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Mister God, This is Anna

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  3,768 Ratings  ·  354 Reviews

Anna was only four years old when Fynn found her on London's fog-shrouded docks. He took her back to his mother's home, and from that first moment, their times together were filled with delight and discovery. Anna had an astonishing ability to ask--and to answer--life's largest questions. H
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 7th 2000 by Ballantine Books (first published 1974)
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Aug 15, 2012 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars are not enough. So I am going to take my "mirror book" and create an endlessly repeating circle of stars. Anna deserves no less.

This is a spiritual and philosophical book, but it is not tied into religion. Anna is spectacularly, terrifyingly and completely ALIVE!Every fibre of her being hums and sparks with life, feeling and imagination.

What makes me sad about reading this again after almost 30 years is the realisation that I have become so full of holes. This became obvious when the
Sep 04, 2014 Vivian rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, nonfiction
As I began reading this I was prepared to dismiss it as a cheap attempt by "anonymous" to challenge the accepted philosophy and practices of Christianity. It begins with a teenage dock worker, Fynn, in pre-WWII London finding an abandoned four-year-old girl one night and taking her home to his mother. Over the next several years the girl, whom they call Anna, fills his life with wonder and his mind with her ideas about "Mister God". How, I wondered, could this young man have the quantity of idle ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Boris rated it it was amazing
This book is a little gem – just like Anna is.

And it's for catholics, protestants, muslims, buddhists, theologists, atheists, socialists, dentists and whatsoeverists alike.

Little Anna is trying to explain 'God' and mind you, she's not having in mind that old bearded guy who sent his son down to us in order to be nailed to a wooden plank contraption.

Allthough at times I got the impression she's doing just that. But then again that might have been of my own doing. The reason being that I'm everyt
Apr 11, 2013 Shubhangi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book changed my entire world, my entire life.
Its explanation and insight into what God is, is a completely different outlook onto a topic as old as humanity.
It has a refreshing way of describing things, but without the various pretenses that most authors seem to have. Honest writing is a really rare find nowadays but this book, despite convention, remains, even if untrue, honest.

Faith Spinks
May 01, 2014 Faith Spinks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so very, very beautiful. It is simple and yet profound. It is a book that I have read, re-read and re-read again and again. And I never tire of it. Every time I read it I discover some new gem. My copy of the book makes it an art to read as it is beyond the 'falling apart' stage. The pages are no longer attached and yet for me that is just a sign of how loved the book is. Loved by my parents and then passed on and loved by me.

I never met Anna, but I feel like I have, and I like her.
May 07, 2012 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
True story of a 4-year-old found on the streets of London in the 1930's by a 19-year
old blue collar worker with a passion for math and music and all things mechanical.
The first edition included the tale of how the book's manuscript came into the hands
of the publisher and of a meeting with "Fynn," the book's author; all subsequent
editions have omitted it.
Anna had an intimate relationship with "Mister God," and searched for him in all things.
Everything and everyone in creation was evidence for
Jul 15, 2009 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: Michael McCamish
Shelves: fiction, religion, new-age
The book recounts the friendship formed between the author and narrator Fynn (who is in his late teens or early 20s in the narrative) and a foundling named Anna in London's East End, in the 1930s. Anna, reminiscent of a character from Dickens, is a little girl who lives on the streets until she is taken in by the narrator. She has a unique perspective on life, a mystical spirituality, and a boundless curiosity that she shares with the author and the reader on every page. She occasionally (at lea ...more
Dan Glover
I read this book quite a while ago. It is engagingly written but it contains some very errant and very wishful thinking theology. The story centers around the relationship between a 4-7 year old girl (story takes place over 3 years) and a 16-19 year old boy who finds her on the street one night and brings her home to his mother. The girl lives with them over the next three years and the "action", in so far as it happens (and not much of it does) is basically just to give context for Fynn and Ann ...more
Nadine Larter
Mister God, This is Anna is a book a bout a man who finds a little girl wandering the streets, and he takes her home. This always tickles me, because: how insane! Granted it does sort of explain itself out of that hole, and the book is set in the 1930s so it is forgivable, but still, it makes me giggle. Then again, if you pulled that kind of thing today, would anyone notice? I think it's probably less likely than we expect.

Anyway, the book is ok, I suppose. I don't think you need to be a believ
Oct 02, 2015 Pasha rated it did not like it
Shelves: waste-of-time, 2015
Too religious for my callous soul.
Kathryn Green
More of a 4.5 - this book was very emotional and powerful and really makes you think! I loooved the relationship between fynn and Anna, it was just so lovely to see how this little girl affected him. It definitely makes you think and I recommend this to everyone, even if you're not religious.
Anna Katmore
Jun 12, 2015 Anna Katmore rated it it was amazing
My father read this book to me when I was five.
I read this book to my son when he was five.
And I hope he’ll read it to his kids one day.

Mister God, this is Anna
It’s a title that stayed in my mind over years. And not only the title, but also all the adventures that Anna and Fynn went on in this book.

On a silent night, down by the docks, Fynn finds Anna. Or rather, she finds him. She ran from her alcoholic mother and a terrible father. When Fynn offers her some sausages as she sits down beside hi
Svetla Angelova
Oct 03, 2012 Svetla Angelova rated it it was amazing
– Нали не очакваш, че Мистър Бог знае, че той самият е добър, мил и любящ?
Предполагам, че дори не бях си и помислял за това, никога, но поставен по този начин, въпросът имаше само един отговор, макар да не бях убеден в неговата истинност.
– Предполагам, че не – отговорих с известно колебание.
Въпросът „Защо?“ заседна някъде между мозъчната ми кутия и гласните ми струни. Трябваше да се досетя, че целият този разговор водеше до някакво заключение, някаква идея, твърдение, което щеше да я задоволи из
May 12, 2015 Джорджия rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Джорджия by: Предай нататък
Ох, толкова мислех, че книгата ще ми допадне, а толкова тя не ми допадна. Не знам защо очаквах нещо доста по-различно - като например едно жизнерадостно, търсещо игрите дете, опознаващо прекрасни свят, което намира Господ не в математиката, а точно в радостта на детството. Винаги съм смятала, че децата са по-близо до Бог, но не по този начин. Много сухо. Това дете беше толкова дидактично, че някак никак не беше дете.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I remember when the American paperback edition of this book came out in the 1970s and all of the adults in my parents' immediate circle jumped on it. I must have been about 13 when I got my hands on it and read it and loved it. Unlike Fynn and Anna, I've never understood math, partly thanks to being forced into "the new math" at age 8 and missing three vital years of basic arithmetic, and then transferring to a school that had never taught the new math, realising kids my age needed the old one m ...more
Devdoot De Roy
Apr 16, 2015 Devdoot De Roy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this has been the most unusal read for me till date as its full of perceptions about normal day to day things we do. a must read for people who are atheists or agnostics, will not make them believe in GOD but still will give them a new perspective. thoroughly enjoyed reading it, one of those books which i am ready to read again again every 2-3 years just to get a new lease of life.
May 30, 2012 Shutterbug_iconium rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shutterbug_iconium by: A friend
Anna, age five and physically abused runs from home and is on the street. Finn accidentally meets him on the streets and this is the story of their a few year old friendship. Anna is just so intelligent. She's beyond normal reckoning. The philosophy she develops about God, the insight she displays into theological stuff will surely stay with me.

The book reminded me of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's Oscar and the Lady in Pink, which chronicles the the letters of a terminally ill boy of ten addressed to
BetteRose Ryan
Jan 02, 2012 BetteRose Ryan rated it it was amazing
A book I loved, loved, loved when I first read it in the late 1970's. It is one of those books that stays with you for decades. .

The book allows us to meet Anna, a precocious child of four years. She has run away from home and makes a life with Fynn and his mum. During her short life, Anna develops a refined way of looking at almost everything around her and manages to teach twenty year old Fynn a thing or two about life. From the moment Anna refused to tell anyone where her parents lived to the
Nelly Ivanova
Nov 25, 2011 Nelly Ivanova rated it it was amazing
Толкова просто поднесени мъдрости, че умът не го побира.

'Tich,' I said, 'what were you asking God about real questions for?'
'Oh, it's just sad, that's all.'
'What's sad?'
'People is.'
'I see. What's sad about people?'
'People ought to get more wise when they grow older. Bossy and Patch do, but people don't.'
'Don't you think so?'
'No. People's boxes get littler and littler.'
'Boxes? I don't understand that.'
'Questions are in boxes,' she explained, 'and the answers they get only fit the size of the box
May 05, 2008 Jeanne rated it it was ok
I've had this one on the bookshelf for a log time. Someone must have recommended it because it's not a book I would probably pick out on my own.

So far it's okay. There are a few illustrations thrown in there and I could do without those, they're horrible. I am not really a fan of Fynn, the male character in this book. The relationship between Anna and Fynn is a bit weird too.

I'll keep trudging on...

update: It's starting to pick up around page 90 (isn't that too far along for a book to pick up?
Jan 02, 2013 Aaron rated it liked it
It doesn’t really matter what color you are, what creed you subscribe to; Mister God shows no preference in his function.

This quote is one of many in this thought-provoking book that deserves to be pondered, highlighted, discussed, or jotted down in notebooks designated for favorite quotes from favorite books. I chose this quote rather specifically for my review because it is a quote that succinctly sums up the reason why I like this book. Ultimately, this book is about faith, and this quote (mo
Nov 01, 2012 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fynn comes from east London and is in his late teens when he meets Anna, a small girl, one evening. He takes her home to his mother, where she is taken in and quickly becomes a fixture in the household. This story is the tale of her time with the family, and her insights into God and the universe. [return][return]Id read great reviews of this one, but I found it quite dull, frankly. I found Anna herself to be nothing short of implausible; I studied theology at university and struggled to believe ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Suki rated it it was amazing
This is one of two books that perfectly encapsulates my view of the world and life. Anna sees everything around her in terms of God, but not the frowning, disappointed God that so many small people use as a means of judging others. Anna's God is so big that he is practically beyond our perception of emotions, in the way that an ant cannot comprehend the vastness of the picnickers on the grass. Anna brings God down out of the subconsciously-assumed clouds of Heaven and places Him solidly in the r ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Maia rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I'd read most of it a few years ago, but picked it up again recently and found it thought-provoking. It's both philosophical and spiritual, and inspired me to reread Sophie's World, as well.

A couple of favorite quotes:

"I couldn't argue with this since I couldn't be sure what the heck a flower would want anyway."

"We're all playing the same chord but it seems we don't know it. You call your chord a C major while I call the same chord A minor seventh. I call myself a Chr
Aug 08, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality, 2010
What an peculiar little book. The publisher writes in the front that the story is true and the author uses the name Fynn so people will read what he has to say and not judge the man. Whether it's true or not I guess doesn't matter. This little girl's pure view of everything was a joy to read. I just got bogged down by how obscure many of the stories were. I wanted them written plainly and easy to follow and comprehend. Shouldn't Mr. God be easy to understand when explained by a little girl? My l ...more
Aug 29, 2016 Shikha rated it liked it
The conversations of the author with Anna are profound and thought provoking. It's hard to believe that such a child could exist but then again Mister God has his own way of presenting miracles to us. The parts other than the dialogues between Anna and Fynn, tend to be stretchy and a little boring. Honestly, only the conversations kept me reading the whole book. However, the conversations, Anna's insights and ideas are worth reading. I'd definitely recommend people reading this book.
Dec 19, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, philosophy
A wondrous pearl of a book. I first read this as a child, or maybe a young teenager, and it left a definite impression on me. I have re-read it several times – though it’s been years since I read it last, and I was delighted to rediscover it. It is spiritual, but not boxed in to a certain religion. There is so much of it that seems to just breathe truth, and reading it is like being caught up in a philosophical whirlwind, it leaves you a little dazed. There is so much in it that resonates with m ...more
May 10, 2015 Herman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Herman by: Morkel Pienaar
The most thought provoking book I have ever read, and re-read…
Anna turns logic on its head until it is logic. Anna takes Mister God out of the box, back to nature’s simplistic laws.
Read it slowly and allow the wonder of Anna’s endearing personality take you on a trip that will stay with you forever.
Jan 17, 2014 Rivka rated it it was amazing
I read this book shortly after it came out, when I was exploring my own teenage understanding of my relationship with the Divine. Anna's expanded understanding of G-d's "viewing places" - a multifaceted/multidimensional entity - has informed my deepest commitment to interfaith dialogue through out my adult life.
Joseph Ho
Jun 14, 2015 Joseph Ho rated it did not like it
I read this book because a friend asked me to buy it for her and so I thought I'd read it. It's annoying and pretentious. Don't bother.
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Fynn is the pen name of Sydney "Sid" George Hopkins, born in Poplar, London 26th March 1919 - died in Somerset 3rd July 1999.

Sid was a student and later staff member at Finchden Manor, a now defunct reform school,in Tenterden Kent, as described in the book Mr Lyward's Answer.

Sid Hopkins spent the last years of his life living in Taunton, Somerset, England.

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