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 280 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

  • The sun does shine

    5
    By ez2rememberme
    One of the most riveting, accounts of our justice system gone wrong. A most heartfelt and beautifully written account of an innocent man who simply wouldn’t give up! I learned so much from you, Anthony Ray Hinton! I no longer believe in the death penalty and will follow you and your cause until the end of your days, or mine, whichever comes first! Thank you a million times over for sharing your beautiful and gut wrenching story. I hope to achieve in my lifetime, half the love and compassion that you have shown others. Be well, and live long so you can spread your message far and wide! God bless!
  • The Sun Does Shine

    5
    By Whiskey/Scotch
    This was an excellent book. Very enlightening and inspirational. If more people were like Mr. Hinton we wouldn’t be in the situation that the world is in now.
  • Heredfut

    5
    By ftrrrerhtred
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  • Amazing Biography

    5
    By Roxmed
    I rarely like reading biographies. But when this book showed up in Oprah’s book club, I jumped and bought it (her recommendations never fail). And I am glad I did. Mr. Hinton’s story brought me inside death row, I laughed with him, suffered with him and cried in almost every chapter. As a Hispanic American woman, I felt sorrow for the life’s of everyone in a disadvantage position and specially for the African American community in the United States. Racism and injustice has not ended. I’m so happy Anthony Hinton found justice, even if it took 30 years, but I wondered how many innocent souls never did, and suffered the death penalty? I love the friendship he has with Lester and reminds me of my own best friend...this book is a MUST READ...Filled with love, hope and justice for a man that deserved it. I really hope Anthony gets to meet Halle, Sandra and Kim, in real life, one day and thank them for their part in helping him survive through 30 years....
  • The Sun Does Shine

    5
    By JoCoria
    It shows the biases in the criminal justice system. Also shows the importance of hope, faith, love, friends and family in life but especially when one has to deal with the injustices of society.
  • 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.