Saturday, June 11, 2016

Peaceful Neighbor by Michael G. Long

★★★★★  The publisher provided a copy for review
Ah, Mr. Rogers. We know him as the mild-mannered, sweater-wearing gentleman who was a friend of preschoolers and somehow persuaded fabulous talents to appear on his show. I was fascinated by the puppets and watched more intently than my children did, chuckling at the descriptive names and watching for the train to round the bend. I was blown away by the musicians and artists who played for us.

Long explores the politics, faith, and deep convictions of this Presbyterian minister. Though his manner was mild on TV, Rogers dedicated himself to promoting health, wholeness, and non-violence between countries, races, and individuals. Though we may have forgotten many of his concerns since the show stopped, this book serves as a reminder of a storyteller with a compelling message - pacifism and reconciliation.

I enjoyed this book, recommend it, and will revisit it in the future.

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