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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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Surprised! This is not a "chick book"

My wife wanted listen to this book due to the popularity of the TV show. I figured it was a "chick book" that I had little interest in. I recently got in to a situation where I had a long wait with no internet. All I had to kill the time was The Magnolia Story my wife previously downloaded. It turns out this is not a book about decorating & design targeting a female audience. It is about a hardworking couple raising a family and building a business telling their unique story. It is literally told from the ground up. To a discerning listener the timeline offers a long-term inside look that answers the question so often asked of successful people, "How did you do it?" There were several points made by both Chip & Joanna that caused me to stop, meditate and reflect. One of the strongest points they made is they idea that we never "arrive". That kind of thinking causes us to become complacent which is a real danger to our personal and professional success. But intentionally rearrange the state of thriving away from a destination and place it on the journey. That simple act will cause us to be intentional about the way we live naturally putting more focus on the everyday process of our lives instead of just the singular events.

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Super entertaining!

Really enjoyed this one, from the story to them telling of of their lives and how they landed the show. To anybody listening, it's pretty clear that this couple are a perfect match, balancing each other out. I definitely think it was far better to hear about the ups and downs in their own words, and loved when Chip would recall certain times and spontaneously chuckle about them, like buying that houseboat or being 90 minutes late for their first date and still managing to charm the pants off Joanna's sister and roommates. Good stuff... far more funny than a sit com. After finishing up this audiobook, two things were very obvious to me: that Chip and Joanna work hard and put family above all else. However, they also care about the community and have a strong faith in God. I should probably point out that before purchasing the book, I had no idea of who they were, despite being a big fan of reality TV. Yet, I kept seeing The Magnolia Story on Audible getting rave reviews, so jumped at the chance to purchase it as the daily deal. I should explain that the only reason for not watching their show is because I am completely blind and would no doubt miss out on much of the visuals throughout the program, but I still appreciate the beauty of a Home and the way it's maintained and decorated. Now, after listening to their book, I am interested in trying to watch the show and see what I can learn from it. Much success to Chip and Joanna! Worth the time and credit for sure! 😊👍🏼

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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.

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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!

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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.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 10-24-16

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.

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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!

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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!

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Amazing!

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

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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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  • Elodie
  • 05-24-17

Loved loved loved this book!!!

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

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  • Annette Latham
  • 12-22-17

Really enjoyed this story!

Great story, inspirational and well worth the read. I’m from Australia and always watch the TV show.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-12-17

Exceptionally inspiring!

Couldn't 'put it down'! It held my interest continually! So fabulous.
I loved everything about this book ♡

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  • Scoxy
  • 09-21-17

Beautiful magnolia

This is a wonderful love story of two beautiful people who found one another and their life passion. l love the show and this is a great background story to how it began

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  • Alex Ruscoe
  • 08-05-17

lovely to listen too, "read" in one day ,

made me feel very positive about the future, nice to have them read it. great

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  • Jessica
  • 11-21-16

An inspirational story

What an inspirational story of how Chip and Joanna Gaines overcame adversity to run a now thriving, blossoming business. I love the show, we've only just started to have it aired here in Australia on free to air tv, and now I love the brains behind the business even more than I did. A great book, and I love that Chip and Joanna told it.

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  • Kate
  • 11-13-16

Loved it...very inspirational and relatable.

Thank you Chip & Joanna this was exactly what i need to listen to. I love you honesty. Such an inspiration.
Love you guys Xox