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The Magnolia Story Audiobook

The Magnolia Story

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their sleeping new baby
  • Joanna's agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children
  • When Chip bought a houseboat, sight unseen, and it turned out to be a leaky wreck
  • Joanna's breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home
  • Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple
  • Memories from Chip and Jo's wedding
  • The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do
  • The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others and bolstering the city of Waco along the way

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

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    April 10-18-16
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    "Love!!"

    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!

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 01-10-17
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    "Heartwarming!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Magnolia Story the most enjoyable?

    The story, honestly. Chip and Joanna did such a great job on the book, and hearing them narrate it was a pleasure. Especially the times you heard Chip laugh, or the meaningful inflections in Joanna's voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    They are a family of faith. So if you watch the show, and you're interested in reading the book, but aren't religious, their belief in God is definitely a strong theme throughout the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 10-21-16
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    "Wonderful!!"

    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.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than I'd hoped!"

    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!

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Graver 10-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm now a fan!!"

    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!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 10-24-16
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 10-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This story will make your heart happy"

    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.

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    S. Ervin 01-05-17
    S. Ervin 01-05-17
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    "A real book for real life!"

    We serve an awesome God! This book is not about the teachings of God! This book is about what God does in an ordinary couples life. The story of how miracles, struggles, and the blessings we all have but seldom recognize them for what they are.

    I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to enjoy a great read with all the emotions of a great book; laughter, tears, joy and contentment!

    Thanks Chip & Joanna for sharing your life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leahlou 10-24-16
    Leahlou 10-24-16
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    "Amazing!"

    Loved it!! This book was inspiring and incredibly endearing! I recommend everyone read this book.

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    Jamie/Abbie 10-19-16
    Jamie/Abbie 10-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Above average"

    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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    Bridget 10-18-16
    Bridget 10-18-16
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    "What a Wonderful, Real, Inspirational Story!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Magnolia Story to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The daily recognition they have for the miracles and blessings they've experienced and giving God the glory!


    What about Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines ’s performance did you like?

    The way the two of them "fit" together. They are never boring and you can truly feel how much they care for each other.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole story inspired me to stay faithful and to recognize God's daily miracles. Loved the part about the purchase of their farm.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope they write another book!!! Couldn't stop listening till it was over........really enjoyed it!!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    "Loved loved loved this book!!!"

    Loved the book, Joanna and Chip, so inspirational for your own life and own ideas

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