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The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  736 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers focuses on Fred Rogers' spiritual legacy, but it is more than that. It is about a man who, to paraphrase the words of St. Francis of Assisi, "preached the gospel at all times; when necessary, he used words."
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Thomas Nelson
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Jul 25, 2008 James rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 08, 2008 Enriquez rated it it was amazing
I never knew Fred Rogers was a man of faith much less an ordained minister. I have looked back on all those shows I watched as a child with new eyes since I read this book. It has also changed my point of view when deciding what shows to allow my children to watch. Minister Rogers was an inspiring man to so many. How fulfilling to have left such a legacy!
Jan 31, 2009 Megan rated it it was ok
Recommended to Megan by: Daija
Shelves: bookgroup
I loved and still love Mister Rogers. Keep that in mind when I say that I didn't care for this book a lot. At first I was afraid that I'd become jaded and cynical, but then I realized, it's not Mister Rogers I don't like. It's the author. Here are 3 reasons that I didn't LOVE this book:
1) Amy Hollingsworth, the author, interviewed Mister Rogers twice in a professional capacity. As a result, they exchanged a few letters and phone calls. Yet she tried to make her relationship with him sound much c
Feb 13, 2012 Kristina rated it really liked it
I miss Mister Rogers.
Jul 24, 2011 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My mom loaned this audiobook to me after she finished it because she knows Mr. Rogers is one of my heroes. The author is someone who corresponded with Fred for many years, and most of the book is drawn from the content of their letters and conversations. It's very sweet, and you don't have to be religious to appreciate Fred's philosophy: to be an "advocate" instead of an "accuser"; to be mindful of those in need rather than of those who sit in judgment of you; to teach children (and adults) how ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
I aspire to be like Fred Rogers in so many ways. Especially after reading this book. I consider him to be one of the most kind, genuine, caring, vulnerable, loving, compassionate, empathetic human beings that's ever walked the face of this planet. I aspire to leave a legacy like his.
Jan 11, 2014 Terrence rated it it was amazing
Shelves: performing-arts
Fred Rogers is often on my mind.

I grew up in the 1960s, and enjoyed watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a boy. While I enjoyed the program as a whole, it was the Neighborhood of Make-Believe that really appealed to me. It offered me a safe, cozy place that everyone was neighborly, yet best of all… it was a land whose main residents were puppets! Over the past few years I sometimes wonder why I still find his work still so interesting?

To answer my own questions I had to think about this a bit
Kristie Kiessling
Apr 02, 2014 Kristie Kiessling rated it it was amazing
Finally finished this book yesterday. It is short, but took me a long time to read because every anecdote, every tale of Fred Rogers faith, experiences and kindnesses made me weep. Mr. Rogers taught me everyday when I was a child; even though he has gone Home, the learning doesn't end.

Amy Hollingsworth shares her memories of the man and his journey, in a smooth prose that never overshadows her subject. She reveals with humble delight his simple testimony. And what a testimony, what a very good
Brandon Current
Jul 15, 2015 Brandon Current rated it liked it
Re-Read. This book is not very well written. The author includes too much of her own journey and too much conjecture about what Mr. Rogers believed (and too much stretching to make him more gospel-centered than he was). It seems the author wanted to prove he was a real minister, yet she didn't need to. There is nothing wrong with a believer taking a secular line of work and doing it with excellence. Evangelicals need to come out of the idea that every Christian who is ever on television has an o ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Tory rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest: while I consider Mr. Rogers to be an icon of my childhood, I was never actually a fan of his show. His soft, gentle ways came across as contrived to me and I had little patience for all those darn puppets. A few months ago, I watch a documentary about the man behind the 'hood and this particular book was referenced often. I was intrigued. I was expecting a book that examined Fred Rogers' faith system and how it played out on his television. However, what I found within the pages ...more
Francis Gahren
Apr 18, 2013 Francis Gahren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography

When Amy Hollingsworth scored a rare interview with Fred Rogers in 1994, it began a relationship of letters and phone calls between the two that spanned eight years, lasting until three weeks before his death in 2003. It culminates in this compelling inspirational book, The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World's Most Beloved Neighbor.

Using the analogy of "toast sticks," a treat Rogers cited as a milestone in his childhood, Hollingsworth gathers up the "spiritual
Jayson Bradley
Jun 16, 2014 Jayson Bradley rated it really liked it
I received and read this twice in pretty short order. If I am completely honest, I can't tell if it is amazing or just exactly the book I needed at this moment in my life. In any event, I would strongly encourage everyone to read it.

I wrote a post about it's effect on me: The Time Mr. Rogers Slapped Me Upside the Head
Luke Daghir
Nov 28, 2014 Luke Daghir rated it it was amazing
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Hollingsworth provides a fantastic account of the experiences she shared with Mr. Rogers. I wrote a book review on this book for a class called Theology of Children and I was captivated from page one to the end.

What I found most intriguing about this book is how Mr. Rogers would say a prayer before every time he stepped upon the stage. I do not recall the exact words he would say but it was along these lines: "God, may some word that is heard today be yours."

Mister Rogers believed that he coul
Adam Shields
Apr 08, 2016 Adam Shields rated it really liked it
Short Review: It is surprising that there are so few books about Mr Rogers. He is an icon of modern TV. He is held as a near saint by many. But as far as I can tell there are not really any good books about him.

I read The Peaceful Neighbor last year. It was a better biography and gave more details about Rogers, but was focused on working through Rogers as a mainline pacifist Christian. The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers seems to take the opposite tact. Turn Rogers into spiritual teacher that we
Aug 12, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it
In The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers, Amy Hollingsworth shares the life philosophy of her dear friend Fred Rogers. Before I read this book, I never knew that Mr. Rogers was a Presbyterian minister who saw his TV show as his ministry, even though he rarely specifically mentioned God. Instead, Mr. Rogers chose to illuminate the power of compassion, unconditional acceptance, forgiveness and service on the show and in his life. I really liked his guiding principles of taking time, praying, realizing ...more
Mar 24, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Oh man, I wanted to LOVE this, and I *did* really enjoy the specific parts about Fred Rogers. There was just too much "other" stuff that made this really hard to get through....
Anne Calvert
Mar 12, 2016 Anne Calvert rated it it was amazing
I am not embarrassed to admit that while reading The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers I decided to watch an episode of Mister Rogers Neighborhood and I'm glad I did. It reminded me of what a gentle and sweet "neighbor" he was. This book is full of wonderful insight into how he lived and learned the importance of being and loving ones neighbor (everyone). One of the most important things to him was for people to know their true value so that when they look at others they know they too have value as ...more
Jan 17, 2008 Heidi rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad my children grew up in the Mr. Rogers' era. What a treasure he was in the vast wasteland of "children's programming." It was one of the few shows I actually enjoyed watching with my children. This books goes into detail about the source of his faith and how what you saw on television was just the person that he was.
Lorrie Newmister
Aug 26, 2015 Lorrie Newmister rated it it was amazing
Beautiful man. The author is a pastor's wife and a friend of Mr. Rogers.

Mr. Rogers is a Presbyterian minister whose church is the children who watch him on tv.
Highlights of the book:
Taking time - the gift of going slow. Just be quiet and think.
Be your honest self. He's just a neighbbor who comes to visit children (on tv)
Recognizing the legitimacy of feelings
Seeing what's wonderful about your neighbor. Naming your neighbor
Advocacy for 'the least of these'

Mr. Roger's statement to the U.S. Senate
If you loved Mr. Rogers you will enjoy it. The writer is okay and if you look past the toast stick references you will be reminded of just why you liked Mr. Rogers.
Oct 29, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing
Mr Rogers is an excellent example and I love him even more after reading this book. The book is full of simple truths that he lived and taught.
Shelly Davis
Nov 01, 2014 Shelly Davis rated it it was amazing
This was a nice walk down memory lane as I remember loving to watch Mr. Rogers when I was a kid. It wasn't surprising to learn that he was a Christian. What did take me by surprise was how intentional he was with his tv program to help children have a sense of acceptance and self worth and stability in their lives. Even though he didn't mention God or Jesus in his broadcasts, he trusted the Holy Spirit to transcend time and space and still speak to each child's heart. Often in my job I don't hav ...more
Mar 02, 2008 Riley rated it it was amazing
The book's title caught my interest on the shelf. I didn't know the Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister. Nice easy read.
Apr 01, 2008 David rated it it was ok
I like this line from the book...
"The real Mister Rogers never preached, [or] even mentioned God. he never had to."
Apr 16, 2008 Erica rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Mr. Rogers was a big part of my childhood. I found this book very tender. It brought back lots of memories.
Feb 10, 2016 GateGypsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than once during the reading of this book I teared up. Mr Fred Rogers was a fine man and an inspiration for anyone. He left behind a legacy of caring and gentleness that will enrich the world, and we could all stand to take a page from his life and enact even just one little bit of his philosophy, and the whole world would be so much the better for it. He is a great example of living the Golden Rule of the Gospel, and I am grateful for the reminders of that I found in this book. It is the k ...more
Aug 11, 2007 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club-books
Uplifting story about the man Fred Rogers and his love of children and their families.
Stephanie Duncan
Aug 06, 2014 Stephanie Duncan rated it really liked it
This book gives some insight into the faith of Mr. Rogers. It's not incredibly detailed because it's written by someone who met him a few times, interviewed him, and had a penpal relationship with him. However, I was able to get an idea of who Mr. Rogers was as a man of faith. He was not terribly outspoken about his faith, but his actions and his words were always meant to uplift and encourage others, no matter who they were or where they came from. I'm happy to say that the kind and sweet Mr. R ...more
Matthew Moes
Some books just call out to you. It helps if they are calling from the bargain bin! Amidst an assortment of other readings I happened across this title the other day and could not read anything else until I finished it. Even while attending to my other affairs I kept thinking about this book and the subtle but pervasive influence it offered. And this is what intrigued me most about the subject, Fred Rogers, and his long-running public television show, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. It is a demonstrat ...more
James E. Robinson, III
Oct 22, 2008 James E. Robinson, III rated it it was amazing
This was a real treat after finishing that last book. The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers offers a real insight into the man we all knew as a kid. It is also from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Amy Hollingsworth, the author, had a unique relationship with Mr. Rogers. This relationship provides the materials on which the book is based; these include letters, phone calls, voice mails, and meetings with Mr. Rogers.

I wasn't surprised to discover he was the same off camera. I saw the Candid Camera episode a
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Amy Hollingsworth is the author of the bestselling The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers and Gifts of Passage. Her new book, RUNAWAY RADICAL, coauthored by her son Jonathan, releases in February, 2015. Before writing books, Amy wrote for various magazines and was a television writer for eight years for CBN. In 2010, she was named one of USA Today’s Top 100 People for her influence on pop culture and w ...more
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