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Shaping Destiny: A quest for meaning in art and life Paperback – March 5, 2012
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"Allison is an engaging and passionate writer whose words pull you into and through the story." - craftgossip.com
"Allison pulls off a titillating combination of Eat, Pray, Love meets Art & Fear. We easily follow the evolution of her life and art, as she moves harmoniously between heartfelt emotion and mental clarity. The conscious parallels between the relationships in art and life she brings into view in Shaping Destiny click with my own truth that art reflects life and vice versa. Kudos to Allison for originality and brilliance." - Nancy Reyner, best selling author of Acrylic Revolution
From the Author
It is my sincere hope that Shaping Destiny will help readers on their own journeys to self-actualization. I didn't mince words when I described my experiences so that readers will be able to compare their lives to mine and possibly share similar discoveries.
Each of us is taught who we are supposed to be. It is our responsibility to determine who we actually are and create the life we want to live. Being passionate about something, and committing to that passion -- whether it is for art or literature, gardening or running -- is what helps us along that path.
If you would like to join me as I continue to investigate and explore the things that inspire me, please visit my book blog at shapingdestinythebook.com.
More About the Author
Allison is an award winning sculptor, businesswoman, and author. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
More info at: www.DestinyAllisonBooks.com
Top Customer Reviews
"Shaping Destiny" is not a book about freeing your inner child or talking to the angels sitting on your shoulder; it's about the gritty day-to-day struggle to carve out a life in the arts in the face of -- well, of everything the world drops into your lap uninvited. In drawing larger truths from the particulars of her own life, investing those truths into her art, and then relating that voyage of discovery to the rest of us with clarity and authenticity, Destiny Allison shares common ground with writers like Anne Lamott and Annie Dillard. This is no small accomplishment!
Destiny Allison is an artist, a sculptor; unusually, she is apparently a successful one (I do not speak from my own knowledge there, as I am not in the art world), and even more unusually, she is essentially self-taught. That's an interesting story: how does one become a sculptor? What path does one follow, where gain experience and how gain knowledge of the techniques and basic concepts, if one does not study in a standard academic setting, or even take on some kind of apprenticeship?
Unfortunately, this book doesn't tell that story. Oh, it shows plenty about the turmoil of becoming an artist, the self-doubt and the constant questioning of motive and ability and intention and goal and worth, but it doesn't give a whole lot of How. Which is interesting, since one of the actual insights in this book that struck me was when Allison said that her life had been a struggle dealing with the question of Why she lived the way she did, when it should have focused on How she lived, and let the why sort itself out. I wish she had done the same with her autobiography.
Here's another interesting story: how one comes from a childhood dominated by a father figure who may be an alcoholic, may be a failed artist, may be a real-world philosopher, may be abusive, may be an adulterer, and who may have died horribly, in a way that couldn't help but traumatize a young and devoted daughter, and then from that childhood, a woman becomes a young wife and mother, and then from there, from a life almost entirely externally defined, one becomes an individual, and what's more -- an artist. A creative. That's an interesting story.Read more ›
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!
Destiny Allison mixed the art and becoming a woman perfectly. She showed us how passion drives us, how woman are who they want to be and really drove home what shapes our lives. Men, don't think you can't read this novel and learn a thing of two. The life lessons can still be understood and the story is phenomenal! The most impressive part about this novel is how she manages to teach and entertain in a way that isn't Chicken Soup for the Soul-ish, very obvious *life lessons* that make you feel like a bad person. The one thing I wish I could have from this book...is more! I hope that Destiny Allison continues writing and producing literary gems like this one. I am your new and loyal fan!!
-- HilyBee from Novel d'Tales
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A powerful and raw book that is very empowering. Life is art, a sculpture that one creates as life unfolds. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Julie Mares
Destiny Allison writes a woman’s journey that reaches deep into the gut and illuminates the transformation of generations of women – who needed to be – who are mothers; now... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Miriam Feder
Insightful and passionate. Before each chapter in the book is a short lesson, which illustrates Allison's ability to concisely express important artistic ideas while framing the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Hanks
The morning after I bought this book I picked it up intending to glance at it for a few minutes while I drank my coffee. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert Allan Richardson
In this superb memoir of becoming, Destiny Allison describes her evolution from young wife and mother to fully matured artist. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Kevin Brennan
Many concerned with the nature and history of art or the activity of creating what we call art, believe it started as a way to influence, manipulate or even placate forces and... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Bonnie
Within minutes of picking up Shaping Destiny I felt like I was reading bits of my own history. I, too, was a woman who had tried to conform to what my parents, teachers, men,... Read morePublished on September 15, 2012 by Roka
Imagine you are listening to a dear friend, sharing in her loves, her loss, her search for wholeness in creative expression. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by L. C. Hill
There aren't many books that have been life changing for me, but "Shaping Destiny" is one of them. I read it in two days because I could not put it down. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by robbiekaye