strive to be even half as kind as he.