God’s Giving Me Words for You/Bless This Research: When Prayer Meets Qualitative Inquiry

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Abstract

In a study of the writing practices of Christian pastors, interviewees would often pray with and for me. In this essay, I narrate three such instances in which prayer became provocative. Participants’ prayers for me inspired—literally, breathed into—my writing processes in transformative ways. Specifically, these experiences with prayer altered my conceptions of what counts as data, practices of reflexivity, and the relationships between intellectual and spiritual activities. They also changed the way I pray.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-693
Number of pages7
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Volume24
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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