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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra Hardcover; 1St Edition edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451230183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451230188
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Archuleta is a singer and songwriter who got his first big break on American Idol. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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David Archuleta is a singer and songwriter who got his first big break on American Idol. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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If you want to read a book that is inspirational, you'll enjoy this book.
Trudy Rouleau
His book, "Chords of Strength," follows the same path, as I found it to be very inspirational, with a message that everyone could be uplifted by.
Amy (in VA)
The writing is so "David" and feels like he could be sitting and talking to you.
hollyre

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amy (in VA) on June 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
David Archuleta has been one of the most inspiring singer/songwriters I've ever known (and I've been around awhile haha!). His book, "Chords of Strength," follows the same path, as I found it to be very inspirational, with a message that everyone could be uplifted by. I love how the book is written - on the one hand, you get some of David's rambly teenaged thoughts, and on the other, you get some VERY mature, profound statements that are sure to resonate if you are really listening. I love how David discusses how important his faith is and how it has affected the way he deals with life, without assuming that everyone has that aspect in their lives, and without "pushing" it onto the reader. Though age 19, David does have a mature perspective on the challenges and struggles that life gives you, and how to turn those things into growth for your own life. I read this book, almost cover-to-cover in several hours. It's riveting. I highly recommend this book to anyone, any age, any sex, any faith, who wants to explore their own life's challenges or who needs hope to push forward. David is not a "privileged kid" who got everything he wanted in life. David had parents who encouraged him and gave him tools to pursue his interests, but he found the strength he needed to make the tough choices along the way. I believe anyone who reads this book will find a little of themselves in it, and learn a thing or two!

Enjoy!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By hehe on June 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Could not put it down! It was inspiring and I smiled, laughed, and even cried at times. His thoughts were so clear to the reader that you didn't have to second guess what he was trying to get across in his words. David may come across as young on the outside, but after you read this book you will realize how mature he is when relating his beliefs and struggles to the reader. David shares in his book his deepest thoughts and beliefs and in turn the book was a huge inspiration to me. David is one of the best role models a young person could have these days. I would recommend this book to people of all ages. It will truly touch you in a way you will not soon forget. It is one that will sit on my bookshelf to be read over and over.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By hollyre on June 1, 2010
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I am so happy that Chords of Strength is finally here. What an amazing book by an amazing person. The writing is so "David" and feels like he could be sitting and talking to you. David really understands the path of his life so far and expresses how he has been led along this path with it's bumps, curves, turns and detours. For such a young man David has a lot to teach each and every one of us about our own lives. I challenge everyone to take the time to read this wonderful book. Oh, yeah, listen to David's music, too. His voice will fill your heart.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly VINE VOICE on June 3, 2010
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I've loved David since he was thrust into the eyes of the public two and a half years ago. Not only am I a fan of his music but of him as a person. His humble, kind nature has shown me what a true role model should be like. After reading "Chords of Strength", my respect for him has grown in size. Although I'm only a few years older then him, his perspective and outlook on life is so much more mature then mine.

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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By caitlin1591 on June 1, 2010
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Not only is David Archuleta a MEGA musical talent...he is a man of principle. This is a FUN and INSPIRING read!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By General Skywalker on June 3, 2010
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I must confess upfront that I am huge fan of David Archuleta. Frankly, his music and how he presents it makes me happy. Let's face it, it's not often you can say that about a current singer/songwriter.

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.
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