The Sun Does Shine

The Sun Does Shine

How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

Book - 2018
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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.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2018
Edition: Oprah's Book Club edition
ISBN: 9781250205797
Characteristics: xii, 269 pages ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Hardin, Lara Love


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Sep 25, 2019

Great book, unbelievable that this could happen!
Doesn`t say if he was compensated for all those years behind bars!

This book blew my mind and broke my heart.

Jul 16, 2019

What an amazing inspiring piece of literature. My ♡ goes out to the author. He made a very hard surreal personal experience/topics very easy and light reading. Bravo!

Jun 21, 2019

An absolutely amazing true story. Terrifying, beautiful, and inspirational. This book should be required reading for every high school in America.

May 31, 2019

Moving story and a great example of the tenacious spirit that embodies human resiliency. Ray Hinton's mental strength is unbelievable and his friendship with Lester so beautiful. Very difficult to understand how all the people who wronged him could live with themselves. His story is the ultimate lesson in forgiveness.

May 11, 2019

This book was extremely inspirational. It has definitely made me look at my life and problems and realize that I can choose my feelings every day. I pick how I go through my day and what attitude I have. It also taught me how important second chances are, and how “someone’s biggest mistake does not define them as a person.” I appreciated the stories Ray told and the honestly he showed.

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 was because although I was intrigued by the judicial sustem process and what Ray’s ultimate outcome would be, some of the language used and length of those sections of the book started to lose me and make we want to skip ahead to other parts of the book.

Apr 11, 2019

Wow! What a fantastic book. Anthony Ray Hinton has experienced one of the worst injustices I've ever heard of. Hearing him tell his story, it is absurd that he was arrested, absurd he was found guilty, and unbelievable that it took so long for him to be released from prison. God was working through him during that time while he was in prison, and hopefully Ray understands that he has impacted so many people because of it. In general, I think Ray would have had an amazing story to tell. His zest for life, women, and his great love for his friends and family is uplifting and inspiring. I am sorry he had to go through what he did to tell this story. The parts where he talks about the other aspects of his life were fascinating as well. I was enthralled the entire audiobook. I would recommend this book to all!!

Mar 29, 2019

Extremely worthwhile and eye-opening read! Ray Hinton takes you to death row with him-- showing you the hell he endured but, more importantly, also showing you how he survived with the help of his family, friends, and our God that can't fail. The book was very inspiring in regards to having hope and granting forgiveness, and it made me view capital punishment from a completely different perspective. Do we really have the right to take someone else's life? "We are all more than the worst thing we have done." (Anthony Ray Hinton)

Feb 28, 2019

Excellent book about a man in Alabama who was falsely accused of committing a crime, found guilty and sentenced to death. Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row fighting to prove his innocence. This book had me in tears many times. Ray, as he was called, never gave up, kept his faith and his sense of humour. His loyal friend, Lester, Ray's mother and Lester's mother and later Lester's wife as well as his lawyer, Bryan were Ray's only visitors for the entire 30 years. It is painful to imagine 30 years of life with only a few visitors, the other condemned prisoners on death row and the guards as the only human contacts. Never a touch or a hug, no personal interaction whatsoever. I gave this book 5 stars and it is worth every one of them.

DBRL_ReginaF Feb 04, 2019

Can you even imagine being taken away from your family and accused of murder? Can you imagine knowing that you are innocent but the men and the system designed to aid you and judge you don't believe in your innocence? Can you imagine remaining not just hopeful but forgiving for the next 30 years living in a small space just doors down from where men are executed? I am amazed and awed by Ray Hinton's courage and tenacity. He tells his story with such grace but without hiding the horrors and tragedy that he faced on a daily basis. This is truly a must read.

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ArapahoeMaryA Feb 19, 2019

How we live matters. Do we choose love or do we choose hate? Do we help or do we harm? Because there is no way to know the exact second your life changes forever. You can only begin to know that moment by looking in the rearview mirror. And trust me when I tell you when you never, ever see it coming.

Oct 14, 2018

" No baby is born a murderer. No toddler dreams of being on death row someday. Every killer on death row was taught to be a killer---by parents, by a system, by the brutality of another brutalized person-----but no one was born a killer." pg. 186

Oct 14, 2018

" I was afraid every single day on death row. And I also found a way to find joy every single day."

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