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This chapter highlights the central and multifaceted role of narrative practice in the conversion and religious life of Pentecostals. A distinction can be made between three types of conversion: (1) from Catholic to Pentecostal, (2) from nominal, non-saved to saved/bornagain Pentecostal, (3) from non-religious to Pentecostal. The chapter suggests that the narrating of testimonies should also be seen as a specific kind of social interaction, constituting religious reality to be shared by narrator and listener alike. It examines different rhetoric and non-linguistic strategies by use of which the listeners are invited to inhabit or project themselves into the world of story and live out its plots themselves. The author argues that the study of religious conversion and continuing growth in faith over time can benefit from a focus on testimonies and other kinds of narrative practice as social interaction that unites narrator and listener in the world of the story.

Keywords:Catholic; Pentecostals; religious conversion; social interaction



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