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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: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a long time practitioner of the I Ching, I hope you too will find this story to be the wonderful insightful look at a young woman, her mentor, and the magic of synchronicity. I have not read a novel that I could not put down till it was over in quite awhile. I write this late in the night wrapped in the glow of an author that captured the spirit of miracles, taking charge of ones life, and real magic. There is a great quote that echoes the truth of this novel and how the ancient oracle works for those that frame their questions well and listen to the answer.

"Concerning all acts (and creation) there is always one elementary truth, ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way."
"I have learned a great respect for one of Goethe's Couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
W. H. Murray, leader of the Scottish Himalaya Expedition

Read the book, and consult the I Ching. These days I am using Yi Jing app on the iPad that makes several translations available.
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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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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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There are no Stars in Showbiz. No winners. No losers. No tragic heroes. No flameouts. No misunderstood geniuses. No boy wonders. No girl wonders. No saints, villains, sex symbols, rats, heels, angels, or lost souls. There are only people like you and me playing our roles. Or searching for our roles. Some of which we may find and fit temporarily better than others.

This is a peek behind the curtain. At a real human being. In real human situations. Trying to remain a real human being, while hopefully "making it" -- whatever that means.

And it's all the little things she does that reveal her true human heroism on the path. Like dealing with mashers and crashers and jealous punks, without being cruel or exploitive or unduly and self-sacrificingly virtuous back at them. Like trying to find her moral bearings, with a little help from her friends, particularly her older mentor Emma, who is not perfect either but has knowledge and wisdom and compassion, and the I Ching, in all its trenchant and inscrutable ancient wisdom made trendier and more popular in this the post-Hippie Era.

Ultimately, this is a true story. As true as it gets. It's the story of a wannabe actress but also all of us wannabe stars strutting our brief turn on the stage of life, seeking the glory but sometimes missing the truth and love right in front of us. And no great drama or violence or madcap escapades will be found here. Only a real look into the heart of a real human being trying to live herself a real human life while searching for meaning in the land of glitter, or at least validation where rejection and a contagious fear of anonymity are the norm.

The lucky thing is, she finds herself a teacher who teaches her to value herself. And others. All others.
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This is Ashlyn Goodban. This book is the definition of inspiration whether the plot directly talks about your struggles or not it is endlessly relatable in so many different ways. I instantly felt connected with Sandra before even reading the book just based off of her aspirations for life and career and I am so thankful that I read it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down. Andrea's way of explaining Sandra's feelings in every exact moment without really having to say much at all truly shows how talented she is. Sandra Billings is one of my all time favorite characters to read about and every time I read this book or maybe just one page of it it reminds me of the purpose of life and perseverance and it also reminds me of why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. Just the idea of how one character, story or monologue can completely change someones point of view and inspire their life in so many ways and thats exactly what this book did for me. It showed that dreams area always attainable and hard work is at the root of everything and I feel like I don't know how I went on without ever knowing this book. Truly inspiring and one of the best reads of my life. No matter what your struggles are or road blocks this book will teach you how to keep going and it really is relatable to anyone. I DEFINITELY recommend this book to anyone!
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