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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, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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James
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
Enriquez
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!
Megan
Jan 31, 2009 Megan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Megan by: Daija
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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...more
Aimee
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
Terrence
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...more
Kristie Kiessling
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...more
Kristina
I miss Mister Rogers.
Francis Gahren
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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...more
Jayson Bradley
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
Heidi
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.
Michelle
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.
Bethany
This book's saving grace was that it had Mister Rogers in it. However, as a biography, it suffered from too much memoir. This book is not about Fred Rogers; it is about the author, who met and corresponded with Rogers towards the end of his life. Those who have read Tim Madigan's "I'm Proud of You" will recognize the Mister Rogers of Hollingsworth's book. Where the subtitle of Madigan's book was clear that it was his relationship with Rogers that would feature in the pages, Hollingsworth's subti...more
Jen
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.
Riley
The book's title caught my interest on the shelf. I didn't know the Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister. Nice easy read.
David
I like this line from the book...
"The real Mister Rogers never preached, [or] even mentioned God. he never had to."
Erica
Mr. Rogers was a big part of my childhood. I found this book very tender. It brought back lots of memories.
Danielle
Uplifting story about the man Fred Rogers and his love of children and their families.
Stephanie Duncan
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
Tory
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
James E. Robinson, III
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...more
Rob
I am a new believer and new to my relationship with Jesus and God. I also beleive that God puts people in our path when He needs them to be there. We don't always know the reason and sometimes we find out way after the fact.

With that being said, this book, I am convienced, crossed my path by His design and the fact that I read it while on deployment was also His design.

I've read some of the reviews here on this board, the good and the bad. This book will have a different message for different be...more
Karen
Hollingsworth shares her perception of Fred Rogers with her book, which is part biography, part memoir, part devotional reading and part television history. For a few years prior to Rogers' death, Hollingsworth enjoyed regular correspondence with Rogers. She also got to meet with him personally and tour his television set. She draws on that friendship to share Rogers' character.

Hollingsworth emphasizes the Christian principles underpinning Rogers' work in children's television. It wasn't his job...more
Linda Noel
I loved this book! I had picked this up last summer and had forgotten about it until my mother-n-law died. As we got ready to leave to attend to the funeral details in another state, I picked it up because she had always loved Mr. Rogers! I read it all the way to Indiana and quoted it to my husband along the way! I'll never forget when my sons were very young and we had turned on the TV and she said, OH,can we watch Mr. Rogers?! I love Mr. Rogers! He's so kind. I think she had a crush on him!
Th...more
Joshua Settles
I reflexively smiled when I came across this title in my local public library. I wasn't even sure why...Mr Rogers was a relatively minor figure in my childhood. Still, his place in my heart was indelible though I wasn't sure why. After the first reading the book (I read it twice more at least--going back to mine the ore of specific passages a 3rd or 4th time), I went back through the epilogue so many times that I'm convinced that a better man than I would've had it memorized by now.

The book is c...more
Julie
This was one of the few times I listened to a book on audio and I am glad I did. The author's quotes (not from Mr. Rogers) and her use of long, intellectual words would have given me brain freeze if I had been reading this. But I felt inspired by the spiritual side of Mr. Rogers and wish I could have known him. I especially learned from and appreciated his value of silence and being still. I am so guilty of always rushing about that I miss the opportunity to support and care for others and I als...more
Connie Mace
As parents in the early 70’s, we limited television viewing, but Mister Fred Rogers was a welcome guest for our younger children. Thankfully, with DVDs and re-mastering, my young grandchildren also can sing along with “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”

In this book, readers are allowed a rare glimpse into the life of Fred Rogers. And guess what? His persona as a gentle, caring person who loved children was authentic on and off the screen.

The author, however, goes deeper and shows us the...more
Emily
I enjoyed the book, The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers, because the author, Amy Hollingsworth, tells the story of how Mr. Rogers preached the Christian faith without mentioning it. Mr. Rogers taught the importance of silence and prayer through his television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. “The thing Fred Rogers shouted the loudest was silence,” (Hollingsworth 9). Roger’s taught about how silence reflects the goodness of God. Reflection on God’s wonders allows appreciation for what He has t...more
Marianne
Surprisingly delightful and thoughtful read about Fred Rogers and the value of taking your time to do things right not only in the work you do with your hands but in relationships with others. Take the time to listen. Take the time to talk and share. Take the time to be kind and care. He also stresses the value of quiet time -- time to just be alone with God and listen to what He has to say. Having lived in a city for the past couple of decades after an idyllic country upbringing, I value quiet,...more
Megan
This is one of a stack of books my husband bought me for Christmas. Given that my bookshelves at home are overflowing with books to be read while I keep reading library books, I figured I ought to start alternating, a library book and then an owned book.

I am not a religious person, but I enjoyed this book (for the most part) anyway. The author obviously loved and respected Mister Rogers very deeply. Her love is evident in the anecdotes she shares about the man and their correspondence. I was not...more
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Amy Hollingsworth gave up her beloved college classroom at the University of Mary Washington several years ago to write "The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers," a tribute to her dear friend and mentor, Fred Rogers. She has yet to return to the classroom, where she taught psychology and business as an adjunct, in order to focus on writing full time. Her new book, "Gifts of Passage," hit bookstores this...more
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