Book Review – The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

Another Amazon Prime Reading freebie, I picked this book because I needed something to share for devotions at work and thought maybe this could work. It did. And I actually really liked the book!

Book 35:
The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World’s Most Beloved Neighbor
by Amy Hollingsworth

Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography, Christian

Published:
September 2007

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World’s Most Beloved Neighbor is a look into the life and faith of Fred Rogers. A deeply spiritual man, Mister Rogers preached the gospel, while very infrequently using words to do so. Author, Amy Hollingsworth, had the opportunity to interview Mister Rogers in regards to his unique and gentle approach to evangelism through media. She built a relationship with him that continued on until his death and gleaned, like thousands of people across the nation, spiritual insights that have changed her life which she shares in this book.

Favorite Quote(s):

“Fred’s intention was never to impose his beliefs on his viewers. Instead, he wanted to create an atmosphere, one that would allow viewers to feel safe and accepted.”

– Amy Hollingsworth, The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World’s Most Beloved Neighbor

Awards (based upon my brief research):
None noted.

Pages:
183

My Overall Rating:
4 – I think this book should be required reading for anyone raising young children. The world needs more people like Mister Rogers. As a child watching his show, I never noticed the spiritual undertones. Returning to his work at this age, I just want so badly for my children to grow into the kind of people Mister Rogers was trying to help create. Hollingsworth uncovered the motivation behind his method, and it is just beautiful. How can one man live his life so completely dedicated to doing the Lord’s work literally every waking hour? And where are those people today? And is it ok if my child only watches TV shows from the 80s and 90s?

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