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Mister God, This Is Anna

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From the moment Anna and Fynn locked eyes, their times together were filled with delight and discovery. In her completely frank and honest way, Anna had an astonishing ability to ask--and answer--life's largest questions, and to feel the purpose of being. You see, Anna had a very special friendship with Mr. God.
"Extraordinarily moving!"
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Mass Market Paperback, 180 pages
Published April 12th 1985 by Ballantine Books (first published 1974)
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Jackie
Aug 12, 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
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Vivian
Oct 01, 2012 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Boris
Oct 05, 2014 Boris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shubhangi
May 06, 2012 Shubhangi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 21, 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.
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Charlotte
May 07, 2012 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sarah Janina
Feb 13, 2017 Sarah Janina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-shelf
Anna ist wirklich ein unglaublich tolles, kleines Mädchen und so viel schlauer als die meisten Erwachsene es je sein könnten. Es war ein Highlight, dieser Maus beim Leben und Entdecken zuzuschauen und Fynn, ihren Ziehvater zu verfolgen.
Schade ist - was man von Anfang an weiß, dass Anna nicht alt wird und das sie nur ganze zwei Jahre, glaube ich, bei Fynn lebt. Sie stirbt also sehr jung.
Es ist kein allzu trauriges Buch, da man von vornherein das Ende kennt, allerdings musste ich mir dennoch am
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Jason
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
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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.
Pasha
Sep 28, 2015 Pasha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waste-of-time, 2015
Too religious for my callous soul.
Svetla Angelova
Oct 03, 2012 Svetla Angelova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
– 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
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Anna Katmore
Jun 12, 2015 Anna Katmore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sarah
Nov 18, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
Out of the mouths of babes, indeed! The tale of a truly remarkable little girl and the impact of her short life. Were this a work of fiction I would have found young Anna an unbelievable character. Beyond precocious, Anna is deep and preceptive. Her observations and revelations, particularly those involving her view on Mister God, blew me away. Many times I had trouble following her line of thought and had to work my own lil' noggin in order to grasp the meaning she was trying to convey.
To moder
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Джорджия
Apr 28, 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.
Devdoot De Roy
Nov 04, 2014 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.
tination
Das Buch: Eines Tages entdeckt Fynn ein kleines Mädchen in seinem Viertel. Doch woher sie kommt, mag sie nicht sagen. Und so wird das kleine Mädchen Anna in Fynns Familie aufgenommen – einfach so. Ganz unkompliziert. Und Anna schmeißt das Leben von Fynn ziemlich durcheinander. Und das nicht durch irgendwelche schlimme Taten. Denn Anna fragt viel. Sehr viel. Und das sehr direkt. Und immer dabei ist Mister Gott.

Das Fazit: Es ist ein einfaches Buch. Und so einfach Anna in das Leben von Fynn tritt,
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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
Shutterbug_iconium
May 30, 2012 Shutterbug_iconium rated it really liked it
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
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BetteRose Ryan
Jan 02, 2012 BetteRose Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Borum
Jun 10, 2014 Borum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I read this book I kept having this image of Anna as not a little girl of five, but a tiny version of Socrates deeply emerged in a Platonic dialogue or Jesus enlightening both his ignorant enemies and followers in one of his allegorical parables.

Although the prose is relatively simple and somewhat coarse in some parts of the book and Anna's explanations are rough and terse even to the point of being abtruse, it just goes to show you that not all beauty is created by skilled and stylish techn
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Nelly Ivanova
Jan 19, 2011 Nelly Ivanova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jeanne
Mar 10, 2008 Jeanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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?
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Aaron
Dec 18, 2012 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jen
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]I�d 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 beli ...more
Maia
Feb 07, 2009 Maia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Suki
Mar 22, 2010 Suki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathryn
Aug 07, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anna
Dec 16, 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
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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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