a full moon shines on a snowy winter forest

The Longest Night: a Survivor’s Story

Have you ever lain awake for hours, unable to sleep, knowing you had to get up early? I’ve had many nights like this: Each hour on the clock reigniting my brain. Every thought in my head stirring me further awake. The impending alarm looming in the dark. It can be a torturous experience. Quite recently, … Read more

The power of the tales we tell

The Power of the Tales We Tell

Our thoughts have a lot of power. They come out of nowhere. They say things that may not be true. And if we don’t rein them in, they make up stories that take us to crazy places. On top of that, our bodies believe the tales our minds have to tell. Apparently, our nervous systems … Read more

Are You Happy Now? Christine Dente

Are You Happy Now?

People tend to live for the future. We hope to be happy someday. As soon as our eyes flutter open on a solid new morning, our minds close in on the hours ahead. Like this morning, when dawn glowed outside my bedroom curtains, I could have lingered in her dreamy calm. Instead, my inner manager … Read more

once upon a time in Christian music: Christine and Scott Dente pose in the early days as Out of the Grey.

Once Upon a Time in Christian Music

Gatekeepers Have you ever bumped up against a gatekeeper? You know, the person in charge of a thing who bars entrance to their domain? They’ll let you through only if you dutifully bow to their power, repeat their creed, or maybe pay the right price. It helps if you have a nice face. Once upon a … Read more

doing my best

Am I Doing My Best?

Sometimes I feel stuck, like I can’t change despite my efforts. From physical afflictions to moods and attitudes, there are parts of me that seem imbedded beyond any self-helping or God-healing reach. I usually feel better when I spell out my frustrations, either by journaling, conversing, or meeting with my counselor. At the end of … Read more

the woman in the willow novel by christine dente

What’s The Story About?

The Woman in the Willow: A Tale of Hope and Redemption I wrote a novel about a woman facing old age. Old Age is creeping up on me. She will, God-willing, knock on my door in a few years. Beyond my desire to live a simple and contemplative life, is the wonder of what I … Read more

dementia in pieces of my mother

My Mother in Pieces

Overgrown Toenails Oh no! My mother’s toenails, clipped just this morning, are now strewn across my kitchen floor. Pieces of my mother I’d meant to throw away.  I’ve just spent time with her in the Memory Care facility. After my one-hour drive there, I had arrived in fear of what condition she’d be in.  Last … Read more

does your mind have a mind of its own?

Does Your Mind Have a Mind of its Own?

Mindfulness, Part 1: Becoming Aware For me, it started with prayer. Prayer has always been a challenge for me. A challenge to spend time with God, focusing on Him entirely. Maybe amazing saints pray for three hours a day on their knees in the snow. But not me. Five minutes into my devotional thoughts, I’m planning … Read more

young woman holds a pile of books and contemplates a banana

God Hasn’t Changed, But I Have

Bananas As a one-year-old, my daughter, Chloe, ate a banana every day. I’d mash up that meal for her like cashing in a guarantee: she’d get a solid breakfast to help her grow, no matter what other foods she’d refuse throughout the day.  By two she was peeling and eating the fruit as she toddled … Read more

About Christine

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Hi! I’m Christine Dente. I am a writer and a singer/songwriter.
I am a God-pursuer and a Jesus-follower.

Someone once said that “we write our own medicine.” That’s what I have been doing most of my life with songs and with prose.

  • I try to draw beauty out of the grey shadows of life,
    • trace the shape of grace in childhood traumas,
      • find lifelines of hope in everyday dramas, and
        • share the things I’ve learned along the road.

I grew up on Horseshoe Road in rural Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I spent much of my childhood negotiating the rocky places in my parents’ relationship and the effects of their eventual divorce. Shaped by American culture and family dysfunction, I developed the skills I needed to survive and thrive in my high school years and beyond. Some of those skills needed dismantling when they wore out their usefulness. Some have made me what I am today.

In 1985, I met Scott Dente at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
We graduated and married in 1987, moving to Nashville, Tennessee, a year later.

Armed with 2 cats and a guitar, we took on the music business and became recording artists 2 years later.

As Out of the Grey, Scott and I had the privilege of writing, recording, and performing our music as we were raising our family. You can find out more about Out of the Grey here.

After years of homeschooling and touring, our 3 children grew up and out of the house.
With more time on my hands, I let my thoughts and memories stretch their legs and take their turn in the journey.
I get to write books, blogs, and music.
I get to work on my issues with fear and faith.
I can discover some freedom in getting older.

This is where you find me.

May the words of my medicine and the meditations of my heart inspire and encourage you on your own journey!
Thanks for listening,

Christine

Books by Christine Dente

Music

Christine's 5-Song EP

Christine on Amazon

Out of the Grey on Amazon

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