Dancing from the Inside Out

Grace-Filled Reflections on Growing Older

Westina Matthews

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

ISBN-13: 9781640651586



Relatable essays focused primarily on being at a "certain stage of life" 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.

WESTINA MATTHEWS is an author, professor, public speaker, and contemplative workshop/retreat leader who served for twelve years as an adjunct professor at General Theological Seminary in the Center for Christian Spirituality. She is the author of Dancing from the Inside Out and This Band of Sisterhood. A graduate of Shalem Institute's Spiritual Guidance Program, she currently sits on the Shalem board. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.

"This book is so much fun to read. Everything: the stories, the people, the history — it's a rooted, generous wisdom, willing to share itself."––Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, author, The Courage to Grow Old

"Dancing from the Inside Out is quintessential Westina Matthews—unsparingly honest, deep-down wise, and refreshingly trenchant...Though I'm a practicing Jew and Westina writes from her profound Christian faith, I gleaned many gifts from this book, not just inspiring advice about aging wisely but the pure pleasure of a story well told."––Letty Cottin Pogrebin, co-founding editor of Ms. Magazine, author of eleven books, including Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America

"Matthews provides a candidly honest outline of life's lessons in these reflections as she lovingly weaves her engaged readers from beginning to end."––David N. Dinkins, 106th Mayor, City of New York

"Westina's courses at General are magnetic to students and others who are wise enough to study with her. There is no doubt that Dancing from the Inside Out will be equally attractive. A huge gift to the church."—The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President, General Theological Seminary

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