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Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance

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Singing sensation and American Idol favorite David Archuleta tells his inspiring personal story. Includes full-color photos!

A runner-up on American Idol and successful music artist, David Archuleta was named one of the "breakout stars of 2008" by Forbes magazine and landed the number two spot on the Billboard charts.

In Chords of Strength David shares his unexpected and
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Celebra (first published May 4th 2010)
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Majenta Sanjaya (Malakar), of the excellent (sometimes crazily styled) hair placed 7th in American Idol's 6th season (2007). David Archuleta placed 2nd in…moreSanjaya (Malakar), of the excellent (sometimes crazily styled) hair placed 7th in American Idol's 6th season (2007). David Archuleta placed 2nd in AI's 7th season (2008). (Wikipedia)(less)

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Mar 14, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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This is the best autobiography on the face of this planet people. David Archuleta is so shy on the outside, but when he writes it all down, he can be deep. In this book, he's full of wonderful things to say about following your dreams, overcomeing challenges, and gives you an inside scoop of what was going on through his mind during the American Idol madness. :) He is an amazing writer and very funny also! I recommend this book for everyone...young, old, people of every ALL can learn s ...more
Dec 20, 2009 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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"And remember, even if you can't sing, you can always plant a tree."

Oh, David.. lol...

I suppose I am kind of biased about this book because its two of my favorite things together. Books, and David Archuleta. You wouldn't believe how ecstatic I was to find out he was writing a book. Or if you know me, you probably can...

Anyway. In the book, David tells about his childhood, his journey on Star Search, suffering vocal paralysis, his American Idol journey, and then his life afterwards. Then the last
Aug 20, 2010 AnnaMay rated it really liked it
I was so pleased that this memoir read so quickly and honestly. I felt like I got to sit down and have an open conversation with the kid for a couple of hours.

Sure, much of what he shares is stuff we all have felt and know anyway - not many new discoveries, but it was so refreshing to hear it from someone so young and candid who had reasons he could have felt differently and turned out differently.

His strength is a tribute to those who raise and support him, to a certain extent, but then must
Dec 10, 2010 Alissa rated it liked it
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My main goal in reading this book was to find out if and what he talked about concerning the church. He dedicated nearly 2 whole chapters to that at the end of the book which I was really impressed by. He only mentioned the church by name once in the beginning and then was vague about some gospel elements, but I appreciated him talking about prayer and reading the scriptures. I am a pretty big fan of his, mostly because I saw him being such a positive role model to teen girls and boys alike. He ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Yumi rated it liked it
Though it was nice to see David's journey to what he is today, I feel that it was too early to write a memoir. Unless he makes another one when he comes home from his mission, then that memoir would be a good sequel to this one. (Maybe I just wanted him to talk more about the Philippines. hahaha)
Sep 08, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it
I remember first hearing about David Archuleta a couple years ago. He was on the seventh season of American Idol. Unfortunately, we did not get Fox 11 that year because of a failed deal with my cable privder and the channel. Thankfully, I was able to see his performances curtesy of Youtube. his rendition of 'Imagine' , the first performance, is still the most moving performance I have ever heard in my entire life. The only person to ever move me more on Idol was Kelly Clarkson.

He starts his stor
Jul 11, 2010 Verona rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, young and old
Recommended to Verona by: Deseret Book
What I learned from this book is that David Archuleta is much more than an American Idol. He is a wonderful young man with his feet solidly planted in values and character. He does not seek popularity or wealth, but sings for the joy of singing and bringing happiness to others. He sings because he feels a great emotional connection to life through his music. He is a very spiritual person who prays to his Heavenly Father and listens and gives credit to God for his talent and thanks Him for his gu ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing
I listend to the YouTube video of David Archuleta singing "Imagine" on the Idol TV show after reading Chords of Strength.

I recommend you buy this book and re-read it every so often.

David Archuleta is a real person: authentic and down-to-earth. My God: His Voice. You must listen to him sing.

I'll go on YouTube to listen to "Crush" and see if I want to buy his CD because he's billed as a pop star.

I regret I'm not a fan of the music on commercial radio right now so I don't know if I'll like David
Apr 20, 2010 LBSinger rated it it was amazing
I knew this would be an amazing book even before it came out!!!!! I read it in a week and it totally blew my expectations!!!! David writes with such candid soul and honesty. His story is truly inspiring and I realized I think a lot like him in many ways. This book has definitely changed the way I look at things and was such a help to me. I know it will be a book that always stays close to my heart and I hope other people will be able to be touched by this wonderful person's words like I was.

May 28, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Anyone who knows that I am an avid David Archuleta fan would have to assume that I would love this book, and you would be right. However, I don't love it because it was written by David, or because it is about his life thus far. I love it because it contains many inspirational golden nuggets of wisdom that I so need in my life right now. David may be young in age, but he has an old soul full of positive, spiritual energy.

I am currently rereading Chords of Strength with a highlighter in hand! Thi
I read it all over again..- few pages of the book's intro. I realized something and tears started to flow down my cheeks. It was indeed a great book!! :) Even intro has something to do with the inspiring moment.

He's the best artist you could ask for!! I have a copy of my own of this book and it's signed by him - and reading his book and telling us his side of story is just so amazing especially for a huge fan of him - it's just wonderful to receive and know truly of who he is as an artist and ju
Feb 24, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing
Lots of praise and courage for David to write such a wonderful and truthful story about his life. He love for the gifts God gave him made him work through the pain and suffering of growing in the music business at such and early age and learning to deal with the heartache and rehabilitation of his vocal chords so he can continue using his gift. Such a reflective Autobiography for someone so young.
Jul 06, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
I thought it was really interesting and great to read about him and what led him to do American Idol. Also interesting and inspiring is how he stays grounded as a person and in his moral convictions. My only complaint is that he tends to ramble a bit, repeating ideas occasionally.As I recall from seeing him on Idol, he would do that during interviews as well haha.
Keli Wright
May 15, 2012 Keli Wright rated it it was amazing
Ok here is the truth... even though I am LDS and lived in Utah at the time of David being on Idol I was always a David Cook fan.. I saw this book at the $ store and thought ...why not.. I was happily surprised with this book. I enjoyed the growth and thoughts that David shared with us and I LOVED HOW HE LEFT OUT all the negativity and focused on the positive...GREAT BOOK!!!!
Nov 17, 2010 Shaun rated it liked it
This is a memoir of David Archuleta who took 2nd place on American Idol last season. It was an interesting tale of the American Idol process. Not the best memoir, but the kid is only 20 and hasn't experienced much in life yet. He is very talented and seems to have a good head on his shoulders.
Mom Rocks
Mar 18, 2013 Mom Rocks rated it really liked it
I'm impressed with David's ability to overcome shyness and medical setbacks. He is gentle and kind, gifted musically and spiritually beyond his years.
Riadiani Marcelita
Sep 17, 2011 Riadiani Marcelita rated it it was amazing
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inspirational, and I adore David's maturity. I am and always be an ArchAngel. :)
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Sep 20, 2014 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Impressive & Truly Inspirational!
Louise Metierre
Nov 26, 2011 Louise Metierre rated it really liked it
As a huge fan of David Archuleta, I love this autobiography book. He's awesome, no arguments. HAHA
Jul 19, 2011 Nina rated it it was amazing
The first word that came out of my mouth after I finished this autobiography? "Wow." David Archuleta's autobiography is great. But before I start talking about his book, I'd like to talk a bit about my experience that led to me buying this book.

Readers may skip the next three paragraphs to get to my real review.

So, David Archuleta has come back to the Philippines for the third time! He held a concert in Araneta Coliseum just last Monday- July 18, 2011. I was excited to see him again. In reality,
Aug 29, 2011 07AlexisC rated it it was amazing
This was a book I had been waiting for months to finally get my hands on a copy. It is David Archuleta’s book, Chords of Strength. The book itself compensates for its rather corny title. Some people have said, well, David is certainly a singer, not a writer, but I think the story he tells and the inspiration he brings, it doesn’t matter how horrible his writing may have been. I was surprised myself when I found out that he had even written a book to begin with, but I was excited to finally read ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Audiaa rated it liked it
Yes, the title is horribly cheesy, but the story is also a bit cheesy so I guess it fits. I'll share that I've never been a fan of David's (I don't dislike him either; my feelings are neutral). The beginning of the book especially reads like a teenager's diary. There are many common details about David's every day life that just aren't that interesting. He fed ducks bread and went rollerblading a lot. The most unusual part of his upbringing were all the opportunities that he had starting from a ...more
Eileen Rose
This book reads like a personal journal and I feel honored and grateful that David shared it! It inspired me, an LDS piano/voice teacher, choral director & singer, many years his senior, to continue going forward in faith with a performance, in spite of my own "technical difficulties".
I'm amazed how quickly the youth of today, learn the lessons of a lifetime! Taking advantage of opportunities to overcome illness & insecurity, by sharing God- given talents, as a gift to others, DOES all
Angela Watson
Nov 28, 2011 Angela Watson rated it it was amazing
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Chords of Strength : A Memior of Soul, Song and Power of Perseverance by David Archuleta is an inspring book where David shares his unexpected and moving journey as a young boy and as a teenager. It inlcudes how he overcame vocal cord paralysis to achieve his dream of being a singer. He also tells about the insecurities that he had about his voice (he did not like the way it sounded), before he realized that he loved singing and the way that it made him feel. Through this memoir David shares wit ...more
Kiirsi Hellewell
Feb 18, 2011 Kiirsi Hellewell rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book.

I've loved David Archuleta since I first saw him auditioning on American Idol. He has a wonderful voice with a humble attitude and is just an all-around great person.

So I was glad to have the chance to get to know David better, in his own words. I loved the way this book went through his life and ancestry in a nice organized way, from baby to current status as a "pop star." David's sweet personality and deep spiritual faith shine in this book, and I love how courageou
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Singing sensation and American Idolfavorite David Archuleta tells his inspiring personal story. Includes full-color photos! A runner-up on American Idol and successful music artist, David Archuleta was named one of the "breakout stars of 2008" by Forbesmagazine and landed the number two spot on the Billboard charts. In Chords of StrengthDavid shares his unexpected and inspiring journey, including how he overcame vocal cord paralysis to achieve his dream of being a singer. He reveals insecurities

Apr 05, 2011 Allison rated it really liked it
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This is an autobiography of David Archuleta. He talks about the experiences he had growing up which have ultimately led to his new-found fame as a singer. He had some problems with his vocal chords,which he was able to overcome. Things weren't always easy for him, especially with him being so young while a contestant on American Idol. This book includes several photographs of him both recently and growing up.
I liked this book. I'm a nerd, but I love his music and have been to one of his conce
Apr 18, 2013 Donnary rated it liked it
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First off, Id like to say that Im a big fan of David Archuleta and I was extremely happy when I got the copy of this memoir. It felt like talking to a friend (cheesy, but if you're a fan you'll understand me). He's down to earth and I admire his devotion for his church. His struggles to keep his dream alive, in spite of his illness, is inspiring. It is noticeable that it is written by a teenager but David is a singer not a writer and as a fan i commend him for giving the us the opportunity to ge ...more
Nov 27, 2014 Jenn rated it liked it
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Being a HUGE, LIKE REALLY HUGE (that's what she said), fan of David Archuleta, i was ecstatic to pick up his memoir. Now that i've completed it, i'm not sure whether i enjoyed it or not. At times, i was fascinated by his life events, the powerful quotes, and the gorgeous format of the book (IT HAS COLOURED PICTURES AND JK ROWLING QUOTES LIKE HOW COULD YOU NOT WANT THIS???), but at times, i felt bored and had to force myself to read.

Also, David me
Jamilla Geter
Feb 06, 2011 Jamilla Geter rated it it was amazing
DAvid Archuleta always struck me a a very honest person. With his memoirs he has proven me right. Cords is an honest depiction of his life so far. With his words David proves that his talent extends further then his musical ability. This story is a story of courage, determination, perseverance and faith. it's about believing in dreams and being grateful for what you have. With his words David shows us all how important it is to stay true to who you are despite what life throws your way. His stor ...more
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