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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 ins...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Celebra (first published May 4th 2010)
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Lauren
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 age...you ALL can learn s...more
Danielle
"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...more
AnnaMay
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...more
Alissa
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
Verona
Jul 11, 2010 Verona rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Christina
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...more
Andrew
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...more
LBSinger
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.

Seco...more
Cheryl
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...more
Queenielyn
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...more
Eric
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.
Keli Wright
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!!!!
Megan
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.
Yumi
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)
Shaun
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
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.
Louise
As a huge fan of David Archuleta, I love this autobiography book. He's awesome, no arguments. HAHA
Riadiani Marcelita
inspirational, and I adore David's maturity. I am and always be an ArchAngel. :)
Abbe

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

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Hi
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,...more
Kiirsi Hellewell
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...more
Angela Watson
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
07AlexisC
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
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...more
Audiaa
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
Allison
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...more
Donnary
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
Andrea
Reading this totally inspired me more and showed me a different side of David I also came to love. Being in the same religion as his (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints), I was also able to understand the difficulties he had regarding our church standards. He's an amazing guy and this stands as proof. =)
Jamilla Geter
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
Winter Rose
Impressive & Truly Inspirational!
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