Florence Scovel Shinn (1871-1940) was a popular writer of practical self-help books, artist and metaphysics teacher.
Motivational author Louise Hay acknowledges her as an early influence. Florence’s books tell readers one can enjoy prosperity, health, and happiness by modifying one’s attitude to life. She uses real-life stories to illustrate how positive attitudes and affirmations can help one change his or her life through the knowledge of spiritual law. Florence is one of 20th century’s most popular success teachers.
She had quite a following in her day and her lectures were well attended while her books were popular all around the world. Florence received an education in art and shortly after her graduation, she married Everett Shinn, a painter of impressionistic canvases and realistic murals. They moved to New York City where they pursued separate careers in art. Before World War One she was an illustrator of children’s literature. The couple would divorce in 1912.
Unable to find a publisher for “The Game of Life and How to Play It” she published it herself in 1925. In 1928 came “Your Word is Your Wand” and “The Secret Door to Success” was published in 1940 shortly before her death. A compendium of her notes, the “Power of the Spoken Word,” was posthumously published. Florence explains her principles of success, and how they work, in an entertaining and easy-to-read style that was, and still is, popular with many generations of readers.