People love a virtuous comeback kid story, being raised by a mentally ill woman and recovering from the resulting trauma is a story that could stand alone. It was in putting the pieces of Kristy's childhood together, that she saw similarities in her ex-church leaders. Their continued unkindness activated flashbacks from her childhood; without a solid demonstration in forgiveness and grace, healing was elusive.  
​​Book Overview

"Treasures in the Trash” is the true story of the author who struggled with church leadership’s destructively cruel administration ; their actions activated psychological traumatic flashbacks to the author’s childhood. Her experience resulted in unearthing a correlation between abusive parents and detrimental people within the Church . It was in rediscovering the forgotten memories of her early life, where she began to observe the unhealthy toxic similarities between her former church and childhood.​​

Growing up with alcoholic parents, a detached and distant father, an unstable mentally ill mother, the author overcame a childhood of neglect and harm  resulting in C-PTSD , only to re-experience a similarity within her church family.  Church hurts are equally devastating to people as childhood wounds are.

She was seeking Biblical-based resolutions, to the hardships which developed within her church; however instead of restoration, she was repeatedly told to forget the recurrent unkindness. Similar to her father’s guidance, she was never to speak of the wounds inflicted by self-centered people.    

Without a solid demonstration in Forgiveness and Grace, healing was elusive, and she began to question:

  • Do I have to forgive all the people who hurt me, but never acknowledged their actions?
  • How do I forgive those that profess the same Christian faith, however seemingly don't practice it?
  • What does being a Christ Follower to unkind, un-trustworthy, critical people resemble? 

 Join the author as she discovers: lies , secrets , scandals , and truth ! How she became a survivor and is no longer a victim of abuse. Why she believes revisiting our childhood environments can remove the unwanted trash mistreatment frequently leaves behind undermining our self-concept. We can gain freedom and victory , with liberating Godly treasure ! Read Kristy’s story of redemption , as she shares her triumphant journey of healing.

SELF-HELP - Abuse
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - General
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - Anger (see also SELF-HELP - Self-Management - Anger Management)

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  What Readers Are Saying

"Kristy McMorlan does a great job of walking us through her life of self-examination."

"The story of a life lived is very complex, with events, circumstances and people woven within it, but Kristy McMorlan does a great job of walking us through her life of self-examination, intuitive perspective and investigation into the what’s and who’s that have molded her life.
As I write this review, on Mother’s Day 2018, I just wanted to add that despite all of Kristy McMorlan’s mother’s physical, personal and mental issues, what I actually read into certain parts of “Treasures In The Trash” was a woman who, as a mother, shined much brighter than the darkness that had trapped her. To Kristy's mother, and others like her battling all forms of mental illness, I give tribute! Well-done Kristy McMorlan!"


"God's Grace in the shadow of adversity."

"Kristy survived her childhood upbringing or lack thereof with an alcoholic father and mother with mental health issues, neglect was the norm. She relates the dysfunctional family life to that of the dysfunctional church. Remembering the things she forgot has brought strength and courage and a sense of self awareness that the reader will see unfold as the pages turn. Many things are done in the name of Christ that are not Christ like. God’s Grace comes thru as you will discover in this must read book."
  
"Family hurts, whether church or home, explored with humor and wisdom."

"I am one of many believers who have experienced unkindness from fellow church attendees. I spent years ignoring such people because, after all, we are all human and I kept my sights on the cross, not the congregation. That is, until I went through an appalling event at the hands of a worship team member. I went to the church leadership, hoping to spare others from the disrespect and humiliation I had been subjected to. To my surprise, the predator was protected and I was blamed and shamed. This book just resonates with me. The author discusses her own dysfunctional childhood and observes parallels between her own church family and her biological family. Even more importantly, she shares what she learned from a journey towards healing. Her childhood story is sad and difficult with an alcoholic father and a mother who struggled with mental health issues, yet she presents it with humor and compassion, teaching forgiveness and grace. I highly recommend this book for any believer in Christ, whether the walking wounded or leadership. It offers many tools for today's church."
  1. Autumn Leaves
    Autumn Leaves
    One time we took a adventure and followed the Klamath River.
  2. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia
    Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia
    The humidity, where the butterflies were kept, caused my camera to fog over.
  3. Calla Lily Flowers or Easter Lily
    Calla Lily Flowers or Easter Lily
    I walked past these daily one summer and decided to take my camera along.
  4. Wild Camassia Lily's, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
    Wild Camassia Lily's, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
    Dad's backyard, in the Springtime, was full Camassia Lilies.
  5. Odell Lake, Diamond Peak, Willamette Pass, Oregon
    Odell Lake, Diamond Peak, Willamette Pass, Oregon
    We tent camped at the end of October getting up with the sun.
  6. Oregon Coast Sunrise
    Oregon Coast Sunrise
    We got up early to start rock hounding and the sunrise was gorgeous.
  7. Wild Butterfly, Cottage Grove, Oregon
    Wild Butterfly, Cottage Grove, Oregon
    We tent camped overnight near Bohemia Mountain.
  8. Mt Hood
    Mt Hood
    Summer day sunset; right place right time.

Endorsements 

““Treasures” is a powerful and liberating description of repurposing terrible hurts into victorious living. This author shines the light of truth into the dark corners of church dysfunction with compassion, love, forgiveness, and hope. As a Medical Laboratory Scientist with six years of experience in an in-patient mental health facility, I was especially captivated by her insight into the social dynamics and biases the mentally ill and those who love them must deal with daily. This book tackles some really tough issues that end-time churches are up against with laser-like clarity and not just a little humor. I recommend it for all believers who seek truth, even when painful, for the purpose of healing and advancing God’s Kingdom.”Kristy survived her childhood upbringing or lack thereof with an alcoholic father and mother with mental health issues, neglect was the norm. She relates the dysfunctional family life to that of the dysfunctional church. Remembering the things she forgot has brought strength and courage and a sense of self awareness that the reader will see unfold as the pages turn. Many things are done in the name of Christ that are not Christ like. Gods Grace comes thru as you will discover in this must read book.​
-S. Cordes MT (ASCP), Medical Technologist at Shoshone Medical Center, Kellogg, Idaho.

“This book was written in hopes that it might prove to be a lifeline to others who have battled circumstances beyond their control. Throughout her life even when things seemed to swirl out of control, the author continued to struggle forward with God at her side. The fact that her faith has proved to be a lifeline from the day she became a Christian. The author has been able to hold her head up high no matter the situation.”
-S. Henry, Publied Author