Shea Tuttle: The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers

Exactly as You Are

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(Eerdmans, 2019)

WHO: Shea Tuttle , co-editor of Can I Get a Witness: Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice.

SHE SAYS: “Fred could preach love—and do it with such contagious conviction—because the message was rooted in something deeper than mere affection or transitory admiration: Fred’s own belief in ‘a loving mystery at the heart of the universe that yearns to be expressed.’”

THE BIG IDEA: This biography of Fred Rogers explores the neighborhood from which he came, the neighborhood he built, and the kind of neighbor he calls each of us to be.

Part 1, “Becoming Mister Rogers,” details Fred’s early days in Pennsylvania, his education and ministry, and his coming to television. Part 2, “Broadcasting Grace,” looks at the neighborhood he built and the lessons he taught.
In Part 3, “Hello, Neighbor,” the author shares how the neighborhood displayed his love and told us who he was.

“Each of us can be used in perfectly wonderful ways.”

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