Monday, January 23, 2017

Who was Florence Scovel Shinn? (FORGIVENESS)

Florence Scovel Shinn (1871-1940)

Florence Scovel Shinn was a woman ahead of her 
time. To many, she is considered to be among the 
likes of James Allen, the author of “As a Man 
Thinketh”, Wallace D.Wattles, the author of “The 
Science of Getting Rich” and Napoleon Hill who 
wrote the classic “Think and Grow Rich”.

Miss Shinn was an artist, an author and a meta-
physics teacher in New York in the early part of 
the 20th century. Her books are remarkable and 
revolutionary in her times. They are profound, 
full of wisdom and have inspired thousands of 
people for several decades.

She was an outstanding proponent of the power of

She taught that life is a game and in order to play 
it well, one must learn to understand the universal 
laws that govern it. She showed her students and 
readers how to win health, prosperity and happi-
ness by mastering the game. By sharing real-life 
stories, she illustrates how positive attitudes and 
affirmations invariably succeed in making one
a winner in life - able to control life’s conditions 
and release abundance through knowledge of 
spiritual law. 

Florence Scovel Shinn had the ability to explain 
her success principles and how they work in an 
entertaining and easy-to-read style. She can be 
considered one of last century’s most popular 
success teachers.

Florence Scovel Shinn was born on September 24,
1871, in Camden, New Jersey to Alden Cortlandt 
Scovel and Emily Hopkinson. She had an older 
sister and a younger brother.

Florence was educated at Friends Central School in
Philadelphia. She later studied art at the 
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1889 to 
1897. While there, she met Everett Shinn, a painter 
of impressionistic canvases and realistic murals. 
They married shortly after Florence graduated from 
the art academy.

The Shinns moved to New York where both 
pursued their separate careers, Everett in the theatre 
while Florence did illustrations for children’s 
literature in magazines and books.

In 1925, Florence decided to publish her first book 
The Game of Life and How to Play It”. After 
unsuccessfully finding a publisher for her work, 
she published it herself.
Her second book,Your Word is Your Wand” 
followed in 1928 and her final book “The Secret 
Door to Success” was published in 1940 shortly 
before her death on October 17, 1940. 
A fourth book,The Power of the Spoken Word
is a compendium of her notes, gathered by one 
of her students and published posthumously in 1945. 




I forgive everyone and everyone forgives me. The gates swing open for my good.


I call on the law of forgiveness. I am free from mistakes and the consequences of mistakes. I am under grace and not under karmic law.


Though my mistakes be as scarlet, I shall be washed whiter than snow.


What didn’t happen in the Kingdom never happened anywhere.

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