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(Review) The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Biography
Pages: 208
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: 4 stars for very good


Fixer Upper episodes began in April 2014. The show and the couple were an immediate hit with the public. Their infectious smiles and cheerful demeanor resonated with people.
A brief bio:
Chip and Joanna were both Baylor graduates.
They married in 2003.
Joanna opened her first shop on Bosque Blvd. in Waco, Texas 2005.
They began by restoring old houses. Their work at this time was cosmetic work.
They have four children.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading The Magnolia Story. It gave me a chance to understand the personal life of the couple, and how their experience with renovating began.
I loved reading about their years of starting small with cosmetic renovations, and later branching out to extensive construction work and decorating.
They are a couple who draw immediate attention for several reasons:
  • They glow with joy.
  • Their positive natures shine.
  • They enjoy being with each other.
  • They have an attitude of praise and gratitude to God.
I feel the couple has been transparent about their hardships in life. They didn't stay in the hardship (or sadness) but pulled themselves out by hard work, endurance, and faithfulness.
I love the priority they place on family. For a while, Joanna set aside her personal ambitions to raise small children.
Throughout the book they emphasis God's guidance and blessings.
The book is a quick read.
I feel the book is appropriate for a young adult.
The Magnolia Story is a charming book with an uplifting message.