Magnolia Story | My Thoughts on the Book

January 4, 2017

One of my good college friends surprised me and sent me a copy of The Magnolia Story over the holidays. After fishing it out of the mailbox and skipping back to the house I wish someone could’ve caught my reaction as I unboxed it. Had she been stalking me at Target a few days earlier and seen me put the lone copy back on the shelf because it had seen better days, and then telepathically tapped into my thoughts of going to the bookstore to pick it up?

Really and truly SHEE is just dope like that!

Fast forward to two days later as I flipped the last page and closed the back cover shut I walked away from The Magnolia Story feeling inspired and I personally upgraded my “fan girl” status to another level.

Reading the back story of their relationship and early family years, coupled with the fact that they weren’t afraid to share how they had been dead broke and struggling  and how God kept putting amazing people in their lives that  supported their dreams and ideals just left me ready to walk into 2017 fearless and ready to pour my resources albeit limited into helping others.

What we see on TV is the culmination of them walking blindly by faith listening to their gut and that still small voice as they stumbled time and time again and made difficult decisions that didn’t seem so great at the time but eventually pieced themselves together into a budding empire.

A byproduct of my over thinking everything won’t let me just look at the surface of things. While I love Fixer Upper, and am seriously thinking about heading back to Waco to visit Magnolia Market again, the real source of my fandom is their determination and faithfulness to their family, dreams and believing that something amazing would happen if they just stayed the course.

That right there will preach to anyone who is watching and listening.

The Magnolia Story was an engaging, easy read. If you like feel good, inspirational stories this is one to grab.


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    January 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I am glad to hear that you liked it! I have looked at it several times in Target myself…haha! Love the Gaines’!

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    Lori Vann
    January 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I got the ebook through the library and plan on starting it tonight (or this weekend if it snows and we are stuck at home!). I have read an excerpt that talks about their faith, and it just blew me away. If we could all have faith like that!

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    January 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I know the next time you cross state lines and bypass Houston…….

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      January 7, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      I came through Austin tho!! You are on my short list of folks to try and meet this year. I’ll be down there this year for sure!

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    January 4, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I love a good story! I love to gain inspiration from others because I know if things can change in their life it can change in mine as well. We all just have to keep the course.

    I watch them from time to time but I didn’t know of their shop until your trip to Waco. I will have to take a 30 minute trip and visit soon.

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    January 5, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I love Chip & Joanna I am going to have to add this to my “To Read 2017” list! Thanks for the honest review. I am excited.

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