Monday, June 5, 2017

The Magnolia Story gets 5 Stars {nonfiction, memoir, audiobook}

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines gets 5 stars.  Inspiring, funny, hopeful, and all around positive uplifting read.  The audiobook is awesome b/c Chip and Joanna of Fixer Upper read it.  Loved all of it! 5 out of 5 Stars in my book review.  Nothing to complain about.  Alohamora Open a Book Alohamoraopenabook

Read this book and maybe listen to the audiobook as well.  I loved The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines I found myself not only inspired while reading it, but also laughing in tears hearing Chip and Joanna tell the stories of Chips early parenting days or is crazy purchases, or how they started dating.  Seriously hilarious! 

Speaking of the audiobook.  I absolutely love when authors read the book, but having Chip and Joanna read this book was even better since it is their memoir and their story.  So, definitely Overdrive (connected through your library) or checkout the audiobook;  you'll love it. Even if you have read the book.  Trust me.  

I give The Magnolia Story 5 out of 5 stars.  If you are looking for a book that tells the story of Fixer Upper and the ins and outs of the show, then this is not the book you are looking for. This book isn't about the show.  This book is about Chip and Joanna's story.  This book is about how Magnolia Homes and Magnolia Farms and how they picked magnolia in the first place.  This book is about how they came to be and how/why they are the grateful, God loving people they are.  This book is their story in a funny, loving, inspiring, uplifting, page turner way. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and by the amount of things I told my husband he basically read it as well. 

Here are a handful of the quotes that I really liked in The Magnolia Story

"Comfort is what you do when you retire." Chip said about not getting too comfortable but about pushing yourself. 

"With change comes new opportunity." That's how Joanna looked at any situation when Chip bought a new house, even a crazy not working boat house. 

"Be intentional." Be intentional about your design and your choices. 

"Live wholly and intentionally for those closest to me."  

"Pray. Pray together." 

"Notice the miracles. God knows what we need more than we do." 

"There are seasons, embrace them." 

"Things get good when you're down in the mess. Get in!" 

"Life is found in the glass of spilled milk." Such a great way to look at the not so pleasant times. 

"Choose contentment and thankfulness now." 

"Be thankful and find joy!" 

"Know that God has been from the beginning, and he will be there to the end. His plan is far bigger and better than we could imagine, so pray, live intentionally, and enjoy the spilled milk." 

All in all, this is a great book that makes me want to be more creative and inspires me to reach my goals and have God help me on the way.

PS- I seriously cannot believe what Chip did with their eldest child not once, but three times. 

What did you think of The Magnolia Story? Did you love it as much as I did?  If you haven't read it, are you going to give it a listen/read?
Happy Uplifting Hilarious Memoir Reading!

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
Rating: 5/5 stars
Best For: adults and fans of the HGTV show Fixer Upper

Worth a Check Out: Yes! Definitely check out the audiobook b/c Chip and Joanna read it.
Buy It or Not: If you love the show buy it; though I was completely content with a check-out.
Read Aloud: Not really, unless you and your spouse read it aloud to each other.
Lesson Ideas: So many life lessons, it'd be a fun book club book to discuss. Not really a classroom lesson book. 


  1. Got it in my overdrive holds. Thanks for the tip.

    1. Yay! You are going to love it! Hope there aren't too many holds on it.