[slidepress gallery='young,-rich,-but-not-good-enough'] He was young and rich and very influential. In fact, he was one of the most famous young men in his day.

The year was 1987. Kirk starts out his biography with chapter one entitled "On Top of the World."

He was 17 driving his convertible through Hollywood with the top down so girls could see who he was. When he stopped at a light he said "I'd glance over, flashing my famously crooked smile. I loved the double takes, the ear-piercing screams...

I was supposed to be the coolest kid on the planet...Teen mags plastered my mug on their covers...I received 10,000 letters per week, mostly from girls who wanted to meet me, touch me, marry me. I had a fan club that sent out a variety of keepsakes-photos, T-shirts, button, even a pillowcase with my picture just the right size for girls to kiss my fabric-y likeness as they drifted off to sleep. Wherever I went people catered to me.

I had everything the rest of the world craved-money, fame, fortune, any girls I wanted.

But something was missing. Halfway through the biography, Kirk says, "I was 17 and had already surpassed what most people hoped to achieve in a lifetime. The disturbing part was that it all felt very empty to me, like biting into a big chocolate Easter bunny: it looks great on the outside, then pop!-hollow on the inside... I felt like I would have traded it all for something else, but what the 'else' was, I had no idea. It was kind of depressing. I always thought being rich and famous would make me infinitely happy. But it didn't...I began to lose my faith in atheism."

Many of us think "if I were rich, I would be happy. My problems would be solved." Or "if I could have my youth and health back, life would be so much better."  We work like crazy to pursue the American dream. We buy gym memberships, make-up and Botox to look and feel younger. But does it work?

AuthorPastor Josh Crockett
CategoriesFrom the Pulpit