The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

Spiritual Insights from the World's Most Beloved Neighbor
Narrated by: Amy Hollingsworth
Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (202 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Peaceful read!

I feel peace while listening! I will recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a bit of PEACE!

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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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I will read it again!

I have never read a book more than once. This one I will. And I plan to purchase copies for co-teachers. Very enlightening.

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The world needs this as a refresher.

I absolutely loved this book. It took me back to the why I love Mister Rogers. I loved listening to the personal communication that was exchanged between Mister Rogers and Amy Hollingsworth. I found myself talking about this book all day at work. Co-workers and I shared our admiration of what was brought to us as children and shared our desire to share this love with our "neighbors." God bless you all.

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very powerful

great story of an amazing man that was able to minister through his love. i loved the way the author was able to share her very personal relationship while presenting you with a great overview of Mr Roger's work and mission as a minister.

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A Good Man

Mr. Rogers was even more amazing than I already thought. The only issue was that it rambled and her voice made me sleepy. Although I never watched the show, I have seen snippets over the years. This man led a life of faith and found a way to share it in the secular world. He is an example of the person I wish I were. The story reminded me to continue to follow that path.

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So many insightful nuggets!

I always enjoy it when the author narrates because there is more of a feeling/emotional connection that comes across in the words and expressions. One can tell the profound impact Mr. Rogers had on the author, and reflect personally on how we were all touched in some way You are the only you there will ever be in this world. No one can ever be you the way you can. And I like you just the way you are! ❤

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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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