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The winner of over thirty awards for excellence in religious journalism, Lindsay Hardin Freeman is committed to helping free biblical women from the dusty, dry literary caskets in which they seem to have been trapped for centuries. An Episcopal priest, mother and editor, she serves a congregation in Excelsior, Minnesota, USA, and is the long time editor of award-winning Vestry Papers (circulation 25,000). In the Scarlet Cord, she helps twelve biblical women tell their own stories, accompanied by bold and expressive paintings by Karen N. Canton.

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Lindsay Hardin Freeman brings twelve of these women to life, giving them voices of their own. In the manner of the Jewish Midrash, she adds color, detail, and dialogue to the brief biblical accounts and endows these women with nuanced and believable psychological profiles. As we hear familiar stories told in new ways, we discover layers of meaning previously overlooked. Reflection questions at the end of each chapter will facilitate group study and discussion. --(Richard H. Schmidt, Editor & Director, Forward Movement Publications)

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, The Tandem Project in support of the United Nations; Board of Directors, American Refugee Committee)

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The Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman edits a national newsletter for church leaders, and has accumulated more than thirty writing awards.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great story-telling 22 Nov. 2010
By Roxanne Ezell - Published on Amazon.com
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In Greek mythology, Ariadne gave Theseus a golden cord to guide him out of a deadly labyrinth. In her new book, Lindsay Hardin Freeman uses the analogy of a scarlet cord to guide the reader into the lives of twelve of the most significant women in the Bible. With Karen Canton's brilliant portraits and Freeman's riveting first-person narratives, this book will inspire all God's children who seek new ways to understand Scripture -- and who love a great story!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read and Share 1 Dec. 2010
By Gayle Brinly - Published on Amazon.com
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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. I'm so thankful Lindsay has given us this gift! A Must Read. I suggest that it be put on the book lists for college literature and theology classes!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting! 27 Nov. 2010
By reverenda - Published on Amazon.com
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The Scarlet Cord, Conversations with God's Chosen Women is enganging story telling and vivid illustrations that bring to live these 12 oft overlooked Biblical women. The follow-up questions and the "Learn More" section add depth and help us connect with them. It would be a great group study book, and is on my gift list for several friends and family. The Scarlet Cord: Conversations With God's Chosen Women
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By Mona G. Affinito - Published on Amazon.com
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Our “Dinner Can Wait” group at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minnesota has chosen to study this book next year. I planned to wait to review it until we had worked on it, but since there will be a time lag, I’d like to add my voice now.

We began our group several years ago studying women of the bible, so we are familiar with those whose stories are told in this book. But the approach here offers a whole new way to understand them. And, especially important, a means to relate them to our own lives.

By fictionalizing the biblical tales, the author’s have provided warmth and passion to what are otherwise rather non-emotional stories of women of the far distant Hebrew past.

I didn’t examine the whole book before writing this because I wanted to appreciate the stories anew with our group when we study them in detail. But I have experienced the moving care and imaginative descriptions of of Rehab, Eve, Sarah, Deborah. And Jael. Truth be told, one of the things I’m looking forward to is critiquing the interpretations. That’s a primary value of the book, I think. Challenging us to examine our own thoughts and beliefs.

For example, I personally have a hard time with the story of Eve as being created from Adam’s rib. I much prefer the alternative. But I found myself deeply understanding her struggle with temptation – so often presented in the guise of something positive until we suffer the consequences. And the grief at losing her two sons is tangible, as is sympathy for Cain in his disappointment at being rejected by God.

As for Rehab, the authors offer a way to understand her motive in letting the enemy in and sheltering them, accepting protection for her and her family, even as she knew her neighbors and friends were about to be slaughtered. I know we’ll be working that one over, as well as the lesson taught by the fact that Jesus owes his ancestry to her.

Oh yes, how can we accept Jael’s vicious betrayal of Sisera to whom she has apparently offered safety? I’m sure our group will be nursing the author’s explanation.

That’s all I’m going to say now. I don’t want to spoil my fun when we examine the stories in depth. But we will be exploring, and relating them directly to the biblical stories.

That is the treasure of this book. Bringing the lives of these women into our group in a vibrant and challenging way.

If you are looking for information that will tell you what to think, you won’t find it here. But if you are searching for a deeply meaningful challenge, it’s here in this book.

Oh, more than by the way, the illustrations are gorgeous.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
perfect daily reading 30 Nov. 2010
By margaret - Published on Amazon.com
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I love to start my day with a new story. Lindsay's writing is so easy to understand -these conversations feel personal.
Almost out of stories!!!
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