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.
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
In Search of Ancient Ireland
by Carmel McCaffrey
Introduction to Pagan Studies
by Barbara Jane Davy
The Celtic Gauls: Gods, Rites, and Sanctuaries
by Jean Louis Brunaux
This is a great book on the Gauls, but it’s quite expensive.
The Wisdom of the Celts
by Gina Sigillito
somewhat dated, not as recommended
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…
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.
“A Recommended Reading List for Dedicants.” submitted by info-manager on 15 May, 2019. Last modified on 12 January, 2021.