Hillary Clinton says the Bible helped shape who she is today

Clinton said if she could have a dinner party with one literary figure it would be William Shakespeare, because she's "curious to see who would show up and what he really wrote."
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   Updated June 16, 2014 at 3:38 PM

NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- Some people may be surprised at what Hillary Clinton considers the most influential book in her life: the Bible.

Clinton was speaking with The New York Time's Sunday Book Review about the titles that line her bookshelves when they asked the former secretary of state which book shaped her into becoming the sixth most powerful woman in the world.

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 said she is currently working on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt; Mom & Me & Mom, by the recently deceased Maya Angelou; and Missing You, by Harlan Coben.

She also said she believes that all young people should read Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen; Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen; and Schindler's List, by Thomas Keneally.

Clinton released her own book, Hard Choices, on June 9.

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