The Magnolia Story

The Magnolia Story

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Sometimes the messiest stuff and the biggest mistakes can take you someplace wonderful. With the help of their hit TV show, Fixer Upper, the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines have transformed the seemingly everyday work of renovating homes and flipping houses in Waco, Texas, into something much more. With their fun personalities, good humor, strong love of family, and unique design style, they've managed to capture the hearts of Americans from all walks of life. It all happened so quickly, their ever-multiplying fan base has been left to wonder: Who are these people? Where did they come from? What's the secret to their success? And should I pack up and move to Waco, too? From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together to the project that nearly cost them everything, The Magnolia Story offers a peek behind the curtain of who Chip and Joanna are today. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors. It also answers (in hilarious detail) the one lingering question that fans of the show always ask: Is Chip really that funny? "Oh yeah," says Joanna. "He was, and still is, my first fixer upper." - Back cover.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780718079185
0718079183
Branch Call Number: 643.70922 GAINE
Characteristics: xvii, 184 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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Ng18
Dec 16, 2019

This is book was everything I thought it would be! Entertaining. Realistic. Inspiring. Chip and Joanna tell their story of how they went from the bottom to the top.

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princess_slp
Aug 20, 2019

A must read for anyone who is a fan of Fixer Upper! I learned a lot of interesting things that I didn't know before about their lives and how they came to be where they are today. At times it tugged at my heart strings (the story of the first time Chip told Joanna he loved her and her reaction), and other times I laughed so hard I cried (Joanna giving up jogging for a year after Drake was born because of Chip's forgetfulness, anyone?). This novel was also full of sage wisdom and helpful advice that really applied to my life as a wife, mom and budding entrepreneur. I will definitely be reading any future publications by these two wonderful authors!

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cknightkc
May 21, 2019

The ubiquitous stars of HGTV, Chip and Joanna Gaines (with the help of co-author Mark Dagostino), take readers on the journey behind their personal and business achievements in THE MAGNOLIA STORY. The couple’s “authenticity” which helped popularize their tv show successfully translates for the most part to the pages of this book. Bottomline: THE MAGNOLIA STORY, while not profound, will appeal to most “Fixer Upper” fans (including me), but if you’re not a fan or don’t watch the show, skip it.

VanWaniel Jan 27, 2019

Engaging, surprising, layered & a little emotional, this book is quintessential to a couple that has been through it & endured with poise--it's odd to think how entertaining a "sticktuitivy" [in the coined word of Walt Disney] story like this can be, & I have to recommend the downloadable audiobook, where you can not only hear the authors' realness, but you get audioclips from them on set as well! With their humble quirkiness & deep mutual support, they make you fall in love with them & their story--and if you haven't checked out "Magnolia Table," The Magnolia Table gives it context & will also make sense of "Homebody." The cookbook especially is DEFINITELY worth the borrow (and I'd buy it too. See the link at the bottom of the GCPL website to purchase through Amazon, Better World Books, or Barnes & Nobles.)

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fran_cine
Jan 17, 2019

A heartfelt she said-he said love story.

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sa124960
Dec 19, 2018

Have you already eaten your breakfast?

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vmonty
Dec 05, 2018

Too fluffy and too much Jesus for my liking. Cute couple and story but it didn’t feel like much more than an extended puff piece sadly.

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Adele Seguin
Oct 03, 2018

How wonderful to read this really cute couple's story. I am happy that they admit openly that God is seeing them through their journey (and I'm far from being a bible thumper). All the best to Jo and Chip Gaines.

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telger
Aug 24, 2017

This book showed me a glimpse of the real couple behind the popular "Fixer Upper" show. My friend told me that this is a good show . We don't watch TV and Im surprised to know that Chip & Joanna also don't watch TV either! it is so refreshing to sense the genuine and honesty of this couple- and people sense that. I do! with their funny, imperfect, touching,heart warming stories and even struggles. As well as their family beliefs and faith system which for me is courageous. Because of this I am more curious and give them more respect- Now I know why they are popular! But I still don't watch TV :)

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RustyReader9
Aug 02, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, it was very honest and I feel like I got to know the Gaines on a more personal level!

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princess_slp
Aug 20, 2019

“I told myself that I was going to live the rest of my life as if it were Saturday.” --Chip Gaines

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princess_slp
Aug 20, 2019

“I always said, “When things come against us we can either turn on each other, or we can come together and turn on it.” --Chip Gaines

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princess_slp
Aug 20, 2019

“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.” --Joanna Gaines

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princess_slp
Aug 20, 2019

“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.” --Joanna Gaines

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cknightkc
May 21, 2019

“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.” - p. 179

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Sep 11, 2020

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Mar 16, 2020

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VanWaniel Jan 27, 2019

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Oct 26, 2016

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VanWaniel Jan 27, 2019

From serious work ethic (and many business ventures) when the world didn't know the names Chip and Joanna Gaines, to tv, and now book writing, listen to or read the Gaines' story, and be sure to check out Magnolia Table, Homebody, Capital Gaines, & get in line for Joanna's new children's book, We Are the Gardeners.

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