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Mia H. (moira) reviewed I'm Proud of You : My Friendship with Fred Rogers on
Helpful Score: 5
Madigan shares some of the most trying times of his life and his most difficult hurdles to overcome, and celebrates the friend who was there with him through it all: Fred Rogers. unlikely as it seemed to him, a newspaper reporter who had never watched the Mister Rogers children's show but who was sent to interview the icon, Tim and Fred bonded almost instantly and remained very close until Fred's death in 2003. by honestly and openly telling of his marital problems, difficulties with his father, minor setbacks, the slow death of his brother to cancer- _and_ how it affected him and how he, with Rogers as his mentor, made it through them all a better person, he touches on the deep common humanity in us all and gives us hope.
and in this way he continues the work of Fred Rogers. as one reviewer put it: Fred Rogers inspired people because he saw the good in them; he challenged people because he wanted them to see the good in themselves. even just reading about Rogers' friendship with Madigan reinforces the idea that there is good in you, and that at least one someone out there somewhere knows that, and will believe in you no matter what happens.
the style is straightforward prose, much like one would expect from a newspaper article, but the story is moving and revealing as well.
I happened upon this audiobook while looking for something to order. I always liked Mr. Rogers but had never really intently watched him. After listening to this tribute, essentially, I was startled at how kind and conscientious this man was. Not ordinary folk. He took it to another level, like Mother Theresa, Gandhi, the Dalai Lama,etc. Mr. Madigan writes from an "everyman" standpoint and is very touching as he describes many instances where Fred Rogers helped him through his personal struggles. He made him, as he did with others, no doubt feel worthy by being completely focused and there for him. He gave unconditional love. Fame did not seem to affect Mr. Rogers, except in that it allowed him to reach more people to help. This book was a pleasure to read.