I have said time and time again, I believe that the canon makes itself known and I believe that the church recognized this. If they didn't then somebody else would have and we could join their church. I give the church no authority in this whatsoever, and no I didn't get my canon from the church. It just is, that's all. I've noticed that Marcus appears to be conveying this dame thought and he's being roundly criticized for it. I've learned to step to the side, I'm not interested in the critics of this view.
But I'll try to give you a little more in the way of helping. Early on I was aware of the Apocryphal books and curious as to why they weren't included. So I read them, and at first couldn't decide. Over the years it has become clearer to me that while I sense no wrong, I'm not hearing the same voice there and I've come to accept the standard 66 book offering. Yes there are a couple of books that I might include that are outside, (possibly Letter to Laodicea and Enoch) but nothing that would really matter, so I'm content.
Yes I've read the nut job books as well. I say this because I've read them, with all of them there is an element whereby the author clearly has an agenda, the writing is pretty poor and there is the stink of imitation in the air. Specifics, I can't help you there unless I go back and revisit, which I have no need. Their best use appears to be use in shock documentaries where a new earth shattering secret is promised each time.
Probably the best help I can be would be to point you to a show I watched last night on PBS. It was a series of Jazz performances by Hugh Laurie, I'm guessing they will show it multiple times so heads up! Another show that may be of interest to help with withdrawal is "Doc Martin" also on PBS, no fancy hospital or miraculously complicated cures, yet the doctor appears to be even quirkier than house.