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

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The New York Times bestseller-the inspiring personal story of American Idol's David Archuleta.

In the New York Times bestseller Chords of Strength, American Idol favorite David Archuleta shares his unexpected and inspiring journey, including how he overcame vocal cord paralysis to achieve his dream of being a successful singer. David also opens up about the strength he draws from his unshakable faith and family. He pays tribute to those who continue to inspire him and, through ...

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Overview

The New York Times bestseller-the inspiring personal story of American Idol's David Archuleta.

In the New York Times bestseller Chords of Strength, American Idol favorite David Archuleta shares his unexpected and inspiring journey, including how he overcame vocal cord paralysis to achieve his dream of being a successful singer. David also opens up about the strength he draws from his unshakable faith and family. He pays tribute to those who continue to inspire him and, through their example, help him believe in himself, his talent, and his abilities.

Intimate and uplifting, Chords of Strength allows a unique glimpse at the man behind the music and offers hope to anyone with a passion and a dream.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451232403
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 731,829
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted April 4, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Just can't wait

    This book hasn't even come out yet and I already know I'm going to love it! Just by the first line, "I have no idea why I'm doing this, but I know I need to be doing it for some reason.", I can tell it's going to be amazing.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

    Most Enjoyable Memoir

    David's memoir is a very enjoyable read. It's inspiring and touching. He is wise beyond his 19 years. He gives a wonderful insight into his musical background and how he overcome many obstacles to begin to live his dream of singing and sharing that passion with others. He gives an open and honest insight into the American Idol experience and shows how he made a difficult and unique experience into something positive and educational.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    An engaging, personal story that's a joy to read!

    David Archuleta is a very special young man, and although he is still very young, his story pulled me into the book from the moment I began to read it. The book is inspiring, encouraging, and engaging. I read the entire book in one night, and read it again the next day to make sure I had not missed anything! He made it clear that his goal in writing the book was to inspire and encourage others, and he has certainly succeeded!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2010

    So young to be so wise.

    David not only has a beautiful voice but a beautiful soul. This book feels like David is talking directly to you. He talks of facing his personal struggles and pushing past his fears to encourage readers to do the same. If you loved David on American Idol, you will want to read this book. It is a fun, often funny, always touching personal look into an amazing young man. I loved it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

    A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

    This book is an easy and yet inspiring read! I gobbled it up, inspired by David's experiences and rambling thoughts. As a big fan of David's,I already knew a lot about him, but to learn about how he struggled with his insecurities and how he overcame them to achieve his dream of singing is wonderful. Not to mention the fact that he had vocal paralysis that he thought would keep him from his dream forever! Everyone has insecurities, but not everyone is brave enough to meet them head on. David's strong faith and unconditional support and love from his family and friends have come together to bring us the gift of a lovely person, willing to open his heart and soul and share with us, just because he wants to help someone. Read it. You won't regret it. It's time well-spent! I bought a copy for each of my children, knowing that David has just the right way of assuring them that they do matter, and they do have something to offer! Congratulations David, on a best seller!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

    Not Just For Teens

    First of all, let me preface this by saying that I am NOT a tween girl. I'm a 36 y/o mother of three boys. So, why would I read a memoir of a 19 y/o guy? David Archuleta may be young, but he has been through more and has experienced more in his short life than most people experience their entire life. This memoir is filled with inspiration and examples of overcoming obstacles. David writes about dealing with his insecurities, facing them head-on, and coming through the other side a little more secure. He's in no way arrogant though. He's the most mature, wise, humble, and grateful celebrity I've ever met. He's nothing like most of the celebrities in the industry right now. I was shocked to learn about the extent of his own insecurities and about how he didn't want the fame--he merely wanted to sing. He is the example by which all celebrities should try to model. This is not just another teen book. This is a book about overcoming obstacles, doing what you love, and staying true to who you are and to your faith. I highly recommend this book for people of all ages who may be looking for a little inspiration and light in their lives.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

    Chords of Strength...David Archuleta

    David's book "Chords of Strength" was such an amazing book! David was as inspiring in his book as he is in person. This young man has so much to give to the world. I hope that the reader understands "goodness" when they see it and hear about it! David is so humble, unselfish and caring.
    His heart shines through this book and really inspires the reader with thoughtful commentary on the obstacles that he has had to overcome in his life. Each page contains a wealth of information and inspiration as he honestly shares with us about his younger life, obstacles he faced, who he is and where he draws his strength. Reading David's book, was like savoring a fine dessert! I just did not want it to end, because I was getting so much pleasure from savoring it it small bites. I have started reading it for a second time...taking notes. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone and everyone.
    I am a grammy, and find that David is a role model for me as well. Anyone who reads this will take somethng away from it to improve their lives!!! David has this influence on people without even trying. David is just being himself....always admitting his flaws, and very very humble about his strengths. This young man has much to offer this world...not only his beautiful voice, but his deep caring heart and soul that guides him in his life!!! A wonderful book!!!! A must have for your library!!! Buy one for yourself, and one to gift to someone else. "His goodness" should be shared...everyone should know about David.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2010

    David Archuleta's book is quite touching and inspiring...

    I recommend this book. David might be young, but he's seen and done alot in 19 short years. He writes very personally, as if he were talking to a good friend in the room. His intention was to show fans a bit of why he is who he is. To that end, David gives a brief history of how he became involved in music, what his life was like before American Idol, a little behind-the-scenes info from when he was on the show, and how his life has changed since then. He tells a bit about his personal and physical struggles, and how he's been able to overcome the obstacles. Anyone who's a fan will love this book, and anyone who's not a fan will fall in love with David.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    So Very Inspiring and Personal! Okay, let's start off by saying;

    So Very Inspiring and Personal! Okay, let's start off by saying; David Archuleta said in his book that he really hopes here's something in his book for everyone, and he hopes that we'll be inspired and also have a better understanding of why he is who he is. Well, he definitely inspired me! Yes. Me. A girl, who would have the hardest time saying all those words to someone, 'cause she'd be too embarrassed. The girl who can barely order her own food without having to repeat it 'cause she said it so low, or her face turning red. Yes, me. That girl. While reading this book, sometimes I couldn't help but smile. He is so very humble and always trying to help people and stay positive, focused, and stay true to who he is. Okay, yes he is (by far) my favorite singer but he's so much more than that! He's more than just another "american idol" or "pop star" he was a guy who went through challenges in his life, whether it was with his health, or personally (with insecurity and self-doubt, etc) He found a way to persevere those things and trust in God while doing so. Here is a little something from this book that stood out to me; One of the quotes is "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist see opportunity in every difficulty." good stuff, huh? And also, from David; "To me the felling of being inspired is when, something strikes you so intensely that it triggers something deep inside. And depending on how you choose to respond to it, it can inspire you to do something you haven't done before; and in turn can allow you to be an inspiration to someone else." Not exact but, well you get the point. So open and honest, he is. I just love his stories of when he was younger and growing up and stuff, you can really see him differently and understand so much more, that is definitely quite a few times when I just couldn't resist smiling! I admit it, I'm a 13 year old girl but so not obsessed or "crush" stuff, that's just not me. I see him in a different way than that, more like a role model or a person whom I am inspired by and admire. If your reading this, trust me, you will not regret buying this book! Wish I could write more. The sad thing is, I would never be able to say this much like this, but with writing it's different. I can write whatever I feel, think or want to say. Oh, yes another thing I love, here it is; "WHERE WORDS FAIL; MUSIC SPEAKS" Thats how it is with David Archuleta's music! How can you not feel something special when you hear it? Buy Chords of Strength, buy his music, please, you won't regret it! That took a while to write (man, I missed my exercise), yet I felt it was worth the time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Hey

    He s really good. I love his song crush. It helps me some thimes

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    I love you soooooooooooooooooooo much

    You have been my favorite person in the world-Rachel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    TOUCHING!!!!!

    It made me cry

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    An old soul!

    David has a lot of wisdom and insight that surpasses his age! His book is so inspiring and uplifting, and written with an open heart. Anyone of any age can enjoy and benefit from his story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    check it out soon!! <3

    this book is amazing!! you should go check it out. a very touching story/ bio and i loved it all the way through!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2011

    Such inspiration from one man! Definitely worth it.

    So I'm probably not the only girl who listens to his music, feels connection and the meaning in his songs and took the honor of reading his memoir, but I do have to say he is an inspiration of mine now and this book has helped me find a bit more about who I am. Great read for people of any perspective:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Breanna**

    I thought this book was amazing becauase it teaches that we should never give up on our dreams and to always believe in ourselves. I loved this book because its about the best singer there is. David Archuleta talks how he overcame different struggling difficulties that he passed in his life. He has had more achievements than i will ever have because he fights for what he wants. This book will probably be the best book i probably will ever read. Im glad this book was written about the best person ever!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

    even though I had lost, I had won after all

    David was as inspiring in his book as he is in person. He has so much to give to the world. David is so humble, unselfish and caring; he wants the best for his friends, fans and family. This memoir is filled with inspiration and examples of overcoming obstacles. He felt very insecure about his voice before American Idol; David found out early in his Hollywood career that he has "vocal paralysis". It would require a high risk surgery that would permanently damage his singing ability. He chose not to get the surgery because of his love to sing. His vocal paralysis did not stop him from doing what he loved to do and was able to continue with his Hollywood dreams. Even though David did not win American Idol, it taught him a lot about perseverance and how important it is to share his gift with others. He believes that when you are given a gift that you need to share it with others; he believes he was given this gift for a reason. David opens up about the strength he draws from his unshakable faith and unyielding family. He pays tribute to those who continue to inspire him and through their example help him believe in himself, his talent, and his abilities. He dedicates his book to anyone who believes in the power of a dream and the possibilities it gives to them, which is exactly what he tries to show through his life's journey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    THANK YOU SOO MUCH, DAVID!!

    Well, I bought this book from the B&N marketplace online and waited two whole weeks for it to finally arrive! Two weeks, do you know how long that is? But, hey, it was soo worth it! Chords of Strength became an instant favorite! David is amazingly humble and very wise for him being only 19 when he wrote the book. I am inspired by him, by just reading his memoir, in his book he starts off about his family, his background, and how they helped him become who he is today to staying true, about life and perspective and defining what he believes true success is. Of course we can't forget the whole vocal paralysis condition, which I am inspired by that also, I mean he had vocal paralysis, a paralyzed vocal cord to where he could barely get through one song, his talking became restricted and for very discouraged and ready to give up on singing. Perseverance. That's what happened, life gave him some challenges, but he got through it, things like health issues, insecurity and self-doubt and self criticism. He's actually pretty interesting, I loved every minute of reading about his background and from when he was a little kid. I also very much enjoyed reading about when he was on American Idol, and the story, what he felt, what he thought, and since I was only 8 or 9 and we didnt watch American Idol, and therefore I didn't see any of that season, I had no clue who he was. And after I finished the book, I looked up some of his performances on YouTube! So, that was very cool. I love the way the book was written, too! It wasn't, not even for a second, boring. I loved it, and the book really helped me get a better understanding of who he is and why he is who he is. If that makes sense. Maybe even a better understanding of myself! I also, have insecurity, self doubt and self criticism, and it was inspiring and helpful to know that my favorite singer, ever, and person who I admire, also had these same problems. I now know that he had these problems too and nobody's perfect. David is amazing, this book is amazing, hopefully you feel what I felt when I read this!

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    Posted June 4, 2010

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