White Branch

Coming 2022 Light Shine Books


like a woman

pray like a woman cover.png

“Tiger Mother” meets “The Power of a Praying Wife.” One ordinary woman’s life through prayer and faith. One size prayer does not fit all. If you wouldn’t eat the same meal every day for your entire life, one kind of prayer won’t do either. Meet author and artist, Polly Alice McCann as she shares her surprising journey as a single mom finding a path to a life of prayer despite every obstacle, and every reason to doubt.

Dive with her into powerful and humorous retellings of twelve women in scripture as meditations on their “prayer lives”—Find out how their perceptions of God could infuse a whole new energy into your faith journey, your daily prayer right now!

Do you think taking time to pray is selfish because so many other people have bigger needs? Do you think prayer overly magical or unpredictable at best? Do you feel like prayer is way too quiet, too long, too unlikely, or too still? Worse, that it’s only warm thoughts, mindless thinking, random unkept promises, or endless repetitive words? Simply put, almost nothing or even useless? This small book shares my personal meditations on the lives of women from Jewish and Christian Scriptures woven together with stories from my own life and how they inspired me to fresh new insights on prayer, or how to "Pray Like a Woman."

Read Joana's story, a hippy-styled free spirit who mothers everyone in the community surrounding Jesus. When their band of merry followers breaks up and believes Jesus gone for good, Joanna thinks she’s lost everything. Worse, she assumes praying for a “new thing” would be greedy, until she learns that prayer is generosity of spirit: turning away from a closed door to find the whole world open behind her when she follows God with open hands.

Or find Rehab’s story, a woman who’s is so powerful, she’s named “oncoming storm.” But when she realizes her life is one of being caged, she wants to find the God who sets the captives free. She hangs out a flag of new colors and discovers that a prayer of protection is not enough to save her from an approaching war. She understands intuitively that prayer is not about being perfect, she must arrive as she is, with a new allegiance to be adopted into another kind of family altogether.

Blended with true-life stories by a granddaughter of a Baptist Minister, and several generations of prayer warriors, Polly shares simple time-tested Biblical methods of prayer from scripture and my own personal life journey from college student to Pastor's wife to single mother, opening an art gallery, then becoming an author while believing in God for both small and big miracles of the heart each and every day.

I've named these long-standing types of prayer with easy to remember images from each story: New Thing Prayer, Basket Prayer, Walking Prayer, Tying Prayer, Creative Prayer (Fasting Prayer),

Rescue Prayer, Pondering Prayer, Promise Prayer, Visual Prayer, Time Travel Prayer, Daily Prayer, Loosening Prayer, and more. Each meditation is followed by a prayer you can say aloud so readers can find an entry point wherever they are at.