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The Magnolia Story

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  73,259 ratings  ·  6,263 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Thomas Nelson
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Carissa Hope I think that it would be completely fine her to read. It is a sweet story about their life before t.v. It also talks about Joanna and how she started…moreI think that it would be completely fine her to read. It is a sweet story about their life before t.v. It also talks about Joanna and how she started and ran her own store. Which I think is a great entrepreneurial message for a young girl!(less)
Mary I struggle with recommending this one for a 10 year old girl. While it is not violent, no sexual content, etc. It does have faith based undertones.…moreI struggle with recommending this one for a 10 year old girl. While it is not violent, no sexual content, etc. It does have faith based undertones. Read it first before you hand over the book. In some ways the faith based message is wonderful - pay your bills, nurture your community, etc. In other ways they might conflict with your values i.e. several large purchases that endanger the family budget, without both spouses agreeing to accept the risk. (less)

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Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 is largely a fluff piece, barely touching upon s
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 here. Joanna Gaines

I will state right up front that I came late to th
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheri by: Victoria
Shelves: 2017, non-fiction

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 family, but clearly from loving families. They are as Ozzie an
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 lives.

If you're a fan of their TV show then I think you
Jan 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir, read-in-2017
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 pergola, a dining area, and a chicken coop. Or may ...more
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 the tv show Fixer Upper. We've watched plenty (too many) h
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
“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 Joa
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I have a confession to make. My name is Kelly and I am addicted to Fixer Upper. Maybe not as much as the woman I see all around town wearing various shirts with stuff like this on the front . . . .

I have one thing to say to her . . . .

But I am addicted enough that the DVR is set to record every episode and I watch every single one of them – even the ones I’ve already seen three or four times.

I arrived late to the Fixe
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
...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
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 when times are tough.

I wasn’t expecting to feel i
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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's journey from Joanna's and Chip's per
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, audiobooks
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 some stories from each of their childhoods, and a
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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 substance.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The delightful story of the life and times of Chip and Joanna Gaines.

The 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 them to the life they share on the farm today.
"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 Gains

If there is a more gracious, talented, hard-working, joyful, morally astute, and down-to-earth reality-show couple featured on HGTV (or any other
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 consulting his wife and expects her t
Sarah Grace Grzy
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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 with either the TV show or this book. What you se ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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!
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. <3 :)
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 involved they are in their community, and how supportive they ...more
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Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-favorites
Yes. Just yes.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 the world. I no longer believe that. Joanna Gaines
Kate Willis
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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 though I differ with them slightly on principles of ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 give up. Know that God has been there from the beginn ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Reading this makes me want to read more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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, Chip and Joanna give readers some insi
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May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 doesn't go insane. XD It was great learning ab
Guy Austin
What can I say... I was a fan of the show the first moment I saw it on HGTV. It became instant must see TV. For me it was Chip. I had a bit of a Man Crush. I admit it. He is just a cool dude in a loose mood.

The book is probably more enjoyable because I am a fan of the show... and the both of them. It really is an inspired story. They did it with blood, sweat and tears. They have skin in the game.

If you like a solid pleasure read, a Memoir. This is a good easy one.
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Raised in Dallas, Texas, Chip Gaines is the host of HGTV’s Fixer Upper along with his wife Joanna Gaines. Chip and Joanna are both graduates of Baylor University. They flip, remodel and fix up homes together as owners of Magnolia Homes in Waco, Texas. Chip manages the construction and realty side of Magnolia. Their businesses include a real estate company, construction company, design firm and residential su ...more
“Don’t quit, and don’t give up. The reward is just around the corner. And in times of doubt or times of joy, listen for that still, small voice. Know that God has been there from the beginning—and he will be there until . . . The End.” 59 likes
“It was such a blessing to find myself thriving in the middle of the 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 beauty, either.” 44 likes
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