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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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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.
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This book is a great challenge to love deeply and fully while we have the chance. I'm thankful for Tim Madigan's transparency and for the life of Fred Rogers. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Rendi Hahn
I canot even begin to tell you what a MUST READ this book is. Tim Madigan had me hooked by page 2. My only word of caution is, don't read this on the airplane unless you're ok with... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Brandon Scott Thomas
Having two children who grew up with Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, it was wonderful reading about his spiritual strength and integrity that directed all that he did in his life as well... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Susan P.
This audio CD is read by someone other than Tim Madigan. No offense but it doesn't have the feeling of someone who wrote a book like this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ben V Hoff
I didn't necessarily grow up with Mr. Rogers, but reading this book makes you wish you had really known him in real life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Abby