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The Magnolia Story

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Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines

5 Hours 1 Minutes

Thomas Nelson

October 2016

Audio Book 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."

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  • Maureen Schmit

    Inspiring. Enjoyed the narration and learning more about their story.

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  • Jennifer Mullins

    Their story is beautiful! I loved this couple on HGTV already and now I love them more!

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  • Teri Leatherwood

    They are an amazing couple. Love their story. So great to see what God can do!

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  • Lynda Snart

    Loved the show and book was no different Down to earth very real All round could not have been a better listening experience

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  • Barbara Young

    I loved the tv series and certainly wasn\'t disappointed to hear the Gaines\' own story. They are a truly lovely couple and I thoroughly enjoyed their journey. It was well written in a natural way and I enjoyed hearing them tell their own story. I wondered if they were too good to be true, but turns out they are the gorgeous couple you see on television. They are inspiring, altruistic and a good example of a functional family with great principles. Great read!

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  • Renee Henline

    Great book!

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  • Ashley Crosland

    Such an inspiring book! Just like Chip & Jo's design work, this book is inspiring in not just the ship lap in every room kind of way, but in the way that you want to go clean out every room of your house and make your life a little simpler. Chip & Jo's story explains their simple beginnings in a way that makes you laugh a lot, cry a little, and realize that the important things in life are the relationships you have, not things at all.

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  • Josie Steeves

    Love this book! So inspiring and they are an awesome couple!

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  • Steven Wiegerink

    My wife and I really enjoy their show "fixer upper " Chip and Jo do such an amazing job transforming sometime soon ugly houses into masterpieces. Although, it seems they do incredibly more than the budget would seem to allow. Back to the book. Great story, and to be narrated by jo, mostly, but chip as well is a great bonus. It was very interesting to listen to all their trials and hurdles, graced by God in the process. Highly recommended read, in this case listen

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    I loved the book and the narration.

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