The Scarlet Cord: Conversations with God’s Chosen Women

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Published by Circle Books, 2010

Telling the story of biblical women in a new way, this book draws the reader down further down her spiritual path and closer to Christ. For too long, women in the Bible have been demonized, overly sanctified, or simply misunderstood. Here, through storytelling and artwork, twelve compelling women of the Bible share their stories from a first-person perspective.

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About the Illustrations

Over three years, Karen Canton developed twelve bold and expressive portraits for The Scarlet Cord as seen throughout this website and in the book, using the colors and patterns of Europe’s rich ethnic traditions. Within each painting is a range of historical and faith-based symbols, both abstract and realistic. Paintings are now on sale. To learn more about pricing or availability, contact Anna Geisler at (612) 812-2777.

That same vibrancy comes alive below, in her series I Color the Life Feminine. See full series and learn more about Karen Canton at



An important book on women and the Bible for general and devotional readers as well as serious biblical students and scholars. What truly distinguishes this book are the highly readable stories and portraits of each woman, warts-and-all, as they try to deal with life’s joys and challenges — not unlike women today! This is a book that I will share with my students and recommend for individual readers and small group study.
The Rev. Dr. Sheryl A Kujawa-Holbrook, Dean of the Faculty
Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Education
Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California

There’s a dirty truth about theology. Almost all of it’s been written by men. In The Scarlet Cord, Lindsay Hardin Freeman tells the story we male theologians have overlooked, or simply passed by. You’ll be surprised at what you missed in the past.
Loren B. Mead Founder, Alban Institute, Washington DC

Women of every faith in the Congo and Darfur, Afghanistan and Pakistan…and to a meaningful degree, everywhere on the planet, are still struggling and suffering. Thus, this re-articulation of the Biblical stories — as it underscores dignity, respect and support for women — is as timely today as ever. May this insightful and heartwarming endeavor be a vigorous reminder of human potential and justice.
Barbara Forster
Human rights activist

Author Lindsay Hardin Freeman and artist Karen Canton have brought to life voices from the scriptures that speak to contemporary women, that reveal the same struggles and promises we have today. We are able to take strength from these remarkable women who speak to us like our neighbors and friends, who reveal their doubts, their fears, their faith.
Carol Barnwell, Director of Communication, Episcopal Diocese of Texas

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