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Pushing Upward [Paperback]

Andrea Adler

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Book Description

Aug. 31 2012
'Pushing Upward' is a remarkable debut novel that will sweep you along on one woman's unforgettable spiritual quest.

The year is 1974. While trying to eke out a living as an actress in L.A., 21-year-old Sandra Billings discovers the 'I Ching,' the ancient Chinese oracle; and uses it as her GPS to navigate a torrid love affair, battle with demons of the past, and search for meaning and truth.

She places a fateful newspaper ad - 'Drama student in need of RM AND BRD in exchange for housekeeping' - and encounters an assortment of outrageous and inappropriate individuals. But it is one unlikely stranger who will change the course of her life.

Events ultimately build to a stunning climax, where everything Sandra has gained is challenged by a poignant and surprising twist of fate . . .

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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House Visions (Aug. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401941257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401941253
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,059,495 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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful and captivating read Nov. 5 2013
By drew - Published on Amazon.com
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening story of forward movement, change and hope. Oct. 28 2013
By Catherine Cardinal, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars joy, and despair that Sandra experiences Oct. 18 2014
By john d hoover - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and emotionally moving March 18 2014
By Chloe R Traicos - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it for pleasure ... digest it for wisdom and inspiration ... March 6 2014
By B - Published on Amazon.com
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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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