Family Trees & Olive Branches

Inspired by Matthew 18:22, Family Trees & Olive Branches is a conversation about grace, the oil that unsticks fighting families. No matter how black the sheep of your family is, how hurtful your parents can be, or how long it has been since you’ve spoken to your brother, God’s answer to family fallouts is always grace. In this book, readers will look at the different types of olive branches in the Bible with the purpose of opening their hearts and minds to spiritual transformation through the work of the Holy Spirit. Each chapter offers lessons of forgiveness, tips on reflecting God’s grace in our toughest relationships, journal and prayer prompts, and discussion starters.

Christina tackles the very complex subject of family drama with respect, wit, and self-deprecation. Using real-life stories, she helps the reader to discern when forgiveness, confrontation, or boundary building is the most Christlike response. Her book is a wonderfully insightful guide to inserting grace into a wide variety of delicate, and sometimes, toxic situations.

Janet Mueller
Christian Therapist

Christina Hergenrader explores the wide range of experiences in families and shares very practical thoughts on how to create an environment for a gracious, connected family.

Rev. Dr. Kevin Wilson
President of Ohio District, LCMS