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

The Scarlet Cord:
Conversations with God’s Chosen Women

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.


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. To learn more about Karen’s work, drop me a note.


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

Lindsay Hardin Freeman in her book The Scarlet Cord-Conversations with God’s Chosen Women has brought to life these 12 courageous women in a way that has never been done. The book is written brilliantly; the artwork is spectacular! Even with little knowledge of the Bible the reader can feel the powerful wisdom of these women.

Gayle Brinly, Amazon Review

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

Using this in a spiritual study group. The questions at the end of each chapter really encourage discussion about how these Bible stories of courageous and strong women hold meaning and insight for us today.

Christine Budzowski, Amazon Review

The Scarlet Cord is a ‘must read’ for both men and women, young as well as older. Lindsay Hardin Freeman not only transports you back in time, but also helps you realize what special and remarkable women, these women of the Bible, truly were. It is an inspirational read not only individually, but would be wonderful for church group or book club discussion. I intend to read it again and again. The reader will also be in awe of the wonderful illustrations by Karen N. Canton.

Ann High, Amazon Review