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He was their neighbor, their friend. And for over 30 years, Fred Rogers visited so quietly with the children of America that nobody dreamed he was a Presbyterian minister. Using puppets instead of a pulpit, this icon of children's television shared with America's youngsters the basic principles of the Christian faith - forgiveness, kindness, compassion, respect - and made those values real for his audience.
In this poignant audiobook, a longtime friend of Mister Rogers reveals how this extraordinary man touched her and her family through years of correspondence - and takes us beyond the camera to discover the spiritual legacy of a man who, to paraphrase the words of St. Francis of Assisi, preached the Gospel at all times and, when necessary, used words.
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By R. MCRACKAN on 03-07-18
I really, really wanted to like this
First of all, I love and revere Mr. Rogers which is why I got this book. His profound simplicity and honesty was nothing short of breath taking. He is not simple in an immature way. He is genuine in a childlike way but he is simple in a way that is the result of consciously tearing away everything that is unnecessary until only the simple distilled core remains. At times, this book will capture a tiny bit of his magic, but not often enough.
I didn't care much for the writing style. She tries to get too clever for her own good instead of keeping it simple. Also, some authors really bring their book to life when they narrate their own work. Others not so much. This, unfortunately, is the latter.
It's a noble attempt in both writing and narration, but in the end, I only found a few moments enjoyable or insightful. I must say though, that those nuggets were truly insightful indeed.
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By Nancy on 04-28-18
Didn’t think I’d like it
I’m not religious at all and even spirituality is not my strong suit. But on a very sad day, I happened to watch a documentary about Mr. Rogers and I was hooked. I am much too old to have benefited from his wisdom in childhood, but I remembered my years working in a pediatric intensive care unit with children on ventilators, children who were very sick in an environment of beeping machines, needles, strangers. And I remembered the entrancing, calming, mesmerizing effect Mr. Rogers had on them. Thanks s seemed like a good time to look into it a little deeper.
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