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Product Details

  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House Visions (September 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401941257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401941253
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pushing Upward is brave writing, a young woman's journey toward her dreams, avoiding traps and falling into them, slipping back and finding the grace and will to go on—and so it reflects on our own journey and makes us braver, too.

-- Gerald Dipego, Screenwriter/Novelist, Phenomenon, Message in a Bottle, Instinct, The Forgotten



This love story captures the essence of a modern use of the I Ching in the most elegant and accurate way.

-- Paul O'Brien, Author of Visionary I-Ching, Founder of Tarot.Com and I-Ching.Com

About the Author

Andrea Adler is an international speaker and workshop presenter. Known as the “metaphysical marketer,” she is also the founder of HolisticPR.com. For more than 20 years, Andrea has supported entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and cultural creatives in understanding holistic/spiritual methodology, inspiring her readers and audiences to become initiated into the Science of Spiritual Marketing. Pushing Upward is her breakout novel.

Websites: www.PushingUPward.com and www.HolisticPR.com

More About the Author

Andrea Adler, proclaimed as the "Metaphysical Marketer," pioneered Holistic Marketing in the early 80's. She is the founder of Holistic PR.com, an international speaker, workshop presenter, and consultant, and the author of PR for The Holistic Healer, Creating an Abundant Practice, and The Science of Spiritual Marketing. Pushing Upward, her breakout novel, published by Hay House is the Winner of the 2012 LA Book Festival Award and will soon be a film.

Andrea also co-wrote the screenplay based on Pushing Upward, and the TV pilot. A Broadway actress, an author, and an ardent practitioner of meditation, Andrea continually integrates her writing, her theatrical background and her meditation discipline into her evolving expertise in writing and marketing. She currently lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Ms. Adler's novel profoundly inspired me to the core!!
Cali T. Rossen
Pushing Upward is a lesson to be open and realize that "every encounter, every experience teaches us something."
Kim Hunter
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, the characters, the message, the adventure, and the experience.
Kris Collier

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By drew on November 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
This was a wonderful read!
"Never judge a book by it's cover" as the age old aging goes and it holds true for this book. I so happen to be a thirty-something year old guy and I found myself identifying with the emotions, life experiences and triumphs portrayed and it was a delight! Well written and the descriptive nuances had me captivated from beginning to end. Pick up a copy and I believe you will not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Cardinal, Ph.D. on October 28, 2013
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Having moved to LA in 1973, I resonated deeply with the main characater, Sandra. Although the elements of her journey have a timeless quality, the years in LA Sandra experiences captures the unique flavor of this town as it began to move full speed into the 'Alternative Movement'. The I Ching, amongst many other eastern traditions were taking LA by storm and those of us with a spiritual curiosity had a cornucopia of methodologies to experience. Sandra's search is one similar to myself and many of my friends at the time, including a life as an actor. Sandra's journey reminds us of the importance of having an open mind, being tenacious and always willing to show up and give our best. Letting go and moving on is the lesson, and with a little luck, great mentors appear on the way to guide us. Now, after many years as a counselor, I will recommend this book to my female clients as its lessons hold an infinite value for developing discernment and opening our hearts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chloe R Traicos on March 18, 2014
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Absolutely loved this book which I found quite unputdownable. Andrea Adler covers the essence of the characters perfectly causing readers to immediately have an emotional connection. I found myself staying up till 3am several nights in a row reading it.
Truly truly brilliant piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B on March 6, 2014
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Stayed up way too late night after night because I couldn't put it down. The story grabs you right from the first page and doesn't let go. I could relate to so much of what the main character Sandra Billings went through even though I'm much older and not an actress. The themes of love and loss, confidence and self-doubt, trust and mistrust ... are handled in such an engaging and entertaining way that you can't help reflecting on your own life more deeply. I especially loved the scenes where the author's evocative descriptions of the actor's process gave me a taste of what it might be like to be one. Highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara Werner on October 5, 2013
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I have to say I haven't been so positively affected by a novel and so connected to a text before. I've never had someone put words down that so accurately described what I couldn't think of how to express. Adler's first few pages hooked and haunted me in such a way that hit a bullseye directly where my life was at the moment. Accurately capturing the paralyzing panic over life becoming a tragic myth and careening out of our control to the point where identity is even affected, then waking up to the truth that it is just us that control our destinies and the strength it takes to make that realization and take a chance on changing one's life in order truly live. Like the lead Sandra Billings, I work in the entertainment industry but as a writer/director, recently having moved to Los Angeles I have begun to come across huge cross roads in my career, one particular one had me suffering a crisis of self, having opportunity presenting itself in front of me yet my soul being compromised. Like the oracle that is the I-Ching, the book came into my life and provided such guidance back to my inner strength that was exactly what I needed...long story short, I made the right decision. Thank you to Andrea Adler for writing the book and helping to wake fellow creatives up. I know it will positively impact all no matter age, gender or career, for it is a universal zeitgeist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cali T. Rossen on October 4, 2013
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Author Andrea Adler's illuminating story had me captivated right away & hit me energetically between the third eye. I deeply connected with her character Sandra Billings, who like me is an intensely aware, longing actress, who is "pushing upward" in the labyrinth of her acting calling. Ms. Adler's novel profoundly inspired me to the core!! Thank you Andrea Adler!

I had heard of the I Ching|Oracle, and until now was not enlightened by this ancient teaching. The I Ching is the world's oldest oracle; it's the most loved and revered book of Chinese wisdom; it's the accumulated experience of over 2,500 years of diviners and sages, and beyond that of unimaginably ancient oral traditions; it's the voice that has been offering people help and wise, genial guidance for generations...

After completing Andrea Adler's PUSHING UPWARD I researched the I Ching and did my first reading. Hexagram 3 (Difficulty in the beginning) The number 3 alone was my confirmation. I'm starring/producing a sy/fy series called 3 Orbs Of Light. Hexagram 3 says: Keep going despite difficulties, and you will find the success you desire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Hunter on August 29, 2013
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Inspiring and insightful, Pushing Upward seemed to come into my life as serendipitously as the elderly Emma responded to Sandra's fateful ad in Andrea Adler's tale of transformation. Sandra's entertaining story isn't just for the young twenty-something looking for direction; it's for anyone who has let doubt derail their dreams and is open to examining themselves, just as Sandra does on her journey.

The novel is a cautionary story of how we let our past hold us back, how we use excuses to prevent us from acting in the present and how to positively embrace what our future holds. Uncertainly is expected, the test is how we respond to it!

Incorporating the I Ching, an ancient Chinese divination system popular in the 70s, Pushing Upward introduces a tool that readers can use to better reflect on the big and small questions in our lives. After reading Andrea's book, I bought the I Ching and its millennia-old wisdom is a helpful sounding board and guide.

For the people who give us strength and guidance, Andrea and the I Ching remind us to value them. And, more importantly, to be a source of strength and support for others - no matter how consumed we become in our own lives. Pushing Upward is a lesson to be open and realize that "every encounter, every experience teaches us something." People come into our lives for a reason - to help, to test, and to teach.

Pushing Upward helped me to overcome my own uncertainty and reluctance to ask for help, and appreciate those that offer it. Andrea's book and the I Ching taught me to "not allow daggers of doubt to puncture your heart" and that with patience and effort, success is what you make of it.

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