The Magnolia Story

The Magnolia Story

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Are you ready to see your fixer upper-- and learn how their TV show became a success? From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything, Chip and Joanna Gaines tell you about the breakthrough moments and the real-life decisions that led to their success today. And you'll discover how the couples shares their success with others, bolstering the city of Waco along the way.
Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the TV show Fixer Upper, describe their lives and renovation projects and the origins of the show.
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, Inc., [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780718079185
0718079183
Branch Call Number: B GAI
Characteristics: xvii, 184 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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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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freyguy
Mar 15, 2017

I loved the book and I love the show. These two are just perfect together! I love their designs and they seem so down to earth.

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CarleeMcDot
Mar 07, 2017

Okay, let me start off by saying I LOVE THESE TWO! My mom jokes that Ryan and I are like them because Ryan is so off-the-wall like Chip and I am the one that has to reign him in and try to keep him on task. Anywho, I was STOKED to hear that they came out with a book and gobbled it up as soon as it became available for me at the library. Learning their backstory made me love them even more. I love how they put God, each other and their family first. They have been beyond blessed and they haven't taken an ounce of it for granted. They are super down-to-earth and I am thrilled to hear that fame and the spotlight hasn't changed that for them. If you like their show, Fixer Upper, on HGTV, then this is a must read!

AL_KATI Jan 23, 2017

If you love "Fixer Upper," then this is a must-read for you. It's a quick read with some really funny and poignant moments, very true to what you see on the Gaines' show.

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mammothhawk229e
Jan 19, 2017

I had low expectations on this book.
Preachy, no.
Could hear their voices in he said/she said format.
A lot of unvarnished background on their family & where they lived.
Surprised Chip was a home & business flipper even back in university days.
Joanna the "local Firestone spokesperson" for her father more famous than "Big man on campus" Chip on their first date from total stranger? Heh.
Their first year of marriage was eye-opening.
Felt honest on the 2008 downturn & not abandon their property development.
Surprised their bank manager could be nice & generous after reduced line of credit.
Laughed their HGTV audition tape with camera crew was wooden until Chip bought big-ticket item & Joanna exploded. Incident convinced executives they were the ones.

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Mrsdoody
Jan 16, 2017

Love the show even more, now that I know about the struggles they had to overcome on their way to the success. Quick read.

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TerryAB
Jan 13, 2017

I liked this more than I'd anticipated. It's a real rags-to-riches story and they didn't sugar-coat the stressful times. Anyone thinking of getting into the flipping market should read this. It really underscores the whole idea of being in the right place at the right time with the right people.

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savtadina
Jan 12, 2017

I expected this book to be a lot of "fluff," so I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the Gaines and how they have grown their business and helped the community as they have done so. Joanna is the main "narrator" and she is quite honest and open about how she has grown as an adult, business partner, mother, and responsible community member.

The latter point really resonated with me as so many people today are only focused on themselves.

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EmilyEm
Dec 26, 2016

Chip and JoJo tell their life stories so far. Fans of show are loving this book. I bet Chip and Joanna recorded their stories and Mark fine-tuned them into writing.

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