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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
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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 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,632,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By drew on November 5, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john d hoover on October 18, 2014
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The power of honesty, daring, and determination impels the themes of "Pushing Upward" and makes this refreshing book an exciting and moving narrative that pierces through all notions of gender, race, and class to speak directly to the innate yearnings of the heart.
Through this vivid and compelling work, we experience the journey of young Sandra Billings navigating her way through a variety of uncertain situations in pursuit of her dream of becoming an actress in the Los Angeles of the early 70's. Fearlessly steadfast in her spiritual quest and finding guidance and wisdom in the ancient Chinese "Book of Changes" and through an unlikely relationship, she learns transformative life lessons from both her triumphs and challenges and is able to effectively confront the demons from her past.
With this most entertaining and uplifting novel Andrea Adler has offered a gift of inspiration and encouragement to anyone who is in touch with the impulse to live life more consciously and in harmony with one's true nature. And through the artful telling of the story, the reader, ever eager to know the outcome of each episode in her life, feels every triumph, defeat, joy, and despair that Sandra experiences.
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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 Perspectivepower, Annette Rochelle Aben on February 3, 2013
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We may not always "know" why things happen the way they do but when we keep ourselves looking beyond the obvious we keep moving forward or in the case of Sandra Billings, pushing upward. This novel is laid out like the yellow brick road that we know is leading somewhere important but just like Sandra and her supporting cast of characters, we are swept up in the experiences and then the excitement builds to the moments of cognition and elation that enourage us to take yet another step. You are sure to recognize a bit of yourself in this automatic page turner filled with nods and ahhhs and perhaps the guidance YOU need to keep pushing upward in your own life.
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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 Elizabeth on July 26, 2013
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What a deep ocean of truth in this book...Sandra bares her loving wounded heart, her dark side of bulimia, her raging ambition and breathtaking talent. She is so familiar and real with her beauty and ugliness, the book made me laugh and squirm and ponder my self. Obviously, the I CHING is a valuable friend - it always mirrors the dark and light of our personal truth - how could it not? An excellent story for any young woman to read and learn much about her own inner drives. I would love to see this as a film - this would be MUCH better, more believable and exciting than Eat Pray Love! Great job Ms. Adler!
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