Journey to Shalom

Do you wonder if lasting change, healing, & transformation are possible?

Combining sacred stories and Internal Family Systems (IFS) unlocks practices that meet our deepest need: restored, loving relationships with ourselves, others, and God—the wholeness the Bible calls shalom.

Biblical stories of exile and adversity, along with stories about adaptive strategies to survive it, provide a bridge to our own sacred stories. Rediscovering the connection between our story and sacred stories reveals a path to transformative healing in our personal life. Integrating Scripture with evidence-based psychotherapy is a robust approach to healing, combining the best of both worlds.

Journey to Shalom offers a fresh perspective on ancient truths alongside approachable practices that restore hope for healing our deepest wounds.


you have

A Sacred Story

Your story deserves a curious and compassionate witness.

The sacred stories of Scripture illuminate the human struggle—alienation, shame, and exile—and cast a vision of restoration and wholeness through loving God, others, and ourselves. Suffering is redeemed, and relationships are reconciled through love.

This story can be your story.

Practices drawn from an evidence-based secular model (IFS) help us release the constraints to love so we can live out this vision.

Does the presence of God in our suffering and our healing journey matter?

In our frustration and discouragement with the failures of our faith communities, it is tempting to close the Bible and give up on its sacred stories as relevant to our healing.

The lens of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) psychotherapy model provides a fresh perspective on ancient stories, revealing a path to healing.

Shalom is more than peace.
It means wholeness, health, justice, and hope.

praise for

Journey to Shalom

“Journey to Shalom is an immensely imaginative, psychologically rich, and biblically engaging invitation to embrace our beautiful complexity. Molly’s re-telling of several sacred stories of Scripture humanizes sometimes distant texts and opens them to conversation with our own stories. And the helpful practices and exercises invite us to do our own work. This will be a go-to resource in my clinical work and for my clinical counseling students.”

– Chuck DeGroat, author, therapist, and Professor of Pastoral Care and Executive Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan)

“This is a book I didn’t even know that I needed. Molly creatively and expertly weaves the human experience of our known Bible characters into the Internal Family Systems model. The result is a deeply healing work that gives voice to and hope for the journey so many of us are on.”

– Lizz Enns Petters, Cohost Deconstructing Mamas Podcast

“There couldn’t be better timing for this book to be published. With so many of us completely disconnected from our inner family and don’t know how to dive deeper into understanding how this disconnection plays out in our everyday life, this book offers wisdom, practical insights and much-needed hope for us to reconnect and embrace our True Self. Molly knocks it out of the park!).”

– Esther Joy Goetz, Cohost Deconstructing Mamas Podcast