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Tim Madigan

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Crookston, Minnesota



John LeCarre, Kate Atkinson, Alan Furst, Fred Rogers

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Tim wrote his first book in 1968 when he was eleven years old. Every week in the autumn of that year, he scribbled down his account of the latest University of Minnesota football game in a notebook. Sales were modest.

But a love of books, words and writing never left released him, leading from his small-town Minnesota upbringing to a career writing newspaper stories and eventually books that were more formally published and found slightly larger audiences.

After college at the University of North Dakota, Tim worked as a sportswriter at a small paper in that state. Then came the cop beat in Odessa, Texas, and feature writing at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. By the mid-1990s, Tim had become one of the most decorated newspaper reporters in recen

A Great Heart; A Great and Questioning Mind

He was a person of profound faith. But Dick was never content with the pat answers of dogma. In book after book after book, in conversation after conversation after conversation, he insisted on exploring the mysteries of life, insisted on asking the great questions, knowing there wouldn���t be answers for most of them in this life.

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“But the Esquire passage I found most poignant and revealing was this one: Mister Rogers' visit to a teenage boy severely afflicted with cerebral palsy and terrible anger. One of the boys' few consolations in life, Junod wrote, was watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood.

'At first, the boy was made very nervous by the thought that Mister Rogers was visiting him. He was so nervous, in fact, that when Mister Rogers did visit, he got mad at himself and began hating himself and hitting himself, and his mother had to take him to another room and talk to him. Mister Rogers didn't leave, though. He wanted something from the boy, and Mister Rogers never leaves when he wants something from somebody. He just waited patiently, and when the boy came back, Mister Rogers talked to him, and then he made his request. He said, 'I would like you to do something for me. Would you do something for me?' On his computer, the boy answered yes, of course, he would do anything for Mister Rogers, so then Mister Rogers said: I would like you to pray for me. Will you pray for me?' And now the boy didn't know how to respond. He was thunderstruck... because nobody had ever asked him for something like that, ever. The boy had always been prayed for. The boy had always been the object of prayer, and now he was being asked to pray for Mister Rogers, and although at first he didn't know how to do it, he said he would, he said he'd try, and ever since then he keeps Mister Rogers in his prayers and doesn't talk about wanting to die anymore, because he figures if Mister Rogers likes him, that must mean that God likes him, too.

As for Mister Rogers himself... he doesn't look at the story the same way the boy did or I did. In fact, when Mister Rogers first told me the story, I complimented him on being smart - for knowing that asking the boy for his prayers would make the boy feel better about himself - and Mister Rogers responded by looking at me first with puzzlement and then with surprise. 'Oh heavens no, Tom! I didn't ask him for his prayers for him; I asked for me. I asked him because I think that anyone who has gone through challenges like that must be very close to God. I asked him because I wanted his intercession.”
Tim Madigan, I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers

“life isn't about what you've done, but what you can do:-)

--Fred Rogers to Tim”
Tim Madigan

“The older I get the more I feel this is true, “There’s a loving mystery at the heart of the universe, just yearning to be expressed.” Mr. Rogers/Quoted in I AM SO PROUD OF YOU”
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“The original, shimmering self gets buried so deep that most of us end up hardly living out of it at all. Instead we live out all the other selves, which we are constantly putting on and taking off like coats and hats against the world’s weather”
Frederick Buechner, Telling Secrets

“There's no "should" or "should not" when it comes to having feelings. They're part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

“Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.”
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Tim Madigan Charles wrote: "Welcome Tim! 3 books read and 142 friends...I believe those are transitional numbers! And you can be as biased as you want, I am Proud of You is one of those magical transformative books. What a..."

Thanks so much, Charles.

Charles Valenti-Hein Welcome Tim! 3 books read and 142 friends...I believe those are transitional numbers! And you can be as biased as you want, I am Proud of You is one of those magical transformative books. What a gift to be put in just that place where you could write it for all of us.

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