About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

No Pain, No Gaines: The Good Stuff Doesn't Come Easy by Chip Gaines

No Pain, No Gaines: The Good Stuff Doesn't Come EasyABOUT THE BOOK

In a world that feels increasingly more disconnected, it’s time to reclaim a life of rich, authentic connection—because we are all made better when we trust one another and work together.

There are a lot of books out there that promise you the path of least resistance or teach you how to hustle harder. This isn't one of those.  

In his most vulnerable book to date, Chip Gaines shows us how to build relationships that pull us into a life of meaning, joy, and connection. It happens by being intentional about choosing the company we keep. Chip explains the value of seeking out people who are electrified by living according to their purpose, who will stand beside you as you tackle new challenges, who bet on each other instead of the status quo. The key is being true to yourself, figuring out what you want to do with your life, and finding people who will lift you up along the way.

No Pain, No Gaines will open your eyes to valuable lessons, including how to:  

be awake to life, not asleep at the wheel
find the risks worth taking
value what you bring to the table
resist the status quo
look outside yourself and your circle and foster connections with others
get comfortable with being uncomfortably kind

A good life doesn't always come easy, but that's because the good stuff never does. It requires faith in people. It requires faith in yourself. It requires hope. And it requires a willingness to grow even when it hurts. In No Pain, No Gaines, through hard-won lessons and personal stories all told with his trademark blend of wit and wisdom, Chip Gaines will coach you on how to make your life rich and your relationships run deep.


I'm a huge fan of Fixer Upper and "all things Magnolia", and I've always admired the creative talents of Joanna Gaines. Now, after reading this book, I have a greater respect for her husband, Chip Gaines. Behind his friendly and humorous nature, there lurks an astute businessman, and Gaines graciously shares what he's learned over the years. He talks about his failures and successes, and he's quick to point out the value of working hard and establishing a good network of friends and associates. They will support you, encourage you, and keep you accountable.

It's apparent that Chip and Joanna Gaines are people of faith, but I consider No Pain, No Gaines to be more of a  "part memoir, part how-to" manual. If you're needing inspiration and motivation, your search is over, because Chip Gaines has a lot to share! His writing style is easy and entertaining, and reading this book is almost like being in a conversation with him!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via FrontGate Media. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Chip Gaines is the co-owner and cofounder of Magnolia and a New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Story and Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff. He is constantly reinventing the wheel on what we can achieve together and is always eager to give back to individuals and communities.

Born in Albuquerque and raised in Dallas, Chip later graduated from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business with a marketing degree. An entrepreneur by nature, Chip has started a number of small businesses and has remodeled hundreds of homes in the Waco area.

But more than any good adventure or hard-working demo day, Chip loves an early morning on the farm and a slow day spent with Jo and their five kids.

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