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Anna and Mister God [Special Edition] [Paperback]

Fynn , Papas
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1 Mar 2004

A stunning 30th anniversary edition of the best-selling Mister God This Is Anna, together with the sequels, Anna’s Book, Anna and the Black Knight, with a new preface by Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.

“I knew her on her own terms, the way she demanded to be known: from the inside first. ‘Most of an angel is in the inside’, and this is the way I learned to know her – my first angel.”

Anna was four years old when Fynn, then only 16 himself, found her wandering round London’s Docklands one foggy night in the 1930s. As she was badly neglected and virtually abandoned by her parents, he took her home to be cared for by his own family.

The impact of this extraordinary child on Fynn, his friends and the people in their neighbourhood was to be immense. Nobody who met Anna could remain the same: this intelligent, lively, precocious chatterbox had an outlook on life which completely undercut adult pretensions and illusions.

Anna’s influence continues today. Anyone dipping into her thought-processes falls under the spell of her luminous innocence, wisdom and intimate relationship with ‘Mister God’. Her artless and transparent conversations with the Almighty speak to the heart and are often recorded using her own unique and colourful spelling.

With humour and insight, Fynn movingly recounts Anna’s short life and abundantly rich philosophy in these three timeless books, bound together in this stunning, 30th Anniversary edition.

Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment; 30th Anniversary edition edition (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007166419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007166411
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Here is a book which is a pearl of great price. It will mean everything. Truth, beauty, and goodness, to those who understand… a heavenly book, rooted in earth.’
The Guardian

‘Do not be deceived by the simplicity: these stories and insights were matured for decades through Fynn’s own thinking, imagining and suffering to give us this superb, intoxicating spirit.’
Professor David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

About the Author

The identity of Fynn remains mysterious.
Vernon Sproxton, in his foreword to Mister God, This Is Anna writes ‘He is who he was. He is pretending to be nobody other than himself. But a very real and permanent part of his being is – Anna.’

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Anna 15 Nov 2005
By Kalden
In 1973, when I was twelve years old, I once entered the kitchen while my mother was cooking and my little sister of four years was playing on the kitchen floor. Just when I entered the room my sister suddenly stopped playing with her toys and looked up to my mother and said: "Mum, God can not think, can he? My mother looked at my sister with surprise and said with some confusion in her voice: "Well... I don't know. Why can God not think?" And my little sister answered: "God never has to. He knows eveything!" And that said it all, according to the fact that she continued playing with her toys on the kitchen floor. My mother and I smiled to each other. Later I realized the remark of my sister was bulls eye. Of course God can not think because he knows everything!
This moment, when I entered the kitchen and heard my sister's opinion of God's unability to think I'll never forget and I remembered it even more vividly when reading about Anna.
Anna is the true story about a little girl of five years who still seem to remember her spiritual home. Like a little, precious chatterbox she makes observations about life, God and things as they are in a very touching and striking way. For me - as a practisioner having a Buddhist background - some of Anna's remarks are pure Buddhism. "God is empty" she says and does "not reflect anything".
Many reviewed the book "Mister God, This is Anna" (ISBN 0345327225) and there is not much more to add. Only this: some people who read the book do not believe a little girl like Anna could exist. In that case they really never met my little sister.
Fortunelately via this book you have the chance to meet Anna, in all her openess and honesty and with all her insights. Don't miss this beautiful opportunity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an "Ah!" book 23 Oct 2007
Some books make you go "Ah!" with inspiration and epiphany; a book containing one line that provokes such a response deserves a place on the bookshelf. This 30th anniversary compilation of all of Fynn's three books has many such "Ah!" moments.

I am touched by Anna's genuine faith, eyes to see the world and God, her poem "When I shall die" and Fynn's love for her. As a scientist, I also enjoy the way she seeks to understand science and math (I have personally tried one of her fun mini experiments - the one that uses and expanding mirror to increase the number of edges on a shape).

No wonder the bible says, let the little children come. This child Anna sees some things better than adults.
Wonderful illustrations by Papas. I'm currently buying my third copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 28 Jun 2009
A book to read and reread. Sometimes not so easy to understand but it requires some thinking to catch the amazing views of Anna on her environment , the people and the world. I enjoyed it very much after reading "Anna's book" years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book about God that's NOT religious 13 Mar 2014
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To meet Anna is a life changing experience. Her God is so different and so much more attractive than He usually is portrayed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANNA 28 Feb 2014
By alicia
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I had been looking for a replacement, my copy was foxed and falling to bits. I had almost given up on finding a copy, but low and behold it was there on your site I was over joyed THANK YOU
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