Things You Might Like to Read

It is true that we are what we eat. We should, naturally, eat a healthy variety of things and then wisely choose from the foods we find to be available to us. Those that are nurishing, we should pursue, and reject those that are empty or harmful. In the search for truth, a fundamental process is one of unbiased research: opening up one’s mind to all possibilities, considering each new idea on its own merit and comparing it to all the other ideas, then coming to some conclusion concerning the idea (even if that conclusion is to delay judgment until more information is available). This is an essential approach if we are to uncover “fearful truths.”

This is more than a simple book list. This reference section represents books that marked a good portion of the trail that led me out of traditional Christian belief systems and into a rational, human world view. I believe that anyone who may read through even half of this list with an open and inquiring mind would find it nearly impossible to remain comfortably ensconsed in a traditional Christian religious structure unless it were only for the social benefits with no regard for the actual reality of what is taught and held.

Ideally, this collection will serve as a useful guide to those who would wish to pursue truth and reality at any cost. I can only say that for me, reading these books has literally changed my life. They have broken me out of a quite small box that represented my understanding of the world and have taken me soaring to breathtaking new views of the vast universe. They have shown me marvelous things that I did not know existed. I wish for you the same alarming joy!


The books can be categorized as follows. Please note that most of these books exhibit many cross-discipline tendancies, which is one of their greatest assets. This means that many of the books belong in more than one of the categories I’ve devised. I will list them in the category that best sums up that book’s message.

Note that not all volumes are of equal “importance” to our theme here, as some are supportive to others. In order to be comprehensive, they are all listed here according to subject matter. The ones I found to be of particular value are listed in bold. You might wish to start with one of those.


Insights into the true history of religion and Christian religion.

Entheogenic religious origins in African and Indus civilization
Vedic and Zoroastrian origins and influences
Bible origins in politics and power
Pagan and Gnostic origins of Christianity
The Gnostic scriptures and the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Templars and secret knowledge

Rationalist and Humanist reactions


Insights into the true history of human civilization

Dispersion Theory
Atlantis - lost prehistoric civilizations
Historic but mysterious megalithic civilizations
Egypt and archeoastronomy

Archeoastronomy around the world


Insights into the true nature of spirituality
~ Shamanism, Entheogens (Spirit Medicines like Ayahuasca), and Spiritual Warrior Craft:

Challenges to evolution theory and reductionism
Examining Humanity's oldest religion and finding new ways to apply its insights
Entheogens and the physical/spiritual link

The beginnings of a new Western Philosophy called
the Way of the Warrior



Insights into the true history of religion and Christian religion:

In Search of the Birth of Jesus/The real journey of the Magi - Paul William Roberts

Power, Politics, and the Making of the Bible - Robert B. Coote & Mary P. Coote

Food of the Gods/The search for the original Tree of Knowledge - Terence McKenna

The Jesus Mysteries - Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy

Bloodline of the Holy Grail - Laurence Gardner

The Hiram Key - Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas

The Second Messiah - Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas

Uriel’s Machine - Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas

The Hermetica - Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy

Zoroaster/Life and work of the forerunner in Persia - Grail Foundation Press (Dr. Micah Rubenstein)

Textual Sources for the Study of Zoroastrianism - Mary Boyce

The Babylonian Genesis - Alexander Heidel

The Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels - Alexander Heidel

The Sign and the Seal - Graham Hancock

Thus Spoke Zarathustra - Friederich Neitzche (Walter Kaufmann translation)

The Forgery of the Old Testament & other essays -

The Myth of the Resurrection & other essays - Joseph McCabe

Why I am Not a Christian - Bertrand Russell

Why I am an Agnostic & other essays - Clarence Darrow

Abusing Science/The case against Creationism - Philip Kitcher


Insights into the true history of human civilization:

Ishmael - Daniel Quinn

The Story of B - Daniel Quinn

Fingerprints of the Gods - Graham Hancock

Heaven’s Mirror - Graham Hancock

Hamlet’s Mill - Giorgio de Santillana & Hertha von Dechend

The Orion Mystery - Robert Bauval & Adrian Gilbert

The Message of the Sphinx - Graham Hancock & Robert Bauval

The Sirius Mystery - Robert K. G. Temple

Food of the Gods/The search for the original Tree of Knowledge - Terence McKenna

Sailing to Paradise - Jim Bailey

The Alban Quest - Farley Mowat

The Secret of the Incas - William Sullivan

The Zuni Enigma - Nancy Yaw Davis

Forbidden Archeology - Michael A. Cremo & Richard L. Thompson

From The Ashes of Angels -The Forbidden Legacy of a Forgotten Race - Andrew Collins

Gods of Eden -Egypt's Lost Legacy and the Genesis of Civilization - Andrew Collins

The Gateway to Atlantis - Andrew Collins 


Insights into the true nature of spirituality ~
Shamanism, Entheogens (Spirit Medicines like Ayahuasca), and Spiritual Warrior Craft:


The Cosmic Serpent - Jeremy Narby

Supernatural - Graham Hancock

DMT-The Spirit Molecule - Rick Strassman, M.D.

The Craft of the Warrior - Robert L. Spencer

Way of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman

The Teachings of Don Juan (and following books) - Carlos Casteneda

Entheogens and the Future of Religion - Robert Forte (ed.)

The Antipodes of The Mind - Benny Shanon

The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley

Darwin’s Black Box - Micheal J. Behe

Ayahuasca -Human Consciousness and the Spirits of Nature - Ralph Metzner (ed. )

The Way of the Shaman - Michael Harner


This is a large list, but there are many, many other fine books out there that will open new avenues of thought. These are simply some of the ones I have read that have impacted my thinking the most. I welcome your comments and suggestions.


Happy Reading!!

The present moment is not mundane. It is, in essence, extraordinary. -DC

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