Authors: Akiane and Foreli Kramarik
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
“As I approached my Father in paradise, His body was pure light. What impressed me the most were His gigantic hands – they were full of maps and events. Then He told me to memorize thousands upon thousands of wisdom words on a scroll that didn’t look like paper, but more like intense light. And in a few seconds I somehow got filled up. He showed me the endless universe, its past and its future …” Akaine’s mother quotes her daughter in their book, Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry.
At one hundred and forty-four pages, this oversized hardbound published in 2006 targets those who enjoy a bibliography dedicated to a young, accomplished artist and poet. Divided into three parts, the first ten years of her life, art, and poetry are shown and discussed mainly by her mother. The ending includes acknowledgments, an index, and multiple rave reviews.
Born in 1994, Akiane is an internationally renowned artist/poet raised in Idaho. Her Lithuanian mother and writer of the historical aspects of the book is an artist with a similar painting style to her daughter.
With black and white photographs of the artist and her family, the book begins with her mother explaining her child’s upbringing without television or playground friends since she was homeschooled. Mentioning they lived in a shack and moved to Idaho, Akiane’s parents were astonished when the young charismatic child started drawing at the age of four years old.
Supposedly having dreams and visions directly from God, young Akiane was mostly inspired by faces as her faith and self-determination increased. By age ten, she sold her first painting; at age twenty, she has created over two hundred artworks and eight hundred literary creations.
Devoted to belonging to God, two of her paintings of Jesus Christ are well-known: The Prince of Peace and Father Forgive Them. Although her mother writes, “We notice that the message of faith is recognized by people of all religious and philosophical viewpoints…,” some readers may be confused between Christianity and the New Age overtones the book portrays.
Part Two has almost fifty pages of full-color photographs of Akiane’s drawings and large paintings in pencil, charcoal, oil, and acrylic with her personal explanations. There are over thirty pages of poetry with small black and white pictures of corresponding artwork in the final section.
It is obvious Akiane is a gifted artist dedicated to her beautiful work and eclectic writings. However, the parental support and child’s mature mentality regarding spirituality documented in the first section seem to overshadow the artworks, making them hard to enjoy by the average skeptic. Suggested reading: I John 4:12 ~ “No man hath seen God at any time.” KJV.
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