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The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World's Most Beloved Neighbor

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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 a ...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Integrity Publishers
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Dec 21, 2008 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
Jul 25, 2008 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
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Read

I usually don’t write book reviews, but this book left me thinking of all those, like Mr. Rogers, who played such an important part of my life.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not just Mr. Rogers fans, but anyone seeking wisdom and spiritual insight
Not having grown up in the U.S., I didn’t know much about Mr. Rogers and have never seen a complete episode of his show. We recently saw the movie about him and it brought me to tears. If you haven’t yet seen it, I highly recommend it.

This was an enjoyable and quick read with some beautiful reminders as to how to live. The author shares what she learned from her friendship with Mr. Rogers.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“If you ever fall into quicksand, the most important thing to remember is this:
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ugh! Being born in 1967, I grew up watching Mr. Rogers and as a pediatric speech-language pathologist and pastor's wife have maintained my appreciation for his ministry and the way he relates to children. This book was so poorly written that I almost started to dislike Mr. Rogers until I realized that it was the author and not him that annoyed me so much.

She made a long, drawn-out metaphor about "toast sticks" throughout the whole book that was nonsensical and overworked (trust readers to get s
Apr 08, 2008 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!
Brandon Current
Jul 15, 2015 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 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book. I wish I hadn’t have listened to the prologue or conversation at the beginning of the book. I was confused at how it started and then realized it was an interview given by the author. It gave away all the best parts of the book. Mr Rogers seemed a bit weird to me growing up but as I read this I realized his purpose behind the way he played and taught. Mr Rogers was such a pure soul. It seems as if someone with that meekness would have a difficult time in this crazy world. Mr R ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Listened to this on audio. 5stars for Mr Rogers and the way he inspired so many and lived his life. I was challenged in many ways listening to this. I didn't love the analogy of toast sticks which started with a story from Mr. Rogers' childhood. It was overwrought and simply annoying by the end. So, 3 stars overall. ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I loved reading the quotes and anecdotes from Mister Rogers, but I wasn't a fan of the author or her extended metaphor of "toast sticks." ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I requested this book from the library, but I didn't get a chance to pick it up before our library system shut down during the pandemic.

Then I found an audiobook of Simple Faith at Hoopla.

Amy Hollingsworth recounts her friendship with Mister Rogers, focusing on their common commitments to spiritual vocations, developed through a series of letters written to each other.

It's another side of Mister Rogers that not many people know about. It's a rich and deep faith that Hollingsworth describes, and
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Melody Warnick
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not crying, you're crying. ...more
Recently I read a review of the books that a Goodreads’ friend had completed this last year. She commented, “The books chose me.”

I would like to claim that about the bookThe Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World's Most Beloved Neighbor; however, this particular book on Fred Rogers is a book club pick for me this month. I was eager to read it because I had already purchased a book on his life. What a great beginning this was to my reading experiences for this year.

Kristin Murphy
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was great to hear Mr. Rogers’ “back story”! What an important figure of my childhood that I feel is missing in children’s TV today. I mourned when Mr. Rogers died, as I felt he was like a dear uncle or grandfather.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mom
Listening to this in the car while driving to Redlands Hospital to see my sister. It is the perfect audio for right now and really calms my spirit and racing thoughts. So glad I got to watch Mr. Rogers when I was a kid but I wish I would have let my children watch it more. I think they only saw 1 or 2 programs. Thinking of putting it on while my sister is at my house on hospice...krb 1/6/19
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I miss Mister Rogers.
debbicat *made of stardust*
Excellent. I listened to this via Hoopla and really enjoyed it. It was all I wanted it to be. More to follow.
Shirley Chapel
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I don't often read biographies but then I've always been curious about Mr Rogers. Who hasn't? My daughter used to watch him every morning in her preschool years. What a gentle man and so kind a personality. What makes Mr Rogers tick I wondered. I would notice all the biography books written about him and thought one of these days I want to read one of them. I finally did .
What I learned about Mr. Rogers I never knew before:
As a boy in school my Rogers was overweight and as a result he was bullie
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Mr. Rogers was a magnificent man who makes me want to be a better human.

I am inspired to lean in to my spirituality. Mr. Rogers woke up at 0500 every day to have an hour to read and think and sing "Jubilate Deo."

I am inspired to lean in to my friendships. This book was born out of a friendship between Mr. Rogers and a reporter, and their life of letters and phone calls. Mr. Rogers showed a concern for her and her family that I sometimes don't even spare for my sisters. And, I don't think this r
3 - 3.5 Stars. This is a spiritual biography about Mr. Rogers' Christian faith, but you don't need to be a Christian to enjoy and appreciate the stories the author shares. Just like Mr. Rogers, the author does not bash the reader over the head with religion, but lets his faith story unfold naturally. Overall, reading this felt like one big hug from my favorite neighbor, which I absolutely loved.

The reason I didn't give this a higher rating was I felt the organization was choppy. The author seem
Mandi Grasmeyer
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of feel like this should be required reading for all new parents. The world needs more people like Mister Rogers. See full review at: ...more
Jennifer Malech
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
To love your neighbor as yourself. The life of Fred Rogers exemplified this both on and off screen, and through this beautiful book, we are reminded of what that love looks like in our every day lives. Growing up, I adored Mister Rogers, and have so many fond memories of taking a trip to the neighborhood. Reading this book felt like another trip to the neighborhood, where we are reminded that "how we see ourselves affects how we see others" and that it is so important to "see the face of God in ...more
Jayson Bradley
Jun 10, 2014 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
Jan 16, 2008 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. ...more
May 22, 2015 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. ...more
Apr 14, 2008 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.
Francis Gahren
Apr 18, 2013 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
Sandy Jones
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. There is so much to love about Mister Rogers. Especially his deep belief that each person is unique and bestowed with wonderful gifts from the creator and that by recognizing this in oneself you can then recognize it in others. My sister was one of the biggest Mr. Rogers fans that I knew. She was nearly inconsolable when he passed. Looking back on the neighborhood, it seems clear that her being able to acknowledge and express her feelings was, at least in part, due to the less ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A man of simplicity, that was Mister Rogers.

When asked by a child if he liked being famous he said, “I don’t think of myself as somebody who’s famous. I’m just a neighbor who comes and visits children; I happen to be on television. But I’ve always been myself. I never took a course in acting. I just figured that the best gift you could offer anybody is your honest self, and that’s what I’ve done for lots of years. And thanks for accepting me exactly as I am.”

The legacy that Fred Rogers left be
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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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