Hillary Clinton's pastor has a new book of devotions hitting the shelves Tuesday, but at least one of them appears to have broken the commandment, "Thou shalt not steal," CNN reported.
"Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton," features emails the Rev. Bill Shillady sent to Clinton from April 2015 through December 2016 during her campaign for the presidency and just after her loss to Republican Donald Trump.
CNN posted an excerpt from the book last week in which Shillady sent Clinton an email titled "Sunday's Coming" on Nov. 9, the day after her stunning loss.
But the Rev. Matthew Deuel of Mission Point Community Church in Winona Lake, Indiana, contacted CNN, saying much of the phraseology of the devotion sounds like a blog post he wrote in March 2016.
Among the examples:
Deuel wrote: "For the disciples and Christ followers in the first century, Good Friday represented the day that everything fell apart. All was lost. The momentum and hope of a man, claiming to be the Son of God, the Messiah who was supposed to change everything, had been executed.
Shillady's email in the book says: "For the disciples and Christ's followers in the first century, Good Friday represented the day that everything fell apart. All was lost. The momentum and hope of a man claiming to be the Son of God, the Messiah who was supposed to change everything, had been executed."
In another example, Deuel wrote: "Death will be shattered. Hope will be restored. Redemption is coming. But first, we must live through the darkness and seeming hopelessness of Friday."
Shillady wrote: "Death will be shattered. Hope will be restored. But first, we must live through the darkness and seeming hopelessness of Friday."
Other themes also were similar.
Shillady said he was stunned by the oversight and apologized to Deuel. He said he had saved information from various sources on Good Friday to share with Clinton in the event she lost the election.
Though the book is heavily sourced, Deuel's material was not credited.
"I do not remember cutting and pasting from a particular column so much as bits and pieces from a variety of places on the Internet," Shillady said.
In a statement of apology, he said, "In preparing the devotional on the morning of November 9, I was determined to provide comfort with the familiar adage that 'It's Friday But Sunday is Coming.' I searched for passages that offered perspective of this theme. I am now stunned to realize the similarity between Matt Deuel's blog sermon and my own. Clearly, portions of my devotional that day incorporate his exact words. I apologize to Matt for not giving him the credit he deserves."
Mary Catherine Dean of Abingdon Press, which published the book, said the publisher worked with the author to credit all sources and the example cited was an oversight.
"His failure to attribute portions of the Nov. 9 devotional does not change the fact that the 365 passages in the book were sent to Hillary Clinton, are part of the historical record of her campaign, and gave her the inspiration to stay strong," she said.
Deuel told CNN he accepts Shillady's apology and has no plans to seek legal action.
"The last thing the world needs right now is two pastors having a public dispute over a blog," he said, noting the phrase, "It's Friday, but Sunday is coming is a common theme in Christianity.
"The reality is, there's nothing new under the sun," he said.
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