The Magnolia Story by Chip GainesThe Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines

The Magnolia Story

byChip Gaines, Joanna Gaines

Hardcover | October 18, 2016

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National Bestseller--New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publisher's Weekly

Also, check out Capital Gaines, available now,and The Magnolia Table, coming spring 2018.

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 into 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 garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.

In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:

  • The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby
  • Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children
  • When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns 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 and photos 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.”

Chip Gaines and his wife, Joanna Gaines, are co-founders and co-owners of Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market, and Magnolia Realty in Waco, Texas. Chip was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was raised in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He graduated from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business with a degree in marketing. An entreprene...
Title:The Magnolia StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.3 × 6.4 × 0.8 inPublished:October 18, 2016Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0718079183

ISBN - 13:9780718079185


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Genuine Everyday Inspiration Loved hearing the story behind this inspirational couple. An honest truth about hard work and determination in order to reach your goals. Every day people doing amazing things.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing book, would totally recommend to any lovers of literature and good prose
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great story to read Great book to read about the lives of Chip and Joanna and their relationship, marriage and family life.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for fans of Fixer Upper!!! Fabulous account of the lives of Chip and Joanna along with their family and the story behind their hit show Fixer Upper. Makes a great gift and coffee table book too!!! Enjoy!!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! The Magnolia Story, is a great and interesting read. Got it just about a month ago and loved it! Would defiantly recommend to any one who loves Fixer Upper!
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent If you're a fan of Fixer Upper, its a great read!!
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honest and Genuine Biography If you're a fan of Fixer Upper, chances are you will buy this book regardless of reviews. But to those who have not become addicted to the top rated HGTV show, this book provides an honest and genuine account of Joanna and Chips road to success. Through trial, errors, struggles, and Chip's antics, the Gaines provide insight into their lives, which are nothing short of charming. A great light, inspiring read to combat with biographies that take themselves too seriously.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and Authentic If you're a fan of the Gaines, you will love this book! I devoured it in less than 24 hours. It reads very naturally, as if you're actually hanging out with Chip and Jo. The stories are inspiring and you can tell they are genuine. A great read!
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! If you are a fan of Fixer Upper, this is a great story behind the Gaines family, their life and their show.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read! A fun and easy read that has Chip and Joanna telling you stories of how Magnolia came to be! Definitely some amusing stories in this book. Written almost as a conversation between Chip and Joanna.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you like Chip & Jo, you'll love this book!! I bought this the week it came out and devoured it. It reads like Chip and Jo. I loved hearing their story: from how they met, how he eventually won her over and how they built an empire together on their strengths, all while staying focused on what matters most: love and family. Wonderful book from a wonderful duo. Thoroughly enjoyed this read.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome sauce. So easy and enjoyable to read!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Reads like their dialogue on the show Easy read, interesting to hear more about the path that led them to where they are today. Less of a novel or biography, more like a written conversation between Chip and Jo.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I am a huge fan of Jo. She is so inspiring. Her talent, positive attitude, faith and natural beauty. This book was an eye opener into their lives that aren't broadcast on the show.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love as a Fixer Upper fan I loved this insight into the lives of the beloved Chip and Jo!!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it!! this couple has everything. i mean every thing that is vital in life that will last. it was an easy read. usually i don't buy books in their regular price but i just had to grab this one!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fixer Upper This is an easy read and great story about the couple on the HGTV show Fixer Upper. The way it is written is as if they were sitting at your kitchen table telling you their story. It's inspiring to hear how God has worked in their lives.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I love the writing style. It feels so natural and friendly, like the feeling I get when I watch these people.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the show, love this I'm a huge fan of the show, and received this book as a gift at Christmas. Needless to say, I finished it in only a couple of days. It's so great to read an honest depiction of the story behind the popular tv series. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! I bought this book after a girlfriend of mine had read it and I couldn't put it down. I polished it off in about a morning. It was fantastic. Inspiring and just left you feeling so passionate and ready to take on the world. The writing flows and I love how both Chip and Joanne have there thoughts intermingled throughout. Well written and such a great story. Now I just have to get down to Waco to see it all myself! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a fun book! I bought this book a few weeks ago. It was so enjoyable and an easy read. this show is great! and the book was very insightful. highly recommended read!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A charasimatic couple and a good read (even if you haven't seen the show) I don't know how I came across this couple, or this book for that matter. I haven't seen the show, 'Fixer Upper' or heard of it before I read this book. But, even without watching the show, I really enjoyed this book. This couple is charming, hardworking, and funny! Plus, this show outlines how it has taken a lot of work to get to where they are with their success but to them, everything has been their passion. I liked the way the book was written as well, with points of view from Chip and Joanna intertwined but able to tell apart from the font as well as each individual personality. A very good read and I may have to check out their show after reading this.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet This book is so sweet. It definitely helps to have seen the show prior to reading the book.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story such a great story, really enjoyed reading this book!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story I enjoy watching the tv show, the story of Chip and Joanna Gaines is very sweet.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love their story!!! This book... it's delightful and hilarious and insightful and packed with why their lives are touching so many and bringing so much delight and design back into the world! I finished wishing there were so many more chapters to go...
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story! I think the book costs a bit too much for about 200 pages but honestly is was a great book and anyone who watches Fixer Upper will love this book!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read love the couple, easy reading.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sweet and authentic just read their new book magnolia....light easy one sitting read totally enjoyed..... they are such a fun and lovely couple ...reading their book was like chatting with them in their living room....very interesting to hear about how they met and that Chip and his antics is how he has always been, it is not just the stuff TV ratings.................#plum review
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something to read Good book. Love their home show
Date published: 2016-11-11