The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

The Sun Does Shine

Anthony Ray Hinton was poor and black when he was convicted of two murders he hadn't committed. For the next three decades he was trapped in solitary confinement in a tiny cell on death row.Eventually his case was taken up by the award-winning lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, who managed to have him exonerated, though it took 15 years for this to happen. How did Hinton cope with the mental and emotional torture of his situation, and emerge full of compas...

Details The Sun Does Shine

TitleThe Sun Does Shine
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews The Sun Does Shine

  • Diane S ☔
    I am not sure where to put my feelings after finishing this book. I am appalled, angry, sad but also filled with admiration for this inncent man on death row for over thirty years, who managed to retain hope and love. Not that he never got angry, he did, but he still hung on, didn't give up. He had a best friend, Lester a childhood friend who never missed visits, a mother to whom he was her baby boy, always asking him when he would be coming home...
  • Lola
    Can you imagine?Can you imagine being convicted of multiple murders you never committed and sentenced to death by electrocution?Can you imagine spending thirty years of your life in a tiny room next to the Death Room where they electrocute men and women, always wondering when the guards will show up in front of your cell to let you know the date of your own execution?Hoping, praying that the truth will come out, that you will have a chance to pro...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 inspirational and unforgettable stars to The Sun Does Shine! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of murder and spent 30 years on Death Row in Alabama. His cell was close enough to the execution block that all his senses knew when someones time had come. Hintons public defender was incompetent and so was the star witness in ballistics who happened to be blind in one eye and asked for help in doing his job. Add to that a dis...
  • Erin
    Until we have a way of ensuring that innocent men are never executed. Until we account for the racism in our courts, in our prisons, and in our sentencing. The death penalty should be abolished. Anthony Ray Hinton is an amazing and Godly man. He's a much better person than I am. Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly 30 years on death row for a murder he didn't commit. This innocent man could have been put to death, for the crime of being black & poor. ...
  • Elyse Walters
    Oh My God....UNBELIEVABLE!!! Within seconds of beginning this story, we are SICK....sick with rage, over the most inhumane - infuriating injustice.ANTHONY RAY HILTON.....the youngest of 10 children of a single mom, SPENT 30 years on Alabamas death row for two murders he didnt commit....HE WAS INNOCENT...ANTHONY didnt kill ANYONE!! ....he was never in a fight. He wasnt violent. He prayed to God to forgive those who DID HIM WRONG. He didnt know any...
  • Esil
    If you havent read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stephenson , its a must read for anyone interested in the criminal justice system in the US and especially the death penalty. Strike that its a must read for everyone.The Sun Does Shine has a foreword by Bryan Stephenson, but it is written by Anthony Ray Hinton, an inmate who was on death row in Alabama for 30 years. Hinton was sentenced to death for murders he did not com...
  • Beata
    This is an account of an innocent man who spent 30 years on a death row in Alabama. Tragedy which could have devastated most of people ... However, Mr Hinton remained sane thanks to his faith, his mother and his best friend, and because he knew he was not guilty. What happened to him is beyond words and his voice is valuable regarding the capital punishment. You can only admire Mr Hinton who, against the odds, found strength to survive.
  • Yun
    The Sun Does Shine is one of the hardest books I've ever read. Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongly convicted of murder in 1985 and was imprisoned for almost 30 years in solitary confinement, waiting to be put to death for a crime he didn't commit. The horrific injustice that was perpetrated by the state of Alabama on Mr. Hinton is beyond belief. Yet through all this, Mr. Hinton remained hopeful and kind, and his unwavering humanity is an inspiration t...
  • Holly
    I read Bryan Stevenson's book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, back in 2016 and that book has STUCK WITH ME. So there was no question that I would read this book, about one of the many innocent people Stevenson and his Equal Justice Initiative has fought hard to free after they have been wrongly convicted as guilty and sentenced to death. Thanks to Stevenson my viewpoint was forever changed about the death penalty, and this book fu...
  • Nancy
    Last year I read Bryan Stevenson's book Just Mercy. It was crushing to read about a justice system based on convictions and political gain at the expense of innocent men. It led me to read I Can't Breathe by Matt Taibbi about the death of Earl Garner and also to Michelle Ko's Reading with Patrick. Each book is a moving account of the stories behind the Black Lives Matter movement. So when I saw that one of the Death Row inmates represented by Ste...
  • Brandice
    In The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row Anthony Ray Hinton provides a first person account of his 30 years on Death Row - An innocent man served 30 - no, thats not a typo - years in prison for a crime he did not commit - Thats my entire life. Hinton talks about his life growing up in Alabama, but most of the book focuses on his time spent on Death Row because sadly, thats where he was forced to spend the majority of his l...
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    "It was nothing less than a lynching - a legal lynching - but a lynching all the same. The anger I had tried so hard to stuff down and pray away was back in full force. My only crime was being born black, or being born black in Alabama. Everywhere I looked in his court room, I saw white faces - a sea of white faces. Wood walls, wood furniture, and white faces. The court room was impressive and intimidating. I felt like an uninvited guest in a ric...
  • Joey R.
    I began reading The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Hinton after my mom told me it was one of the best books she has ever read. After completing the book in less than 3 days, I have to agree it is one of the most inspiring and well written accounts of one mans journey through adversity that I have ever read. Hinton does an outstanding job telling his life story and the ups and downs he went through as a result of poverty and the bad decisions he made e...
  • Bkwmlee
    As I write this review, I am wiping tears from my face -- tears that flowed more than once as I was reading this amazing book. It is hard to describe the gamut of emotions I felt as I followed Anthony Ray Hintons incredible story of having to spend 30 years on death row for a crime he didnt commit. Disgusted, appalled, angry, outraged none of these words seem to be sufficient in relaying my feelings towards the blatant miscarriage of justice tha...
  • Karen Rush
    An incredible story! My heart hurt for Anthony Ray Hinton, an innocent man with extraordinary patience who sat on death row in a 5x7 ft cell for 30 years. This man missed half his life due to an unconscionable travesty of justice in Alabamas court system before finally being exonerated and set free in 2015 at 58 years old after a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. I dont know if I will ever be able to forget Rays story. Surely, the Alabama Senate ...
  • Nadia
    I honesty don't know where to start... I finished The Sun Does Shine a few days ago and can't stop thinking about it. What I know for sure is that it's going to my all-time-favourites shelf right away.The Sun Does Shine is a true story of a black man from Alabama wrongfully convicted of murder, who is sent to death row. I'm a sucker for true stories, but this story was the most powerful, eye-opening one I've ever read and it evoked so much emotio...
  • Jenna
    Imagine being accused of a crime you didn't commit. Imagine that because you are poor, you cannot afford to hire a decent attorney but must instead rely on a public defender who is over-worked and doesn't really care whether or not you are convicted? Imagine not having the money needed to hire the experts who would prove your innocence. Imagine being sentenced to death for a crime you didn't commit.The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom...
  • Monica
    This book was truly excellent. It is the story of how Anthony Hinton survived 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. It is an excellent companion piece to Bryan Stevenson' s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. In fact, Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative is the organization that was ultimately responsible for Hinton's release.Sigh. Yes this is a story about how a man was somehow able to keep his sense of self and his hope w...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Beautifully written, I really sunk my teeth into this fascinating story of the wrongful conviction of Anthony Ray Hinton, a young black man who spent 30 years on Alabama's Death Row. His crime? Nothing more than being born black and poor in Alabama. He was convicted of the robbery, kidnap and attempted murder of one man, and the brutal murder of two others in a short period of time. Similar robbery killings continued after he was locked up, but n...
  • Libby
    A question I sometimes ask myself after reading a book is if it was worth the time I invested, time that I could have spent doing something else. In other words, do I have a takeaway? Did the book impart something of value to me? This book answers that with a resounding Yes. I wish I could imprint the messages of The Sun Does Shine onto every cell in my body, because it is ultimately a story about hope, redemption, and forgiveness. Who couldnt us...
  • Malia
    This book tells quite a story! Anthony Ray Hinton chronicles his experience spending nearly thirty years wrongfully convicted on Death Row. It's a shocking story of resilience and injustice, though never without hope. I am not sure how someone could get through something like that and seem like such a positive person, not allowing himself to be weighed down by (rightful) resentment or anger. I'm sure The Sun Does Shine will stay with me for some ...
  • Cheryl James
    This is a very emotional story. It saddens me to know that our justice system can be so racist and corrupt to the point where innocent men and women are placed on death row all because they are financially challenged. This story and many more like it has me challenging my thoughts about the death sentence. For all of the people who lied to place Mr. Hinton on death row may you live your life in the free world as though you too were on death row w...
  • Tammy
    5 ☆ An inspiring story that just broke my heart.. I literally had tears streaming down my face. This is one of the worst miscarriages of justice Ive heard of due to the state of Alabamas racial prejudice. Anthony was arrested, tried and convicted for a crime he didnt commit + sentenced to death. In his 30 years spent on death row Anthony maintained his belief in God that hed be exonerated + fought the system while keeping his mammas core value ...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Follow for all reviews and recommendations. The Sun Does Shine is a powerful and important memoir, showing a discouraging side of our legal system and an incredible testament of stamina and hope.In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of murder in Alabama and sentenced to the electric chair. He was a 29 year old, poor, black man who had a job, a happy disposition and was a devoted son to his loving mother. ...
  • Stacey
    After finishing The Sun Does Shine, I had a range of emotions. Right at the top I was angry. I was mad at the injustice of Anthony Ray Hinton being arrested for a crime he did not commit. Second, I was mad at the whole process of representation because he was poor. Then I was angry at how racist the whole judicial system is. Anthony said it best when he said judges traded their white robes for black. Hopeful that evidence in his case would set hi...
  • Camille
    Heartbreaking tale of injustice that unfortunately is not new.
  • Syl Sabastian
    A powerful, emotional read. It's not every day we get to see life from a side we wouldn't ordinarily know. Experiencing the unimaginable is powerful because we tend to not believe what we can't imagine. When we do, and we know what we didn't before, we can't undo such knowing. Awareness is powerful, as is Understanding, both which don't always come easy. This amazing story, well delivered, adds to us human beings, providing a Perspective on the h...
  • Lisa
    [4+] A powerful book about Anthony Ray Hinton's fight for justice (with the help of Bryan Stevenson) after being wrongly imprisoned and sentenced to death. The audio book was very well done and quite gripping. An excellent book to read after Bryan Stevenson's "Just Mercy." Bryan Stevenson is an American hero and should win the Nobel Peace prize.
  • Diane Yannick
    This book hit me in the gut. Hard. Sure, Ive read other books about men who have been wrongly convicted of murder and ended up on death row. Yet, somehow, this one put me inside those bars and held me there. Hinton told his story with grace, hope and forgiveness.Imagine for a minute having an ironclad alibi that no one will even bother to check out. Your state assigned lawyer is pathetic and mostly cares about the fact that hes only getting paid ...
  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    He was a poor man in a criminal justice system that treats you better if you are rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent. Anthony Ray Hinton, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row..Mr. Anthony Ray Hintons The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row was an emotional & difficult read, even more so because its a true story. I know so much has already been said about this, but its a powerful book o...