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UPDATE: Area pastor's words plagiarized in devotional book about Hillary Clinton presidential campaign

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Reverend Bill Shillady has responded with the following statement: 

“I deeply regret the situation.   I apologize to those whose work I mistakenly did not attribute.  I apologize to those who must be disappointed, including Secretary Hillary Clinton, Abingdon Press, and all the writers and others who have helped me publish and promote this book.  I ask for everyone’s forgiveness as we work to set things straight.”


A book based on devotionals emailed to Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign has been pulled off the market. 

“Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” was released in August by Clinton's pastor, Bill Shillady. It's no longer on book shelves because of extensive plagiarism.

The reverend of Dubuque's First Congregational United Church of Christ, Lillian Daniel, is one of the many to have her work not cited.

"I was pretty surprised," she said. "I started talking about it with friends of mine who write in the religious world and I started hearing about more and more cases of people saying, I found my stuff in there too."

Her devotional, “Put me in, Coach” was written in 2010, and sent in an email subscription to about 30,000 people. In the book, Shillady claimed to have written the devotional in April of 2016, the night before a presidential debate. 

The publishing company, Abingdon Press said they have zero tolerance for plagiarism. "We have discontinued sales, will remove existing copies from all sales outlets, and will have them destroyed along with our existing inventory."

The book seems to be another controversy. Clinton wrote the foreword. 

"Oh, I'm sure she had no knowledge, I mean the book is filled with email exchanges between the pastor and her, and it's clear that it means the world to her that he's writing these special prayers for her and thinking of her, so I can only imagine what she feels like right now, because her name is all over this book." 

Daniel, an author herself, admits having the work of others taken is wrong, but feels it could've been handled a different way. Many of the contributing authors were women in the clergy.  It was an opportunity for them to have their work published for the first time. 

"I believe in forgiveness, and I think people make mistakes and I think the right thing to do would be to just acknowledge that and write the name of the real author next to the passage they wrote," Daniel said.

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