I just finished reading…I mean listening to The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines–stars of the hit show Fixer Upper!  If you wonder what I mean by listening, I listened to this book on Audible, which I generally do not do.  I’m the book person–the girl who likes to hold a book while she reads.  🙂  Yet, it was joy to listen to this particular story, because Chip and Joanna are the narrators!  That alone makes this an incredibly special and enjoyable read.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages, and it is instantly already one of my favorite books for the year.  Hearing stories of how they met, difficult times in their marriage and business, and how God was right there with them all the way–teaching them and preparing them for the next chapter in their lives–was a true inspiration.  I believe the Gaines’ journey will the touch the heart of any reader.

It was wonderful to get to know the two individuals I’ve watched for years on Fixer Upper and to really understand how much heart and soul they put into their projects with the work they do for others.  Their personal stories will make you cry too.  Particular events Joanna described remined me of the greatness of our Lord.  His timing is always perfect, and that truth is greatly apparent in the lives of these two people.

I highly recommend checking out this book, but I do hope you choose to listen to this story.  You will love it–I promise.  Happy reading friends!

 

About the Book

Fall in love with Chip and Joanna Gaines, as you read their story about love, adventure—and dreaming big.

The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna Gaines, who captured hearts on their HGTV show Fixer Upper, which ran for 5 seasons. It offers fans a detailed look at their life together—from the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:

  • The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby
  • Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children
  • When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck
  • Joanna’s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home
  • Memories and photos from Chip and Joanna’s wedding
  • And more…

Discover the secret to Chip & Joanna’s success—and the ups and downs they experienced along the way. You’ll laugh, maybe even cry, and realize that you can also dream big in your own life.

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About the Author

Joanna Gaines and her husband, Chip Gaines, are co-founders and co-owners of Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market and Magnolia Realty in Waco, Texas. Together, they also host HGTV’s Fixer Upper, where Joanna serves as the lead designer and Chip handles construction. Joanna appreciates the old ways of living, simple and hard-working with home at the center of it all.

Joanna, also known by friends and fans as “Jo” or “JoJo”, was born in Kansas and raised in the Lone Star State. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Communications and was inspired to join the world of design while interning in New York City. Joanna decided to open a home decor shop, Magnolia Market, in 2003; bringing her NYC-inspired ideas and eye for design back to Waco, Texas. She soon discovered this passion complemented Chip’s construction experience, and together they began remodeling and flipping homes.

Recently Chip and Joanna partnered to write their autobiography: The Magnolia Story. The Magnolia Story details their life together; from how they met and their first home renovation projects, to how they came to have their own TV show and much more.

In between filming for Fixer Upper, their home renovation projects, and managing the Magnolia businesses, Joanna enjoys life on their farm, writing for her blog and spending time cooking family recipes in her kitchen. Gardening soothes her soul and being with her four kids dominates all other favorites.

 

Chip Gaines and his wife, Joanna Gaines, are co-founders and co-owners of Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market and Magnolia Realty in Waco, Texas. Together, they also host HGTV’s Fixer Upper, where Chip handles construction and Joanna serves as the lead designer.

Chip was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was raised in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business with a degree in marketing. Chip is an entrepreneur by nature, and started and sold many small businesses before Magnolia. Having grown up spending time on his granddad’s ranch in North Texas, Chip became a true cowboy at heart. He was made for hard labor and always preferred digging ditches to academic pursuits.

Chip specializes in making the impossible possible for Joanna’s designs, and his design preference is “whatever Joanna likes.” To say he adds comic relief to the team would be an understatement.

Recently Chip and Joanna partnered to write their autobiography: The Magnolia Story. The Magnolia Story details their life together; from how they met and their first home renovation projects, to how they came to have their own TV show and much more.

Chip loves life with his four kiddos and is head over heels for Joanna. Hand in hand is exactly how Chip prefers to work, which makes Fixer Upper even more fun to watch, and he enjoys seeing his and Joanna’s passions merge to complement and serve one another.

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