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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592402275
  • ASIN: B000YT7KVE
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Fred Rogers, the "gentle icon" of public television's Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, taught generations of children and their parents how to express feelings and relate to others in a positive way. Rogers was also an ordained Presbyterian minister who regularly studied the important spiritual thinkers and shared his faith with an eclectic range of adult friends. Madigan, a journalist with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, became one of those friends after writing a piece on Rogers and Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) in 1995. Soon Madigan and Rogers were corresponding, and Madigan reprints here many of their letters and e-mails. They built a warm, supportive friendship, one that nourished Madigan through his self-doubt "Furies" and the difficult death of his dear brother. As Rogers grieved for Madigan's losses and several of his own, the two taught each other about the beauty of giving and receiving "unconditional regard" from a beloved friend. So close did they become that readers may share Madigan's shock at discovering that Rogers was gravely ill—too weak for a last visit before his death in 2003. Even if readers don't feel their day-to-day lives transformed by this luminous memoir, in times of grief or of loss they'll know which book on their shelf to turn to. (Sept.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine

The title of this memoir derives from Tim Madigan's request to Mister Rogers: "Will you be proud of me?" Rogers said yes, of course, and thanked Madigan for "offering so much of yourself to me." Although I'm Proud of You could have fallen into Hallmark treacle, it instead compassionately recounts the spiritual friendship that developed between the two men and offers a portrait of Rogers's exemplary character. Especially poignant are Madigan's recounting of his personal visits with Rogers and his difficult relationship with his brother. "It's here that Madigan writes most powerfully, with raw, universal emotion," notes the New York Times Book Review. Even if the memoir's message is familiar (a few critics compared the book to Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie), it is an inspiration on many levels.

Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Tim Madigan wrote his first book in 1968 when he was 11 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 Texas career writing newspaper stories and eventually books that were more formally published and found slightly larger audiences.

By the mid-1990s, Tim had become one of the most decorated newspaper reporters in Texas history (three times named the state's top reporter), while writing about everything from sick children, to serial killers, cowboy poets, to his own experiences as a husband and father.

His first book, "See No Evil: Blind Devotion and Bloodshed in David Koresh's Holy War," was published in 1993, followed eight years later by "The Burning: Massacre, Destruction and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921." In its review, the New York Times called The Burning "A powerful book, a harrowing case study made all the more so by Madigan's skillful, clear-eyed telling of it."

Madigan's most recent book, "I'm Proud of You: My Friendship With Fred Rogers," reveals his life-altering friendship with Fred Rogers, which began in 1995 when he profiled the children's icon for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Tim's first novel, "Every Common Sight," will be published soon.

When not writing books or newspaper stories, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife, Catherine, being a dad, playing the guitar, coaching and playing ice hockey, and backpacking in the Canadian Rockies.

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And Tim was kind enough to share his experiences with Mr. Rogers.
bensdad
This book will remind you of the power every person has to build others up through the life of a man who did it every day.
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I'm only halfway through reading the book - but am ordering copies as gifts to share with friends and my minister.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Valdes on August 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up on an impulse from the new release table at Barnes and Noble (I don't buy ALL my books on Amazon--just a lot of them). I'm glad I did. I still have a special place in my heart for Mr. Rogers. I'm sure many people my age do (I'm 36--a 70's child). I appreciate him even more now as my children watch his reruns. His soothing voice and manner are the ultimate role model. As I read this book, I could imagine his voice talking through the many letters and dialogue. The author is a very lucky man to have met him and become friends.

The other reason I was drawn to this book is I love books with personal letters. Something about letters is very revealing. I like books that are nothing but letters (Letters from a Nation for an example). This book has tons of them.

The authors narrative of his brother's cancer and his subsequent death are both a tragedy and uplifting. All in all a different sort of read than what I am used to, but good nonetheless.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Deborah B. Haydock on September 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I happened upon this book by "accident" at Barnes & Noble and couldn't finish the first few pages without crying. It is a deeply touching book laden with spiritual insights which chronicle, primarily through the correspondence of Fred Rogers and the author/journalist, Tim Madigan, their very special friendship. Mr. Fred Rogers, famous for his Mr. Rogers Neighborhood children's show, shines as a stellar example of kindness, unconditional love, and profound and open friendship. The theme of "I am Proud of You" which runs through the book is touching and poetic. The author and Mr. Rogers tackle life problems together, primarily centered on Madigan's "Furies" of possible divorce, his brother's unrelenting cancer, and his not-so-perfect relationship with his father. Great book for those coping with the complexities of grief. Forgiveness and healing abound here in the letters between these two remarkable men who build a remarkable friendship. Mr. Rogers and Mr. Madigan show us how unconditional love and joy can prevail through life's painful times. PLEASE, if you are at all intrigued by Mr. Rogers, love spiritual books, or are coping with grief, GET this book. You will want to pass it on, and by doing so, you will make the world a better place. God Bless Mr. Madigan for writing this book, and to Mr. Rogers for his remarkable soul and for giving us a good, clear glimpse into true goodness. Warning: Read with tissues.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William Meisel on February 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
figuring it would be light reading, and thinking that this won't have that much effect on me. It is now midnight and I have spent one and a half hours finishing the wonderful story of a friendship between a newspaper reporter and Mr. Rogers over a ten to fifteen year period. A previous reviewer worries about the voyeruism rife in the world nowadays, and I understand his point, but I disagree with him in this case. Spending time with this book is the closest the rest of us will get to being friends with Mr. Rogers, and the experience, even secondhand, is worth having. Recommended.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gary Moates on August 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The author, Tim Madigan, and I are close friends. Tim gave me a copy of the manuscript of his book in November 2005, when my mother was in hospice with terminal leukemia. My sister inquired about the manuscript when I brought it to the hospice and I mentioned to her Tim's friendship with Fred Rogers and what I knew about the subject of the book. She began reading the manuscript and completed it before I had barely started my reading and told me "this is a great book; it has a lot to do with what we are going through right now." I completed the manuscript while sitting at my mother's bedside a day or two prior to her death. To say that I was touched by this book would be a major understatement. The vulnerability, hope, strength and wisdom so eloquently expressed by Tim brought me closer to my mother, sister, children, nephews, other family members and friends who had gathered for the vigil at the hospice and to the God of my understanding. If you read this book, be prepared to be emotionally and spiritually enriched.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kelley E. Cordeiro on December 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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I grew up in the 70s, and honestly, I was never a big fan of Mister Roger's Neighborhood because it was a bit slow-paced for me. But I knew enough to see that Fred Rogers was a kind and gentle man. I certainly never made fun of him. As I grew older (and matured), and more importantly , became a father, I watched the show and really admired what he was putting forth to children. We live in the day and age of reality television, where MTV can't wait to parade 7 new, often drunk, "role models" on its Real World series. But here's a man who talks to children like they're important people (which they are!) and interacts with each and every person (grown-up) as if they are the most important person in the world. I simply appreciated the man so much more than I had as when I was a kid. Then comes the news of his death, and I was genuinely saddened, just as I was when I learned of Princess Diana's death or Steve Irwin's (the crocodile hunter). But as it always does, life goes on and you forget. Then I read a brief review of Tim's book and I eagerly awaited its release. Having been (and still am) a huge fan of Tuesday's with Morrie, I figured this would be a variation of that. I was right, it was, but it was also so much more. The personal letters that Tim includes are so touching, and prove that Fred was just as much the genuine, kind, loving human being that "played" on TV. Actually, he was so much more. He was an amazing friend, and that speaks volumes to his character. The world was a better place with Fred in it, and we lost something when he died. Tim obviously knew that better than me, that's why I'm thankful for his book because it brings Fred back in a way, and it couldn't have come at a better time. This review may be rambling, but as I noted from the beginning, I'm a rookie at this. "I'm Proud of You" is so worth your time. Please read it and please give copies of it to friends and loved-ones.
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