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The Mister Rogers Effect: What We Can Learn from America's Beloved Neighbour about Kingdom Building

Updated: May 11, 2021

Perhaps as you were growing up, you used to watch this older gentleman on television who would teach you about being kind to others, being inclusive, and you felt like he really ‘got you.’

You may have been enchanted by his welcoming song as he put on his red cardigan and lace up shoes. If you were, you will immediately know that I am speaking about Fred Rogers from Mr. Roger’s Neighbourhood.

My guest today is an expert on Mr. Rogers and wants to share the “7 Secrets to Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Others from America’s Beloved Neighbor.” She is a Christian counselor and professor who has spent a lot of time examining the life and ways of Mr. Rogers, and in her latest book, she has given us some tangible ways to apply what he did in our own lives.

Anita answers questions like...

  • As a counselor, what drew you to Mr. Rogers as an example?

  • What was his impact at the time, and how does that continue today?

  • How was he able to love children like he did, even without a direct relationship, through their TV screens?

  • What did he understand that we just can’t grasp as a culture right now?

Dr. Anita Knight Kuhnley is associate professor of counseling at Regent University. Anita has worked as head counselor of a faith-based substance abuse facility, served as a counselor at a women’s community center, and directed a college counseling center. She is a popular conference speaker for the American Association of Christian Counselors and a blogger for the American Counseling Association. She lives in Virginia.


  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Movie Trailer

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor Documentary Trailer

  • Mr. Rogers testifies before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications

  • Mr. Rogers inducted into the TV Hall of Fame

  • The Mister Rogers Effect: 7 Secrets to Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Others from America's Beloved Neighbor

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