Do you ever watch Chip and Joanna Gaines on the popular HGTV series, “Fixer Upper”?  Many of us have and love how real it is.  Well, they have now published a book called “The Magnolia Story.”  It tells how they met, how they raise their children, and how their individual talents led them to a successful fixer-upper business and reality show.

I read this book while flying one weekend, and I couldn’t put it down.  The book is narrated by Chip and Joanna so you get both sides of the story.  After reading the book, you can see how the show and their relationship have been so successful.  They have learned through the years what works and what doesn’t work in a marriage and in business.  They rely heavily on faith and trust in each other.  Those qualities have brought them through some tough times and made them the people you see on the TV–authentic and down to earth, and, let’s not forget, funny with Chip and his antics.

If you love the show, I would highly recommend reading the book.  It’s been a long time since I have read something and enjoyed it from beginning to end.  They appreciate the old ways of living, simple and hardworking, with home being at the center of it all. It’s a feel good story that will make you smile.