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  1. The Magnolia Story
    The Magnolia Story
    Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
    Thomas Nelson / 2016 / Hardcover
    $15.49 Retail: $26.99 Save 43% ($11.50)
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun Read for Fixer Upper Fans
    March 19, 2017
    Bekah
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Last week, I finally read The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. I know. All of you probably read it months ago, when it came out! What took me so long?? {My sister received it as a Christmas gift and kindly shared it with me so I could read it, too!}

    In case you haven't read the book yet, here are my thoughts. I had heard great things about it, and of course I'm quite a fan of Fixer Upper, so I figured I would love the book. But even so, I was a little nervous. If there's one thing I learned in radio, it's that not all people are good authors. Being a good speaker doesn't mean you're a good writer (and vice versa!). Having a big life event befall you doesn't mean you're a good writer. Of course there are writers who come alongside to help with some of those things, and Chip and Joanna had a good one: Mark Dagostino.

    If you watch Fixer Upper, I'm happy to tell you that one thing you'll notice if you read this book is the distinct voices of both Chip and Joanna shining through. Most of the book is written from Joanna's perspective, but several chunks are written from Chip's and just as you see on TV, some parts are written almost conversationally, with the two of them bantering back and forth with their thoughts. To help you keep track of who is speaking, each has a different font. (I didn't find this distracting at all. I actually mentally read each part in their respective voices.)

    Another thing that makes me nervous when I pick up stories written by well-known people is the predictable back-story. They all go back and relive their childhood, and in some books, that part gets tedious. I almost thought that would be missing altogether from this book, but it did eventually surface, although much later than I'm used to. But in this book, it didn't bother me. It was interesting to see how their upbringing and their parents' stories impacted the people they became.

    I also found it very interesting to read stories of their dating years, early marriage, and how they found this beautiful rhythm of working well together that we've come to love from watching them on TV. (And they tell how they "got discovered," part of which I hadn't heard before.)

    There are several hilarious stories in there (which, as you might guess, mostly revolve around Chip's antics and misadventures). I stopped several times to read large sections out loud to my husband and he loved them. There are also a lot of faith lessons sprinkled throughout and a clear explanation of how they've seen God at work in their marriage and business life.

    Just as I hoped, I found it an endearing, enjoyable, and easy read. (OOH! And there are pictures in the middle. I love books with pictures in the middle!) I'm glad they shared the back story. Fun to know!
  2. Albany, Oregon
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Down to earth folks
    March 18, 2017
    Irene
    Albany, Oregon
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My favorite show is, "Fixer Upper" so I had to buy the book to read about where they started in life and about their commitment to each other and their faith. The book is well written and tells the story behind the scene of their TV show, faith first and family second. It's refreshing to read a book that tells not only their success but also the hardships they have gone through.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiration
    March 11, 2017
    DL
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If only we would all have these principles
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful and challenging
    February 9, 2017
    Diane Busch
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you know who Chip and Joanna Gaines are, then you have to read or listen to this book! They both read the audiobook and it's so real - so them!

    Their story is amazing! If I liked them before I love them now. Through all the years, the ups and the downs, they have trusted God and He has been their guide. Joanna is the level-headed organized planner and Chip is the fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants impulsive business man, salesman, builder, whatever. The two of them together make it work, but it's a marvel that their marriage works and their business together works. Pink and blue really do make purple.

    They are talented and smart and industrious and very hard workers. They are loving parents to four children besides all they do with their shop, their home building, renovating, and flipping houses. It's amazing! And ironically as much as we all know them from their television show, they don't own a t.v.

    This book is delightful and challenging. Go get it today - you will not be disappointed! (The center of the hardcover book has family photos through the years, and the end of the audiobook includes some live audio from a production meeting).
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!!
    January 19, 2017
    Linda
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a delightful read and it answered many questions in my mind about who this lovely couple from HGTV's "Fixer Upper" really is behind the scenes. It was wonderful to see how God was, and is, working in their lives. They are a shining example of where faith, love, and hard work can take you. An inspirational and motivational read!
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