Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may be looking into a new career – in the clergy. According to The Atlantic, Clinton told her longtime pastor she wants to preach.
Pastor Bill Shillady is on the verge of releasing a book of devotionals, “Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” comprised of personal devotionals he prepared for Clinton during the years she was seeking the presidency.
While at a recent photo shoot for the book, Shillady revealed that Clinton has always wanted to preach, according to the report.
Clinton has her own book coming out in 2017. Titled “What Happened,” the 500+ page book will be about her loss in the 2016 presidential election. Scheduled to be released on September 12, it will reportedly focus on two primary “reasons” for her loss: Russia and then-FBI director James Comey.
In the introduction, Clinton writes, “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public like I was up on a wire without a net. Now, I’m letting my guard down.”
Switching to preaching would certainly be a risk, but Clinton’s interest in the clergy isn’t new, according to The Atlantic, which writes:
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.
Shillady says Clinton has deep knowledge of the Bible and, coupled with her years of “caring for people and loving people,” he believes she would be a great minister.
“I think it would be more of … her guest preaching at some point,” he clarified. “We have a long history of lay preachers in the United Methodist Church.”
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