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:

 

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.

 

AND 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.”