Works of Florence Scovel Shinn
Florence Scovel Shinn (b. Sept. 24, 1871, d. Oct. 17, 1940) was a
New Thought teacher and writer. She resided in New York City most of her life,
teaching at the New York Unity Society.
She came from a blue-blood family, with a line going back
to the Mayflower Biddles.
However they were not wealthy.
From 1889 to 1897, she was an art student in Phildelphia. There she met her
future husband, Everett Shinn (1876-1953), a prominent American artist who
was part of a group called "The Eight", which later became
the 'Ashcan School' of urban realists.
The couple moved to New York City, and both pursued artistic careers,
with Florence becoming an illustrator.
They divorced in 1912, and Florence
apparently turned to New Thought shortly thereafter.
In the early 1920s, she wrote and self-published her first book,
The Game of Life.
Florence Scovel Shinn's approach to New Thought is practical, filled with
references to popular culture (she made an elaborate parable out of
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs).
Shinn was attempting to bring metaphysical ideas down to earth for
everyday people, and she succeeds for the most part.
Affirmations are at the center of Shinn's method.
She wrote a huge number of pithy affirmations which are still circulating
in the New Thought literature and society at large today.
Her books continue to appeal to readers who want guidance in difficult times.
The Game of Life and How to Play It
Your Word Is Your Wand
The Secret Door To Success