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A pursuit for perfection may drive you to do more, have more and be more—but at what cost? In Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection, author and life coach Julie Barbera invites you on a journey from fear and doubt to discover your confidence. After struggling with an illusion of whom and what she should be, clear reflections in her cracked mirror gave her the courage to take a A pursuit for perfection may drive you to do more, have more and be more—but at what cost? In Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection, author and life coach Julie Barbera invites you on a journey from fear and doubt to discover your confidence. After struggling with an illusion of whom and what she should be, clear reflections in her cracked mirror gave her the courage to take a chance. Freedom is on the other side of expectations—freedom from a feeling of not being good enough, fear of what others think and a need to be perfect to begin new projects. You will learn how to do what you love, love what you do and live a life of purpose. You can become who God has called you to be. Perfection is an illusion. Despite the cracks, your reflection can be clear. When you look in the mirror, in weaknesses you may find your greatest strengths—and this is the clearest reflection of all.


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A pursuit for perfection may drive you to do more, have more and be more—but at what cost? In Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection, author and life coach Julie Barbera invites you on a journey from fear and doubt to discover your confidence. After struggling with an illusion of whom and what she should be, clear reflections in her cracked mirror gave her the courage to take a A pursuit for perfection may drive you to do more, have more and be more—but at what cost? In Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection, author and life coach Julie Barbera invites you on a journey from fear and doubt to discover your confidence. After struggling with an illusion of whom and what she should be, clear reflections in her cracked mirror gave her the courage to take a chance. Freedom is on the other side of expectations—freedom from a feeling of not being good enough, fear of what others think and a need to be perfect to begin new projects. You will learn how to do what you love, love what you do and live a life of purpose. You can become who God has called you to be. Perfection is an illusion. Despite the cracks, your reflection can be clear. When you look in the mirror, in weaknesses you may find your greatest strengths—and this is the clearest reflection of all.

30 review for Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection: Shatter an Illusion of Perfection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Fisher

    Awesome book that everyone of us can relate to in our search for perfection. Julie shares numerous times in her life as she sought out a perfect situation that God showed her His way . Readers will relate these stories to their own lives and will find the comforting love of God in her story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection by Julie Barbera includes very poignant writing and metaphors that grab you and make you stop and reflect. I loved the image the author received of God using a dull pencil to press against her heart to get her attention. After describing what she went through and walking in faith, one day, the pencil disappeared. The author asked, “What happened?” God replied He had a sharp pencil now and He no longer had to press hard with the dull pencil to get her attention.   Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection by Julie Barbera includes very poignant writing and metaphors that grab you and make you stop and reflect. I loved the image the author received of God using a dull pencil to press against her heart to get her attention. After describing what she went through and walking in faith, one day, the pencil disappeared. The author asked, “What happened?” God replied He had a sharp pencil now and He no longer had to press hard with the dull pencil to get her attention.   There were times the stories and sayings felt repetitive, and it was also confusing when the author described her visions and the images and trying to keep straight if it actually happened or something she just pictured possibly happening.   Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is very faith-based. The book is well written with personal experiences of the author’s own life as examples of how to shed the image and pursuit of perfection. The book takes you on a spiritual awakening to find your life’s calling and purpose and to be okay with where you are currently along the journey.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Julie Barbera, a life coach and author, beautifully blends inspiration and religion in Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection. In short snippets, Barbera shares her own personal history of finding her life path. A champion for balanced life, she describes how after struggling with an illusion of whom and what she should be; She realized she needed to use her weaknesses along with strengths and bring a change in her life. All along, she relied upon her faith. Written in lyrical prose that’s both quotab Julie Barbera, a life coach and author, beautifully blends inspiration and religion in Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection. In short snippets, Barbera shares her own personal history of finding her life path. A champion for balanced life, she describes how after struggling with an illusion of whom and what she should be; She realized she needed to use her weaknesses along with strengths and bring a change in her life. All along, she relied upon her faith. Written in lyrical prose that’s both quotable and briskly paced, the book explores many ways people can find their niche. Barbera’s alluring ideas and insights gathered from personal experience will urge readers to comprehend their full potential. The reader looking for a fresh perspective on finding a suitable life path will find a wealth of functional advice.

  4. 5 out of 5

    M Khan

    Each of us walks a different path in life but what connects us all is our experiences. Life has its ups and downs and twist and turns and our faith gets tested and our hope diminishes. Julie Barbara’s book cracked mirror, clear reflection: Shatter an perfect illusion, is well written, personal experience of her own life at moments when her own faith has been tested and her hope was diminishing and how she overcome it at different stages of her life. Her honesty and openness adds a lot to the boo Each of us walks a different path in life but what connects us all is our experiences. Life has its ups and downs and twist and turns and our faith gets tested and our hope diminishes. Julie Barbara’s book cracked mirror, clear reflection: Shatter an perfect illusion, is well written, personal experience of her own life at moments when her own faith has been tested and her hope was diminishing and how she overcome it at different stages of her life. Her honesty and openness adds a lot to the book. It’s a book that will resonate with many, and it had me shed a few tears as I looked back in my life and reflected on my similar experiences to Julie and how God was watching over me when I felt alone. It was a honour and blessing to have a early sneak peak of the book. Julie is a beautiful soul and her family and friends should be extremely proud of her. This book is a must add to your collection and when you are questioning your own faith and feeling a lack of hope, Julie’s book will remind you that you are never alone and inspire you to keep persevering.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Crawford

    Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is a great inspirational read. This book has touched so many aspects of my own life and helped me reflect on my own life lessons. With many disappointments in life, this book helps to reflect on perseverance and faith through the struggles we face . Without faith in our Lord and perseverance to push through our challenges, we my stay in valleys instead of striving to climb to the peaks of the mountains. God has a purpose for all of us and our purpose will unfold Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is a great inspirational read. This book has touched so many aspects of my own life and helped me reflect on my own life lessons. With many disappointments in life, this book helps to reflect on perseverance and faith through the struggles we face . Without faith in our Lord and perseverance to push through our challenges, we my stay in valleys instead of striving to climb to the peaks of the mountains. God has a purpose for all of us and our purpose will unfold in His timing. Strive to have patience and perseverance to push through our challenges, as Julie has outlined in her book. God will test our strength and faith through our obstacles and if when we chose to follow His direction, we will see the reward in the end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Valencia

    Inspirational! This book came to me at a time when I was in need of hope. Julie shares her own personal experiences and how God showed Himself to her. It’s beautiful to see how God places people in our paths for a reason, and how to embrace your very unique journey.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ronette Styles

    When you read this book it gives you a sense of encouragement to not give up on your purpose no matter how hard you have to fight. It gives you a better appreciation of the journey and not just the destination.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janis

    What a truly inspiring journey... Julie Barbera's book "Cracked Mirror" takes you on!!! I could so relate to the faith and trust in the journey...One takes through life... Julie's insight and wisdom gives us a better knowledge and understanding to persevere and find success...Thank you...Julie

  9. 4 out of 5

    gary

    Julie's book is a wonderful and beautiful inspiration. It taps into the readers soul. Her journey, is our journey. I highly recommend this book. Be prepared to be inspired. - Gary Hensel, author of the books "I AM" and "Notes To A Younger Me".

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gary Greeno

    If you want to be inspired, if you want to pursue your passion, if you want to break free from fear and the barriers holding you back from living out your true purpose, then you must read Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection! This book will inspire you to live with courage and confidence!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Ann

    Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection: Shatter an Illusion of Perfection is a remarkable book that will stand out against the Christian Living and Self-Help genre thanks to the exceptional author and life coach, Julie Barbera. Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is an excellent book which is full of incredible wisdom that will help many readers see their true self as well as discover their confidence and embrace freedom. If you are a reader who is struggling with perfectionism then the perfect Cracked M Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection: Shatter an Illusion of Perfection is a remarkable book that will stand out against the Christian Living and Self-Help genre thanks to the exceptional author and life coach, Julie Barbera. Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is an excellent book which is full of incredible wisdom that will help many readers see their true self as well as discover their confidence and embrace freedom. If you are a reader who is struggling with perfectionism then the perfect Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection will be the most helpful read for you, and it should not be missed! Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is an exceptional book that will explore perfectionism and freedom. In Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection, the author and life coach, Julie Barbera, shares that perfectionism can come at a cost and that perfection is an illusion. Therefore in Barbera’s book, she helps readers overcome the pursuit for perfectionism and informs her readers that you should instead strive for freedom; from all of your expectations and live the life you want, doing what you love and being who you truly want to be – in God’s eyes and your own and this book lovers is the premise of the incredible Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection! Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is written by the talented author, Julie Barbera, an incredible woman who will get you results with her outstanding book. Barbera is an exceptional woman and life coach who in her book will share her wisdom to help the reader be their true and happiest selves. The wisdom courtesy of Julie Barbera laced throughout Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is sensational and awe-worthy. As I read Barbera’s book, I was engrossed and wanting to know more, whenever a question would pop up in my mind while reading this book it was eventually answered by Barbera, and so it made for a truly beautiful and helpful reading experience. The information and knowledge laced throughout Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is impeccable, and I am impressed by just how much knowledge there is. However, although Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is full of a wealth of information, all the information is useful as well as relevant to the topics explored so do not worry readers that you will be bombarded with information as this does not happen in this book! Julie Barbera is an exceptional author who throughout her book, takes her readers on an inspirational and heartwarming journey. The journey the reader encounters is one that is full of hope, enlightenment, and beauty, and this is thanks to Barbera’s personality and how perfectly she guides her readers through their journey, and it makes for a beautiful read. As Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is a book laced with incredible wisdom, it is also laced with phenomenal literature courtesy of the wonderful Julie Barbera; Barbera’s words are incredible, and they will flow flawlessly from beginning to end. As Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is a perfect, inspirational, and helpful self-help/happiness guide; I have no choice but to award this brilliant book five stars!

  12. 4 out of 5

    HEmma

    Julie Barbera's new book Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection: Shatter an Illusion of Perfection is an inspirational and motivational read demonstrating the power of hope, desitny, purpose, and strength in the storms of life, at the heaviest of downpours. I received this book as complimentary ARC from the author. She illustrates how to dance in the rain, love the power of challenges, and speak miracles into existence. Using a cracked mirror, Julies sees a clear reflection that lets streaks of flaws colour Julie Barbera's new book Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection: Shatter an Illusion of Perfection is an inspirational and motivational read demonstrating the power of hope, desitny, purpose, and strength in the storms of life, at the heaviest of downpours. I received this book as complimentary ARC from the author. She illustrates how to dance in the rain, love the power of challenges, and speak miracles into existence. Using a cracked mirror, Julies sees a clear reflection that lets streaks of flaws colour and flower her life. She finds a way to ensure illusions of perfection and past expereinces do not limit her. The author's writing style takes you on an expedition, siezing tough moments that turn her life around. Readers will recognize how to use faith to see the sliver lining that comes with challenges as summarized in this quote that i paraphrase: Treasure the small and little things that prepare you for your big dream If your are looking for a self help for personal growth, this book for you. Readers struggling with self esteem and self concept can find solace in adapting the spiritual and professional tenets of christian living. Leaders can utilize this book in promtping positive thinking and mindset for personal growth. Buy your copy Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection: Shatter an Illusion of Perfection by Julie Barbera's at Amzon, Barnes & Noble, and Target. Connect with the author on social media using inspireu2action at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and inspireu2action.com I give this a 5.0 star rating because it is a must read that addresses the worrying state in the society that accepts the illusions of life as truths.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joe Noya

    Julie’s book is inspiring; the honesty she displays in the accounting of her own life through the battles of doubt, and using her faith to push through her own barriers. Julie is brutally honest in her accounts of what she went through to birth this book into existence, and I felt I was with her every step of the way. Although I am not religious, the lessons are inspiring, and the quotes in each chapter give hope to everyone trying to be their authentic selves and to live their best life. This i Julie’s book is inspiring; the honesty she displays in the accounting of her own life through the battles of doubt, and using her faith to push through her own barriers. Julie is brutally honest in her accounts of what she went through to birth this book into existence, and I felt I was with her every step of the way. Although I am not religious, the lessons are inspiring, and the quotes in each chapter give hope to everyone trying to be their authentic selves and to live their best life. This is truly an inspiring and uplifting read, and will appeal to everyone whether they are religious or whether they are looking for a book that will encourage them to be honest with themselves, and to recognise that everyone has the potential to live their best life. You can tell that this book was written with a massive love for people and the understanding of the human condition where we keep ourselves locked down by our limiting beliefs. Julie helps you unlock them through her inspiring use of narrative. I would totally recommend you pick up this book; by all means read it through, but keep it to hand and flick it open when you find things difficult and you will find an inspiring passage that will pull you through. A fantastic read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shari Ring Wolf

    Not my cup of coffee I must have glazed over the info that this is a faith based book written by a life coach. The title was so intriguing I ordered in haste. The author is very much a poet, hence the catchy and beautiful title. The actual book is quite overdone with prose, and borders on proselytizing. The book is an autobiography of the author's spiritual life. It has very little to do with the title. In fact, it's a testimony to what seems to me to be a "perfect" life, or very near perfect Not my cup of coffee I must have glazed over the info that this is a faith based book written by a life coach. The title was so intriguing I ordered in haste. The author is very much a poet, hence the catchy and beautiful title. The actual book is quite overdone with prose, and borders on proselytizing. The book is an autobiography of the author's spiritual life. It has very little to do with the title. In fact, it's a testimony to what seems to me to be a "perfect" life, or very near perfect from what my life has seen. I'm not sure what genre this book is in, but it should be Christian autobiography or poetry. Very nice poetry, as the title suggests, but not at all what I was looking for.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elisa Bark

    Cracked Mirror Clear Reflection by Julie Barbera is a true gem as it takes the reader on journey with the author of how destructive perfectionism is, and how with God's help, one can let go of perfectionism and comparison to embrace one's uniqueness and destiny. I was moved and inspired by stories in this book, and it has helped me realize my giftings, and given me a desire to accept myself as God made me!! All of us can relate can relate to Author's struggles and triumphs in this book. Her jour Cracked Mirror Clear Reflection by Julie Barbera is a true gem as it takes the reader on journey with the author of how destructive perfectionism is, and how with God's help, one can let go of perfectionism and comparison to embrace one's uniqueness and destiny. I was moved and inspired by stories in this book, and it has helped me realize my giftings, and given me a desire to accept myself as God made me!! All of us can relate can relate to Author's struggles and triumphs in this book. Her journey to her life's purpose is masterfully written and easy to read!! I highly recommend this book to those who need inspiration, and to those who deeply desire change in their lives!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jackye Clayton

    This is one of those books that as you peer into the author's life, you also are peering into your own. It is deeply personal, almost like reading someone's diary. Julie amazingly shares such a personal journey that reminds us all that we are perfectly imperfect. Her stories are very relatable and familiar. We have all been there before. In this current age of social media where everyone seems ecstatic, we see the lure to try to be perfect and a daily basis. This is a great book to help you refo This is one of those books that as you peer into the author's life, you also are peering into your own. It is deeply personal, almost like reading someone's diary. Julie amazingly shares such a personal journey that reminds us all that we are perfectly imperfect. Her stories are very relatable and familiar. We have all been there before. In this current age of social media where everyone seems ecstatic, we see the lure to try to be perfect and a daily basis. This is a great book to help you refocus on what is truly important; to let go of our path and focus on God's path for us.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lucie

    I enjoyed reading this book and go back to read different chapters to help me stay grounded. It's ebb and flow from real-life experiences to dreamy clarification, of how to navigate life, has been a joy to read. It is beautifully written and inspires me to find the great meaning in life's moments that may seem small. This author must have a heart of gold, she speaks with authenticity and I really appreciate that in today's world!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection is a wonderfully personal, inspiring account of Julie's life and how, through faith, she shattered the idea of perfection, and learned that even dark moments shape us but do not define us. Her use of metaphors takes you inside a world full of hope, God and realistic optimism. Great way to remind ourselves how precious and unique our human experience is.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Meier

    Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection came into my life at just the right time. Author Julie Barbera shares about her relatable struggles with perfectionism, self-worth and fulfilling the dream that God put in her heart, despite her fears and doubts. Paired with miraculous stories and words of inspiration--both from the author and from the Bible--Julie Barbera's book touched my heart and soul.

  20. 4 out of 5

    linda freeman

    Could not get into the book. Did not like it at all. Not at all what I expected and would never read another book like this. Did not like how it jumped around Did not like this at all. Hard to even get interested . Not really a story. I would Not like to read another book like this

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leticia

    Refreshing, individual perspective that I could relate too! Kudos to the author for having the courage to share so much of oneself in every page. Your insight has brought me nourishment that I've been needing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    SCOTT SILBERSTEIN

    This was such a inspirational, uplifting book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to grow as a person and overcome any challenges. Julie truly has a gift and delivers words that are meaningful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    I really liked this book. It had short, but meaningful chapters. Julie did an excellent job of sharing her experiences and uplifting readers with scripture.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela Carmack

  25. 5 out of 5

    Swell2bme

  26. 4 out of 5

    RABT Book Tours and PR

  27. 5 out of 5

    Todd Thomas

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jae Park

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

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