Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

A Book Review by Wendy

Book Description

The most important step is taking the first one.

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of 4 in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge, even if it didn’t quite work out as planned. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

In Capital Gaines, we walk alongside him as he relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons learned along the way. His mentors taught him to never give up and his family showed him what it meant to always have a positive attitude despite your circumstances. Throw in a natural daredevil personality and a willingness to do (or eat!) just about anything, and you have the life and daily activity of Chip Gaines.

Capital Gaines is the perfect book for anyone looking to succeed not only in business but more importantly in life.

Book Review

If you’ve ever seen Fixer Upper, then you already love Chip and Joanna Gaines.  This book takes you a bit deeper into the story of Chip.  Turns out he is just as reckless and wacky in his youth as he is now.  It’s a fun book, a quick read, and it’s full of entertaining stories.  However, these are stories with a purpose.  Each one is accented to show you what he learned and how he grew into a better man with each one.  It’s not just that they are cute and amusing stories, they are turning points for Chip that changed how he viewed life.

My only criticism of this book, was that I was hoping for more of a Christ-centered book.  I know that he can reach a broader market with this one, by keeping it to general wisdom, but I get great encouragement from testimonies.  I was hoping this book would be the testimony of Chip Gaines, and that it would include more of his relationship with God.  That being said, this is a great book, and I enjoyed it immensely.

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