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Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  715 Ratings  ·  86 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, 144 pages
Published April 2nd 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published March 7th 2006)
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Courtney Frazier
Apr 26, 2011 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."
Morgan Monty
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 othe
Sep 02, 2012 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 :)
May 31, 2013 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.

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
Oct 14, 2012 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
Mar 09, 2015 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.
Aug 21, 2007 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
Oct 10, 2011 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 11, 2013 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 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!

Jeanne Briggs hobson
Jul 25, 2012 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.
kathleen detherow
Akiana is truly blessed

Before one ever opens a page on this book ,if you have ever heard of this girl then you also realize that she is truly a modern day apostle of God.Anyone who has ever gazed at her art or read her poetry does not walk away untouched.I will be rereading and referencing this book for years to come.
Em Mirra
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: bio-memoir, poetry
Rob Markley
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
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
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!
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Akiane's story is remarkable and inspiring.
Rose on aish
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
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 h ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
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
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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
May 12, 2015 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
May 17, 2015 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
Jul 12, 2015 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
Jun 23, 2015 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
Daren Doucet
Mar 22, 2012 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
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction-bio
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 21, 2012 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
Aug 19, 2015 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
May 09, 2015 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
Bonnie Hacker
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was passed on to me and the brief story is intriguing, if, at times, hard to swallow. It is interesting to contemplate where do we draw the line between what are considered 'normal visions' (if that is possible) and mental illness. Akaine's family has chosen to believe and present her work as being the result of her direct interactions with God. Whatever the source of her inspiration and talent, Akiane's paintings are extraordinary. I would happily go to an exhibition of her work to se ...more
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