Still seeking to find herself after her stinging loss last November to a guy she thought she should have beaten by 50 votes, Hillary Clinton is giving up politics for religion.
The former Democratic presidential candidate is looking to become a spiritual leader, according to reports from people in Clinton’s circle.
Clinton wants to preach, according to her pastor Rev. Bill Shillady, who has written a book about the former secretary of state’s spiritual life, particularly during her years-long campaign for president.
During a promotional photoshoot for “Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions Of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” a year’s worth of devotions tailored for Clinton as she campaigned for president, Clinton told Shillady that she’d like spiritual leadership to be part of her career.
Clinton asked Shillady not to write about her desire to be a pastor, however, because “it will make me seem much too pious,” Clinton told Shillady, according to The Atlantic.
“Strong for a Moment Like This” promises “365 of the more than 600 devotions written for Clinton, along with personal notes, portions of her speeches, and headlines that provide context for that day’s devotion,” according to a press package from publisher Abingdon Press. Clinton received personalized devotions every day from Shillady and a small team of other pastors throughout the election.
Shillady said that Clinton, a Methodist, has always been greatly influenced by her faith. “It’s been there all along,” Shillady said. “The general public didn’t necessarily want to accept the fact that she’s a Christian because there’s so many critics out there about the Clintons.”
Shillady’s Clinton devotional, which features a foreword from Clinton herself, will be available August 15.
This report, by Thomas Phippen, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.