Bible Is Biggest Influence on My Thinking, Says Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a recent interview that the Bible still remains the biggest influence on her thinking, adding that she finds it to be "a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement."

While promoting her new book Hard Choices, Clinton told this Sunday's New York Times Book Review that she attributes the Bible as the most influential book for shaping who she is today. "At the risk of appearing predictable, the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement."

Clinton, 66, added that she also has multiple books sitting on her bookshelf that are written by Republican authors, including John McCain's family memoir and autobiography Faith of My Fathers and George W. Bush's memoir Decision Points. 

The former First Lady and Secretary of State previously referenced her Christian faith when speaking at the United Methodist Women's Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky back in April. Clinton told the nearly 7,000 women in attendance that the teachings of the church have guided her dedication to serving out the social gospel, the religious teaching that applies Christian principles to fixing social injustice.

"I have always cherished the Methodist Church because it gave us the great gift of personal salvation but also the great obligation of social gospel," Clinton told the crowd. "And I took that very seriously and have tried, tried to be guided in my own life ever since as an advocate for children and families, for women and men around the world who are oppressed and persecuted, denied their human rights and human dignity."

"Like the disciples of Jesus, we cannot look away, we cannot let those in need fend for themselves and live with ourselves," the wife of former U.S. President Bill Clinton continued. "We are all in this together."

Clinton was raised in Illinois in a United Methodist family, and she currently attends a United Methodist church in New York. She is a predicted candidate for the 2016 presidential election.