A book compiling devotionals sent to Hillary Clinton every morning during her campaign is being pulled from the shelves less than a month after its release because her spiritual advisor plagiarized parts of it.
The Washington Post reported that Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton is “riddled with plagiarism.”
Strong for a Moment Like This, for which Clinton wrote the forward, was supposed to be a compilation of Rev. Bill Shillady’s emails and advice to Clinton throughout her campaign.
“I deeply regret my actions,” Shillady told The Washington Post via email. “I was wrong and there is no excuse for it. I apologize to those whose work I mistakenly did not attribute. I apologize to those I have 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.”
Shillady’s statement to PEOPLE was slightly less apologetic: “I deeply regret the situation. I apologize to those whose work I mistakenly did not attribute…I ask for everyone’s forgiveness as we work to set things straight.”
Abingdon Press said its “extensive review of the book” following “the discovery of unattributed passages in the November 9 devotional” uncovered “other content unattributed by the author.”
Shortly before the book’s release, CNN broke the news that Shillady “borrowed heavily” from a blog post by another pastor.
The company has stopped selling the book and “will remove existing copies from all sales outlets, and will have them destroyed along with our existing inventory.”