The Hugging Army

An Experience in Connection

by Vanessa L. White Fernandes



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/20/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781532047756
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781532047763

About the Book

It’s amazing how many valuable lessons you can learn hugging strangers. Just ask Vanessa L. White Fernandes. She never planned to be “sort of obsessed” with hugging complete strangers, but she’s gone places, met people, and learned things she never thought possible since she started doing it. It all began in the summer of 2013, when she and her future wife, Brenda, went to New York City to see Amma, the Hugging Saint who has hugged hundreds of thousands of people. The experience transformed her, and in June 2015, she wrote on a large board: “I trust you, do you trust me? How about a hug?” and stood on a sidewalk with a blindfold over her eyes. She was curious about what would happen even though she knew what she was doing was potentially dangerous. After all, she was exposing the most vulnerable part of her body—her heart—but she knew it would be OK. With that first step The Hugging Army was born—and in sharing her stories of her hugging experiences, including her 2017 Hug Bug Tour of the southeastern United States, the author emphasizes how hugging strangers has dramatically changed her life for the better.

About the Author

Vanessa L. White Fernandes has been a social worker for more than thirty years. She has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in the fields of social work and counseling. She has been a writer most of her life and has maintained a blog for twelve years. This is her first published book. Her family includes her son and her wife, and they live in Northeast Pennsylvania. Her website is Her Facebook page is “The Hugging Army: An Experience in Connection,” and her blog is