the woman in the willow novel by christine dente

Pre-order The Woman in the Willow and get the free audiobook!

Pre-order The Woman in the Willow and get the free audiobook! My husband, Scott, recorded and produced me reading my book, The Woman in the Willow. I decided to give it away to anyone who orders before September 1st, the release date. Just pre-order then email me at christineotg@gmail.com On August 25th, you’ll get the audiobook read … Read more

what would you be if free to be anything

What would you be, if free to be anything you wanted?

Free to be anything? You might be surprised by your answer. I sure was. 3 Parts to the Story  My friend, Melissa, asked this intriguing question one evening at a gathering of friends. Whenever she and her husband, Ken, throw their doors open, my husband and I join the party. The conversation spins up a … Read more

my daughter shares in the wonder of being a mother

My Daughter Shares in the Wonder of Being A Mother

My daughter, Carina, is having a daughter next month. In early June, a new little girl will arrive in the world. My granddaughter. At 8 months pregnant, the size and shape of Carina’s baby are obvious—Baby Callaway is definitely in the world though not quite of it. She can hear her parents’ voices, low hums … Read more

christine and her mother, Sandy on mothers day

Mother’s Day: A Song for Mom

You Were There Verse 1 I can see you Running beside my bicycle Holding me up as I try balancing by myself I can see you Making the meals and making ends meet Soup on the stove, snow days at home Love in my lunch box wrapped around a treat    And through all my … Read more

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Villains and Victims: Is There More to The Story?

Villains The young man sat in his truck in my neighbor’s driveway, laying on the horn. No one came outside, so he kept beeping. Five minutes of this and I’d had enough. I stepped out my front door and made a knocking fist sign to the kid in the drive. He rolled down his passenger … Read more

finding freedom in confinement

Finding Freedom In Confinement

Are you finding new freedom in this self-imposed confinement? Living With Limitations Social distancing and sheltering in place in the time of Coronavirus have created a unique situation for many of us. For example, a friend who lives alone is now working from home. This could double the loneliness for her, but at least she … Read more

Trust in life unfolding

Babies on the Bus: Trust in Life Unfolding

Volunteer Babysitters “Hey, Out of the Grey, here’s your babysitter for the day,” said Ron, the road manager. The teenage boy stood at the door of our tour bus and reached to shake our hands. Gulp. My husband and I exchanged a quick glance then invited him into our home on the road.  Up the steps came … Read more

3 pug dogs move toward emotional and mental health

3 Creative Ways to Move Toward Emotional Health

Get Out of Your Head and Into Emotional Health: 3 Ideas If you are like me, you get stuck in your head and need help moving toward emotional and mental health. Do you have a secret sadness or a shapeless grief that keeps you down? Do you lean toward despondency, especially in colder seasons? What if … Read more

Scott Dente writes a song on his acoustic guitar

10 Songwriting Tips for Better Songwriting

We songwriters can all use new songwriting tips. Even tried and true songwriters can do better from time to time. Inspiration can come from unlikely places. For example, whenever I hear the intro to Steely Dan’s song Aja, joy wells up in my chest.  I was studying songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston when … 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

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Christine's 5-Song EP

Christine on Amazon

Out of the Grey on Amazon

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