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
The Sun Does Shine book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 999 Ratings)

The Sun Does Shine Anthony Ray Hinton & Lara Love Hardin Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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.

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User reviews about this book

  • The Sun Does Shine

    5
    By Talladegarn
    This is the most incredible book I’ve ever read. The truth, the faith, and endurance of this man is more than soul searching. I thought I knew my own beliefs, but this book has forced me to see the insanity of the justice system and the taking of a human life in order to “prevent the taking of human life.” Life changing. Belief changing. Heart changing.
  • Excellent piece of literature

    5
    By pjack522
    This is an excellent piece of literature that further unveils the truth surrounding systemic racism and social injustice. Hinton does a profound job taking the reader on the journey of his 30-year experience on death row. He lures you in with vivid descriptions of his time in prison and fight for freedom. And as the story unfolds, you can’t help but pause to wonder how you, the reader, would handle spending a large portion of your life paying for the crimes of an unknown murderer.
  • Must read

    5
    By sunshine ray
    God bless you Ray
  • Outstanding Book

    5
    By Dr. SA Walls
    This is a must-read for anyone facing adversity. Ray Hinton’s strength and endurance is an example for us all. This book has changed the way I look at prisons, prisoners, and our court system. I am thankful for Ray Hinton and this informative and inspiring book. I think that this book should be required reading in our high schools and colleges.
  • Great book.

    5
    By Jalynrenee16
    As I read this book I put myself in Rays place. Sad cause the system really is broken. Not everyone is innocent. Not everyone is guilty either.
  • Justice and Hope

    5
    By hopendlove
    This book highlighted how broken our justice system really is. How can one make a decision to end another persons life? How can one live with hope knowing their life is limited? I can’t imagine how I would have kept faith and hope over 30 years and after countless court denials. Ray, is a powerhouse. He’s definitely a hero and a source of hope for many prisoners and for families who have one incarcerated. I loved this book so much. I’m glad Ray is a free man!
  • Eye opener to death row

    5
    By Tootie Mae
    First foremost I want to thank Our Lord for saving this innocent man life. Great book, I would love to meet Anthony some day and give him big hug. I want to apologize for the injustice at your trial for all of the white trash that participated and had a hand at finding you guilty to death. I’m so curious if you made a point to at least call the idiot prosecutor once you was a free man just to say, I’m Home, lol. Ik he has wrote a book too which I won’t waste my time reading his lies! You deserve millions and that’s still not enough.
  • Not Bad

    3
    By Icemike921
    Good Read,, well told story ,, some parts were a little stretched out, but over all,a good read.
  • Truly inspiring

    1
    By Sylvia Stubbs
    Anthony Ray Hinton is an amazing person. He lived through 30 long years of unjust imprisonment and yet has not become bitter.
  • A Must Read!

    5
    By Tina.Tina1730
    This is my favorite book of the year because it sheds light towards the many wrongful convictions and racism that occurs throughout our criminal justice system. Although Anthony Ray Hinton spent most of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit, he used his mind to take him to places he could only dream of. Thus, it helped him throughout his rough days. His faith, hope, determination and compassion throughout the book showed his true strength. I am very glad that he shared his story because not everyone one is alive to share theirs. To his lawyer Bryan and his friend Lester, your commitment towards him and unconditional love is tremendous. Our system needs refreshing and upgrading because it help contributes to our human errors.

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