A Recommended Reading List for Dedicants

Here is a list of books that have been approved for the Dedicants Program.

We’ve also worked hard to make sure that every book on this list is in print. Unfortunately, all the best books seem to go out of print, and sometimes libraries don’t carry them.

If you would like to use a book that’s not listed here, please make sure it is not on our list of books and authors that are not approved for the purpose of the Dedicant’s Program. Email the ADF Preceptor with information on the book that you’d like to use.

If you’re looking for other books, check out this reading list for books beyond the DP.

Click on the book covers to purchase the books from Amazon.com. Where possible, we have also included links for audio versions of the books.

Anglo-Saxon Studies

Lost Gods of England

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Lost Gods of England

The Real Middle Earth

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The Real Middle Earth

Travels Through Middle Earth

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Travels Through Middle Earth

Celtic Studies - Irish
Celtic Studies - Welsh
Celtic Studies - Gaulish
Greek (Hellenic) Studies

Greek Religion

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Greek Religion
Religion in the Ancient Greek City

The Homeric Hymns

Buy now!
The Homeric Hymns

The Iliad and The Odyssey

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The Iliad and The Odyssey

Theogony and Works and Days

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Theogony and Works and Days
Proto-Indo-European Studies
Vedic Studies

Note: These books do not fulfill a requirement for the ADF Dedicant Path, but are provided to help Dedicants work through the Nature Awareness section of the DP.

Secondary Reading List

This is a list of books that are good books, but may be very expensive or hard to find and are not recommended for the DP. If you’d like to use one of these books, please contact the preceptor.

Classic Mythology: Images and Insights
by Stephen L. Harris and Gloria Platzner
[Worldcat Link]

In Search of Ancient Ireland
by Carmel McCaffrey

Introduction to Pagan Studies
by Barbara Jane Davy
[Worldcat Link]

The Celtic Gauls: Gods, Rites, and Sanctuaries
by Jean Louis Brunaux
This is a great book on the Gauls, but it’s quite expensive.
[Worldcat Link]

The Wisdom of the Celts
by Gina Sigillito
somewhat dated, not as recommended

Additional Notes

Please note that books by the following authors are not recommended for the Dedicants Program.

  • Robert Graves, D.J. Conway, Lewis Spense, H.P. Blavatsky, Edward Williams (aka Iolo Morganwg)
  • Merlin Stone, Barbara Walker

Please note that books are not recommended for the Dedicants Program.

  • Omens, Oghams, and Oracles by Richard Webster
  • The Celts by Jean Markale
  • The Religion of the Ancient Celts by J.A. MacCulloch

Some of the assertions made in these sources can’t be supported by current scholarship on the Druids; the use of common sense and a critical eye are highly recommended in dealing with these books (and all the other books listed on this page as well). We recommend that members get a firm grounding in Druidry and Paganism so they can apply critical thinking to these resources.

When in doubt, consult your nearest tree…

Other Recommended Reading Lists

Individual ADF Guilds will likely also have more extensive reading lists for topics relating to Guild activities (e.g., liturgy, healing, etc.). Guilds are open to ADF members only, so if you are not a member but are interested in specific Guild recommended reading, please consider joining ADF . Also, some ADF Groves have developed their own recommended reading lists so you may want to see if there is an ADF grove near you or visit various grove web sites.

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“A Recommended Reading List for Dedicants.” submitted by info-manager on 15 May, 2019. Last modified on 12 January, 2021.

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