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

It seems as you get older both your individual priorities and outlook change (I speak for myself here).  During a meal with a great friend a book recommendation was made.  We share the same appetite for knowledge and possess an intrinsic desire to grow both spiritually and intellectually.  We discussed all things life and development and it was during this conversation that she made the rather determined suggestion that I read ‘The Game of Life and How to Play it’ by Florence Scovel Shinn.  She explained that although innately biblical it, like many of her recommendations before, offered insight and more than a little guidance during times of procrastination and FEAR (False Information Appearing Real).  The other selling point was that it could be read in just over an hour as it was more like a pocket book than a hearty novel.

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As a non religious individual (note: this does not make me an atheist, simply an individual that does not commit to any particular religion) I found the endless biblical references a little disconcerting at first but I was warned of this at point of recommendation so I soldiered on.  The book provided explanation of the Power of Word, the Law of Non-Resistance, Karma and Forgiveness, Love, Intuition and Guidance.  The book also offers a handy bag of affirmations for prosperity, right condition, health and guidance.  A word of warning the affirmations often make reference to the divine, God or father in heaven, these can be easily substituted for a word or phrase of your choosing – I substitute with universe as I firmly believe in universal energy and Dhamma – the universal law of nature.  The book uses parables as a tool to convey its message, a format that I enjoy immensely – probably why one of my favourite books is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

The lessons taught within this piece of literature align perfectly with my particular beliefs however the context in which they are taught left me feeling (a little) uncomfortable. Up until this point I really hadn’t realised how disagreeable my psyche was to the subject of religion and talk of God!! Made me wonder where these feelings come from – possible subject matter for another blog?!

Aside from this I would recommend this book as a supplementary resource in understanding and implementing some of the key concepts associated with clean living and free thinking. If you are just beginning your journey in understanding the purpose of life please note that this book does not offer all the answers (in fact no book I have read to date does) it merely presents a set of tools that can be utilised in manifesting positivity and productivity into your life (if you believe in that type of stuff).

So have you read this book?  What were your thoughts?  Do you actively use the supplied affirmations in your life? Do you have your own affirmations that you use daily?

I would really love to hear from you.

Love and Light

The Baking BodyBuilder


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