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Pushing Upward [Paperback]

Andrea Adler

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3 Sep 2012

The year is 1974...

This fascinating roman á clef takes us through one epic year in the life of 21-year-old Sandra Billings. While trying to eke out a living as an actress in Los Angeles, she 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.

After consulting the oracle, Sandra places a fateful ad in the Los Angeles Times: Drama Student in Need of Rm and Brd in Exchange for Housekeeping. She encounters outrageous and inappropriate individuals before meeting... Emma, a wise and refined 80-year-old woman who becomes Sandra's mentor and who ultimately changes the course of her life.

Interwoven throughout the deep, rich tapestry of this book are words of wisdom that illuminate Sandra's spiritual quest and profound inner changes. The result is a stunning climax, where everything she has gained is challenged by a poignant and surprising twist of fate.

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PUSHING UPWARD will strike a chord with a broad audience. For the elderly, it confirms their usefulness, reminding us of their importance and wisdom. For people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, it serves as a catalyst for processing their young adult experiences. For teens and new adults who are striving to maintain a sense of peace in the midst of mayhem, Pushing Upward may very well become a powerful mirror.


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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)

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Andrea Adler is an international speaker and workshop presenter. Known as the "metaphysical marketer," she is also the founder of Holistic PR.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 her audience to become initiated into The Science of Spiritual Marketing. www.pushingupward.com and www.holisticpr.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful and captivating read 5 Nov 2013
By drew - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening story of forward movement, change and hope. 28 Oct 2013
By Catherine Cardinal, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and emotionally moving 19 Mar 2014
By Chloe R Traicos - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it for pleasure ... digest it for wisdom and inspiration ... 6 Mar 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Affirming "I" to "We" 5 Oct 2013
By Sara Werner - Published on Amazon.com
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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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