Author Lynnda Pollio’s life changes when she begins hearing the voice of Addie Mae Aubrey, a Southern, African American woman from the late 1930s rural south. Together, they begin a journey into Addie Mae's turbulent teenage years that leads to the author’s own spiritual awakening.
As Addie Mae, the narrator, shares her story about the struggle, tragedy and magic of her teenage years, she brings each reader into their own life story. It is a unique visionary novel with three levels of experience: Addie Mae's powerful story, spiritual messages woven throughout the novel, and an energetic frequency embedded in the writing that resonates with the readers heart, guiding them deep into their own truth and transformation.
Trusting the Currents has won 12 book awards, several gold medals, including the 2014 Nautilus Book awards gold medal in Fiction.
This novel was straight soul food! I am so excited to tell you about it. It's like nothing I've ever read before in fictional form. Trusting the Currents is a brilliantly conceived novel in which the author channeled the spirit of her character onto the page. And what a beautiful story she had to tell! Addie Mae is struggling to find herself in a way that I think all women could relate to: how to separate what the heart wants from what the soul is destined for, how to let go of the ones we love so tenderly--not only to live our lives to the fullest but allow them to as well--, how to make peace with one's spirit and find consolation with nature and God without dependence on others.I loved everything about this novel. Jenny is my favorite character. She is like a goddess spirit full of wisdom. Many of the passages in this book I marked with my e-reader highlighter just so I could go back and revisit them because they spoke such truth. If you're looking for a story that will leave you changed afterwards--in the best way--discover this novel!
I loved this book. I can find a bit of my self in all the characters and somehow it feels like the book was written for me. I love how short and simple are Addie Mae's life reflections and lessons. I spent more time reflecting on them than actually reading. The story of Addie Mae is just the context through which we can learn much more about our selves. I think everyone will find something here that will make them feel like they are reading the book just on time to give meaning to their life.
"While Pollio admirably asks "what right did I have to tell a black southern woman's story?" her saga holds surprising power, at times approaching the grandeur of The Color Purple and Beloved with the insights of a delightful wise-child narrator. Gorgeous imagining of a touching, memorable guiding spirit."
"Trusting the Currents is an uplifting story about the spiritual journey of self-discovery, faith, forgiveness, and inspires readers to rise above the insecurities and obstacles in their lives and face the fear of darkness and uncertainty head on. The writing style is powerful, expressive, exquisite and descriptive. All the characters are memorable and will remain in readers' heart for a long time. This timeless story of love, courage and spiritual transformation is definitely worth reading and also owning in one's personal collection."