Chip and Joanna Gaines, America's 'Fixer Upper' sweethearts, featured in new book

by Gregory Tomlin, |
Courtesy of HGTV

WACO, Texas (Christian Examiner) – HGTV reality stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, who have created their own real estate, home renovation and media empire in Waco, Texas, are releasing a new book about their successes, failures and – most importantly – their faith.

The book hits shelves Oct. 18.

The Magnolia Story chronicles the love story between Chip and Joanna, their entrepreneurial spirit, and their collaboration as the dynamic duo behind HGTV's highest rated show, "Fixer Upper."

While the book does plumb the depths of their business successes, it is primarily a book about the couple's relationship as both life and business partners, according to the publisher. It will offer insights "about this dynamic duo and the driving factors that led them to build a multifaceted, nationally recognized brand now known and enjoyed by devotees all over the country via outlets like Magnolia Market, Magnolia Homes and the popular 'Fixer Upper' show."

"I knew when I married Chip in 2003 that this life would be an adventure," Joanna Gaines said. "Through all the ups and downs, I never would have imagined we'd land here. What I do know is that I couldn't have asked for a better partner to share it with."

The book was written with collaborator Mark Dagostino, who has also worked with Hulk Hogan, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Christian actor Gavin MacLeod and former Norte Dame football player Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger.

Matt Baugher, senior vice president of W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, said Chip and Joanna Gaines have become popular because of their "authenticity, humility, and personality."

"They never imagined that all of this would take off as it has. Their story is as inspiring as it is entertaining and we are honored to publish their first two books. The number one question that I get is whether or not they are the same off camera as they are on their show. The answer is a resounding yes. May we all be fixer uppers!"

The Magnolia Story will be followed by a design book from Joanna to be published by Thomas Nelson Gift Books in early 2017.