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Blurb: Some moments change everything you become.
Author Lynnda Pollio’s life as a busy New Yorker abruptly changes when she unexpectedly heard the mystical, elderly voice of Addie Mae Aubrey, a Southern, African American woman. Her first words, “It’s not what happened to me that matters,” begin a spirited remembering of her teenage years in the late 1930s rural South and the learned wisdom she asks Lynnda to share. As women from different times and different places, they embark on an uncommon journey together.
Narrated by Addie Mae Aubrey, Trusting the Currents is a spiritual story of self-discovery—of faith, courage, forgiveness, and the uneasy search for one’s place in life. Beginning at age eleven with the unexpected arrival of beautiful, mysterious cousin Jenny and her shadowy stepfather, Uncle Joe, Trusting the Currents explores Addie Mae’s reluctant awakening. As Jenny, the story’s mystical center, introduces Addie Mae to the spiritual world, a caring teacher, Miss Blanchard, guides with the power of reading. Romantic love enters her life for the first time with Rawley, and we experience how Addie Mae’s emerging sense of self compels her to a life-altering decision.
Throughout the story, her mother remains an unwavering source of love, even when fear and evil shake their lives. Unfathomable loss and rising trust in the “Invisibles” not only transform Addie Mae’s budding life, but leads to the author’s own spiritual awakening.
Addie Mae reveals how life blossoms when we have the courage to not only accept but also learn from mistakes and sorrow. Her story may belong to one woman, but the lessons it teaches belong to everyone willing to open their hearts and listen to the truth within their souls.
Trusting the Currents represents a new literary genre of conscious storytelling, engaging high spiritual frequencies that resonate with the reader’s heart, guiding them deep into their own truth and transformation.
A story within a story, Trusting the Currents begins and ends with Lynda Pollio at a tipping point in her life but the main focus and heart of the story is Addie Mae and her tale of learning, growing and opening oneself to the world.
Addie Mae’s story of family, love, and leaving the nest is simply told and full of warmth and life. In the Aubrey family tree, Addie Mae’s mother is both the roots and trunk, nourishing them and keeping them anchored to their history; Addie Mae is the branches, reaching up and outwards towards the sun, the sky, the horizon; and Jenny is the leaves, attached but apart, changing and turning as the breeze catches her.
All three women have wisdom to impart and there are life lessons to be reaped in their words and experiences throughout the story. They face adversity with great strength and grace, and embrace their blessings with an open joy that is infectious.
The basis of the story is deeply spiritual/religious, but it can be enjoyed by readers of any faith or belief, as the soul of the book is in the human experience and how we stand together to survive it and grow within it.
I recommend this to those who like slow-paced family stories with a warm, giving heart.
“Words are cathedrals for ideas, Addie Mae. Each time we open a book, we enter a door to a sacred space where fresh truths are born. Reading changes what we are into who we might be, opening shuttered minds and warming even the coldest hearts. It frees our true promise like butterflies experiencing life for the first time outside the dark unknowin’ of the cocoon.”
– Lynnda Pollio, Trusting the Currents
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