BfW really is a love/hate book... I think in part because it's so "hands on". You either really get into the birth art and activities, or you don't. :)
In terms of philosophy, BfW is pretty much the gold standard of "birth hurts but you're strong and will survive this rite of passage" and then gives all sorts of ideas for becoming stronger and more aware before and during the birth. It's more flexible than something like Bradley or Lamaze (where specific coping techniques are stressed over others, and where they is more of an element of "do this at this time, do that at that time") since it's goal is to help you find your individual unique strengths and helping you face your own specific fears. BfW offers a doula training/certification program so if you really resonate with their philosophy you may be able to find a doula who has been trained in that specific manner. It's one of the newer doula programs (maybe 5-6 years now?) so I don't know how many are out there, but it would be worth checking their website!
The self-hypnosis for birth programs (HypnoBabies, HypnoBirth, HypBirth, etc) tend to be at the other end of the philosophical spectrum, focusing on the idea that birth doesn't have to be painful and that much of the pain felt in the birth process is the result of pre-conditioned responses that can be changed through the use of self-hypnosis and related techniques prenatally and during the birth itself. Some programs are more flexible than others in the number and variety of preparation and coping techniques they teach (HypnoBabies tends to offer more options than HypnoBirth, but in large part that's because HypnoBirth is supposed to be taught in a class setting where the instructor can provide customization but in reality many moms just have the HypnoBirth book and are working on their own). There are doulas trained in various self-hypnosis for birth techniques too, so again, that might be something worth seeking out if you really resonate with this philosophy.
Anyway, the self hypnosis programs generally ask moms to stay away from books/programs that will reinforce the cultural assumption of birth=pain (even if that program is shifting the mentality to be birth=pain but you are stronger than the pain) so yeah... BfW has some wonderful ideas that would work well with just about any birth prep program (if you like crafty/birth art/visualization stuff) but it might be a good idea to have a friend or partner go through the book and pull out ideas for you if you're trying to avoid the "birth hurts" framework.
Hmmmm... I haven't really done much "birth reading" this time round. I have a whole stack of books gathered over the years (this is babe #4, I've been a doula for 5 years, and an ICAN leader for 4 years and as a librarian? Books galore! lol) but none of them have really been calling to me. I've flipped through the Sears Pregnancy book a few times to remind myself of various pregnancy milestones, but I just can't seem to find the time to pull anything else out. Which is odd because last pregnancy I was all about books.
There are a lot of VBAC and CBAC stories on the ICAN forums and in various ICAN blogs. In terms of VBAC prep I found those forums to be really helpful because there's such a wide variety of women posting... I love mdc but the unifying element of mdc is "natural family living" while the unifying element of ICAN is having had a cesarean. It was somehow comforting to see the photos (vbac, cbac) and know that every single woman there had been through the same surgery as I had. And the repsonses to that surgery were really varied... some were mourning, some were ok, some wanted a vbac and got one, some wanted a vbac and got a cbac, some wanted a rc/s, and so on. So if you're looking for really varied birth stories that all start with a prior cesarean, that might be the place to go.
Overall I'm a big fan of Penny Simkin and Sheila Kitzinger. I like the Labor Progress Handbook a lot (intended for birth support people, but readable by anyone) but it's not a birth story sort of book... it's mostly a flow chart sort of thing (if X is happening, consider these options and each of those options might lead to these downstream results) but I enjoyed the information overload.
Have you checked out the titles listed in the VBAC resource thread?