It seems Hillary’s secret desire has always been to be a pastor of a church or at least that’s what she says.
Her spiritual mentor throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Reverend Dr. Bill Shillady, authored a new book titled Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Via Amazon, the book will feature “365 of the more than 600 devotions written for Secretary Clinton” during her presidential campaign, “along with personal notes, portions of her speeches, and headlines that provide context for that day’s devotion.”
Hillary even wrote the forward herself, which she encouraged Shillady to write.
(How thoughtful of her, right?)
From The Atlantic, Emma Green wrote a column about Clinton’s “secret dream of ministry”:
Hillary Clinton wants to preach. That’s what she told Bill Shillady, her longtime pastor, at a recent photo shoot for his new book about the daily devotionals he sent her during the 2016 campaign. Scattered bits of reporting suggest that ministry has always been a secret dream of the two-time presidential candidate:
Last fall, the former Newsweek editor Kenneth Woodward revealed that Clinton told him in 1994 that she thought “all the time” about becoming an ordained Methodist minister. She asked him not to write about it, though: “It will make me seem much too pious.” The incident perfectly captures Clinton’s long campaign to modulate—and sometimes obscure—expressions of her faith.
In the column Green follows up with Hillary’s religious background. She was raised in a Methodist church, but she feared revealing her faith publicly as a political leader; Green also discusses the backlash to Clinton’s 1993 “Crisis of Meaning” speech.
Shillady told Green, regarding Hillary actually standing in front of a congregation: “Given her depth of knowledge of the Bible and her experience of caring for people and loving people, she’d make a great pastor.”
According to Shillady, Hillary would never be a full-time pastor, but suggested “guest preaching at some point.” He added: “We have a long history of lay preachers in the United Methodist Church.”