The Magnolia Story

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HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Oct 18, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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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 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.”

 

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User Review  - Emma_Manolis - LibraryThing

I LOVE Fixer Upper and I'm convinced that the Gaines family and my family would get along, so I was ecstatic to see that this book was going to be a thing. I enjoyed learning a bit more about their ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth3511 - LibraryThing

A fun, pleasant read. My biggest problem with the book is how they credit so much of their success to God...God led them to the acquaintances who lent/gave them $100,000...God brought them together ... Read full review

Contents

First Dates and Second Chances
1
New Directions
13
Something Old Something New
27
The Honeymoons Over
37
Opening Up
49
White Picket Fences
61
One Door Closes
75
Down to Our Roots
85
Flipping Out
107
HomeLess
121
Getting to the Bottom
133
Surviving or Thriving
143
Heeding the Call
157
The Bloom
173
About the Authors
183
Photos
185

Chipping In
95

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About the author (2016)

Chip Gaines was born in 1974. He is a graduate of Baylor University. His early businesses included a lawn care company, selling fireworks, and flipping houses. He and his wife Joanna are the stars of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper and the co-authors, with Mark Dagostino, of the book, The Magnolia Story.

Joanna Gaines was born in 1978. She graduated of Baylor University and worked for a local tire shop. She and her husband Chip are the stars of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper and the co-authors, with Mark Dagostino, of the book, The Magnolia Story.

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