Starting a small business in this sluggish economy may not be the most prudent thing.

But Gail Lykes, who opened Inspired Christian Gifts in South Tampa in March 2010, relied on something beyond spread sheets and economic forecasts in her choice to take such a bold step.

“I prayed a lot,” she said. “God seemed to keep opening doors, so the prayers kept getting answered that it was the right thing to do.”

Turns out, Lykes isn’t alone in seeking a little divine guidance in her work life.

Baylor University today released one of the most extensive surveys ever conducted on American religious attitudes. Respondents tackled more than 300 questions on several subjects – including work, politics, health and equality – to help researchers gauge how Americans feel about their lives in these tumultuous times, and how religion affects their well-being.

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