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

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Tom Brokaw of NBC Nightly News once said of the American icon Fred Rogers, "Mister Rogers was an ordained minister, but he never talked about God on his program. He didn't need to."

Eight years before his death, Fred Rogers met author, educator, and speaker Amy Hollingsworth. What started as a television interview turned into a wonderful friendship spanning dozens of letters detailing the driving force behind this gentle man of extraordinary influence. Educator? Philosopher? ...

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Overview

Tom Brokaw of NBC Nightly News once said of the American icon Fred Rogers, "Mister Rogers was an ordained minister, but he never talked about God on his program. He didn't need to."

Eight years before his death, Fred Rogers met author, educator, and speaker Amy Hollingsworth. What started as a television interview turned into a wonderful friendship spanning dozens of letters detailing the driving force behind this gentle man of extraordinary influence. Educator? Philosopher? Psychologist? Minister? Here is an intimate portrait of the real Mister Rogers.

The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers focuses on Mr. Rogers' spiritual legacy, but it is much more than that. It shows us a man who, to paraphrase the words of St. Francis of Assisi, "preached the gospel at all times; when necessary he used words."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849918940
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 212,886
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Hollingsworth is the author of The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World's Most Beloved Neighbor, based on her nine-year friendship with television's Fred Rogers. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor's degree in English and is an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she lives with her husband Jeff and their children, Jonathan and Emily. She has written for various magazines, including ParentLife, and was a writer for eight years for The 700 Club television program.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
A Legacy of Spiritual Toast Sticks
Introduction: The Real Mister Rogers     xvii
Toast Sticks for the Heart
The Importance of Taking Time, The Importance of Silence     1
A Presence Transformed by Prayer     19
The Wondrous Work of the Holy Spirit     33
Toast Sticks for the Eyes
The Best Gift: Your Honest Self     53
Who Is My Neighbor?     75
The Power of Forgiveness     93
Toast Sticks for the Hands
The Least of These     113
Difficult Times     129
Heading toward Heaven     151
Epilogue     163
Notes     167
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

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    Mr Rogers was a very decorated Navy Seal in his younger days. Not so much of the hand to hand combat situations, but more like the "behind the scene" covert operations. An expert in explosives and demolitions, and chemical warefare, he was the one behind many raids that went unpublished in the eyes of the media. Did you ever notice how he always wore long sleeved sweaters. That covered the tatoos he had on his arms from his Military career. He's not proud of what he did, but it was what he had to do at the time. When his military obligtions where fullfiled, he promised himself that he would dedicate the rest of his life helping people. His story is one of adventure and sacrifice. One of dedication and obligation. Read how a man with a background like this became one of millions of children's personal neighbor and daily babysitter.

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