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Product Details

  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,673,938 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 and

About the Author

Andrea Adler is an international speaker and workshop presenter. Known as the 'metaphysical marketer,' she is also the founder of . 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: and

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Andrea Adler's new book Pushing Upward is an enlightening and humorous account of a budding young actress's journey through the challenges and pitfalls of meeting Hollywood head on at a tender young age. Just when we believe that the worst is about to happen we are reminded of the tremendous possibility that fate and destiny may also be in the mix. Through a seemingly chance encounter with both an extraordinary woman and an ancient Chinese oracle we see that the Divine has other plans. You will be uplifted and inspired by both Adler's writing and her insight into human relationships. It is an illuminating account of the power of the human heart to work miracles in our everyday lives. A great read 'for both men and women. Treat yourself to this novel. You will be glad you did!
Karen Rae Wilson, Singer and Visionary Leader
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An enlightening story of forward movement, change and hope. Oct. 28 2013
By Catherine Cardinal, Ph.D. - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Read it for pleasure ... digest it for wisdom and inspiration ... 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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Pushing Upward Will Make You Laugh and Squirm! July 26 2013
By Elizabeth - Published on
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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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A delightful and captivating read Nov. 5 2013
By drew - Published on
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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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
joy, and despair that Sandra experiences Oct. 18 2014
By john d hoover - Published on
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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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