Tag Archives: Shaping Destiny

Shaping Destiny: A quest for meaning in art and life

REVIEW: [Note, this is an unpaid, honest review]

When I first bought this book I expected a simple mix of a life of an artist, Destiny Allison. It only took a page to find myself immersed in a raw journey quite aside from the journey of a sculptor; rather a beautifully written and profoundly expressed reflection of my own life’s questions seen through the eyes of someone I have never met.

What Destiny writes about is life, raw, unadulterated, brutally honest, haunting, and yet somehow poetic in the complex meanderings that brought out, for her, her true self, her passions, her career, a deep understanding of life and death and, perhaps more importantly, of motherhood. It is only after she has run full circle through her past, her pains, the loss of her father and grappling with an understanding of her own self-worth, that she ends in a place of optimistic peace, still taking on challenges, but without the tempest that had preceded it. At the end, it has become a dance.

I had to read this straight through. I could not put it down. What Destiny sees and feels in her art, I see and feel in music, words; what I observe when I hide in a corner and watch the world without the world seeing me. I was fixed to her brutal honesty, the raw pain conveyed without the cliched obscenities or graphic violence we expect of writers. Her words flowed smoothly, thoughts to actions to feelings to emotion, all the while tying the lessons to the threads of her art, her growth as an artist, told in tandem, each leading to the next lesson until she has fully emerged.

Life is pain with love sprinkled throughout. Or life is love with pain sprinkled throughout. There is a lot of sprinkling of both, along with hope and understanding. I highly recommend this book and look forward to her next one. And here I thought she was a sculptor!

William Gensburger

If you would like YOUR book reviewed, please contact me.

See larger image

Additional Images:

Shaping Destiny: A quest for meaning in art and life

1st place winner non-fiction/memoir 2013 Global Book Contest.

Shaping Destiny is about the conflicts between who we were taught to be and who we actually are. It drives to the heart of what it means to be an artist while it reveals the sources of art that lie hidden in one’s own personal experience. 
This powerful and compelling narrative illuminates the creative process, shows us new ways of looking at and talking about art, and demonstrates how making art helps us discover our humanity an determine our lives. 
Destiny Allison is an award winning sculptor and business woman, but that wasn’t always the case.  In Shaping Destiny, Allison shares her story as if sitting over coffee with a close friend. While exploring what it means to fully engage in creative pursuit, she illuminates parallels between life and art and provides valuable tools for navigating the often perilous roads of each. 

If you are an artist, or simply seeking to transform your life, this thought provoking memoir will further your journey by laying bare transformative moments, offering instruction that can be applied across media, and demonstrating the development of a unique and powerful voice.

List Price: $14.95 USD
New From: $12.94 USD In Stock