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Exactly as You Are
The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers
HARDCOVER; Published: 10/21/2019
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7655-3
Price: $ 24.99
211 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.5
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Welcome to the spiritual neighborhood of Fred Rogers

“I like you as you are
Exactly and precisely
I think you turned out nicely
And I like you as you are.”

Fred Rogers fiercely believed that all people deserve love. This conviction wasn’t simply sentimental: it came directly from his Christian faith. God, he insisted, loves us just the way we are. 

In Exactly as You Are, Shea Tuttle looks at Fred Rogers’s life, the people and places that made him who he was, and his work through Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. She pays particular attention to his faith—because Fred Rogers was a deeply spiritual person, ordained by his church with a one-of-a-kind charge: to minister to children and families through television. 

Tuttle explores this kind, influential, sometimes surprising man: the neighborhood he came from, the neighborhood he built, and the kind of neighbor he, by his example, calls all of us to be. Throughout, Tuttle shows how he was guided by his core belief: that God loves children, and everyone else, exactly as they are.

Booklist Review
“Fred Rogers was everybody’s favorite neighbor, but he was also, as he once said of himself, ‘a composer, piano player, writer, television producer, performer, husband, and father.’ He was an ordained Presbyterian minister, too, and, Tuttle adds in this affectionate biography, ‘a man of complexity.’. . . To his often-asked question, ‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’ readers will doubtless offer a resounding ‘yes’ to both the question and this charming biography.”
Exactly as You Are: The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers will prove of interest to theologians and Gen-Xers alike (and perhaps even to other generations).”
Publishers Weekly
“Tuttle’s satisfying biography provides a keen sense of the deeply religious forces behind a classic TV show and its widely lauded creator.”
Library Journal (starred review)
“An enjoyable biography of a man many people believed they knew from his daily show. This warmly written volume will surely delight his many fans.”
Mary L. Vanden Berg in Calvin Theological Journal
“Tuttle’s portrayal of Rogers’s life and work is wonderful. She chose to keep this book simple and delightful, much like the man she was writing about. Her biography reminds me, and so many like me, why it was so easy to entrust my children to Mr. Rogers every evening while I cooked dinner. And it reminds any who care to read it, whether or not they are familiar with Mr. Rogers and his Neighborhood, what it looks like to live out the ancient command to love God above all and one’s neighbor as oneself.”