Ricky Skaggs



A musical legend on the reading that inspires him.



With his first television appearance playing music at the age of 7, country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs became in 1982 the youngest member inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and in the decades since has emerged as one of the defining musical voices of our time. Spanning rock, gospel, country, and the bluegrass music on which he was raised, Skaggs's career has included multiple hit records and helped usher in a new wave of popularity for traditional American music. His latest record is the gospel-inflected album Mosaic. Here, he shares with us the books that he turns to for inspiration and reflection.


Music by Ricky Skaggs




The Bible


"It's the greatest book ever written. It tells the stories of ordinary people being used by an extraordinary God. I try and read it everyday, because I always find strength, hope, and answers for every problem that comes up. It's taught me that when I mess up, to run to God instead of running from Him!"





Total Forgiveness

By R. T. Kendall


"It's an incredible book dealing with what I think is the Achilles heel of the Body of Christ, and that's unforgiveness! When I read the book, God brought up people that had offended me, hurt me, and spoke very unkind things toward me that I had just pushed down in my soul and had forgotten about. But, I put this truth of the book to the test and I'm telling you, it works. It's an amazing truth right out of the Word of God."



The Purpose Driven Life

By Rick Warren


"It really shows that God has never created anyone without a purpose. The key is finding your purpose, and Rick goes into great detail on how to find God's purpose for your life. My wife, Sharon, and I have taught both of these books, The Purpose Driven Life and Total Forgiveness, at our home Bible study group."


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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.