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Dreher compares conversion experiences:

[N]ot all conversion stories are triumphal narratives in which the convert finds fulfillment and completion. That's the standard conversion story, the one that converts to a faith, and partisans of a faith, love to hear. But that's not how it is with all of us. Sometimes, at least for a while, the pain of what was renounced is more palpable than the pleasure of what was embraced. And that's just how it is. It can be hard to talk about, because one's old religious community doesn't want to hear it, and one's new religious community may not know what to do with it.

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