The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

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 book, 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.”


“A truly beautiful little book, lovely and eminently readable.”

– John Seigenthaler, Sr., founding editorial director of USA Today, late host of PBS’s A Word on Words