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Book Review: The Magnolia Story

While on a road trip last week my husband and I listened to Chip and Joanna Gaines, “The Magnolia Story“. We are fans of the Gaines so this seemed like a fun book for both of us to listen to. The benefit of listening to this book is that it is read by Chip and Joanna. So fun.

If you haven’t heard of the show, Fixer Upper, on HGTV you should probably familiarize yourself with it. You should then be prepared to want to visit Waco, Texas and be BFFs with the Gaines.

In their book, the Gaines talk about how everything started. Everything–like how they met, getting into the design/building/flipping business and landing a TV show. After we finished the book my husband commented on how in depth they got with their story. They tell you exactly how things happened–which we appreciated. Sometimes “celebrities” are really vague on how they got where they are–and you think, ‘They obviously knew someone who got them started and they don’t want to say that.’ With the Gaines they did everything themselves. They truly made their dreams and ideas become a reality.

The book includes hilarious stories, great parenting advice and spiritual moments. In all honesty it is just them being them and sharing what they learned along the way.

Toward the end of the book Joanna says that she doesn’t know why people care about them so much or why people like watching them. In my opinion the reason everything they touch turns to gold is because they are authentic. They have a reality show without the yelling, screaming, swearing, marital drama, and sarcasm. Here you have a happy couple who truly love each other and show it, raising four kids on a farm while flipping houses for a living. Oh and they aren’t afraid to talk about their faith in God.

It is beautiful. It is wholesome. It is inspiring and we need more people, marriages and television like it.

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