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The Magnolia Story

The delightful story of the life and times of Chip and Joanna Gaines.



The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, and it offers a detailed look at their life together, from how they first met to how they became the media darlings of HGTV. It includes the very first renovation project they ever tackled, the project that nearly cost them everything, childhood memories that shaped them both, and the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

“I realize that my determination to make things perfect meant I was chasing an empty obsession all day long. Nothing was ever going to be perfect the way I had envisioned it in the past. Did I want to keep spending my energy on that effort, or did I want to step out of that obsession and enjoy my kids, maybe allowing myself to get messy right along with them in the process? I chose the latter—and that made all the difference.


This book was so much fun to read, that I listened to it twice! Chip and Joanna performed the narration, so hearing the story of their life and times in their voice was perfect! If you like Fixer-Upper you will love this book. If you want to know the answer to the question of whether Chip is really that funny, you’ll find it here. I laughed when Joanna told the story about the time Chip went to the grocery store, while Joanne was out running, but he forgot to take their new baby with him. I was amazed when I heard the story about Chip buying a houseboat site unseen and it turned out to be a leaky wreck, but that wreck also turned out to be the start of their huge HGTV television hit. I appreciate how Joanna uses the word “thrive” to describe their life, and I was most impressed by the maturity of this young couple and learned a great deal from this book. I loved hearing about how this couple has grown a business, a television series and a family. The Magnolia Story is bright and breezy, and in a word, delightful.

Publisher Thomas Nelson

Published October 18, 2016

Narrator Chip and Joanna Gaines

“It was such a blessing to find myself thriving in the middle of the pain. Unless you find a way to do that, there’s always going to be this fake illusion that once you get there—wherever “there” is for you—you’ll be happy. But that’s just not life. If you can’t find happiness in the ugliness, you’re not going to find it in beauty, either.”
“I always thought that the “thriving” would come when everything was perfect, and what I learned is that it’s actually down in the mess that things get good.”
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