Mister God, this is Anna
You can find it on the Christian section in any general bookstore
The Amazon description is: 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.
I read that book at 17 in 1985 – not knowing it was the same year the book was published – as it is set in England, following The Blitz.
And it does not – in any way – belong in the religious section of any bookstore – and is in fact, the Ultimate Science Fiction novel in which no aliens or starships appear.
Because while Anna – who’s 5 with a huge crush on her friend, Mister God – Fynn, the narrator character, is a young man – who found an orphan in the rubble of The Blitz and the whole world was recoiling from the horrors of inhumane possibility unchecked by logic or reason – but driven by religious zealotry with an assist from co-opted and misunderstood science – and thus, misapplied and misused science.
Because while Anna’s understanding of the world is that it’s all down to Mister God – what Fynn does is to tell the story science – and make it understandable to a 5 year old, who’s been abandoned in a cruel world, but who is sure, that Mister God is watching out for her
and, the first line of the book is:
Anna did not live to see her 6th birthday.
and Fynn teaches Anna all about how to understand the universe through play – with prisms to show how light separates and Anna becomes even more enchanted by Mister God – when she sees how much magic and wonder that he has hidden in the universe……that humans don’t, even now, have the ability to see and understand – at least, not at a quantum level…..
and Anna has to die – because, if she grew up, she’s know, she’d learn that Fynn had been teaching her pure science and she would have had to turn away from her special friend – Mister God – whom Anna was sure, was always watching over her.
and I thought, when I read it – at 17 – back in 1985 – that I was prepared for how – Anna dies.
I wasn’t – I screamed NOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooo
and hurled the book away from me and let it alone for a whole week, before I finally came to terms with – not the ending that I knew was coming – but the way – the horrible and pure way – that Anna does die – so that each of us – no matter what we beleive – can enjoy Anna’s playing with the universe in her quest to meet Mister God, face to face.
and I have bought many many copies of that book for people over the years
and it’s the one thing that I haven’t written that I most want to make into a movie
and not change a single thing about the book and especially, not the ending
Because I also want to produce – The Well of Loneliness – and that is an ending of a book not written by me – that absolutely MUST BE CHANGED for any Movie made in this century.
so – If you are like me – Don’t read anymore – because I am going to tell you now that you know that Anna does in fact die – and that her death is absolutely critical to understanding her relationship with her Mister God, who is not the god of any religion practised by anyone or at any time – Mister God was Anna’s alone:
Anna falls out of a tree she’s climbed too high in
wanting to get a little bit closer to Mister God
(you might want to stop reading now, it gets worse)
and she falls
(I am crying right now)
onto a metal fence,
(seriously, stop reading)
(I don’t think I can write anymore today and I was supposed to be writing the pilot for my TV Series – Beaus and Eros)
too loving and open to the universe
to live in this world
unmade by the adults and their wars
because they are all fighting for Mister God’s attention
and none of them, are paying attention to the children