Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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


Informal, friendly, and humorous, this little book has inspired thousands since its 1925 publication. Its practical examples show how positive attitudes can make you a "winner" in life. Self-improvement expert Norman Vincent Peale endorsed it as an essential guide, helping readers to "find prosperity, solve problems, have better health."

"By studying and practicing the principles laid down in this book one may find prosperity, solve problems, have better health...-in a word, win the game of life."—Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Review by Rose Thornton:

Florence Scovel Shinn expresses 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.”

She discusses control of the subconscious (defined as the soul), and the interaction of the conscious and superconscious levels (defined as the Divine plane). The Game of Life and How to Play It is the author's understanding of God and man: “When the subconscious is flooded with the perfect ideas of the superconscious, God and man are one.” Her philosophy centers on the power of positive thought and action through verbal affirmation.

This is an interesting book, although I did not agree with Shinn’s opinion on many issues. For example, “If you are afraid, you are giving into a belief in two powers, Good and Evil, instead of one. As God is absolute, there can be no opposing power, unless man makes the false of evil for himself.” In my opinion, it’s possible to believe in the two powers of good and evil without being afraid…and certainly the two entities do exist in truth. Shinn was writing in a time period before the Great World Wars, which made it abundantly clear that evil does exist; however, there have been examples of evil throughout all of man’s history, for others as well as for himself.

I found this book to be interesting, but not applicable enough to recommend it as a guide for “playing the game of life.”

Thanks for visiting, Rose, Julie, Donna, & Rochelle

Length:  122 Pages


Print:  $5.95

Digital:  $1.99

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