“Have you ever looked at the bud of a magnolia flower? It’s a tight little pod that stays closed up for a long time on the end of it’s branch until one day, our of nowhere, it finally burst open into this gigantic, gorgeous, fragrant flower that’s 10 times bigger than the bud itself.”
How appropriate that Chip and Joanna Gaines, of Fixer Upper fame, has this flower as a symbol to their business. A story, and business, that is 10 times bigger than they probably imagined.
I was sent The Magnolia Story from an Instagram friend and was super excited to read it.
Confession – The only time I have been able to watch Fixer Upper has been on vacation because we don’t have cable TV. The very first time I saw it, at a hotel, it happen to be a marathon!! Thankfully my family wasn’t with me so I got in about 4 episodes and fell in love…like the rest of the world.
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The book is a quick and fun read. It floats back and forth between Chip and Joanna – just like their show.
Although we are use to Chip being a goofball, the book shows a solid business side to him which seems to be the direction of his solo book, Capital Gaines.
The Magnolia Story starts with first dates, continues through their early years together, and right up to the start of the big show.
One criticism I had read was regarding Joanna coming from a successful family, that owned a tire business. The critic felt the couple already had a hand up, however I really didn’t get that from their story.
Chips dad – “I’ll provide for your needs, but you have to take care of your wants.”
In my opinion, they clearly address their struggles, challenges, and hardships. There is discussion of jail, constant moving, financial uncertainties, etc. You can also tell what a hard working pair they are. Sure we see the end result now, but there was a lot of hard work and trust during those initial years.
Their faith seems to be an important part of their decision making process like when Joanna closed down a successful shop…….
“Joanna, if you trust me with your dreams, I’ll take them further than you could ever imagined.”
During the different chapters you get life, business, faith, and family lessons learned in fun and heart warming Gaines fashion.
“What I do know, looking back on it now, is that all of these big, life changing things were right around the corner for us at this moment. And if we’d given up, if we’d walked away, if we’d crumbed when we were at our lowest, we never would have made it around the corner to see all the blessings that were about to come due.”
“When things come against us we can either turn on each other, or we can come together and turn on it.”
Now for the fun part~
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Part of my New Year’s resolution is to read at least one book a month AND give it away after I was done with it. I do this the first Friday of every month.
That’s where you come in. I will give away The Magnolia Story to one reader. Here is what you need to do to be eligible to win. The more you do…. the better your chances.
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