Writing Prompt: Explore and Review the Gospel Singing Approach to Prayer

"I Know I Can" WNFIN Prompt 026Approach to Prayer Wednesdays

Did you know that people choose different approaches to prayer? Every person from every religion has a different way of praying. So long as people pray with sincerity and meaning, their varied approaches to prayer are all valid. One of the most exciting approaches to prayer I’ve ever witnessed is gospel singing ? in particular, the gospel singing of South African choirs. Today, your job is to explore and review the gospel singing approach to prayer.

Creative Idea Gal’s Thoughts

In March 2002, my husband and I traveled to Las Vegas for the first time. We were still newlyweds and children were not yet a part of our life. I distinctly remember witnessing a performance of a South African choir, men and women, who wore traditional bright, vivid outfits and hats. They sang a capella in an African language that I did not understand. That evening, neither microphones nor translators were needed because all we needed was to open our ears and our minds to the potency of this amazing approach to prayer. It was a thrilling experience that still captures my soul to this day.

Helpful Resources

For today’s prompt, I offer:

A few clips of some gospel sounds from South African choirs.

Writing Prompt 026
  • Step 1: Research gospel singing. Browse different styles of gospel, including the style of South African choir gospel singing.
  • Step 2: Think about gospel singing as a valid approach to prayer. Think about how you would describe gospel singing as prayer. What are the qualities of gospel singing that are most compelling?
  • Step 3: Write a review of gospel singing as an approach to prayer. Add definitions and personal perspectives. Suggestion: Draft this writing in the form of an opinion, essay, blog post, or social media blurb (status update, post, tweet).
  • Bonus Step: If you own a blog and wish to share a link to the blog post that contains your response to today’s writing prompt, we welcome your permalink and encourage you to post it as a comment below!

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About the Author

Amanda M. Socci, J.D., is a freelance writer with 14 years of experience writing professionally. Socci currently cuts her blogging chops on her personal portfolio blog, the Creative Idea Gal blog, and on an online news site, Mount Vernon Patch. Inspired by Nina Amir’s Write Nonfiction in November writing challenge, she created a unique 10-month training program for Writenonfictionnow.com and Writenonfictioninnovember.com blog visitors.

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