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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (550 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Madigan Narrator: Christian Baskous Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN:
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It was 1995 when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram assigned Tim Madigan to write a profile of children's television icon Fred Rogers. This fortuitous interview sparked a magnificent friendship between the two, one that would see both men through periods of grief as well as the hope of new beginnings. I'm Proud of You is the story of this friendship and of the enduring legacy left to us all by Fred Rogers.

Tim's career as a journalist was flourishing when he met Fred Rogers, but his personal life was a shambles. As Rogers welcomed Tim into his family, his church, and his life, Tim found an advisor who imparted a gentle but powerful perspective on spirituality, marriage, depression, and the nature of true friendship. With his friend's loving and patient guidance, Tim eventually came to understand that his emotional troubles were rooted in a deep fear that his father had never truly been proud of him. Hence the mantra of the friendship between the two, the phrase Rogers used to conclude dozens of letters and e-mail messages to Tim: I'm Proud of You.

It has been said that a person is lucky if, at the end of his life, he can count his true friends on the fingers of one hand. This is the story of two men who formed just such a friendship, and how each was transformed by the unconditional love of the other. Listen to it and meet the man behind Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: the ordained minister, the loving husband, father, grandfather, and devoted friend. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/20/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/11/2014

    " I am so glad that I stumbled upon this little book while at the library. I thought that it would be a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. I wasn't prepared for the deeply moving and thought provoking moments so lovingly written. Fred Rogers was truly one of the unique people of the world that had no desire to be like "everyone else" but to be his best self and loving and uplifting all those within his sphere of influence. Tim Madigan, the author, skillfully and genuinely opens his heart about his experiences and friendship with Mr. Rogers in such a way that I frequently had to stop and wonder, "Do I have a friend such as this?" This is a wonderful book. No, it is not a "page-turner". It is one that I wanted to read slowly, ponder, and apply. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 1/17/2014

    " This is a lovely book, insightful, not just about the amazing Fred Rogers, but also about the author, who was befriended and in the process, healed by Fred's amazing kindess and generosity of spirit. That shines through, as does the author's journalistic skill at evoking one of the true legends of the twentieth century. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 1/12/2014

    " Mr. Rogers should be sainted. This, however, does not make for exciting reading. I didn't get far with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 1/5/2014

    " Moving and convicting a wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AnnieM | 1/4/2014

    " A fabulous look into the man who shaped generations. Highly recommended for all people who need to see the power of kindness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mary catherine | 12/8/2013

    " this book made me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 10/27/2013

    " What a heartwarming story! This book made me want to be a better person and a better friend. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/18/2013

    " This book makes me appreciate Mr. Rogers even more. I really liked seeing how he interacted with the author on a personal level. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/15/2013

    " Even though I did enjoy this book once in a while I wondered if it was creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Berkman | 8/20/2013

    " After being given this book, I was a bit skeptical about how interesting a story about Fred (aka Mr.) Rogers would be. After finishing it, I not only enjoyed it, but found Fred Rogers to be strong, encouraging, and very real person. I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sleighsgame | 1/17/2013

    " It was so moving I read it with a towel by my side, tissues didn't do it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iluvgus | 10/12/2012

    " I bought this book after watching a documentary about Fred Rogers. It was very inspiring and a great read. Be prepared to cry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralone Cool | 9/19/2012

    " I wish I had Mr. Rogers for a friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 6/24/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this book and have always liked and admired Mister Rogers. But, I thought the book made him seem perfect, almost a Jesus figure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Giddens | 6/6/2012

    " This book reminded me of Tuesdays With Morrie. Very sweet. I had a lump in my throat for most of it and outright cried several times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 6/1/2012

    " I love Mister Rodgers, and it turns out, the real Mr. Rodgers was just as amazing. This has become one of my favorite books, and has truly changed me somewhere deep inside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shenek | 2/5/2012

    " As most memoirs go it is a bit of a ramble. However, I did see through the life of the journalist to the fact that Mr. Rogers was truly an amazing man. Someday I will have to read a biography about him (Mr. Rogers). A man who understood the word charity (as in the true love of Christ). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Madigan | 2/4/2012

    " I think it's great, but I'm biased. I wrote it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/15/2012

    " A very encouraging look at an influential life. I just want to be like Mister Rogers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 5/9/2011

    " Really was a tear jerker. Made me wish I was friends with not only Mr. Rogers but also with Tim! Also makes you think about the value of your relationships.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 3/4/2011

    " made me cry a million different times "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 2/19/2011

    " I'm not a fan of overtly emotional books. I wanted to hear more about Mr Rogers and less man whining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lezlee | 2/3/2011

    " A wonderful sweet story, I enjoyed the new perspective on Mr. Rogers and the way the two men supported each other in life and death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 12/31/2010

    " I already idolize this guy for what he represents in children's education. I don't typically read memoir-type things like this, but my friend who DOES, he hit on a winner with this one. It's a very moving read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Steve | 11/29/2010

    " Mister Rogers is a great role model. Everyone should read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/13/2010

    " I grew to love and respect Mr. Rogers through his Neighborhood and what I read about him. This little book broadened my admiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 9/10/2010

    " Gives good insight to Fred Rogers and T. Madigan is a great writer. I thought it got a bit too long, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/12/2010

    " A heartwarming and touching story of an unusual friendship between a journalist and the legendary Mr. Rogers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitzi | 8/1/2010

    " I learned about the power of forgiveness and how to be kind to yourself. Mr. Rogers was a special person, indeed. How lucky Tim was to have called him friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 8/1/2010

    " This book reminded me of Tuesdays With Morrie. Very sweet. I had a lump in my throat for most of it and outright cried several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 7/6/2010

    " How cool would it have been to actually know Mr Rogers? There are very few people to touch so many children's lives as viewing Mr Rogers and his television show. This book explores a friendship between the author and "Fred" and his family.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moira | 6/3/2010

    " I'm re-reading this classic. A lovely book about male mentorship and friendship, through shared experiences of grief, loss, recovery and hope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rusty | 3/11/2010

    " After reading this book slowly, I found myself unable to set it down for the last 1/3 of the pages. The genuine truths and spiritual tone brought me to tears throughout the end of the book. It is a great story and brings the spirit and nature of a wonderful man. "

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