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Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance Hardcover – June 1, 2010
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All that being said, I truly enjoyed Chords of Strength. I already knew a lot of little details (i.e. that he had been on Star Search, etc) but it was nice to see all of the little subtleties here. How his family came to be members of the LDS church, for example. As David says in this memoir, who better to tell his story than himself?
I assumed when I heard David was writing a memoir that it would be inspirational, but I'm not sure I was expecting it to be SO moving. I don't often read stories about one's personal faith, so my context is limited, but I have never read someone talk so frankly about what God has done for them and how they try to incorporate Him in all that they do.
Many things David shares are deeply private. Like how he overcame his uncertainties about trying out for American Idol (which I won't spoil here). Although you expect a memoir to be, well, personal, David went beyond the call of duty to let the reader feel at home. Like one of the reviewers so aptly put it, it's like he is talking to you.
Can someone who has never heard of David Archuleta enjoy Chords of Strength? Certainly! You do not have to know anything about David to read this book and come away with both an understanding of who he is, where he has come from and be inspired.
Is it appropriate for all ages? Yes! I only wish I had read something like Chords while still school age!
How's the writing? It's David and yup he's spacey sometimes, but it's what makes his music and this book so endearing.
The book was an inspiring read. David takes us on a journey from his early childhood, his challenges with his vocal paralysis, his journey during American Idol, and then he shares with us his outlook and what he values in life. As a fan, I found the stories about his childhood and the challenges he faced during that period to be quite interesting. Also interesting to read was how he described his life during AI and what went on behind the scenes. The last 3-4 chapters really captivated me. David describes what he loves about music, what he believes the meaning of success is, what he thinks brings true happiness, etc. As someone who is going through a rough time in some areas of my life, the messages contained in those chapters were what I needed. They helped me examine my own outlook on life.
I recommend it to any fan of David. A casual reader may enjoy it too. David may only be 19 years old, but he's had to face challenges and fears that anyone any age can relate to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish he were my grandson. I adore him. His story is written for young kids to appreciate. He is so humble as he talks about his serious challenges, upsets, and successes.Published 2 months ago by Genesus
I have read this 3 times and I still can't get enough, he is one special person. Everyone that loves David should read this book, I'm a grandmother and I love this young man. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pat Parham
OMG!!! I love this book sooooo muchhhh... I want to give the thousands star if I can haha.. Thanks to amazon for selling this book and delivery to my home safely, to celebra, and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Victoria Joentax
David knows who he is and tells his story so all may understand where he draws his strength from. His positive attitude and standards can be a great influence on everyone. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sandy Noonan
I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this book, since it was written by an 18 yr. old, but after just the first few pages I was impressed. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Brandy
David Archuleta is an amazing young man and yes he was still a teenager when he wrote Chords of Strength still he has had a lot of wonderful and amazing experiences in his short... Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Rebeccarchiefan
A story of young boy looking to achieve his dream, this book is a true testament of hard work and perseverance, an inspiring story for young teenagers to look uponPublished on July 30, 2013 by izulman bin telimik