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Ten-year-old prodigy Akiane Kramarik shares her artwork, poetry, and the fascinating story surrounding her talent. Growing up in a home with an atheistic mother and a non-participating Catholic father did not stop four-year-old Akiane Kramarik from finding God. This girl's dreams began a conversation in the home that has eventually brought them all to Christianity and the Ten-year-old prodigy Akiane Kramarik shares her artwork, poetry, and the fascinating story surrounding her talent. Growing up in a home with an atheistic mother and a non-participating Catholic father did not stop four-year-old Akiane Kramarik from finding God. This girl's dreams began a conversation in the home that has eventually brought them all to Christianity and the world's attention. Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry is a collection of the best of Akiane's full-color paintings and poetry created from ages 4 to 10, along with details of her family and the amazing stories that surround each unique artwork. Already a media professional, Akiane has been interviewed on programs such as Oprah, World News Tonight, Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN, and Schuller's Hour of Power. Akiane will be one of twenty visual artists participating in the October "Listen" event raising money for the world's needy children. Today Akiane's art is available online at www.artakiane.com.


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Ten-year-old prodigy Akiane Kramarik shares her artwork, poetry, and the fascinating story surrounding her talent. Growing up in a home with an atheistic mother and a non-participating Catholic father did not stop four-year-old Akiane Kramarik from finding God. This girl's dreams began a conversation in the home that has eventually brought them all to Christianity and the Ten-year-old prodigy Akiane Kramarik shares her artwork, poetry, and the fascinating story surrounding her talent. Growing up in a home with an atheistic mother and a non-participating Catholic father did not stop four-year-old Akiane Kramarik from finding God. This girl's dreams began a conversation in the home that has eventually brought them all to Christianity and the world's attention. Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry is a collection of the best of Akiane's full-color paintings and poetry created from ages 4 to 10, along with details of her family and the amazing stories that surround each unique artwork. Already a media professional, Akiane has been interviewed on programs such as Oprah, World News Tonight, Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN, and Schuller's Hour of Power. Akiane will be one of twenty visual artists participating in the October "Listen" event raising money for the world's needy children. Today Akiane's art is available online at www.artakiane.com.

30 review for Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Monty

    Personal Response: I personally loved this book. It was such an inspiring story to build my faith. It showed some of the amazing works of God and what he can do in ordinary people's lives. Their life changes so drastically in such small periods of time; but during this time the family of Akiane drastically changed their beliefs and their overall way of life. I loved reading this amazing story about a prodigy that didn't necessarily want to be one. Plot Summary: This story was made to inspire Personal Response: I personally loved this book. It was such an inspiring story to build my faith. It showed some of the amazing works of God and what he can do in ordinary people's lives. Their life changes so drastically in such small periods of time; but during this time the family of Akiane drastically changed their beliefs and their overall way of life. I loved reading this amazing story about a prodigy that didn't necessarily want to be one. Plot Summary: This story was made to inspire others through the amazing life of Akiane. She is an artist that is self taught, or in other words "is taught by God." She is truly an amazing little girl that is drawn to God at a very young age. She tells her parents that she has seen images and has had dreams of God. He is teaching her art in these dreams so she can paint and write what she sees when she is with Him to spread the word of heaven and the world that He has made. Akiane's family were not religious whatsoever so they were very confused when Akiane had said that she has witnessed God and was in his presence. They were confused because they had never mentioned any type of religion to her and Akiane was homeschooled so she wouldn't have ever heard about this from any of her teachers or peers. However, Akiane did not stop when her parents had confronted her about her dreams. She specifically was told that she had a mission to fulfill in her lifetime and she was determined to achieve this goal. Akiane started drawing and painting when she was just 4 years old and it was rough at first during the learning process but by age 5 she was drawing and painting almost as good as a professional. She drew and painted images of her surroundings, people and their perspectives, and even herself through self-portraits. She had also started to write very sophisticated poems in languages such as Lithuanian, English, and sometimes Russian; knowing nothing about what they meant or about how to translate them. It was like God was directly speaking through her during these times of intense writing and painting. Akiane's family had struggled through this time of making ends meet so they had to move across the country multiple times to get new jobs. However, this did not affect Akiane's paintings and writing. Wherever they went in the country, she would always seem to find more and more inspiration for new ideas of what to paint or what to write about. She was sponsored by many people and has attended many art museums where they have shown multiple works. She attended art conferences and conventions where elderly, adults, and even children would come and see Akiane. She will be known as one of the most incredible child prodigies of all time. Characterization: There are two main characters in this story. These are Akiane and her mother. Akiane is a little girl who has dreams of God and painting. In her dreams God is teaching her how to paint and how to draw. At this time her parents did not agree nor believed what Akiane was telling them because they are an atheist family. This however, did not affect Akiane and her paintings. At the age of 4 years old, she began to draw and paint spectacular things. Some of these images were clearly portraits of people and others were beautiful areas. As she grew older she became more and more talented in art. She drew two portraits of God himself that was very detailed, while only being in elementary school! She is known to be one of the greatest child prodigies. Akiane's mother was very supportive of Akiane and would do whatever she needed in order for Akiane to be successful. This caused multiple problems with finances in their home due to costs on painting supplies and homeschooling for Akiane. Akiane's mother had devoted most of her life to the successes of Akiane's writing, painting, and drawing. She helped find managers and companies that wanted to sponsor Akiane. She is truly an incredible woman. Recommendation: I recommend this story to not just people that are religious, but to everyone that would like to be inspired. Akiane's journey was not always easy but she kept fighting through each and every hardship that had come her way. This is truly inspiring, especially hearing such maturity come from such a young child. I gave this story five out of five stars due to how interesting the story of her life is and just the amount of belief that she had carried with her throughout her life, even if someone had told her differently. I highly recommend this story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Frazier

    This book was another touching story about a child who's had experiences with the Lord and Heaven. A great selection to read following the book "Heaven is for Real."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    I haven't read it properly yet, just looked at the pictures. But wow!! Just looking at the pictures is such an inspiration. I've read some reviews that say they don't believe that Akaine really painted the paintings herself, but, being a Catholic, I believe that she really was taught by God and that she did paint those paintings herself. Even if your not a Christian, I encourage you to read this book :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    This book is purported to be by Akiane Kramarik; it's written by her mother Foreli. After reading it I still don't know Akiane, but I feel that I do know Foreli. And what she revealed of herself was not very attractive. Someone in that family is--or tries to be--a master of self-promotion. I like Akiane's paintings. They have a boldness and simplicity which more polished art often lacks. Her poetry is completely opaque to me. Not a good read, but perhaps good to look at.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    My favourite artist is not a piano player but rather a painter of realism paintings. I'm referring to Akiane Kramarik. I enjoy playing to a painting, trying to discover what story the painting tells but painting in another way - the way that I know how - with contemporary piano tones. I would never dare call myself a painter but I do consider myself a piano artist. Some days I simply put up this book on my piano stand and play whatever feels right for the painting. Finding the right artist that My favourite artist is not a piano player but rather a painter of realism paintings. I'm referring to Akiane Kramarik. I enjoy playing to a painting, trying to discover what story the painting tells but painting in another way - the way that I know how - with contemporary piano tones. I would never dare call myself a painter but I do consider myself a piano artist. Some days I simply put up this book on my piano stand and play whatever feels right for the painting. Finding the right artist that inspired me took some time but when I came across Akiane's artwork, I knew my search was over. I'd found my visual artist. Furthermore her focus on Christ-centred artwork resonated with my own Christian beliefs. Keep painting Akiane!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robert Beveridge

    Akiane and Foreli Kramarik, Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry (Thomas Nelson, 2006) In the first section of the book, Foreli Kramarik claims that Akiane “is regarded as the youngest binary prodigy in both realistic art and poetry in recorded history.” While you're mulling on that, let me tell you about a convenience store near me. It changed management and name a couple of years ago, and right afterwards they rented a billboard about half a mile away and claimed on it that they are “rated the Akiane and Foreli Kramarik, Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry (Thomas Nelson, 2006) In the first section of the book, Foreli Kramarik claims that Akiane “is regarded as the youngest binary prodigy in both realistic art and poetry in recorded history.” While you're mulling on that, let me tell you about a convenience store near me. It changed management and name a couple of years ago, and right afterwards they rented a billboard about half a mile away and claimed on it that they are “rated the #1 store.” Now, I'm not sure if anyone else sees something like that and does this, but when I first saw it, I said, “by who? and where?” That billboard is still there, and I still don't have the answers. Similarly, I want to know who's calling Akiane Kramarik a “prodigy” in poetry so I can laugh at him/her/them. The piece they chose to use on the flap is representative, at least: “I can not stop holding my brush On the blank canvas I sign With blindfolded balance I paint my own eyes Blue is the color of the mind Do God's footprints follow his footsteps Nobody hears what I see We cannot trespass our creator My sight can not wait for me” (“My Sight Cannot Wait for Me”) I ended up going back and taking out the [sic:]s because I'd dropped so many of them in there. I mean, come on, even Helen Steiner Rice would have burned that, and she was the worst poet in history. (And what's up with “cannot” being correct in the title and wrong twice in the piece itself? Very confusing.) I'd planned on adding a sample from another poem, but there's just too much here, and all of it is this awful. Akiane is not a worse poet than Mattie Stepanek, but she's right in that area. Having blasted the first and last sections of the book, I figure I should address the middle. There's no denying that Kramarik is a talented visual artist, one whose technique is far, far beyond her years. The paintings themselves are impressive (and the single star in the rating is attributed solely to them). But, no, I couldn't get through a section of this book without something bugging me, and that's the interpretations under the majority of the paintings. I may be assuming here, and if so I apologize, but in reading those interpretations I get the feeling that Kramarik is one of those artists whose vision leaves no room for the validity of any interpretation of a piece that would conflict with hers. That's one of my pet peeves with artists working in any medium. It annoys me even with artists of whose work I am perhaps overly fond (there's one novelist I love in particular who spouts off on this topic on a regular basis. It drives me up the wall). She's very specific about what everything in a particular painting means, and it makes me wonder what would happen if someone were to mount a different (but still valid) interpretation of one of her paintings. The middle third of the book: interesting, if you ignore the text. The rest of it: awful. *

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Akiane's story is without a doubt amazing. The gifts she has been given are obviously being well used by her. I have to say that I do not really understand poetry though I did read everything in the book and found that there were a few lines here and there that made sense to me. Perhaps there are others like myself who may not be able to understand the poetry and that is why Akiane was also given the ability to paint as well as she does. I applaud her commitment to use her gifts and time on this Akiane's story is without a doubt amazing. The gifts she has been given are obviously being well used by her. I have to say that I do not really understand poetry though I did read everything in the book and found that there were a few lines here and there that made sense to me. Perhaps there are others like myself who may not be able to understand the poetry and that is why Akiane was also given the ability to paint as well as she does. I applaud her commitment to use her gifts and time on this earth to be able to help others. May we all find out what our special gifts and talents are and when we do, may we also use them well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aaliyah

    I could read this book ten times over and still wonder and the incredible talent, wisdom, and spiritual awareness of Akiane Kramarik. It never ceases to amaze me that God worked through her at such a young age, and how much her art and poetry has impacted the world in such a short amount of time. It would be a privilege to one day meet her; but in the meantime, I will continue to read her book and view her ever-growing art collection. Thank God for such an amazing young woman.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Geri

    This is my second read. I recieved this book as a gift in the spring, and read it again this last weekend. It's an amazing story, but not necessarily a "gripping" read. The thing that continually impresses me is that this young girl can produce are of such quality and with no traditional training. The images are compelling. The poetry, however, seems to slip right past me. I can't seem to follow it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rhina M. Finley

    I first saw this book at Books a Million out near Westgate. She is truly a talent, God has bless her hands. Her paintings and poetry are beautiful. I love her close relationship with God. Even as a child she realizes its not about religion but about having a connection with God and having a great love for others. God bless you Akiane, you have touch me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Peggi Speers

    I read and re-read this book. It gives me great peace and strengthens my faith. I have had my own miraculous experiences throughout my life, which is probably why I resonate with this book and her story. I love Akiane's love for our Creator and for life! Great art! Wonderful life!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brianne

    Akiane is profound. I thought I knew her story, but reading this book gave me so much more information about Akiane's interesting life and innate talent. It is amazing, really... her art, her poetry, everything. And what would Akiane tell you about it? It's all from and for God.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Briggs hobson

    I simply adored reading this book . God is moving in our lives, and we need to pay close attention. This book is a one night book. I read it in about two hours. This girls paintings amaze me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Her paintings are amazing. God has certainly given her a gift. I enjoyed being able to see them along with her descriptions. I did not understand her poems. I also did not care for her mother's writing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lee Parra

    Amazing art prodigy inspired by God!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Moore

    Reading this book touched my soul & strengthened my faith.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deepti Khare

    Good read.... Best for book lovers.. art lovers,... n people who love reading supernatural stuff... her paintings are beautiful and superb... beautiful poetry

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rob Markley

    Interesting view of genius/ child prodigy. The photos of the art didn't perhaps capture the full impact of her work and I don't usually understand poetry too well, but worth the read

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    A child prodigy, gifted in art and poetry. God inspired.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andy Hidalgo

    Definitely one of the best book i’ve ever read. Love Akiane, and i look up to her. She’s gifted and love how this book explains more about her life and her experience with God.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    It relaxed me throughout one of the most stressful weeks of my life, so THANK YOU

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie M Maynard

    Akiane and God are awesome! I loved everything her paintings and poems were amazing! Good gob everyone should read! I love you Akaine! You and God are my idols that I look up to!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

    Amazing story and Art.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

    Akiane's story is remarkable and inspiring.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rose on aish

    What I can say is that God loves us so much that He not only sent His Son, Jesus, to die for the past, present, future sins, but He's very active in our lives today! Akiane Kramarik is an example of God reaching down with His power and glory into the life of a small child and using her to draw us to Him! Glory awaits each and every one of us if we only believe! Her mother gives us a realistic account of watching her child grow into a truly gifted and blessed person and how she had to sacrifice What I can say is that God loves us so much that He not only sent His Son, Jesus, to die for the past, present, future sins, but He's very active in our lives today! Akiane Kramarik is an example of God reaching down with His power and glory into the life of a small child and using her to draw us to Him! Glory awaits each and every one of us if we only believe! Her mother gives us a realistic account of watching her child grow into a truly gifted and blessed person and how she had to sacrifice her time and many other things to help her child to grow into what God planned for her. Her story, her paintings, and poetry are beyond belief. I was amazed by the creativity she has. I have to admit that at the beginning I was a little bit skeptical, but when she responded to her mother how she knows who God is, everything changed in my mind :) I'll write it here down: "We can't remember the exact month, but one morning when Akiane was four, she began sharing her visions of heaven with me. 'Today I met God' Akiane whispered to me one morning. 'What is God?' I was surprised to hear this. To me, God's name always sounded absurd and primitive. 'God's light- warm and good. It knows everything and talks with me. It is my parent.' 'Tell me more about your dream.' 'It was not a dream. It was real.' I looked at her slightly puffed eyes, and in complete disbelief I kept on asking her questions. 'So who is your God?' 'I cannot tell you.' Akiane lowered her head. 'Me? You cannot tell your own mom?'[...] 'Why did you think it was God?' 'Just like I know you are my mommy and you know I am Akiane.' 'Who even taught you such a word God?' 'You won't understand.' " You can see her paintings here: http://www.akiane.com/store/

  26. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Kleefeld

    This book and this particular artist have inspired me so much. When I was younger, it was easier to believe the story was true, though when I was around older people, I could feel their suspicion. I've read this book more than once. Even if it isn't true, I know the supernatural is real and miracles like it are possible, and Akiane did write impossibly mysterious poetry when she was seven, and paint the large picture of Jesus when she was eight, and it lines up with the Bible. The boy Colton who This book and this particular artist have inspired me so much. When I was younger, it was easier to believe the story was true, though when I was around older people, I could feel their suspicion. I've read this book more than once. Even if it isn't true, I know the supernatural is real and miracles like it are possible, and Akiane did write impossibly mysterious poetry when she was seven, and paint the large picture of Jesus when she was eight, and it lines up with the Bible. The boy Colton who became famous for having gone to heaven at the age of four and come back to tell the tale said it was the most accurate depiction of Jesus he had seen. I get book ideas from this book and the fascinating poetry. An atheist family whose daughter at the age of four who was never taught the word God, claimed to have seen visions of God speaking to her and teaching her how to draw. Suddenly she began to have a larger vocabulary and the feel of someone much older with much wisdom, and she began drawing hundreds of pictures. And then later she began to paint. Akiane reminds me of my favorite character from the Auralia Thread series by Jeffrey Overstreet - mysterious and artistic and searching truth. She's about nineteen now and still painting, and she has a youtube channel even to put demos up of the process of her drawing and painting. And she's on Facebook so you can keep up with what's been going on for her lately. And there's a website that has all her paintings on it including her newest ones, with a little commentary on the side of them. I would recommend this book to anyone who is deeply interested in art and God and the supernatural.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ

    This book was okay, but read with alot of disbelief. If you take her at her word then this extradroinary girl, age 8, created the huge (larger than herself) artwork, as a self-taught artist with only inspiration from God. Her family were atheists and she grew up seperated from society so supposidly there were no outside influences that could have influenced her other than her visions from God himself. Her artwork is so good it's beyond belief, if she actually did it herself. I didn't bother This book was okay, but read with alot of disbelief. If you take her at her word then this extradroinary girl, age 8, created the huge (larger than herself) artwork, as a self-taught artist with only inspiration from God. Her family were atheists and she grew up seperated from society so supposidly there were no outside influences that could have influenced her other than her visions from God himself. Her artwork is so good it's beyond belief, if she actually did it herself. I didn't bother reading her poetry. Again, I can't believe an 8 year old did all the work. Forgive me for being such a skeptic, but I have no reason to believe that this little girl has daily visions and talks with God to give her the abilities she claims. Her family was extrememely poor and she's now selling paintings for $100k each, so I can see where they might either exploit her or not be completely truthful in order to make money. Yes, there are child prodigies in this world and she could be one. But she claims to not only have visions and dreams of God, but to talk to him, visit heaven, talk to angels, etc... on a nearly daily basis. I'm sorry, but I have trouble believing all of that. I don't care if my mother did meet Akaine herself at some point and believes it, as like many christians, my mother in particular is willing to believe anything anyone says as long as they use God's name.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This book was a lovely look at a very talented young girl and her family. Told from the viewpoint of her mother, we are taken into this family’s home and given a glimpse of what their lives was like and how Akiane’s talent was allowed to progress and be nurtured. This family is a lot like any family, with good times and bad times, sickness and financial problems. I really think it was great that Akiane’s mom held back her mommy impulses of getting angry, especially when her daughter was making This book was a lovely look at a very talented young girl and her family. Told from the viewpoint of her mother, we are taken into this family’s home and given a glimpse of what their lives was like and how Akiane’s talent was allowed to progress and be nurtured. This family is a lot like any family, with good times and bad times, sickness and financial problems. I really think it was great that Akiane’s mom held back her mommy impulses of getting angry, especially when her daughter was making such a mess in creating her art. I am glad she saw such talent in her daughter even though I was cringing myself as I read those parts. Akiane has a very artistic nature and her mother really showed that in her writing of how her young daughter would act and think. This is not only this family’s journey but it is a lovely book containing many of Akiane’s paintings and her poetry that goes along with it. I look forward to seeing how her talent will grow as she becomes a young woman. I was given this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This ten year old girl might just appear to be an ordinary girl, but the Lord has blessed her with an extraordinary gitft. She has the ability to communicate her visions of Heaven, angels and God with the world through her beautiful art work. This book is filled with her lifestory on how she grew up without faith and all of a suddent she started experiencing and saying things to her mom that she couldn't quite understand. God continued to speak to Akiane and used it for his glory by having her This ten year old girl might just appear to be an ordinary girl, but the Lord has blessed her with an extraordinary gitft. She has the ability to communicate her visions of Heaven, angels and God with the world through her beautiful art work. This book is filled with her lifestory on how she grew up without faith and all of a suddent she started experiencing and saying things to her mom that she couldn't quite understand. God continued to speak to Akiane and used it for his glory by having her create paintings worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Not only is she a talented artist who came from a background of no faith, but she also is a poet who can write beautiful poetry. This book is beautiful to read and look at as you watch the mystery of Heaven and God's love poured out into a little girl who can communicate himself through a ten year old girl to get her family and others to turn to him. The story is absoutely beautiful. Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to review this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Akiane is truly an amazing artist, especially for one so young. The first third of the book is her story – how she met God at the age of 4, even though her parents had never mentioned God to her. At that same young age of 4 she also began drawing. This section further tells of her family life, how Akiane was homeschooled and some stories behind her paintings. The second section of the book is photos of her paintings, with details about them such as the medium (acrylic versus oil, etc.), the size Akiane is truly an amazing artist, especially for one so young. The first third of the book is her story – how she met God at the age of 4, even though her parents had never mentioned God to her. At that same young age of 4 she also began drawing. This section further tells of her family life, how Akiane was homeschooled and some stories behind her paintings. The second section of the book is photos of her paintings, with details about them such as the medium (acrylic versus oil, etc.), the size of the painting, and then the story behind the painting. At one point there is a page with 15 photos to show the progression of one painting from start to finish. At this point I realized the painting was quite large – then I started looking at the sizes of all the paintings and realized Akiane paints larger than life frequently! The last section of the book is Akiane’s poetry. I found this book fascinating – that one so young can have such immense talent and vivid dreams behind her ideas for paintings. I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.

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