am 6. November 1999
First and foremost, I am an atheist. To my absolute core.
I was given my copy of this book when I was 17 (I'm 31 at the time of this writing). I have given away countless copies and I buy it whenever I find it, just to share it with another person.
I knew Anna dies. It said so in the beginning. But when she died, the means, the way, the reality of it was too much for me. I vaguely recall screaming "Noooo!" and hurling the book across the room. It was days before I picked it up and finished the last few pages.
I felt like I'd lost Anna.
But I didn't because she stayed with me. Or rather, her wonderment, her curiosity, her fearlessness.
To me this was not a particularly religious story. Odd thing to say. I take this book to mean that you should explore, and question, the world around you. Do not accept the answers you are given. Name things for yourself. Anna chose Mister God. I choose Nature. You choose what best suits you.
am 21. November 1999
The title wonderfully chosen, the voice and the mood of the author is happy and yet suprised. Beautifully written book, Amazing child, the way Fynn wrote it was like he was still under shock because of the way Anna sees the world, God was friends with Anna, they communicated everyday.Fynn learned so much from Anna. The whole book was a lesson to me and I guess to all other readers, this book teaches about kids that we cannot ignore their intelligence though Anna's intelligence was scary as it always scared the hell out of Fynn. Anna is just a kid that knows God so much, one could'nt argue with her because she knews her story, she fitted into society like a glove. No questions asked that is why Fynn kept her, she was a community builder at her age, changed peoples way of thinking, she was interested in learning new things as well, the fact that she would say 'write it down big' was amazing as you can tell that she was an interesting kid that wanted to learn things that she did not know. Kids do change peoples lives everyday that is why it is always advisable that we spend sometime with them, they are as fun as Anna was. I totally agree with Fynn that she is laughing with God now. this book I will read it over and over again and I will pass it on to my kids.
am 4. Juni 1998
I first read this book in my late teens at a time when I was questioning the idea of organized religion. This came on the heels of some unpleasant observations of those who purport to lead a life in the church. I was disturbed by the judgemental attitudes of what I saw as "the church". It seemed that little of what I saw had anything to do with God and spirituality. Then I met Anna, and I knew that I was not alone. In the past 20 years, I have read this book countless times and have given it as a gift many more. It is especially important to me as a mathematician and scientist as it has clearly enabled me to see God in those things that are often used as arguments against the existence of a deity. For those who are struggling to reconcile a desire for a spiritual life with the often disappointing idea of what "the church" has become, this is a must read. Be prepared to rejoice and to grieve.
am 7. Februar 1999
Like Saint Expurys Little Prince Anna has the ability to answer the big questions in life in a simple and very true way. But the diference is that she really lived. When I read the book, I just went underlining many phrases (like that light consits of all the differnt colors and say a red flower takes the colors but the one it doesn`t like,red,is rejected. And that is why god is invisable, he loves all the colors!). Anna has a strong bond to "Mr. God",and likes talking about him; especially with Fynn. Fynn treats Anna an adult/a friend(most of the adults talk to children so stupid!). And that`sa major basic for a good relationship/conversation. this and Fynns two following books about Anna are the books I like most,because they are honest, strong,humorous and heavenly. You end this book and you just feel so good.
am 21. Oktober 1999
I first learned of this book from a video made by the Monkees where Davy Jones mentions it as his favorite book. I got curious and read it. Wonderful!!!!!!!!!
It is a sweet, gentle, heartwarming tale. Rare as a precious gem in these harsh days at the end of this millenium. I recommend it to anyone who needs to reclaim their child-like wonder and joy at the world's magic. It will make you smile and cry and move you as few books do.
If you read it, you'll probably join all of us who wrote here about numerous copies and rereadings. Welcome to the club!
am 9. November 2001
Falls jemand von euch auf dem spirituellen Weg nicht mehr weiter weiss, so lohnt es sich diese wahre Geschichte zu lesen. Sie inspiriert und berührt eines jeden Herzens tief! Es ist die wunderbare Beziehung, bessergesagt Freundschaft zwischen Mensch + Gott. Plus: aus einer wunderbaren Perspektive.. die eines Kindes! Schon Jesus pflegte zu sagen: "Seid wie die Kinder.." Ein Lesespass mit viel Witz, Wahrheit und Philosophie für gross und klein!!!
am 5. Februar 2000
We are all raised in an age of skepticism where God becomes a concept that is rarely evoked without some apologetic embarrassment. Similarly, many evangelical treatments of God and matters of faith put agnostic audiences on the immediate defensive. This book talks about God in a spirit of shared awe and wonder, addressing our curiosity about God without questioning our morals or our wisdom. It does not seek to convince or persuade; Anna just knew something that she wanted to share because it excited and enchanted her so much. I think this is a beautiful book that must be preserved, for it speaks to all of us whatever our spiritual inclinations.
am 15. Oktober 1999
The first time I read this book, I could NOT believe that it could possibly be a true story. The concepts which little Anna proposes and then PROVES are too complicated for any mere child... right? But then, I realized that it doesn't really matter to me whether or not this story ACTUALLY happened; the truths it contains are what have changed my views of God, pain, sin, and true joy forever. This book not only provides answers to some of life's questions; it also provides the questions.
am 29. Dezember 1999
One of the most heartwarming and beautiful books one can imagine, about the major logical questions in the universe. A unique look on reality told from the perspective of a little girl and her relationship with God. The book is extremely well written and easy to read. At the same time it conveys a startling take on some of the most provocative questions the human race has been grappling with over the centuries.
am 18. September 1998
Mister God , this is Anna is a story to be read. Anna's explanations about life and God can change anyone's point of view about the true meaning of life... Each explanation is more certain than the other , for those who have read Paulo Coehlo , The Alchemist and Saint Exupery , The Little Prince , they'll love this book.