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Though 12th-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen began receiving visions at the extraordinarily young age of five, she was in her early 40s before she revealed them to the public in her writings, artwork and music. Not so for Idaho-born Akiane, a media star who, at the age of 10, confidently reveals her divinely inspired artwork and poetry to the wider world. The book is divided into three parts, the first section being the story of Akiane's life and her visions (which first began at the age of four) as told by her mother—a kind of hagiography of sorts. It's well meaning, but generally stilted and flat in its prose. Most interesting are parts two and three, the second section devoted to full color depictions of Akiane's paintings (vivid, fantasy-like portraits in color and scene), and the third a selection of her poetry. Even more interesting—yet unfortunately left unexplored in any real depth—is the question of how to understand Akiane in the context of Christian spirituality. Is she a mystic? A precociously gifted child? The product of smart agents and advertising? All of the above? Readers will have to decide those questions for themselves. (Apr.)
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Though 12th-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen began receiving visions at the extraordinarily young age of five, she was in her early 40s before she revealed them to the public in her writings, artwork and music. Not so for Idaho-born Akiane, a media star who, at the age of 10, confidently reveals her divinely inspired artwork and poetry to the wider world. The book is divided into three parts, the first section being the story of Akiane's life and her visions (which first began at the age of four) as told by her mother a kind of hagiography of sorts. It's well meaning, but generally stilted and flat in its prose. Most interesting are parts two and three, the second section devoted to full color depictions of Akiane's paintings (vivid, fantasy-like portraits in color and scene), and the third a selection of her poetry. Even more interesting yet unfortunately left unexplored in any real depth is the question of how to understand Akiane in the context of Christian spirituality. Is she a mystic? A precociously gifted child? The product of smart agents and advertising? All of the above? Readers will have to decide those questions for themselves. (Apr.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --Publisher's Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849900441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849900440
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (624 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Akiane Kramarik has captured my coworkers and myself at our bookstore from the first moment we saw her book. The imagery is stunning and quite evocative. She is clearly mystically inclined and is hard to understand at times. Her mother's story of her young life, from birth to eleven years old, is compelling, even if not very professional. She's a mom and not a professional writer after all. The poems are breathtaking and profound, taking several readings to begin to "get" them. Though I suspect that if Akiane has gotten these from God, then they may not be "gotten" until we share her heavenly perspective. It seems that she is a prophet of sorts. We'll have to await what comes to pass in the coming years to see if she is really of God or not. One thing is for certain however, and that is her talent. Whether it's her painting, sketching, or poetry, it's no overstatement to call her a genius. I just hope she can stay humble in such an environment. I look forward to what her future will bring to us!
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This is a great thing to see. We are seeing someone who is born with this talent and we get to see her progress with this. I think people get caught up in the "Christian" aspect of it and seem to be negative about her.

What is she? She's an 11 year old who paints what she sees in her mind. Does it matter if it not stylized as people think it should be? Again, when you hear this artist talk, she paints her dreams and what she sees in her mind. I think that's true of a lot of artists.

And for the people who are negative about her, it has drawn their attention too.

Is this artist looking to be taken seriously in the "art world?" It does not seem that way. This artist is painting what she wants to paint and seems to love it.

Children, even those called "prodigies", have something to teach us and we put them off because they're "just kids."

I love this and take it for what it is.
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A truly inspirational book! A young girl with a beautiful spirit and blessed with amazing gifts from God. I have shown this book to all my friends and they too are inspired by Akiane's story, art and poetry.
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The story of this young artist is told by her mother. I love the fact that the Mother even voices the doubts she had at first about what her daughter was experiencing. As you see the pictures you realize why even her former atheist mother had to acknowledge that Akiane has a God given talent! The pictures this girl has painted are truly amazing. Although I am much more of a classical poetry buff, the poetry this girl has produced is unbelievable for a child so young. Truly an inspiring story and collection of pictures.
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To view the artistic talent of this amazing young lady is in itself a great pleasure, but to read her story, her rapport with God, to know that these parents have been stewards of such a great gift in such a way that Akiane remains humble and focused ... This lady and this book are simply one of the most enjoyable experiences in my life, and a bargain at this price, a temptation to send lots of gifts so that others can also enjoy this young lady's wonderful gifts.
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This is a inspiring biography of a young girl that God has chosen to share His message of hope and love through. Her gifts of painting and poetry tell the true story of Christ and His peace & love for all people and all nations. Her wisdom and creativity could only have come from God. If you don't believe Akiane, belive her art and poems. You will be filled with wonder & hope after reading her story.
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We purchased Akiane's book for everyone in our family! Her work is so inspiring. If I had a million dollars, I'd give it to her for one of her paintings. She truly has a gift from God. Her work at age 11 looks like it is from a very mature artist with decades of experience. I highly recommend her book to all!
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This girl blew me away! what an amazing little girl with an extraordinary talent. I bought this book to have Akiane's paintings in print (as opposed to just viewing them on her website) but to have her short biography (written by her mother) as well was a bonus. I actually bought two copies of this book-- one to keep and one to circulate among my friends and family.
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