Stanley Krippner, Past President of APA Div 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) and a founding father of the Transpersonal
Psychology movement, writes:
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,
3, 2019, Format: Kindle Edition Verified
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
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.
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.
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
jackie richards, 5.0 out of 5 stars, February 15, 2018, Format: Kindle Edition
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.
FROM M.SCOTT PECK, AUTHOR OF THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED:
“Continue to the end with writing this book, to which you quite
obviously seem called.”