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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 Holistic 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. and

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HASH(0x8b9bb3e4) out of 5 stars An enlightening story of forward movement, change and hope. 28 Oct. 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.
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HASH(0x8b9bbea0) out of 5 stars Read it for pleasure ... digest it for wisdom and inspiration ... 6 Mar. 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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HASH(0x92dda480) out of 5 stars Pushing Upward Will Make You Laugh and Squirm! 26 July 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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HASH(0x8bc344e4) out of 5 stars A delightful and captivating read 5 Nov. 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!
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HASH(0x8d29e5c4) out of 5 stars Take a Step Forward in Your Life, Read Pushing Upward! 29 Aug. 2013
By Kim Hunter - Published on
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Inspiring and insightful, Pushing Upward seemed to come into my life as serendipitously as the elderly Emma responded to Sandra's fateful ad in Andrea Adler's tale of transformation. Sandra's entertaining story isn't just for the young twenty-something looking for direction; it's for anyone who has let doubt derail their dreams and is open to examining themselves, just as Sandra does on her journey.

The novel is a cautionary story of how we let our past hold us back, how we use excuses to prevent us from acting in the present and how to positively embrace what our future holds. Uncertainly is expected, the test is how we respond to it!

Incorporating the I Ching, an ancient Chinese divination system popular in the 70s, Pushing Upward introduces a tool that readers can use to better reflect on the big and small questions in our lives. After reading Andrea's book, I bought the I Ching and its millennia-old wisdom is a helpful sounding board and guide.

For the people who give us strength and guidance, Andrea and the I Ching remind us to value them. And, more importantly, to be a source of strength and support for others - no matter how consumed we become in our own lives. Pushing Upward is a lesson to be open and realize that "every encounter, every experience teaches us something." People come into our lives for a reason - to help, to test, and to teach.

Pushing Upward helped me to overcome my own uncertainty and reluctance to ask for help, and appreciate those that offer it. Andrea's book and the I Ching taught me to "not allow daggers of doubt to puncture your heart" and that with patience and effort, success is what you make of it.

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