November 27, 2016

The Magnolia Story


                                                        SOMETIMES THE MESSIEST STUFF 
                                                             AND THE BIGGEST MISTAKES 
                                                 CAN TAKE YOU SOMEPLACE WONDERFUL.
                                                                                   (From the back cover)

This was such a great book! I loved the honesty and humor, as well as the encouragement and love between these two.

Chip and Joanna Gaines share a small part of their lives with us in this memoir...how they met, how they started their business, their financial struggles, as well has their trust in the Lord through it all.

The book goes from Joanna speaking, to Chip speaking, each with a different font so you can tell who's talking. I really liked this format. It was like sitting down and talking with them both at the same time.

Chip is funny and loyal and an extremely generous person, as well as a bit absent-minded and forgetful.

Joanna is caring and honest and wise, as well as easily worried and frustrated.

I loved that they shared their weaknesses, as well as their strengths. It made the read so much more relateable.


I also love how Chip and Joanna are living out the Ephesians 5:22-33 life. I saw it throughout the whole book. He loves her and honors her and she submits to his leadership as head of their home. This is a beautiful thing to witness when done biblically for the love of Christ.

My husband and I love watching their show,  it's one of the rare ones we enjoy watching together. They make us laugh, encourage us to work together through life and to see the bigger picture of God's plan.

This book was fairly short and easy to read. I highly recommend it!


Buy it HERE on Amazon


44 comments:

  1. Thank you for the review, I always appreciate reading your reviews, helps me pick out what to read next.
    Carla

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    1. Thanks Carla! Glad you can find some new books here. : )

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  2. I enjoyed this review as we so enjoy their program as well. Glad to have been your neighbor this morning :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed my post and the show! Thanks for stopping by Joanne.

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  3. I have this book on my Christmas list, so I am hoping to receive it then! I enjoyed your review.

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    1. Hope you receive it too! It's a good one.

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  4. I really enjoyed this one, too, especially the laughs it gave me! I laughed so much at the running/baby part that I had to share it with my husband. He loves their show even more than me. :)

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    1. That part was so funny! I read bits and pieces to my husband and he really enjoyed that part too.

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  5. Hi, I'm visiting from #MondayMusings. This book is on my Kindle, and I haven't had time to read it yet. But since you posted such a great review, I will carve out time to read it today. I love writing and reading memoir and can't wait to check out their honest, godly account. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hope you enjoyed the book. I love memoirs too! It's always fun to hear straight from the person the book is about. Thanks for stopping by Sarah!

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  6. Glad to see this review. My sister and her husband dressed up as Chip and Joanna for Halloween, and at the time, I'd never even heard of them. :) Now here I am knowing who they are! ha.

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    1. I've never heard of anyone dressing up as Chip and Joanna! : ) That's great!

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  7. THANK YOU. First review I've seen on the story. Great!

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    1. Thanks Susan! Glad you stopped by. : )

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  8. I love Fixer Upper and look forward to reading this so I'm glad to see such a great review. I've got it on hold at our library.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed my review. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I absolutely love this couple- they are so compelling and I think so many people should be getting this book for Christmas presents-

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    1. Yes, I think a lot of people will be happy to get it for Christmas!

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  10. I didn't know they had written a book! I'm so glad you shared about it! Sounds wonderfully edifying!

    Blessings,

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  11. I'd heard so many good things about this book! Thanks for the great review!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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  12. Your beautiful header has this south Texan wishing for snow :) I've only just recently discovered Chip and Joanna (I know, I am far, far behind the times) and they are a delight. I'm pleased to add this book to my wish list! Thanks for the review!

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    1. I live in southern BC in Canada and we just got our first snowfall today! So pretty. : ) Glad you stopped by June!

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  13. I just finished reading this book few weeks back and I have to say, I loved it! I agree what what you said about the format as well- it's super helpful in following their story and it does make it feel as though you were sitting down chatting with them!

    God bless,
    Patty

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  14. I love hearing about them. I need to read this. :-) Thank you for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by Leah!

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  15. I'd never heard of this couple before -- Thanks for filling me in!

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    1. They are a wonderful couple. Thanks for stopping by Michele!

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  16. Thanks for introducing me to this couple--sounds like a great book.

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    1. It was! Glad you stopped by Carol!

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  17. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book. We talked about visiting their store since we live in Texas. I might be interested in buying the book.

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    1. I'd love to visit their store one day. Hope you get a chance to soon. Thanks for stopping by Mary!

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  18. My husband and I love watching their show, too. We love the interaction between the two of them and their kiddos. The only problem is, we keep wanting to re-do something or other! LOL

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    1. LOL..me too! Re-doing our bedroom right now. Though I'm only painting it and getting new curtains. : )

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  19. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina

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  20. Oooh, looks like a good book!! I've seen it at the bookstore, but haven't seen any reviews of yet, until yours. I'm so glad I stopped by here today. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Magnolia Story. :)

    Tarissa
    http://InTheBookcase.blogspot.com

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