From the Library: The Game of Life

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

I’ve got tons of books.  Okay, maybe my collection isn’t enough to earn the title of “library,” but there are a lot, and many of these help me flesh out some concepts on this and my other websites.

While taking up the monumental task of organizing & cataloging all my books, I’m revisiting some old favorites.  I thought it would be a nice change to post a few recommendations as I come across the real diamonds in my collection.

This is one of them:  The Game of Life and How to Play Itby Florence Scovel Shinn (1925).

It’s a tiny treasure, less than 100 pages.  You’ll finish it lickety-splity.  That’s a plus, because it delivers “instant gratification” – simple, in-a-nutshell observations from a truly remarkable woman.  (Learn more about Florence Shinn on her Wiki page).

The book is reminiscent of Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind writings – but with less stiffness.

Some of you may find the contents of The Game of Life and How to Play It a bit remedial, but the messages are profound in their simplicity – it’s worth a read, even if for refreshing your perceptions. 

Shinn’s foundation is Christian, and she makes uncanny connections between Christian wisdom and real-life experience.  She wrote this gem in the 1920s, so the jargon is a little stilted – but the gold is certainly glimmering between the lines.  This book (as the author) is a precursor to the ravenously popular “law of attraction” movement. 

If you’re looking for a quick inspiration to “jump start” your perceptions on the potentials surrounding you, this book delivers that electric charge.