Readers’ Favorite recognizes “Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection” by Julie Barbera in its annual international book award contest, currently available at

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is a work of self help and empowerment writing in the theme of Christian living, penned by author Julie Barbera. With the subtitle urging readers to ‘Shatter an Illusion of Perfection’, the author takes a deep look at confidence and the concept of perfection itself. With so many people living their lives with certain expectations of what they, or society, think that they should be, Julie turns the subject around and pleads for freedom and relaxation, with the core belief that God’s plans for each one of us will manifest, and that God loves us even when we don’t feel good enough ourselves.

At the cross-section where inspirational fiction meets religious themes, author Julie Barbera has found a way to preach without being preachy and to personalize her gentle narrative style to instill both confidence and God’s love into every encouraging sentence. This is a well-organized volume of considerations, advice and personal storytelling that showcases how the self-inflicted pressures of modern life make us all see ourselves differently than who we truly are. The mirror analogy works time and again in Barbera’s confident but subtle prose, held up at different angles to illustrate our own self-sabotage strategies, and how a renewed sense of faith can allow us to look past those distortions to a clearer view. Overall, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection takes imperfection and confidence into a beautifully motivating overhaul and is a highly recommended read for anyone seeking comfort and inspiration through issues of self-esteem.


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Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection” by Julie Barbera won the Gold Medal in the Christian – Living category.

You can learn more about Julie Barbera and “Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection” at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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