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Florence Shinn's work began with The Game of Life and How to Play it in 1925. Your Word is Your Wand was published in 1928 and The Secret Door to Success in 1940.The Game of Life and How to Play it denotes the author's understanding of God and man. Her philosophy centers on the power of positive thought and usually includes instructions for verbal or physical affirmation.

86 pages, Paperback

First published June 1, 1978

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Florence Scovel Shinn

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Florence Scovel Shinn (September 24, 1871, Camden, New Jersey – October 17, 1940) was an American artist and book illustrator who became a New Thought spiritual teacher and metaphysical writer in her middle years. In New Thought circles, she is best known for her first book, The Game of Life and How to Play It (1925).

Her books "Your Word Is Your Wand" and "The Game of Life and How To Play It" were released as audiobooks in 2014 and 2015 respectively and were narrated by actress Hillary Hawkins.

Shinn is considered part of the New Thought movement, as her writings follow in the tradition of Phineas Quimby (1802–1866), Emma Curtis Hopkins (1849–1925), and both Charles Fillmore (1854–1948) and Myrtle Fillmore (1845–1931), co-founders of the Unity Church.

Motivational author Louise Hay acknowledges her as an early influence.

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376 reviews71 followers
May 28, 2012
Remember The Secret? Oprah made a big thing about it a few years ago, and it become an international bestseller. This book came out in the 1920’s, but makes the same claims. Both are about how your thoughts and words will manifest themselves in your life. If you constantly worry about being hit by a bus, you will manifest yourself into getting hit by a bus. These books claim that the opposite is also true, and can therefore imagine your way to wealth, true love, and happiness.

I started reading The Secret back when it was on Oprah and I found it so absurd that I barely made it through ten pages. All it seemed to focus on was material goods, and wealth. People would ask for a pale blue Mustang GT, and because their faith was strong and pure, a pale blue Mustang GT would magically appear in their lives. It felt like a joke, or worse, and infomercial for a cult.

The Game of Life is less simplistic, and relies more on the Christian faith to explain why manifestation works (Scovel-Shinn references a lot of Biblical passages). I was actually able to finish it, though I’m not entirely sold on the idea of manifestation. I don’t think you can prevent bad things from happening to you just by having faith, and I don’t think you can have a Mustang GT, in your color of choice, just because you asked for one. Scovel-Shinn never suggests that a bad event can be for the greater good, which is worrisome. No one can live an easy life, no matter how much they pray for one.

One good thing that comes from thinking in the way these books suggest is that it probably makes you a happier person. Believing that you will be successful is a lot healthier than believing you’ll be a failure. And sometimes sanity is it’s own reward.

There’s a popular saying that says ‘God only gives us what we can handle’. Regardless of whether you believe in God, that point of view makes people stronger and less fearful of troubled waters. So, I’m taking this book with a grain of salt—and choosing to think a lot of happy thoughts.
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759 reviews36 followers
September 22, 2010
My Mom originally found this book at a random restaurant. She fell in love with and gave a copy to many people. Fifteen years later life was kicking me in the pants and I saw the book on her shelf and read it for the first time. For me this book is life transforming. I continue to read it as I need to and I have memorized specific mediations. I hope this book will bring the same peace to you as it brought to me.
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1,032 reviews262 followers
August 13, 2018
A fantastic summary of some essential principles.

Excerpts :

“The imaging faculty plays a leading part in the game of life. 
… What man images, sooner or later, externalizes in his affairs.”

“Fear must be erased from the consciousness… We must substitute fear with faith, for fear is only inverted faith. It is faith in evil, instead of good... Fear is misdirected energy which must be redirected - or transmuted - into faith.”

“The object of the game of life is to seek clearly one’s good and obliterate all pictures of evil.”

“Why worry? It will probably never happen.”

“There is a supply for every demand.”

“Your job is to act rich, thereby showing perfect faith that you will receive it…”

“Speak these words aloud with power and conviction : 'I now smash and demolish by my spoken word every untrue record in my subconscious mind. They shall return to the dustheap of their native nothingness, for they came from my own vain imaginings. I now make my perfect records from the Christ within : the records of health, wealth, love, and perfect self-expression.' ”

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21)

“If one asks for success, and is prepared for failure, he will get the situation he prepared for.”

“Man must prepare for the thing he asked for when there isn’t the slightest sign of it in sight.”

“Before ye call, I shall answer.” (Isaiah 65:24)

“Every great work, every big accomplishment has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision.”

“...You lost your temper at the bank, and therefore your power."

“A person should not hesitate to ask for help if he sees himself wavering.”

“No man can fail if some one person sees him as successful. Such is the power of the vision, and many a great man has owed his success to a wife or a sister or a friend who believed in him and held without wavering to the perfect pattern.”

“The horseshoe or rabbit’s foot contains no power but man’s spoken word and belief that it will bring him good luck. It creates expectancy in the subconscious…”

“The forces are always working for the man who is pulling the strings himself, although he does not know it.”

“This so often happens: If one is willing to do a thing he is afraid to do, he does not have to. It is the law of non-resistance... Courage contains genius and magic. Face a situation fearlessly, and there is no situation to face. It falls away of its own weight.”

“Talk about what we want, not about what we don’t want.”

“There is an old saying: that man only dares to use his words for 3 purposes : to heal, bless, or prosper. What man says of others will be said of him, and what he wishes for another he is wishing for himself.”

“The body may be renewed and transformed through the spoken word and clear vision... In order to heal the body, one must first heal the soul. The soul is the subconscious mind, and it must be saved from wrong thinking.”

“Love and good will destroy the enemies within oneself, therefore one has no enemies on the external.”

“Nothing on earth can resist an absolutely nonresistant person. The Chinese say water is the most powerful element, because it is perfectly nonresistant... Christ said 'Resist not evil', because he knew in reality there was no evil, so there was nothing to resist... So long as man resists a situation, he will have it with him. If he runs away from it, it will run after him.”

“If you do not run your subconscious mind yourself, someone else will run it for you.”

“Every man is a golden link in the chain of my good, for all men are God in manifestation.”

“One’s ships come in over a calm sea.”

“Man should watch himself hourly to detect if his action is fear or faith.”

“Living in the past is a failure method, and a violation of spiritual law. Jesus Christ said 'Behold! Now is the accepted time. Now is the day of salvation.' ”

“Make an affirmation immediately upon waking… I have wonderful work, and a wonderful way. I give wonderful service for wonderful pay.”

“One of my students asked me to explain the darkness before the dawn… ‘How long must one remain in the dark?’ And I replied ‘Until one can see in the dark.’ ”

“Faith without work is dead.”

“Before Columbus reached America, he saw birds with twigs to show him land was near.”

“Be in a rapturous state of mind… without envying others.”

“Why are ye fearful, oh ye of little faith! All things are possible to him that believeth.” - Christ

“God is the giver and the gift… As one is one with the giver, he is one with the gift… He must be in harmony with the thing in order to attract it."

“Love is God in manifestation, and the strongest magnetic force in the universe. Pure, unselfish love draws to itself its own.”

“Money is God in manifestation, as freedom from want and limitation. But it must always be kept in circulation, put to right uses.”

“Christ knew that all sickness came from sin, but admonished the leper after the healing.”

“Man picks up a live wire whenever he criticizes or condemns, and may pick up a shock.”

“Make this statement repeatedly: ‘I am always under direct inspiration. I make right decisions, quickly.’ These words impress the subconscious, and soon one finds himself awake and alert, making his right moves without hesitation.”

“I have found it destructive to look to the psychic plane for guidance, as it is the plane of many minds, and not the One Mind. As man opens his mind to subjectivity, he becomes a target for destructive forces.”

“Wisdom’s ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”

“Poise is power, for it gives God-power a chance to rush through man, to will and to do its good… Poised, he thinks clearly, and makes right decisions quickly. He never misses a trick.”

“Fear and worry are sins… Man is God, afraid.”

“Make this statement : ‘In divine mind, there is only completion…’ Perhaps you are in the habit of leaving things unfinished?”

“Suppose one has several talents. How is he to choose? Make the statement ‘I am fully equipped for the divine plan of my life’ and be fearless in grasping opportunities.”

“Man goes through many lives and deaths, until he knows the truth which sets him free. He is drawn back to the earth-plane through unsatisfied desires, to pay his karmic debts or to fulfill his destiny.”

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1,574 reviews272 followers
June 26, 2020
Whatever man feels deeply or images clearly, is impressed upon the subconscious mind, and carried out in minutest detail.

The Game of Life and How to Play It
by Florence Scovel Shinn

I have very, very mixed feelings about this book.

For so many, it seems to fall into love or hate category. For me, it is a bit more complex.

I have never read The Secret, which this book has been compared to. But I will say I did not even expect to finish this. The fact that I did was a surprise to myself.

But I disagree with much of it. Although there are things I do agree with.

First the good. I can appreciate the power of positive thinking. Many religions and Spiritual theories encourage this. The Buddhists sure do.

So does my dad. My dad is a Psychologist and both he and my mom, have specialized in a special kind of therapy called EFT. (Emotional Freedom Therapy).

From Wikpedia:

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of counseling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy (TFT). It is best known through Gary Craig's EFT Handbook, published in the late 1990s, and related books and workshops by a variety of teachers. EFT and similar techniques are often discussed under the umbrella term "energy psychology".

EFT is something I have used myself and it relies on purging oneself of negativity and releasing thoughts, beliefs and ideas that hold you back or have you feeling pain.

Not really so much different then the theories explained in this book.

I do understand and believe in the power of positive thinking and believe it is key. In that regard, I could relate to this book. And positive thinking is something that I have and continue to, struggle mightily with.

You have to see it in your mind for it to happen. And for you to believe it will happen. I believe that too and do believe negativity can often be a minefield, bringing forth more and more negativity. I believe that and also believe that forgiveness and healing are imperative..all things that I still struggle with. I d o not want anyone reading this to believe I am this highly enlightened being. The opposite is true. I struggle daily.

Here is where I part ways with the book a bit.

Although negativity can indeed induce even more negativity and our minds can sometimes make alive our biggest fears, I do not believe that all evil is caused by man alone.

This book was written so long ago. It would be interesting to know what the writer,,how they would write it these days.

I have some very spiritual friends. We have talks like this constantly. And I will write down what about this book put me off. In other words..what I did not take too.

This book would argue that we all have the upper hand in our own life paths. That we are responsible for our own woes, our own love in life, our own illness.


How can it be argued that we create all illness? The book says we bring to us that which is inspired by our own thought processes and negativity.

What about 9/11?

Are we to believe that those who perished brought it to themselves? Of coarse not!

What about babies born sick or who die at birth? The book would argue that babies and small children who have illness are ill because of the thoughts of their parents.

That makes no sense to me.

People who get cancer? People who die in battle? Someone who randomly gets bit by a shark? What about people who are victims of a murderer? And Corona Virus? Is the virus OUR fault ?

I could go on a tangent here but you get my drift. I do not subscribe to that belief system. Rather I think bad things happen to good or great people. It is sad that it does but that is what I believe. That life is not always fair.

And forgiveness is important. I have many to forgive, including myself.

Bu t it is important for the one doing the forgiving.

In this book, an example is used of a man who hurts his wife horribly and she is told to forgive him, not to heel herself but because she loves him and her healing will bring him back to her loving arms.

I do not want to get all Stepford in this review but it is horribly dangerous thinking, particularly to people like..well..me. And all women honestly.

If a woman has the shit kicked out of her and is angry about it? She should send him healing loving thoughts? I think not. I do want to stress that in the example used, the abuse was not psysical. It was psychological but it was still deeply damaging.

Do not get me wrong. I believe in forgiveness where once I did not. But that would be to help the person doing the forgiving move on. Not to get the abuser back! I think some of the messages in this book are a bit dated.

I believe also that the emphasis on women as home makers shows the book's age. How Feminists would dislike this book! I am not sure if I am a feminist but I did not DISLIKE it. Some of the book's basic messages are true. Positivity DOES attract positivity. But I am not so sure just wishing for a Mercedes will in fact get you one.

But hey I am open minded. So right here, I will say I wish for Brad Pitt. Hey, he's single again. I wish for Brad Pitt to ask me for a date. Let's see what happens!

In all seriousness..sometimes the message..or parts of it..can be right but go a bit far out and that is basically what I think of the book. I'd say it is a quick and interesting read and go ahead and read it! Much to debate in it.
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31 reviews
November 17, 2014
Everyone should read this book at least once in their life time. I have read this book and re read this book a dozen times. Food for thought!!
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24 reviews2 followers
August 5, 2013
What a load of old tosh!

I know many people may disagree & I DO NOT MEAN TO INSULT, but.......

I did not like this book at all - admittedly I was a bit skeptical about it from the beginning, but I wanted to give it a go, so I gave it my best shot!

The 3 best things about this book is that it's short and sweet, well written & the authors viewpoint/argument is easy to comprehend! But in MY OPINION, I think what Florence Scovel-Shinn suggests & argues about in her book about wealth, happiness, health, love & success; is mostly a whole load of old tosh!

Don't get me wrong, I am not anti:
People wanting to achieve the most out of life or them wanting the same for others
Wanting to be happy
Christian values
Positive thinking.

But I think for some people 'a good boot up the bottom' or 'reality check' would be more prudent to them, than them believing in affirmations or practising Scovel-Shinn's methodologies.

Instead of practising the methodologies suggested, if people want to try and achieve a particular goal or overcome a personal issue, I think it would be more beneficial for them; to adopt a more proactive & practical approach. For example, different types of experiential learning might be one possibility? Such as Kolb (1984) or Honey & Mumford (1982).

Guess what? After reading this book, I have no intention or desire anytime soon to read 'The Secret' by Rhonda Byrne; but who knows, 'never say never'!

If you read this book, I hope you enjoy it, far more than I did & you benefit from reading it?

Happy Reading!
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332 reviews145 followers
August 26, 2021

Honestamente, no sé decir con exactitud cómo llegó este libro a mis manos. Cierto día revisando mi librero, estaba ahí entre todos mis libros; pensé que había emigrado del librero de mi padre pero no, al parecer alguien que sabe que me gusta leer decidió ponerlo ahí y asunto saldado.

Básicamente me encontré con una obra que podría decir, es muy similar a los libros de auto ayuda. Solo había leído dos anteriormente en mi vida y por ello lo puedo comparar; además, son esa clase de libros que no suelen gustarme pero al no tener expectativas puestas en esta obra, no hubo como tal una decepción.

El contenido me disgustó más de lo que me gustó; mi problema fue que la carga religiosa que imprime la autora es demasiado para mí, al punto de que me sentía asfixiado. Incluso a veces se me hacían un poco exageradas las mini historias o experiencias que contaba en cada capítulo (no voy a mentir, me causaban gracia algunas de ellas). Por ejemplo:

“Hace tiempo conocí a una mujer muy pobre, pero no lo parecía; trabajaba con unos amigos que eran muy ricos, le platicaban de sus gastos y le aconsejaban ahorrar, pero ella no hacía caso y lo poco que ganaba lo usaba en comprarse lo que podía; su pensamiento siempre estaba en lujos y cosas caras aunque fueran triviales, pero nunca envidió a los demás. Al tiempo se casó con un hombre muy rico y todo lo que imaginó se hizo realidad; no sé si el hombre fue por Selección Divina, pero sí la opulencia se manifestó en su vida, ya que ella había trabajado mucho en eso.” (Aquí no entiendo si el mensaje es “si no tienes dinero, consíguete un marido rico y tendrás lo que deseas” o ¿cómo? Y la pregunta del millón: ¿dónde consigo el mío?)

Por otro lado, hubo ciertos puntos (pocos a decir verdad) que sí que me gustaron, por ejemplo:

“El hombre es egoísta, miedoso y opresivo en sus afectos, por eso pierde lo que ama; por ejemplo, el peor enemigo del amor son los celos, ya que la mente se enferma imaginando al ser amado atraído por alguien más y al exteriorizarse esto trae caos. Estos miedos deben ser neutralizados.” (Estoy de acuerdo, pienso que los celos enfermizos en cualquier relación representan un obstáculo para crecer y ser mejores cada día)

En conclusión, no creo que sea un mal libro, pero definitivamente no es para mí, aunque debo reconocer que es un libro que de cierta forma necesitaba justo en este momento.
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Author 7 books86 followers
April 14, 2021
Obra en la que la autora explica casos concretos de personas que han utilizado decretos de programación mental en su día a día y con los que han mejorado su vida a través de superar el miedo, el sufrimiento y la angustia de sus vivencias.
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Author 2 books69 followers
May 15, 2020
Absolutely horrible. I only give this book one star because zero is not an option.

Imagine that Deepak Chopra wanted to write a new book that (mis)quoted the Bible at least once every page. So he for a year he studied the sermons of Jessi Duplantis and Creflo Dollar for his research. The book you can imagine he would have written is remarkably similar to this nonsense I have the pleasure of reviewing.

I won't go so far as to say Florence Shinn is a complete heretic. She doesn't string together enough of a coherent thought to earn such an accusation. I will say that this is the first time in years that I actually did not finish a book I started. The 80% I did read was about all I could stomach.
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919 reviews22 followers
November 25, 2013
I don't know what I was expecting, but not this.

I don't even believe in God really, and I wouldn't ask Jesus for stuff.

But when I read this book, all I could think was YES. YES. THIS IS HOW IT IS.

Amazing stuff, I will be reading this over and over. This little book has some really profound answers and I wish I'd learned these lessons a little earlier. No matter, I'm learning them now.

I believe in the Universe.
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98 reviews16 followers
May 31, 2018
I really can't give this book a high rating or recommend it to anyone. It would just be irresponsible. I am all for the whole idea of believing and visualizing and affirmations to make things come to be but this is just way over the top for me.

This idea that if your baby dies or becomes ill it is because you brought it on due to not wanting them to become ill. Can't get behind that. People do not wish cancer onto themselves or their loved ones. At the same time you can't just visualize and recite affirmations and cancer just poofs away. You can't live in Tornado city and recite some affirmations and poof away all of the tornados. You wanting a new house does not cause someone else to die for your wants. If they do die that is not your fault. There are many of people who knew that one person who recited their own prayers and the such.

People aren't always bright. I'm just afraid that someone will read this and decide that they don't need to take their 3 year old in for cancer treatments or to the dentist for a tooth cleaning.

And this thing against saving money? The story about the woman who saved up for a holiday meal and had it stolen and that was her fault because instead of saving she should have spent it all and God would have given her the money in the end. Nope.

There are millions of people around the world who suffer and pray and are devoted and still suffer. God kills them and their children and spouses and family even though all of the above are praying and practicing just as this book says.

I'm fine with positive thinking and visualization. I'm fine with gratitude. I draw the line with blaming parents for the death of their children and blaming victims of crimes, mother nature, and disease for what has happened to them. Yes, it is up to them to react to those things in a different way but the fact that so and so was raped is not because they brought it upon themselves because they forgot a line in a prayer or were worried about walking through that dark parking lot alone.
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35 reviews5 followers
June 8, 2012
“The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.” This quote practically sums up the purpose of the book. Although Shinn uses a lot of biblical references to prove her arguments, I believe that her philosophies can be applied to all people with different faiths. She uses a lot of real life examples to prove her points which I loved since most people can relate to the examples she referred to.

Shinn mentions that through the correct frame of mind and intention, one can get the key to a happy life and it is god’s intentions to give him that life. I particularly liked it when she discussed that every human being in this world is great at doing something, and that thing is his destiny that God wants him to pursue in life.

I recommend this book to anyone who seriously wants to change their outlook about life. In my opinion, Shinn successfully communicates in her book that the power of changing our lives is within us.
August 23, 2012
The book offers a very positive perspective. A very easy read that can be read time and time again for consistent motivation and in order to help stay focused.
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1,619 reviews38 followers
June 29, 2010
at first blush, i didn't like this book b/c i totally do not agree with the "manifestation" belief system so prevalent today. it is a very small god, made in our own self-serving image, who can be made to do the bidding of our petty desires: the gimmee-gimmee god.

however, i do believe in grace and in being open to grace and goodness; and i certainly believe in right behavior, esp. as zen buddhism defines it.

this book, on first blush, seemed to focus totally on the power of an individual -- through thoughts, words, and actions -- to manifest good things in their life ... and of course the not-so-good things that happen in everyone's life, which is where i really object to manifestation's big-gumball-machine-in-the-sky concept. people get sick and don't bring it on themselves; people have good fortune and don't do a single thing to bring it on or for that matter even to deserve it. case closed.

so, imo, manifestation is not right-thinking as zen buddhism defines right thinking. even as i do NOT believe in "manifestation" i certainly DO believe in coincidence, i.e. G-d choosing to remain anonymous. things happen -- good and not quite so good -- and it behooves us to pay attention. so i suppose i believe in attention far more than i believe in "manifestation", which is far more nuanced than mere mortals are capable of understanding.

however i decided to stay with the book until at least the 3rd and 4th chapters and slowly -- very slowly -- began to recognize some valid points. helpful and almost healthy thoughts, actually. so IF a person reads this work with a critical mind that knows how to separate the wheat from the chaff, then that reader could possibly refine their thoughts on what life's game is about and how best to be a player. but beware of her definitions. not all of them are reliable.

test everything; retain what is good 1 thessalonians 5:21

or another favorite: be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves matthew 10: 16

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1,404 reviews2,353 followers
October 22, 2019
Updated October 22, 2019
I read this book three years ago and I remember being impressed by how simply the writing was and the lasting impression it made on me. My friend gave me a physical copy of this book and I decided to spend a longer time reading it even though it is just over 80 pages. I love being reminded how my words have power and I need to focus and pay attention to the things I speak into my life and the lives of others. I also loved the affirmations and I am looking to incorporate them into my daily life.
A short but effective read.

Someone recommended I read this book after I told them about "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari". I loved that this book also made reference to various Bible verses because all of these "new age" thinking are deeply rooted in the Bible.
I love the daily affirmations, a sense of calm and peace over comes me after saying the applicable ones.
A great read. I will definitely be re-reading this.
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56 reviews13 followers
October 7, 2018
I learnt nothing from this book!

Firstly, I have no doubt in positive thinking, but it's not all about positive thoughts. We can't just "ask god" for things and expect to have them all, because life is hard and it can be unfair sometimes. We should accept the fact that the rosy world doesn't exist. So if we want something we have to WORK in order to have it, not sitting and hoping that the thing we are asking for is going to be right in front of us.

I believe that I have to move forward and be strong after breakup, not waiting and praying that my ex is going to change his mind and come back (like the woman who waited her husband after he left her and went with another woman).
And one last thing, I MAY forgive people who hurt me in the past, but I will never "bless them"!!
So yes, this was the worst book I've ever read.
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23 reviews1 follower
December 14, 2012
I still can't believe this book was written 80 years ago. Shinn was definitely before her time. I love the fact she used examples to help you grasp the biblical content. This book reinforced fearless faith, opening ones heart, an allowing the superconscious mind to lead us.
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85 reviews1 follower
July 1, 2022
Do you want a book from 1923 that is full of hot garbage? Then this is the book! Enough privilege to choke a horse crammed into 113 pages and the promise of scientific reasoning that never appears, what could go wrong? With little messages like:

"Death could be overcome by stamping the subconscious mind with the conviction of eternal youth and eternal life"

"Bills should be paid cheerfully"

"A woman's perfect self-expression may be in becoming a perfect wife, a perfect mother, a perfect home-maker and not necessarily in having a public career"

...and many more God awful phrases!

Publishers in 1923 didn't want to publish this book, and it should have remained that way!
June 11, 2014
There are bits of hidden and isolated wisdom in this book. I like the intention of the book, which is to change one's attitude or outlook, but the majority of this book is total nonsense with zero scientific or historical backing. It's examples are ill described, and all follow the same structure. "For example: a person had a problem. This person applied said advice. Eventually the problem was solved because of said advice." Whether the advice be thinking something or saying something. It is as if a very hopeful, and creative, person who read the bible once through is proposing some new world telepathic wisdom with fallacies for examples.
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Author 18 books218 followers
March 23, 2018
I read this book at the recommendation of someone I respect and admire, and I can appreciate the core message of this book, which I take to be this: If you constantly worry and visualize a certain reality - be it rags or riches, illness or perfect health, failed married or eternal bliss - it will make a mark so strong on your subconscious that you will create that reality. Hmmm. I'm still not sure I can buy this, and yet, this is not to be confused with the power of healthy, abundant, positive thoughts in all areas of our life. Disease can certainly come from stress and anxiety, and our goals are far more effortless if we can see ourselves achieving them and living them. Yes, there is no argument with the premise, but this premise is taken way WAY too far. Am I a pessimist or a negative Nelly? Maybe. Or maybe I need a different delivery of the same message, and to that end, I've read tons of other books which do a better job (see the history of my books on Goodreads for ideas.)

My issue with the book was the over-simplicity of it, with the examples that were you simplistic, they seemed almost offensive to one's intellect. Again, I can appreciate the message of the book, just not the delivery. Also, the book heavily draws from and references to the Christian faith and the Bible and since I am not a Christian, it was with a healthy distance that I was reading and absorbing the message.

I would have liked the book so much more if the author had elaborated on the concepts in more depth rather than jumping in each instance to her super simplistic a-woman-came-to-me stories.

And no I don't recommend this book, but I'm glad I read it.

Some of the passages that I liked:

“There is a place that you are to fill and no one else can fill, something you are to do, which no one else can do.”

“Why are ye fearful, oh ye of little faith?”

It is the law of nonresistance, which is so little understood.

Someone has said that courage contains genius and magic. Face a situation fearlessly, and there is no situation to face...

False growths are caused by jealousy, hatred, unforgiveness, fear, etc. Every disease is caused by a mind not at ease.

The subconscious, being simply power without direction, carries out orders without questioning.
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15 reviews18 followers
April 27, 2019
با این پیش زمینه که عمیقا تلقی خرافه از چنین مباحثی داشتم، این کتاب رو شروع کردم. با اینکه عقاید کلی من بعد از این کتاب تغییری نکرد ولی نمیتونم منکر بشم که بعضی قسمت‌ها واقعا ضمیر ناخودآگاهم رو مشغول کرده. (مثلا قانون عدم مقاومت)
نویسنده موفقیت در بازی زندگی رو با چند قانون تشریح می‌کنه و با ارائه مثال‌های متعدد نهایت تلاشش رو میکنه که محتوا رو ملموس‌تر بکنه.
در کل بد نبود ولی به نظرم برای افراد سختگیر که انعطاف پذیری کمتری در تفکرات و ایده‌ها دارند، میتونه کسل‌کننده باشه.
29 reviews
October 22, 2012
If Rhonda Byrne's THE SECRET had been written with a Christian bent, in a primarily Christian age and culture like the 20's, and contained only author anecdotes about people rather than by the people themselves, you would have this book: THE GAME OF LIFE AND HOW TO PLAY IT.

The author, Florence Scovel-Shinn, centers her book on the basic premise of the "law of attraction," which is also set forth by other famous authors/presenters such as Ester and Jerry Hicks. The idea, supported by many examples in the book, is that that you attract what you concentrate upon. And if you accept that, then you had better start concentrating upon things you really want. Otherwise, you will let your focus drift more toward your worries, doubts and fears - and then you'll manifest those things in your life simply because you're thinking about them. I find this to be a necessary reminder in my life, since I lapse into the habit of worry and anxious thinking by default. I have used this reminder to "manifest" a better suited job, to worry less, and generally to make better everyday and major life decisions.

What I did not like is that both books focus on the monetary aspect of getting what you want, probably because nothing has changed in the nearly 100 years since GAME OF LIFE was written. People want money, have always wanted money, and always will want more money. It's a little disconcerting, actually, knowing that this hasn't changed at all. But many of the examples - those that I choose to concentrate upon - involve creating health and happiness in one's life. I also learned great ways to formulate affirmations, which is apparently one of Scovel-Shinn's known specialities. For example, to create more free time in my life, I asked to receive opportunities for this "under grace" - otherwise, opportunities for free time might be created under adverse circumstances like losing health or a job.
Profile Image for Joel .
401 reviews58 followers
June 28, 2021
Un libro de chismes.

Totalmente. No hay que irse con la finta de que es un libro que "cambiará nuestra vida", pues el 90% del mismo consiste en contar supuestas situaciones que le ocurrieron a conocidos (y desconocidos) de la autora y el cómo, usando una frase positiva inventada por ella misma, dichas situaciones logran terminar, todas, en bien.

El problema principal es que libro está completamente desconectado del titulo. Éste es el típico libro que trata sobre pensar siempre positivo ante la adversidad, y lo repite hasta al cansancio capitulo tras capitulo. Pretende dejarnos la enseñanza de que incluso sin realizar acciones a consciencia, los problemas pueden resolverse simplemente pronunciando un mantra secreto de los cuales, claro, la autora escribe una lista.

Para bien o para mal, el libro sí te recuerda que no debes dejarte vencer por los problemas que debes enfrentar, y por lo menos eso es un punto bueno. Claro que eso podría quedar claro en menos de la mitad de los párrafos publicados en ésta lectura.

"Enfréntate al león y desaparecerá; escapa de él y te perseguirá.

Lo Mejor: Se lee rápido. Ya sea por fluidez, por desinterés, o porque las páginas tienen mas espacios en blanco que texto.

Lo Peor:Los libros de autoayuda deben ser calificados con base en lo mucho o poco que te ayudaron. En los personal creo que éste no sirve de mucho.
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468 reviews10 followers
December 7, 2013
The game of life and how to play it

ch 1- Most people consider life a battle, but it is not a battle it is a game. It is a game however it can not be played successfully without the knowledge of spiritual law.

Ch 5- the law of carma and the law of forgiveness : man recieve only that which he gives. The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Man thoughts, deeds and words return to him sooner or latery with outstandings accuracy.

Ch 7- if you fear a lion, you must run toward him, because the fear or lion will disapear.
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156 reviews46 followers
January 1, 2019
It is a nice and light book. Although it is very similar to The Secret, and although I am not a very big fan of such a type of books, but it has a number of nice and motivating messages to deal better with life's situations. I really enjoyed some parts. It is always necessary to recharge our energy, remind ourselves of our set of values, and ignore as much as we can the negativity and insecurities that surround us. Maybe the timing of reading it was perfect that's why I enjoyed it more than I expected.
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3 reviews
June 4, 2009
Wow this book was a timely gift to myself, read it in exactly 24 hrs and feel reborn. Loved it, it just makes sense. Read with open heart and mind.

"Divine love dissolves and dissipates all wrong conditions in my mind, body and affairs, Divine love is the most powerful chemical in the universe..."
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29 reviews6 followers
July 28, 2017
I can see this as " the secret " breakdown
I love how when the world gives you something you should feel that you deserve it
How when you want your mind to believe something you makes it into a song
" I have a wonderful business in a wonderful way
And I give a wonderful clothing for a wonderful pay "
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174 reviews47 followers
December 24, 2010
Repeat after me “I will do wonderful work for wonderful pay.” And within just a few weeks of saying and believing this, you will get a big fat raise. This is the divine right.

If only it was that easy.

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12 reviews
July 20, 2017
Indeed, thank you the Infinite Spirit for speaking to me through this work. I am blessed and grateful.
My favorite quote in the book is "Wealth is a matter of consciousness." - Florence Scovel Shinn.
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