finding freedom from judgment

I’m Worse Than You Think!

Finding Freedom from Judgment I heard a Christian pastor announce that he had decided to stop worrying about what other people thought of him. He needed freedom from judgment. He chose to be honest with himself and say, “Yeah, if they are judging me, they’re probably right. Not only that, I am actually worse than … Read more

finding freedom to change

Butterflies Inside

“Finding Freedom to Change”   I feel myself on the edge of better things Close to giving all my wishes wings Change for some comes fast and furious For me it’s slow and hidden in the chrysalis     In this song, I sing about change as something that comes quickly for some but slowly for me, like … Read more

sweet white dog

I Wanted My Dog Dead

“But I’m Finding Compassion Instead” I’ve threatened to kill Luna. I’ve cursed her name. I’ve smacked her on the butt a few times in her life. Oh, and maybe kicked her lightly once as she went out the door. Luna is the family dog. Throughout the 13 years of her life with us, she has … Read more

emotional mental health

Get Out of Your Head and Into Health

“3 Unusual Ways to Move Toward Emotional & Mental Health” I sometimes totter on the edge of despondency. Especially in winter. 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? Maybe a shapeless grief you can’t explain? What … Read more

finding finding freedom: woman floating down a river

Closer to Free

“Finding Freedom To Be” I remember the day I became a slave to my face.     I was nine and taking some visiting kids on a tour of my elementary school. I don’t remember the occasion. All I know is that a teacher chose responsible me to lead and I was up for the … Read more

dust cover

Every Day the Dust Comes Back

“Finding Mercy in the Morning” Every day the dust comes back. I see it first thing in a slant of sunlight. The dust has returned despite yesterday’s efforts. Grabbing my cleaning supplies, I begin again to remove the thin film on furniture and floors. The hood over the stove is the worst. Grease mixed with … Read more

finding life

My Moment at the Well

He startles me as I walk up to the well. I hadn’t seen him sitting there under the trees. I turn around to face him as he begins talking to me. He says he wants some water to drink. I think it strange that he is alone. We are in the middle of nowhere. In … Read more

“Animal House”: A chapter from my book, Lifelines

“Lifelines: Tracing My Journey in Story and Song  “ I recently published a book for those wanting to know more of my story and the story behind some of my songs! These stories trace the lifelines of God’s healing and grace in my life. Here is an excerpt: Animal House I grew up in a house … Read more

performing pretending

Making Pretend

I grew up pretending and performing. As a little girl, I made pretend by trying on my grandmother’s old dresses. These garments from her younger days made me feel older and beautiful. Even though most of the fabric draped disproportionately on my frame and settled in piles on the floor, I would still stand on … 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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