Monday, April 29, 2013

The Secret Door To Success by Florence Scovel Shinn

Right from the opening lines of this delightful and entertaining book from a past generation of great metaphysical teachers, the updated and gender neutral language of Newt Lists republication of the public domain work comes to life with charm, engaging the reader.

A successful person is always asked, ‘What is the secret of your success?” People never ask someone who is a failure, “What is the secret of your failure.

It’s quite easy to see, and no one is interested.

In a pointed and direct style the author (now through the filter of contemporary language and modern punctuation by Newt List) makes the case that everyone wants to know about how to be more successful, and that there is a way for each one of us. The problem is that the way seems to be obscured behind a secret door, a door that the author intends to lead us towards and open.

Referring stories in the Bible and her own life experience, Florence Scovel Shinn reaches through time to us today with ideas that are as vital and exciting now, as they must have been to her students and readers when she wrote The Secret Door to Success.

You may also enjoy: The Bible In Light of Philosophy

The Bible In Light of Spiritual Philosophy by Ernest Holmes

The publisher, Newt List, says of The Bible In Light of Spiritual Philosophy, may offer the reader “a new look at the Bible that might surprise you.”  I say this new updated and gender-neutral version of the public domain work is not so much a surprise as it is a delight, a breath of fresh air, one that although written an age ago is coming to life anew through this contemporary rendition of its brilliant content.

I am certain that there is a large audience of readers who will be as relieved to read the authors words as I was when he wrote “The Bible was written by human beings whose thought was reaching toward ultimate reality, and if it is to be understood, it must be read with the same motive.  The mind that writes is the mind that reads, because there is only one mind in the universe, and all inquiry into truth is an inquiry into this mind.”  The relief comes from approaching the Bible as a product of humankind’s yearning to understand the spiritual universe around us and not as a strict inerrant handing down of rules by a sometimes petulant deity.

What follows in the book then is a delightful commentary by the author who took to explaining the inner meaning of the Bible in terms that made sense to what he was learning about the spiritual world and then sharing it with us along with an invitation for us to analyze what we read in the Bible to find direct significance to living our daily lives.