If you haven’t read David Archuleta’s book, Chords of Strength, yet, you might want to avert your eyes and return to the home page. If you have read it and want to share your impressions, thoughts, feelings or favourite parts, you’ve come to the right place.
As more readers get a chance to finish the book, we’ll be adding to this main post, but please feel free to comment below.
I read the book straight through in two sittings … couldn’t put it down. I started out thinking I’d stick Post-it notes beside my favourite parts, but quickly realized I’d have to cover the whole dang thing!
My biggest hope for the book was that it would capture David’s unique voice, his Davidness … and boy does it ever. That said, there are definitely some phrases and descriptions here and there that likely came from the ghostwriter (can’t quite picture David penning “exponentially more extreme” (p. 38), but who knows). Overall, however, this is definitely David’s story told David’s way.
My favourite parts are when he talks about the spiritual power of music and the communion between singer and live audience. Goosebumps, baby, goosebumps.
And I also loved the insights he offers into the nature of fandom. These are mysteries we’ve been struggling with for two years, and to know that he’s been asking the same questions and actually arriving at some fairly astute conclusions, left me reeling … I had to reread those pages again and again. In fact, I need to read the whole thing again.
How about you? Is it what you expected? Did it hold any surprises for you? Do you have one favourite part? Two? 65?