The Sun Does Shine - Anthony Ray Hinton & Lara Love Hardin

The Sun Does Shine

By Anthony Ray Hinton & Lara Love Hardin

  • Release Date: 2018-03-27
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
5
From 152 Ratings

Description

Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection

The Instant New York Times Bestseller

A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.

“An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty–nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty–seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty–four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty–year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

Reviews

  • Powerful Book, Inspiring Story

    5
    By Positive360
    This book provides great insights into a terribly flawed justice system beyond repair. Ray’s perseverance and faith in God is phenomenal! Lester’s unwavering friendship personifies true friendship. In addition, the book is well written and my heart broke as I read each page. Great read!
  • Inspirational

    5
    Anyone in any situation can learn about living a good life from this beautifully told unimaginable horror
  • Eye Opening

    5
    By Dckish
    What a story. Opened my eyes to see what a problem there is in this country. They say 1 in 10 on death row is innocent. Even if the number is 1 in 1000 it’s still heartbreaking. God bless Ray Hinton.
  • Incredible

    5
    By LanieBelles
    One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.
  • Amazing

    5
    By jh513
    This was the most amazing book I have read for a long time. It brought me to my knees, it made me so angry at times, it made me sad and it gave me hope. Ray, I am so sorry for what you had to go through. God created a great man named Ray. Thank you Lester and Bryan for believing, having faith and the unconditional love you gave you gave Ray. You are truly great men.
  • Amazing! Read it in one day-couldn’t put it down!!!!!!

    5
    By NatLeein SC
    Amazing story of faith and injustice but a truly inspiring story!!!
  • The Sun Does Shine

    5
    By Emtpapa
    A great read and well written. Very thought provoking.
  • The sun does shine

    5
    By a serious reader
    Excellent read my heart does out to all those innocents convicted of a crime they clearly have not committed. Thanks to all the Brian Stevenson’s of the world and good luck to Ray.
  • Breathtaking

    5
    By SilviaPopp
    I read the book in 1 day. I found myself crying few times. God bless u. I don’t know if I was able to make it. I am sorry 4 u.
  • The sun does shine

    5
    By Alalallala
    If we think we have any problems - read this book. It puts all our troubles in perspective. My daughter is engaged to a beautiful black man- it kills me to think of him being accused and charged for something he didn’t do— all because of the color of his skin and his growing up poor. I think of my grandchildren and the racism that still exists. Will they have a harder time in a world that still looks at the color of our skin and immediately judges them. I pray for justice and fairness. I hope we can change a system that is broken. I admire the Mr Hinton - only through the grace of God could one man endure the fate he was given. God bless you and your life of freedom. You book was heart wrenching and beautiful at the same time. Thank-you.