"Prayer Focus Artist"

Originally published in Christian Home Life on September 1, 1997

When he's not busy as the lead singer of the multi-million selling alternative act Nine Inch Nails, 31-year-old Trent Reznor plays the role of the producer for bands such as the controversial Marilyn Manson. With millions of fans snapping up his records around the world, you'd think Reznor would be a happy contented man. He's not. In an interview earlier this year, Reznor described the hole he feels in his soul:

"Like I always though, 'Man if I could ever be a rock star ...' Some stupid [profanity deleted] naive dream, and then you get it and ... I've been at my lowest point, and I'm not just saying this; it didn't work, man. I mean, my job is ... I wake up and make music and work with people I respect, and David Bowie will take my call, so why ... do I want to kill myself, you know?" He concludes, "I'm on a [profanity deleted] path to self destruction." (1)

This revealing interview brings to mind the words of Christ in Luke 9:25, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forgeit his very self?" This month, pray that the restlessness Trent Reznor is experiencing will drive him to the peace that's found only through Jesus.

Transcribed by Keith Duemling

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