About Florence Scovel Shinn

Florence Scovel Shinn (September 24, 1871, Camden, New Jersey – October 17, 1940) was born in New Jersey, the daughter of Alden Cortlandt Scovel, and Emily Hopkinson Scovel. She was educated in Philadelphia where she attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and there met her future husband, the artist Everett Shinn (1876-1953). After marriage they moved to New York.  They were divorced in 1912.

Florence Scovel Shinn 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).

Shinn expressed her philosophy as: “The invisible forces are ever working for man who is always ‘pulling the strings’ himself, though he does not know it. Owing to the vibratory power of words, whatever man voices, he begins to attract.”

Her metaphysical works began with her self-published 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 includes quotes from the Bible and anecdotal explanations of 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.