6-Week Series: Against All Odds

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At 39, Garth Brooks is probably the world’s most successful singer. He has sold more records than Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Elvis Presley, or any other solo act in history and he has done it in only 12 years. He has won every prize in the recording business. A few months ago he announced his retirement. Here is what he said about his decision to call it quits:

“Music is a gift from God. It just comes naturally. It’s easy and I love it. But now I’m finding that it’s not the most important thing in my life. When I look in the mirror, I see a guy full of flaws. I see the promises he made that he hasn’t kept, and I know it’s time to keep them. What I wanted when I started was to communicate to the world, and music was how I tried to do it. I can’t read or write music, but it’s what I knew, and when people respond to your music, you’ve got to look in the mirror and ask, ‘Is this what God put me here to do?”

Evidently, Garth Brooks might have looked in the mirror one morning and asked God, “God, is this what you put me...

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