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posts on 9/17/2006 2:46:20 PM
This book has sat on a bookshelf near me for as long as I can remember. When I was a very little girl, I would pick it up and look at the pictures and read "When I Shall Die" by Anna (over and over again—that little poem almost seemingly forgotten tucked at the back of the book as it is offered more truth to me than anything I had discovered in my young life, and I would read it and mull over it for hours). I never read the book, however; as the years rolled by and I eventually got to an age where I could read and appreciate it, it was forgotten, tucked in among other books as a permanent entity in our small literary collection.
When I moved on from home, I took the book with me. Many books from my childhood were given away, many forgotten, but this one has followed me around for thirty years. To each new place, it finds its home on a shelf. The bright yellow cover with its peeling paper and creases made it appear a book well-loved and read; but while it certainly has been well-loved, and poured over and held, it had never been read by its owner until this past week.
Ah! as Mr. Sproxton terms it in his introduction. I understand why I did not read this book until now—I was not meant to. I would not have been able to grasp what I have grasped now. I am glad I waited, for as this book remains a mysterious star from the past, it now is a star of an entirely different sort (mysterious all the same!) of the present. It reminds me, too, of how fragile our constructions of time are, and how the past links to the present (to the future) in one moment, in one seemingly insignificant little bundle of paper in a brazen yellow cover.
I never thought as a child that this was the story of a real girl. I did not pick the book up and read it this last week thinking it was the story of a real girl. And I did not finish it last night thinking Anna was once real breathing flesh and bone. It is a work of fiction in the literal sense, as far as I can understand. But this does not make Anna any less real for me. Where do I find Anna? Inside. Anna is as much a part of me as Fynn is: together they represent a personal journey of enlightenment that each individual soul enters and partakes in. How far one goes is relative, and the paths we take are "squillions" in number, but that we each are journeying a path is undeniable.
Fynn is the part of us that has been moulded in large part by society and its structures we are placed in: school and church, for example. But he is smart enough to know that these teachings, these concepts and ideas and "facts" thrust upon him don't exactly fit. Sometimes they don't offer a sufficient explanation. Sometimes the light they cast is the wrong colour. And sometimes they are like trying to force a cat to bark: it just doesn't work! Anna is that nascent, innocent part of us that is completely and entirely herself, unhindered by society's constructs and ideas of whom she should be as a young girl. She is on a quest to discover the world as a means to being like Mister God, and as she discovers that world, she learns more and more that Mister God, while certainly present in all the world around us, is first and foremost found on the inside. It is her ability to shed the fabrications and “facts” of the world outside and find Mister God inside that makes her most like Mister God.
The relationship between Fynn and Anna represents our own interior dialogue. Were we once like Anna? Before family and school and church stuffed us into moulds of their own making, too small and the wrong shape for our own unique souls? Is Anna still within us? Is there innocence inside, is there a curiosity about the world, is there a personal quest to find Mister God? Are we like Fynn now? Are we finding that the suit of society wears a tad too constraining? That we cannot fling our arms in dance or get the suit wet in the path of a street cleaner? Are we fascinated and drawn to the sparks of Anna we feel inside? I would venture to say that those of us in this forum are: otherwise we would not have read this book or, having read it, would have tossed it aside and never searched out this forum at all.
The main thing I have been reminded of while reading this book is to always try to look upon the world afresh, through a child's eyes if you will—through Anna's. It is like looking at your bedroom with its same bed and curtains, the same stack of books beside the bed (even if the titles change), the same artwork hung on the wall, looking at this bedroom reflected to you in a mirror. Suddenly you are not seeing just the same room in reverse. No! You are seeing an entirely new place, with new dimensions, new objects, new colours. And looking at it, there is a part of you that longs to go there, even as a part of you enjoys the comfort and safety of the sameness of your own room. Where will you venture? What will you risk? The true joy of it all is that the ability to journey into the unknown does not require diving
posts on 9/10/2006 9:57:29 AM
I discovered this delightful book in the place where i worked, it just caught my eye, and i felt drawn to it. Although I am not religious, this book has taught me much about life's mysteries and a lot about people.
I think, the fact that this is so real is amazing, and that Anna was real. Vivacious, cunning, adorable and charismatic. Her story has taught me more about religion, then in fact, I have ever learnt. It truly is an amazing story, and Fynn, where ever you are, I just wish to add that your story has touched many a hearts. Especially mine, and I thank you for that.
posts on 9/2/2006 5:32:24 PM
I have posted a similar comment some time ago, I have a theory about Fynn and that is that he was probably one of these walk-ins or transmigrated souls that that the new-agers talk about?! That is to say, at some time during his life the original occupant soul abandons his body willingly and lets an advanced being take over to do some special task or teaching on earth instead of wasting time with babyhood and all that stuff the advanced one can get right to the task at hand, I believe Christ was such an being and that this is the true story behind the "virgin birth" Why, there was even a famous case in the 1950's and well documented by phychiatrists "The Three Faces Of Eve" in that case the original owner returned to watch a movie film of the other occupant going about in her body and speaking and so on, and it shocked and amazed her!
posts on 8/24/2006 9:23:29 AM
I am so glad I have found this forum! I have been a "fan" of Fynn's & Anna since "Mister God, This Is Anna" came out.
There is just something deeply moving, playful and spiritual about both Anna and Fynn.
I was a "born again" for most of my teen years ( I am 44 now). I was very devoted to my church and the messages they taught me. Even if it meant looking down on other
people who did not think as I did.
I honestly feel that "Mister God" bonked me in the nogging one day as I was poking around in a book store. I have a passion for book stores! ;-) that still thrives today.
I found "Mister God." and thought, "Oh how cute. This must be some silly little morale tale, why not get a few laughs. Instead of laughing (or at least sarcastically) my heart
just drank the whole story up! From the moment that Anna says "I'm not going to any bleedn' cop shop, I'm comming home with you" as well as when Anna said, "You love
me." Up till that time of my life I hadn't been confronted by such honesty in a child. Most of all a four year old who had a direct line to "Mister God."!
As I read on, and on, many times a day, mind you, I felt that, like Anna, many of the people I associated with wern't being honest with themselves let alone others.They
declared they had "faith" LOUDLY from the rooftops.. They bosted with pride, they knew God (or Jesus) more then anyone could have imagined, I felt..no.. I knew it was all
"Just for swank." as Anna explained to Fynn. At the time I was playing that role too, but wasn't aware of it until I saw the simple truths that Anna was talking about..
When I read the book it completly opened my eyes and heart to another way of loving myself as well as Mister God and my fellow travelers along the way. I too, would buy
extra copies of "Mister God" and give them to people. I have found great joy in each book that Fynn wrote. Great joy from reading "Mister God." on down to "Anna, Mister
God & The Black Knight". Each book was filled with wonderful treasures that Anna allowed us to see. In a writting style that Fynn used that expressed honesty to tell a very
Wether the "treasures" are "true" and came from two very real people that jump out at you in the books is well...not as important as to the message that a little girl tought to
her dearest friend Fynn. I don't have any doubts that they are very real excerpts from his life with Anna. I'm glad he brought those memories into the world. It seems to me
that we could use a lot of Fynn's & Anna's adventures in our daily live now. We are going through very hard times.
I wanted to know if a book that was published in 2004 intitled "Anna & Mister God." is another adventure, look into thier lives, or is it "Mister God, This Is Anna" under a new
title? If someone could let me know that would be great. Make the subject header "Robert- Mister God and Anna."
Bright Blessings to all,
posts on 8/19/2006 12:17:08 PM
Thanks Jon for your message. For me there is no doubt that they were both real, I don't need any proof. For some reason this website doesn't work any more as it did before. I always get this message "Java Script Error" and "Popup being blocked" but then a second page with stupid advertisements comes up. But I just close it all and everything works like before.
posts on 8/2/2006 7:14:03 PM
Yes, both Anna and Fynn were real people, I knew Fynn for many years, over 30 at least, as a result of Fynn knowing me I also handle a few scraps of paper with scratchy pencil writing on them made by Anna. He was real, very very real, more full of love than anyone I have known and Anna was real too.
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