Dancing from the Inside Out

Grace-Filled Reflections on Growing Older

Westina Matthews

Oct/2019, 224 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640651586

  • Relatable essays focused primarily on being at a “certain stage of life”
  • A universal message of faith from a renowned speaker and author

This collection of essays about ordinary events invites the reader to reflect on how God can be found throughout life. Matthews offers a personal and authentic voice that resonates with a wide audience—particularly women—in an easily accessible and understandable manner. These timely reflections are in keeping with the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry’s call to “live into being the Jesus Movement by committing to evangelism and the work of reconciliation—beginning with racial reconciliation . . . across the borders and boundaries that divide the human family of God.”

Through thoughtful, poignant, humorous, and authentic reflections—shared from her journal and weekly email blogs—Matthews invites the reader to redefine themselves. This book is a wonderful resource for personal reflection, and a great gift for colleagues, friends, and family members.

Audience: Retirees and those nearing retirement, spiritual directors, community and lay leaders

WESTINA MATTHEWS is an adjunct professor for the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary where she has taught contemplative spiritual direction for several years. A graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Matthews is an author, public speaker, spiritual director and retreat leader whose practice reflects contemplative living through “holy listening.” With a doctorate in education from the University of Chicago, she completed postdoctoral research fellowships at both Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


  • Aging
  • retirement
  • diversity and inclusivity
  • spirituality
  • prayer

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