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Mister God, This Is Anna

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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  3,047 ratings  ·  287 reviews
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
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
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
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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Charlotte
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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Faith Spinks
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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Thom Foolery
Jul 15, 2009 Thom Foolery rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thom by: Michael McCamish
Shelves: new-age, religion, fiction
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
Shubhangi
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.

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
Svetla Angelova
– 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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Devdoot De Roy
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.
Shutterbug_iconium
May 30, 2012 Shutterbug_iconium rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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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Nelly Ivanova
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
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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Omar
The most I think about this book, the better it gets.
I bought an used copy of this book during my trip to Paris. When I first looked at it, i thought it was an atheist (or possibly an anti-theist) book. I was far, far away from reality.
While it is true that Anna's thoughts about God aren't what you expect to listen in your local church (or mosque, or synagogue, or whatever), no religion can say Anna is wrong. To read Anna's musings about Mister God is something special. Something that you must d
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Aaron
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
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
Suki
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
Maia
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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Kathryn
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
Rivka
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.
Sanhita
I just loved this book from the first sentence!! Can I pinpoint one thing that I loved about the book.............. noooooooo!! That tiny being captures your heart, the moment she appears and keeps tugging at your heartstrings!! Am I an old mushy sentimental type?? No, not otherwise, but while reading this one, yes!!! The narrative style holds your attention and what big questions and perhaps what simple answers! The sketches accompanying the text are lovable and a tease, I just always wanted to ...more
Stefan Wit
Mr God, this is Anna, probably moved me more than any other book I have read to date. Fynn is a subtle and masterful storyteller with a simple, highly effective prose that settles softly yet indelibly on one's soul. I read this true story over two decades ago, but still I feel the raw emotions that were revealed back then. If you can still get hold of a copy, and would enjoy discovering a beautiful, heart-rending tale about an abandoned child in post-war London, then do it now, but prepare to sh ...more
Joleen
The fact that this is a true story and written with such love for this poor sweet little girl can't help but grip your heart.
Finn was barely more than a boy himself when he ran across this little throw away girl on the streets of London. His heart goes out to this filthy little ragamuffin. He couldn't just leave her there, so he takes her home to his mother.
This is the start of a grand adventure with this little 4 year old who gripped his heart and clearly never let go, as all of Fynn's books ar
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Borum
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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Love to read
This is one of my favorite books from childhood. I haven't read it again as an adult and I don't think I will. You tend to see things untainted as a child and some things should stay that way.
Jo Tsamaidis
This is a difficult book to review. On some levels I relate to Anna's world view. I absolutely enjoyed the math and physics discussions which reveal the mark and character of our Creator on our world. . I still remember receiving these insights myself via my 12th grade calculus teacher. Wow, what an impression she made on me; a teacher who could draw science, math and God together credibly. The insights into God especially the shadow and light discussions were powerfully revealing. The turning i ...more
Louize
Anna is the witty 4-year old child who had a profound affinity with Mister God; and showed Fynn the truth and importance of God in our lives.

I discovered this book very recently. It's been around for four decades, and I just discovered it. A very inspiring, yet heart-wrenching read.
I can't seem to add more than that, you simply just have to read it.
Jeff
Mar 05, 2014 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who wants to be inspired by a child's faith in God.
Shelves: biography
I had read this book years ago, and was so happy to find it again. Anna is a young foundling who rather than being taught by her rescuer, Fynn, teaches him some things about God and life because of her special relationship with "Mister God." This book, although it gets into certain concepts of math, physics, etc, that might baffle the average reader (and the book does refer in some detail to several of Anna's experiments), does show us the joy and wonder of a relationship with God at its most si ...more
Maria Carmo
It took me a long time to read... and I wonder why, because the book is deep, the characters of both Anna and Finn are delightful... somehow, the language is just a bit overworked... Anyhow, absolutely a good read.

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 31 December 2014.
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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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