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, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?
By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper; they have become America's new best friends. The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their 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.
They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car in to the local Firestone tire shop, where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer-upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garnered the attention of a television producer who noticed her work on a blog one day.
In The Magnolia Story, fans will finally get to join the Gaineses behind the scenes and discover:
And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny?
"Oh yeah," says Joanna. "He was and still is my first fixer-upper."
©2016 Chip and Joanna Gaines (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers
Just what you would expect from Chip and Joanna! These two are incredibly inspiring people. I highly recommend listening to this book. It's read by Chip and Joanna. It couldn't be any better.
Everything about this couple sets the example of how a marriage could be. They are the epitome of "Faith, Love, Communication!". Their story reminds me of my own marriage and how faith has helped overcome obstacles. One sitting, one day, LOVE IT!
I was trying not to cry listening to this at work, but it's everything I wanted to hear. Sometimes, we just have to be reminded that things aren't perfect they will never be and to remember what's most important. I appreciate their stories so much. I think I'm gonna go get a hard copy!
This account was so full of relatable struggles. In many ways, Chip and Jo represent the new American Dream, a couple who came from humble beginnings, chose to focus on their family first and and prosperity followed. This book had me choked up several times as I listened in my cabinet/furniture design shop and while running daily errands. I found this inspirational as a small business owner.
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I absolutely LOVE Fixer Upper. The amount of "real" that is on that show compared to other shows on any network makes me smile. The way that Chip and Joanna are to each other and to other people just put a big smile on my face every time I watch them. So, when I saw that they had a book coming out I was hoping that it would be narrated by them. It is!
The stories that are in here basically take from when they first met until the present, sprinkling in some amazing stories that you won't find anywhere other than this book. If you love them on Fixer Upper, then I promise you will enjoy this book.
The amount of times that The Magnolia Story has made me laugh and cry was too many to count. It really was just a cute and enjoyable audiobook.
Both Chip and Joanna narrate the book, but it seems to be mostly Joanna with Chip just chiming in from time to time (unless the story is from his perspective). And his little additions made me laugh almost every time.
It's just so nice to have a story that can make your heart happy at the end of the day. Especially with all of the bad going on in the world. The Magnolia Story was my little reprise from all of the negativity around us. The same way that Fixer Upper is for me, too.
I didn't know much about Chip and JoJo prior to reading this book. I'd caught the show a few times (while at the dentist, we don't have cable) and so I thought I'd check out the book.
I loved reading about their crazy wonderful life and adventures!
Absolutely! I really enjoyed Joanna and Chip telling their story. It felt like you were there with them while they were telling their story. Not like a book reading at all.
The daily recognition they have for the miracles and blessings they've experienced and giving God the glory!
The way the two of them "fit" together. They are never boring and you can truly feel how much they care for each other.
The whole story inspired me to stay faithful and to recognize God's daily miracles. Loved the part about the purchase of their farm.
Hope they write another book!!! Couldn't stop listening till it was over........really enjoyed it!!
I'm not a huge fan of the show. My wife is and I'll watch with her. I'm a huge fan of Chip and Joanna. They seem like great people. This book starts great, especially through the dating stage of the two, but then it turns into a fairy tale. Fairy tales are great but boring. This book turns into a collection of "miracles" that happen at just the right time and provide huge things/money. That is great for Chip and Joanna. but it isn't a fun read. Again, the first half is great but the second half is boring.
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