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Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  556 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
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 w
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by W Publishing Group (first published March 7th 2006)
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Courtney Frazier
May 03, 2011 Courtney Frazier rated it it was amazing
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."
Jul 07, 2013 Ron rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography, memoir
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.

Sep 20, 2012 Charlie rated it it was amazing
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 :)
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
Mar 11, 2015 Aaliyah rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 14, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jul 12, 2015 Kris rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 17, 2015 Sarahsmithstorm rated it it was amazing
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 c ...more
May 12, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
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 s ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Emilyn rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
After reading about Akiane in Heaven is For Real I was curious to learn more about her. I was thrilled to be able to review Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry by Akiane Kramarik. The book tells of Akiane's life and how her family came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is a fascinating book of an ordinary family with an amazing story.
I enjoyed the full color pictures of her art. It was interesting to see them in the order she created them as she got older. I did not know she w
Aug 21, 2007 Geri rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in art prodigies
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.
Rhina M. Finley
Nov 24, 2011 Rhina M. Finley rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 18, 2013 Brianne rated it it was amazing
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.
Peggi Speers
Sep 01, 2013 Peggi Speers rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who has an open mind
Recommended to Peggi by: do not remember
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!

Aug 19, 2015 NylaKay rated it it was amazing
I first learned about Akiane in the book Heaven is For Real. After that I became intrigued about her so I was glad to read this book to gain more information about this talented young woman. Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry by Akiane Kramarik tells the story of Akiane's life and her family's journey to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Akiane is a most remarkable girl and her story interesting. I enjoyed learning the story of her Walk with The Lord but the color pictures of her ...more
Jeanne Briggs hobson
Jul 25, 2012 Jeanne Briggs hobson rated it it was amazing
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.
Linda Appelbaum
Jul 27, 2015 Linda Appelbaum rated it really liked it
An amazing story about a young girl with a truly incredible artistic talent that she credits God with. Raised by atheist/unobservant parents, she began "seeing and visiting" with God since she was 3 or 4 years old, drawing pictures that were way beyond what a child of her age should be able to draw. Her visions of heaven and God's love were inspirational to read about and the art work in the book was a joy to look at, especially when all of them were drawn before she reached 13. This is a young ...more
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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 read ...more
Deanna Stevens
May 26, 2015 Deanna Stevens rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-list
I found Akiane's story, her art and poetry, so interesting. She truly has a gift. What an amazing young lady with an extraordinary talent. The paintings are beautiful and her poetry very interesting. I read her story and then spent much time looking at the painting and reading her descriptions for each. All I can say is Amazing!
I was gifted a copy for review by the BookClub Network( for my honest opinion.
Feb 24, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
This one goes to 11. Seriously, I'm typically a high rater but this one would get one of my highest recommendations. This is the girl who painted the picture of Jesus that is pointed out in the book Heaven is For Real. Like most books I read, it comes at just the right time. Just when pieces of the spirit world are opened to me, when I feel God's actual love for me and am open to his visions and words he sends me. This book either strengthens your faith or challenges you to let go of whatever se ...more
Daren Doucet
May 13, 2012 Daren Doucet rated it really liked it
Akiane has a true 110 % talent, or gift. Her paintings, are spectacular. Inside this book, she provides much proof of her trade. Many of her paintings, adorn the book making it a true wonder, with her brief explanations below on how they came to be. I love her paintings that included the horses inside. Vivid imagination.

Her life, Gods influence, and her desire for painting are described at the front of the book. Her family were atheists, until having watched and listened to this very young girl
Apr 05, 2012 Trish rated it it was amazing
Non-Fiction; Biography/ Arts
5 stars

Wow. What an amazing young lady. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet and visit with Akiane. Her story is truly inspiring. She is mature beyond her years and is so sincere that you cannot help but to believe her testimony about where her talent comes from.

I am awestruck by her artwork. In person, the detail takes your breath away. I was a little worried that it would not have the same impact in book form, but that is not the case at all. Each
Feb 15, 2014 Alice rated it liked it
If you read Heaven Is For Real, you might recognize Akiane Kramarik as the little girl mentioned in that book, who painted an amazing picture of Jesus as he appeared to her. This book, Akiane, contains this and many of her other wonderful paintings, as well as her poetry and autobiography. I found it very interesting, but liked seeing her paintings most of all.
Jan 26, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
I'm always fascinated by those who are "chosen" by God and know it, especially the very young. This is a short, well written account of Akiane, the young artist and poet who is on a "mission" given her by God. I'm not that keen on her poetry (though they are very sophisticated for a young writer), but her paintings are captivating. A remarkable girl.
This is a biography-memoir of child prodigy, Akiane Kramarik. It also features her beautiful, inspirational art and poetry. I enjoyed this book very much and even if you are skeptical by her life story, I know you'll be inspired by her breathtaking art. Her life story is also very interesting as well as her poetry. And it is amazing she did all this at such a young age!

While everyone has their own taste, I think everyone could agree that Akiane is very talented. I think you should try this book
Roxanne Hylton
May 02, 2014 Roxanne Hylton rated it liked it
The story of this young lady is absolutely amazing. The reason my rating is low is the fact that the book was written from her mother's stand point and not from Akiane as it is made to look like. It is well written and deeply inspirational. My only complaint is that it is misleading in its author.
Gineke Van Keulen
Jul 31, 2015 Gineke Van Keulen rated it it was amazing
An amazing book! A great biography written by Forelli Kramarik (Akiane's mother), gorgeous art work and outstanding poetry! I loved it, and still love it! It is the only book I regularly grab from the bookshelf.
Tina Rice
Aug 25, 2015 Tina Rice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Akiane: Her Life, her art, her poetry***** by Foreli and Akiane Kramarik

This is a fascinating book about a very young girl, age 4 at the time, who met God and started on an amazing journey. Akiane's mother, Foreli, tells her story and shows how God impacted the whole family. Their life wasn't easy and they moved often, but Akiane continued (and still does) her drawings and paintings of what God reveals to her. She also writes poems that have been included in the book along with photos of her ama
Apr 24, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Forget all the other books…Proof of Heaven, Heaven is for Real….This is the most amazing story and book! The art work alone and knowing her age...I believe.
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