The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines

The Magnolia Story

This eBook includes the full text of the book plus an exclusive additional chapter from Chip and Joanna that is not found in the hardcover!Are you ready to see your fixer upper?These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, li...

Details The Magnolia Story

TitleThe Magnolia Story
Release DateOct 18th, 2016
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Audiobook, Biography Memoir, Christian, Adult, Inspirational, Business

Reviews The Magnolia Story

  • Sue
    I'm a huge fan of Fixer Upper, so I was looking forward to reading Chip and Jo's memoir more than I care to admit. Unfortunately, I found it neither uplifting nor inspiring - nor even particularly interesting. And sadly, it tarnished for me their Fixer Upper image as a couple - not sure I'm going to enjoy watching the show nearly as much as I used to.It's not that the book reveals heinous deep-dark secrets from their past; quite frankly, the book...
  • Victoria
    If I had planned my life, it never would have ended up like this. So maybe it’s kind of fun not to plan. Maybe it’s more fun just to see where life takes you. After all, we’re living proof that sometimes even the messiest stuff and the biggest mistakes can take you someplace wonderful…And now we’re living a dream. We found our way to this place we love through all sorts of twists and turns and bumps and forks in the road. But we’re he...
  • Cheri
    I ran across the show Fixer Upper when I was recovering from surgery sometime after their first season, it gave me something to dream about, all the things I wished I could do in my home, if I just had Chip and Joanna’s help. I knew they’d recently come out with a magazine, and I’d frequented their website a few times. The things that I find entertaining, endearing sometimes, are how “normal” they are. Neither comes from a well-to-do fa...
  • Amy | Foxy Blogs
    The Magnolia Story was a daily audible deal that I grabbed because I know my husband enjoyed their TV show. We listened to this on a day road trip. Both Chip and Joanna narrated the book. The way they told the story made it feel like I had gone out to dinner with them and they were sharing their life story with me. It was entertaining and inspiring to listen to how these two began and where they are today in both their professional and personal l...
  • Courtney
    I like Chip and Joanna. HOWEVER. I have a feeling this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I thought this book made them look...not good. Whether it was Chip leaving his newborn baby home alone TWICE, tying said baby's car seat to his 4-wheeler, or buying multiple homes and forcing his wife/family to move, supposedly without ever discussing it with her,or whether it was Joanna lamenting over her tiny yard that somehow could hold a garden, a ...
  • Jason Koivu
    This book was my bowling-ball-with-my-name-on-it gift to my wife this Christmas, à la Homer's gift to Marge in that old Simpsons episode. What I'm saying is I bought this for her, but it was really for me. Thing is, I knew she'd love it, and she did. She read it in its entirety on Christmas day. I finally got around to it just now, but once I got into it, I also gobbled it up quick. You see, we're both big fans of Chip and Jojo, the hosts from t...
  • Jean
    “Are you ready to see your fixer-upper?” HGTV fans know these words well. They are spoken by Waco, Texas’, most famous couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, on their weekly television show as they are about to reveal the fruits of their labors to the homeowners who eagerly await the first look at their newly refurbished homes.The Magnolia Story recounts Chip and Joanna’s story in their own words. They tell us how they met, how they struggled, a...
  • Brittnee
    ...And they always found the exact amount of money that they needed. And they always happened to have a wealthy friend that could bail them out. And they always had a direct intervention from God. And it always works itself out in the end. And they all lived happily ever after... There's a chance that I'm too cynical for this book. I think I'll stick with their show and call it good.
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    How can you help but love Chip and Joanna Gaines! A few quick thoughts that have stuck with me since listening to this audio. Chip and Joanna narrated this - love that, and they had their banter, talking together thing just like the show. I love love love that they don’t own a tv (wish I could do that...). They are a real couple who have worked through their own life struggles, but they consistently come out on top because they are a true TEAM...
  • Cooper
    I was late to the Fixer Upper show on HGTV. Fortunately, I was able to binge watch all 3 seasons over a lazy weekend and fell in love with the Chip and Joanna show. I have absolutely nothing in common with this couple - Happily single! Happily childfree! Happily a big city girl! Yet the authenticity and genuine love they have for each other, their family, and what they do, it's impossible to just not want to hug them.The book reflects their life'...
  • Diane
    Lately I've been enjoying the show "Fixer Upper" (thanks, Hulu!) and Chip and Joanna are so much fun to watch that I decided to check out their book. I listened to this on audio, which was read by both Chip and Joanna, and that made it an enjoyable listen. "The Magnolia Story" is a charming memoir because it's the story of two charming people. It's mostly the story of how Chip & Jojo met and got their start fixing up homes, but there are also som...
  • Jennifer
    This book is much like the "Fixer-Upper" TV show that made Chip and Joanna Gaines famous -- wholesome, light, a little bit funny, and no real drama. Die-hard fans of the show will likely love the book. The basic message here is "work hard and follow your dreams. And don't forget that God has a plan for your life". If you like these two, and this sort of message resonates with you, this will be one quick read. Just know that there's not a lot of s...
  • Lisa
    The delightful story of the life and times of Chip and Joanna Gaines. SUMMARYThe Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, and it offers a detailed look at their life together, from how they first met to how they became the media darlings of HGTV. It includes the very first renovation project they ever tackled, the project that nearly cost them everything, childhood memories that shaped them both, and the twists and turns that led th...
  • Pamela
    "It was such a blessing. . . thriving in the middle of pain. Unless you find a way to do that there's always going to be this fake illusion that once you get there - wherever "there" is for you - you'll be happy. But that's just not life. If you can't find happiness in the ugliness, you're not going to find it in the beauty, either." ~ Joanna GainsIf there is a more gracious, talented, hard-working, joyful, morally astute, and down-to-earth reali...
  • Kris
    I feel like this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but here goes: I wish I hadn't read this book. I like Fixer Upper. It is a fun, distracting show, and I enjoyed the hosts and their farm and their kids and their antics. I knew about the whole anti-gay church thing, but I hoped they would address that, and I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.Instead, where I once found Chip charming, I am now appalled that he buys homes without...
  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    Ya'll, this was awesome. Chip and Joanna are some of the most amazing people. They are just some of the most down to earth and real people I have ever heard of. This book was a wonderful glance into their busy, beautiful life. It made me laugh hysterically, (Chip has the effect on people, I imagine) and *almost* made me cry. They are just real people, with real issues, and a VERY real God! There is no romanticization, drama, or anything like that...
  • Laura
    Very sweet and inspirational. I loved the encouraging words towards having a happy marriage and family the most. They're certainly hard workers and God has used them to glorify Him in all they do. I am glad that they have shared their story with us all. The audio was read by the couple themselves and I really enjoyed it.
  • Gina
    I would absolutely let the Gaines remodel a house for me, but this book was just OK. Like a lot of propaganda biographies written during the height of popularity, this one skims the surface giving just enough sweet and insightful information to be interesting but lacks in depth. This isn't a bad book at all, but I can't rate it higher than "it was OK" given the light on detail (at least in some important areas) and repetitive nature of the prose.
  • Rhonda Ruff
    Such a wonderful book!! After reading this I love this family even more! Their faith and love of family is inspiring. I will miss their show on hgtv but it is not surprising they want more time for the important things!
  • Faith
    Follow God. Follow your dreams. Stop surviving and start thriving. Never give up. Contentment and joy are found during the journey. This is what I got from this book, and Chip and Joanna's story was amazing.
  • Celeste
    I have a slight addiction to HGTV. It’s not a constant addiction; it merely flares up from time to time. However, there is one HGTV show that I always watch as soon as an episode airs, and that show is Fixer Upper. I love Chip and Jo’s relationship, and the family dynamic they have with their four kids. I love seeing little snippets of their life on their farm and how Jo handles Chip’s endearing but exasperating dorkiness. I love how involv...
  • Jessica
    I rarely dish out five stars for anything that was written in this century but this book touched my heart so deeply, I had to rate it so highly. Obviously like the rest of society, I've fallen under the Magnolia spell. Chip and Joanna Gaines are worthy of all the praise dished their way because they quickly direct it to our Supreme Creator. I'm embarrassed to admit, but I didn't think anyone who wasn't LDS could describe how I see and experience ...
  • Kate Willis
    I love reading biographies, and this one was especially fun since it's about a hilarious, dynamic couple. One of my favorite things was seeing how the different backgrounds, personalities, and skills God gave them ended up being tailor-made for each other. I've watched some of their show, so it was fun to see the different stages their business morphed through. (I didn't even know about Magnolia Homes! I'm gonna have to look up pictures.) Even th...
  • Jerry
    My parents have spent many an hour watching HGTV, DIY, and similar shows on other networks, so, I've gotten to know "home improvement" celebrities such as Nicole Curtis, Peter Walsh, the Scott brothers, and Andrew Dan-Jumbo rather well.What did I think about this book? It's a very inspiring story of romance and faith in God...all the more so because it's true. Letting both Chip and Jo tell their sides of the stories separately was a nice touch. R...
  • Ethan
    "Are you ready to see your fixer upper?"The husband and wife duo of Chip and Joanna Gaines have captured the imagination of DIY enthusiasts with their hit HGTV show Fixer Upper. Faithful followers of the program will know that the couple's reach extends way beyond the TV screen. Chip and Joanna are the owners of Magnolia, a multifaceted company that focuses on real estate, renovation, and design. In their first book together, The Magnolia Story, ...
  • m a r y l i z
    I love Chip and Joanna. I can't help it. Even though I've only seen a couple episodes of their show Fixer Upper, I still feel like I know the two personally. They're some of the most realistic, honest, down-to-earth people. Their love for their home, family, work, and Jesus is evident in everything they do--a rare and beautiful find in the world of reality TV.Overall? This book was a lot of fun! Chip cracks me up and makes me wonder how Joanna do...
  • Denise
    First off, I am a fan of Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna Gaines! I loved their personality, their family values and their creativity. The book The Magnolia Story, allows to reader to travel back to Chip and Joanna's childhood, high school, college years, courtship, honeymoon and their struggles to begin their business. Throughout the book, one learns about their beliefs in God, family and community. "Go after your dreams, don't quit and don't giv...
  • Joey T
    Yes. Just yes.
  • Carrie Turansky
    What a fascinating look at Chip and Joanna Gain's lives. I listened to the audio and loved hearing them "tell" their story. There is so much more to this wonderful couple than just what we've seen on Fixer Upper. They have wisdom to share and faith to inspire. I loved this book and recommend it to others.