Stanley Krippner, Past President of APA Div 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) and a founding father of the Transpersonal Psychology movement, writes:


 Having known Scott Peck, I was intrigued by the history of this book and why Peck urged its execution. I was not disappointed. The author's “imperfect lens” is skillfully portrayed. His spiritual anguish is painfully frank, without being tawdry. It is inspiring without being saccharine. It moves from the depth to the heights of human existence in vivid prose, taking readers along for the journey. Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride! But it is one you won't want to miss.



Talenfeld’s book, THROUGH A STILL IMPERFECT LENS, invites the reader to accompany him on an intimate and unflinching journey into the dark and uncharted topography of the human soul. The book is a passionate, inspired amalgam of New Age Spirituality, Eastern Mysticism and intense, Talmudic self-examination, combined with the psycho-spiritual philosophies of self-actualization promoted by Maslow, Rogers and Buber. The author, using his own life as a template, bravely attempts the reconciliation of transactional and transformational approaches to human relationships. He brings his heart to the slaughter and his best bone to the fight! The book is engaging and easy to understand, offering ample rewards for the thoughtful and discerning reader. It has certainly inspired me!  -- Gary Bynkoski

I am really enjoying this book, more than any I've read in quite some time. The excerpts that I'd been reading online were too intriguing not to want to read the whole thing, and it's so beautifully composed, gentle, honest, touching and ultimately hopeful, it would be a shame if everyone didn't read it. -- Tanja K Lindsay
It made me question more deeply my own relationships, partners, husbands and the roles we play. Do we respond as our mother or our father within our marriage?  Who is playing out which role and when does the 'real self' actually emerge?  And how far back do the dynamics actually go?

A fascinating read forcing me to study my own process ever more deeply raising much food for thought and entering a deeper level of my own psyche!  Thank you Elliot Talenfeld for so much material to be worked through within my own analysis. -- Elise Wardle MA, MBACP (Accred.), Psychotherapist


   From Amazon reviewers:


Burt J Kempner, 5.0 stars, March 3, 2019, Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Elliot Talenfeld's THROUGH A STILL IMPERFECT LENS is a luminous spiritual memoir. Imperfect he may be, but Talenfeld is also an exceptionally honest and sharp-witted seeker. The rise and fall of his first marriage and the accounts of his dalliances with various spiritual groups are sometimes painful to read and other times revealing and deep. Talenfeld's inquisitive mind and questing heart take us on a journey we'll long remember. It's a mark of his talent that although he parted with numerous people along the way, I found myself caring about each and wishing them well. That's what a generous writer can do. Highly recommended.


AA, 5.0 out of 5 stars The most honest and authentic.... November 2, 2017, Format: Kindle Edition

As things go in life, you chance upon things out of nowhere and they fall into right places. I consider stumbling upon this book as part of those synchronous events in life. The cliche: 'teacher appears when student is ready' fits into this scheme. Unlike the author (who practically has experienced all that he has experienced), my reading of this book was from the perspective of having had experienced reading several of the spiritual guides and their life history (some of whom are mentioned by the author as well). I was drawn to this book due having been a fan of Scott Peck's philosophy.

At the end of the read, here is what I felt: This book is one of the most authentic, genuine and honestly written narrative I have seen of this genre. Upon arriving at this conclusion, I re-read the title of the book, and was comfortably assured that I am not making an incorrect conclusion. If nothing else, you will gain a lot of wisdom from this book.


Sandra D. White, author of Love You, Bye and Monkey’s Wedding,5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful! March 9, 2018,Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase


I was inspired to read Elliot Talenfeld’s book after coming across an excerpt he posted on Facebook about a traumatic childhood incident that came to light in his later years, something he termed, “inter-psychic, emotional force between a parent and child.” The dynamics of the situation struck a chord in me. The way he was able to excavate and untangle a complicated set of buried emotional wounds gave me insight into a situation I’ve been working on in my own family. There were other such insightful passages in the book that spoke to me, especially when it seemed to me he dug the deepest into himself trying to find answers. I appreciated his search and journey, and his ability to articulate his findings. A worthy read.


Joanne Coughlin, 5.0 out of 5 stars, August 8, 2017, Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase


What a wonderful book. The author opens up his life and I felt that I was right there with him living his life with him and the ending a happy one (which I love!). Definitely worth a read!


Terri Bush, 5 out of 5 stars, July 22, 2017,Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase


An amazing book . . . I love it very much!


Lynnette, 5.0 out of 5 stars  Buy this book. Right now. It’s amazing. March 19, 2018, Format: Paperback


I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading. No expectations. But what unfolded on the pages was many things. Raw emotion that had me in tears at times, honesty that at times was uncomfortable but necessary for both the writer and reader.

Introspection isn’t an easy exercise at the best of times, but documented introspection that is then published and shared is a whole different thing. I am in awe. After reading the last page, I felt honoured and privileged that Mr. Talenfeld “put himself out there” and I able to share in his story. Through a Still Imperfect Lens is a must-read. Do yourself a favour and buy this book. Today. Right now.


jackie richards, 5.0 out of 5 stars, February 15, 2018, Format: Kindle Edition


What a compelling read! I couldn't put it down! It is an honest, direct and revealing account of one man's search for what is lasting and important.




“Continue to the end with writing this book, to which you quite obviously seem called.”