Myths, Philosophy, Religions and Spirituality

  • It’s never the event but our interpretation of the event that motivates our responses.
  • How We Build Our Core Beliefs Systems and Develop Our Scripts, Maps, and Models to Represent Reality.


Campbell, Joseph with Bill Moyers (1988) The Power of Myth. New York: Doubleday    *****

Campbell, Joseph (1990) The Hero’s Journey edited by Phil Cousineau. Novato, CA: New World Library


Osbon, Diane (1991) Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion. New York: HarperCollins

Castell, Albury and Donald Borchert (1988) An Introduction to Modern Philosophy: Examining the human condition. New York: Macmillan Publishing

Popkin, Richard and Avrum Stroll (1956) Philosophy Made Simple. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company

Robinson, Dave and Chriss Garratt (1999) Introducing Ethics. Australia; Crows Nest NSEW: Allen & Unwin Pty

Russell, Bertrand (1997) The Problems of Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press

Comparative Religions:

Armstrong, Karen (1993) A History of God: The 4,000-year quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. New York: Ballantine Books

  • The Case for God. New York: Random House

Campbell, Joseph (2001) Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor. Novato, CA: New World Library

Eisler, Riane (1987) The Chalice & the Blade: our history, our future. New York: HarperCollins *****

Hanh, Thich Nhat (1995) Living Buddha, Living Christ New York: Riverhead Books

Johnson, Robert (1983) We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love.

Neilsen, Niels, (1983) Religions of the World. New York: St. Martin’s Press *****

Sanday, Peggy Reeves (1981) Female Power and Male Dominance: on the origins of sexual inequality.  New York: Cambridge Press  *****

(Religions in a chronological order of development)

Shamanism & Paganism (Earth worship)

Andrews, Ted (2006) Animal Speak: The spiritual & magical powers of creatures great and small. Woodbury,

Black Wolf and Gina Jones (1996) Earth Dance Drum: A celebration of life. Salt Lake City, UT: Commune-A-Key

Conway, D.J. (2000) Advanced Celtic Shamanism. Berkeley, CA: The Crossing Press

Doore, Gary – compiled and edited by (1988) Shaman’s Path: Healing, personal growth and empowerment. Boston, MA: Shambhala

Cunningham, Scott (1988) Wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications

Harner, Michael (1990) The Way of the Shaman. New York: Harper & Row

Millman, Dan (1979) The Warrior Athlete: Body, Mind & Spirit, Self-transformation through total training

  • (1984) Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Tiburon, CA: H.J. Kramer
  • (1991) Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior. Tiburon, CA: H.J. Kramer

O’Hara, Gwydion (1997) Pagan Ways: Finding your spirituality in nature. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications

Sun Bear, Wabun Wind, and Crysalis Mulligan (1991) Dancing with the Wheel: The medicine wheel workbook New York: Simon & Schuster    ****

Swinomish Tribal Mental Health Project (1991) A Gathering of Wisdoms: Tribal mental health: a cultural perspective. LaConner, WA: Swinomish Tribal Center


Dawkins, Richard (2006) The God Delusion. New York: Houghton, Miffrin, Harcourt Publishing Company

  • (2009) The Greatest Show on Earth: the evidence for evolution. New York: Freepress

Russell, Bertrand (1957) Why I Am Not a Christian: and other essays on religion and related subjects. New York: Simon & Schuster

Buddhism & other Eastern philosophies and religions

Boldt, Laurance (1999) The TAO of Abundance: Eight ancient principles for abundant living. New York: Penguin Putnam

Braverman, Arthur (xxxx) Living and Dying in Zazen: Five Zen Master of modern Japan. New York: Weatherhill

Coomaraswamy, Ananda (xxxx) Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism. New York: Harper & Row

Hanson, Rick (2011) Just One Thing: developing a Buddha Brain one simple practice at a time. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications

Hanson, Rick and Richard Mendius (2009) Buddha’s Brain: The practical neuroscience of happiness, love & wisdom. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications   *****

Huang, Chungliang A (1987) Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountains: The essence of Tai Ji. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts

Kato, Bunno, Yoshiro Tamura and Kojiro Miyasake (translated by – xxxx) The Threefold Lotus Sutra. New York: Weatherhill

Kopp, Sheldon (1972) If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! New York: Bantam Books    *****

Kornfield, Jack (1996) The Roots of Buddhist Psychology (CDs) Woodside, CA: recorded at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  • (2008) The Wise Heart: a guide to the universal teaching of Buddhist psychology. New York: Bantam Dell

Lopez, Donald ed. By (2002) A Modern Buddhist Bible: Essential reading from East and West. Boston, MA: Beacon Press

Parulski, George Jr. (1976) A Path of Oriental Wisdom: Introductory studies in Eastern Philosophy. Burbank, CA: Ohara Publications

Renou, Louis – (1961) Hinduism. New York: Washington Square Press

Rosen, Steven (2002) The Hidden Glory of India. Los Angeles, CA: The Bhakrivedanta Book Trust

Rothberg, Donald (2006) The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist approach to transforming ourselves and the world. Boston, MA: Beacon Press    *****


Bible (Old Testament)

The Torah


Bawer, Bruce (1997) Stealing Jesus: How fundamentalism betrays Christianity. New York: Three Rivers Press

Ehrman, Bart (2005) Misquoting Jesus: The story behind who changed the bible and why. New York: HarperCollins ****

Foundation for Inner Peace (2007) A Course in Miracles: Combined volume. Mill Valley, CA: Foundation for Inner Peace

Freke, Timothy & Peter Gandy (1999) The Jesus Mysteries: Was the “Original Jesus” a Pagan God? New York: Three Rivers Press    ****

  •  (2001) Jesus and the Lost Goddess. New York: Three Rivers Press
  • (2005) The Laughing Jesus: Religious Lies and Gnostic Truths. New York: Harmony Press

Funk, Robert and Roy Hoover and the Jesus Seminar (1993) The Five Gospels: What did Jesus really say? New York: HarperCollins

Hoeller, Stephan (1989) Jung and the Lost Gospels: Insights into the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library. Wheatland, IL: The Theosophical Publishing House    ****

  • (2002) Gnosticism: New light on the ancient tradition of inner knowing. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books

Horsley, Richard with Jonathan Draper (1999) Whoever Hears You Hears Me: Prophets, performance, and tradition in Q. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press

Isbouts, Jean-Pierre (2008) Young Jesus: Restoring the ‘lost years’ of a social activist and religious dissident. New York: Sterling

Knight, Christopher and Robert Lomas (1997) The Second Messiah: Templars, the Turin Shroud and the great secret of freemasonry. Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Leloup, Jean-Yves – translated by (2002) The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions

Mack, Burton (1993) The Lost Gospel: The book of Q & Christian origins. New York: HarperCollins

Malachi, Tau (2005) Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ: Agnostic Christian Kabbalah. Moodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications

Meyer, Marvin (2005) The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus: The definitive collection of mystical gospels and secret books about Jesus of Nazareth. San Francisco, CA: Harper San Francisco

  • (2005) The Gnostic Discoveries: the impact of the Nag Hammadi Library. New York: HarperCollins ****

Old and New Testaments (1953) The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons

Pagels, Elaine (1979) The Gnostic Gospels. New York: Random House    *****

  • (2005) Beyond Belief: The secret gospel of Thomas. New York: Random House

Prophet, Mark and Elizabeth Clare (xxxx) The Lost Years of Jesus

  • (1986) The Lost Teachings of Jesus I. Livingston, MT; Summit University Press
  • (1986) The Lost Teachings of Jesus II. Livingston, MT; Summit University Press

Ferrini, Paul (2000) Reflections of the Christ Mind: The present-day teaching of jesus. New York: Doubleday

Haught, John F. (2010) Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the drama of life. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press

Horsley, Richard with Jonathan Draper (1999) Whoever Hears You Hears Me: Prophets, performance, and tradition in Q. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International

Isbouts, Jean-Pierre (2008) Young Jesus: Restoring the “lost Years” of a social activist and religious dissident.  New York: Sterling

LDS: The book of Mormon

Malachi, Tau (2005) Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ: A gnostic Christian Kabbalah. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications

Knight, Christopher and Robert Lomas (2000) The Second Messiah: Templars, the Turin shroud and the great secret of freemasonry. Barnes and Noble Books

Meyer, Marvin (2005) The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus: The definitive collection of mystical gospels and secret books about Jesus of Nazareth. New York: HarperCollins

Pagels, Elaine (1995) The Origin of Satan New York: Random House, Inc.

  •   (2005) Beyond Belief: The secret gospel of Thomas. New York: Random House

Spong, John S. (2007) Jesus for the Non-Religious: Recovering the divine in the heart of the human. New York: HarperCollins

Starbird, Margaret (xx) Magdalene’s Lost Legacy: Symbolic numbers and the sacred union of Christianity. Rochester, VT: Bear & Company

Tickle, Phyllis (2008) The Great Emergence: How Christianity is changing and why. Grand Rapids, MI: Barker Books

Tolstoy, Leo (1984) The Kingdom of God is Within You: Christianity not as a mystic religion but as a new theory of life. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press

Unknown (unknown) The Book: A compelling odyssey of love, truth & adventure. (the Bible) Wheaton IL: Tyndale house publishers

Wilke, Richard (1986) And Are We Yet Alive? The future of the United Methodist Church. Nashville TN: Abingdon Press


Wright, G. Ernest principle advisor (1974) Great People of the Bible and How They Lived. Pleasantville, NY: The Reader’s Digest Association

Epstein, Greg M. (2009) good without God: what a billion nonreligious people Do believe.


the Koran/Quran

Abu-Harb, I.A. (1996) A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam. Houston, TX: Darussalam

Armstrong, Karen (2002) Islam: A short history. New York: Modern Library

Ernst, Carl W. (1997) The Shambhala Guide to Sufism: An essential introduction to the philosophy and practice of the mystical tradition of Islam.  Boston, MA: Shambhala

Frager, Robert (2002) The Wisdom of Islam: An introduction to the living experience of Islamic belief and practice. Hauppauge, NY: Barren’s Educational Series

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein (2003) Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization. New York: HarperCollins Publishers

Rauf, Abdul (2004) What’s Right with Islam is What’s Right with America: A new vision for Muslims and the West. New York: HarperCollins Publisher


Mackenzie, Pastor Dan, Rabbi Ted Falcon; and Imam Jamal Rahman (2011) Religion Gone Astray: What we found at the heart of interfaith. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing

Mendelsohn, Jack (1964) Why I Am A Unitarian Universalist. New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons

Spirituality and Spiritual Psychology

Adrienne, Carol (1998) The Purpose of Your Life. New York: William Morrow and Company

Bach, Richard (1970) Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a Story. New York: The MacMillan Company

Brilliant, Ashleigh (1980) I Have Abandoned My Search for Truth, and I Am Now Looking for A Good Fantasy. Santa Barbara, CA: Woodbridge Press

Cole-Whittaker, Terry (1986) The Inner Path from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. New York: Fawcett Crest

Eldridge, John (2001) Wild at Heart: Discovering the secret of a Man’s soul Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers

Fields, Rick with Peggy Taylor, Rex Weyler and Rick Ingrasci (1984) Chop Wood, Carry Water: A guide to finding spiritual fulfillment in everyday life. Los Angeles, CA: Jeremy P. Tarcher

Gilbran, Kahlil (1951) The Prophet. New York: Alfred A. Knopf    *****

Hanson, Rick and Richard Mendius (2009) Buddha’s Brain: The practical neuroscience of happiness, love & wisdom. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications    ****

Hillman, James (1996) The Soul’s Code: In search of character and calling. New York: Warner Books

Holmes, Ernest (1948) This Thing Called YOU. New York: G.P. Putman’s sons

Howard, Alice and Walden (1985) Exploring the Road Less Traveled: a study guide for small groups. New York: Simon & Schuster

Jaffe, Lawrence (1999) Celebrating Soul: Preparing for the New Religion. Toronto, ON, Canada: Inner City Books

Lama, Dalai and Desmond Tutu (2016) The Book of Joy. New York: Random House *****

Moore, Thomas (1992) Care of the Soul: a guide for cultivating depth and sacredness in everyday life. New York: HarperCollins

Peck, M. Scott (1978) The Road Less Traveled: A new psychology of love, traditional values and spiritual growth. New York: Simon & Schuster     *****

  • (1993) Further Along the Road Less Traveled: The unending journey toward spiritual growth. The edited lectures New York: Simon & Schuster

Prather, Hugh (1998) Spiritual Notes to Myself. Berkeley, CA: Conari Press

Redfield, James (1993) The Celestine Prophecy, an adventure. New York: Warner Books

Sinetar, Marsha (1986) Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics: Lifestyles for self-discovery. New York: Paulist Press

Singer, June (1994) Boundaries of the Soul: the practice of Jung’s psychology. New York: Doubleday

Wilber, Ken (1995) Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: the spirit of evolution. Boston, MA: Shambhala

Zukav, Gary (1979) The Dancing Wu Li Masters: an overview of the new physics. New York: Bantam Books

  • (1989) The Seat of the Soul. New York: Simon & Schuster

Men’s Work

Boyles, Denis (1993) The Modern Man’s Guide to Modern Women. New York: HarperCollins

Colapinto, John (2001) As Nature Made Him: The boy who was raised as a girl. New York: HarperCollins

Creveld, Martin Van (2013) The Privileged Sex Mevasseret Zion, Israel: DLVC Enterprises

Deida, David (2004) The Way of the Superior Man. Boulder, CO: Sounds True

Farrell, Warren (1986) Why Men Are the Way They Are. New York: Berkley Books    *****

    –    (1993) The Myth of Male Power. New York: Simon and Schuster     *****

    –    (1999) Women Can’t Hear What Men Can’t Say. New York: Jeremy Tarcher    ******

                     (* section on giving and receiving criticism)

     –   (2005) Why Men Earn More: The startling truth behind the pay gap – and what women can do about it. New York: American Management Association

Goldberg, Herb (1976) The Hazards of Being Male: Surviving the myth of masculine privilege.  New York: New American Library    *****

    –    (1979) The New Male: From Macho to sensitive but still male. New York: William Morrow and Company

Keen, Sam (1991) Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man. New York: Bantam Books  **

Kipnis, Aaron (2004) Knights without Armor: A guide to the inner lives of men. Santa Barbara, CA: Indigo Phoenix Books   **

Moore, Robert and Douglas Gillette (1990) King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine. New York: HarperCollins    ****

  • (1992) The King Within: Accessing the king in the male psyche. New York: William Morrow & Company
  • (1992) The Warrior Within: Accessing the knight in the male psyche. New York: Avon Books
  • (1993) The Magician Within: Accessing the shaman in the male psyche. New York: Avon Books
  • (1993) The Lover Within: Accessing the lover of the male psyche

Nathanson, Paul and Katherine K. Young (2006) Legalizing Misandry: from public shame to systematic discrimination against men. Canada: McGill-Queen’s University Press

Silvers, Ann (2014) Abuse OF men BY women: It happens, it hurts, and it’s time to get real about it. Gig Harbor, WA: Silvers Publishing

Sommers, Christina H (2000) The War Against Boys: how misguided feminism is harming our young men. New York: Simon & Schuster    *****

  • (2013?) The War Against Boys: (politics)

Taylor, Stuart Jr. and KC Johnson (2007) Until Proven Innocent: Political correctness and the shameful injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape case. New York: St. Martin Press

Tiger, Lionel (1999) The Decline of Males: The first look at an unexpected new world for men and women.New York: St Martin’s Griffin     *****

Vilar, Esther (2008) The Manipulated Man Londen, Englan: Pinter & MartinLtd.   *****

Weiss, Robert (1990) Staying the Course: The emotional and social lives of men who do well at work. New York: Fawcett Columbine

Women’s Work

Andrews, Lynn (1981) Medicine Woman. New York: Harper & Row

  • (1985) Jaguar Woman: and the wisdom of the butterfly tree. New York: HarperCollins Publishers

Bass, Ellen and Laura Davis (1988) “The Courage to Heal: a guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse.”  New York: Harper & Row

Berman, Laura (2013) It’s Not Him, It’s You: how to take charge of your life and create the love and intimacy you deserve. New York: DK Publishing

Blenky, Mary and et el. (1986) Women’s Ways of Knowing: The development of self, voice, and mind. New York: Basic Books

Bolen, Jean (1984) Goddesses in Every Woman: A new psychology of women. New York: Harper & Row

Canfield, Jack, Mark Hansen, Jennifer Hawthorn and Marci Shimoff (1996) Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications

De Castillejo, Irene Claremont (1973) Knowing Woman: A feminine psychology. Boston, MA: Shambhala

Estes, Clarissa (1992) Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and stories of the wild woman archetype New York: Ballantine Books

Farrell, Warren (2005) Why Men Earn More: The startling truth behind the pay gap – and what women can do about it. New York: American Management Association

Forward, Susan and Craig Buck (1978) Betrayal of Innocence: Incest and its devastation. New York: Penguin Books

Jantz, Gregory (1995) Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse. Grand Rapids, MI: Fleming Revell

Jones, Ann and Susan Schechter (1992) When Love Goes Wrong: What to do when you can’t do anything right. New York: HarperCollins

Meyer, Ann (1968) Ten Lessons in Woman Awareness. Lemon Grove, CA: TIC Books

Roiphe, Katie (1993) The Morning After: sex, fear, and feminism on campus. New York: Little, Brown and Company

Ruether, Rosemary Radiford (1983) Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a feminist theology. Boston, MA: Beacon Press

Sams, Jamie (1993) The 13 Original Clan Mothers: Your sacred path to discovering the gifts, talents, and abilities of the feminine through the ancient teachings of the sisterhood. New York: HarperCollins

Sommers, Christina H. (1994) Who Stole Feminism: How women have betrayed women. New York: Simon & Schuster

Steinem, Gloria (1993) Revolution From Within: A book of self-esteem. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company

Walker, Lenore (1979) The Battered Woman. New York: HarperCollins