The Sun Does Shine

The Sun Does Shine

How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

Book - 2018
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Winner of the 2019 Christopher Award

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: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781250124715
Branch Call Number: 364.66092 Hin
Characteristics: xii, 255 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 22, 2020

An inspiring story, but depressing in how easy injustice can be started and maintained.

Jun 06, 2020

This book is a challenging but important read.

Mar 30, 2020

I read this after reading "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson. Both excellent books. "The Sun Does Shine" tells Hinton's story from his own view point and was often very touching. ("Just Mercy" was my eye-opener from the attorney's view point; gave me great admiration for Bryan Stevenson's work.)

Feb 13, 2020

This book is not an easy read. It's utterly heartwrenching. It's infuriating. It's also one of faith, forgiveness, and hope.

Ray Hinton was convicted of killing two people in two separate armed robberies, each a restaurant manager. He was taken into custody when a third robbery occurred and that restaurant manager survived the shooting. The manager gave a description of the perpetrator, and an employee of the restaurant (who knew and disliked Hinton) said that he knew a guy who fit the bill. They arrested Hinton despite the fact that he was at least 4 inches taller than the description and the fact that he had been signed in at work 30 minutes away that night. The crime was committed approximately 10 minutes after he signed in. It was PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE for him to have committed the crime!! It's beyond my comprehension how this could have happened in the first place, but also that it could have taken so long for anyone to listen to Hinton and/or to care enough to want to make things right.

The amazing The Sun Does Shine tells the story of Hinton's incredible strength of character and his faith. It also tells the story of Bryan Stevenson’s unceasing efforts to see Hinton set free. (Stevenson, of the Equal Justice Initiative, is definitely my hero.)

The judicial system, race relations, prison conditions, and the death penalty all need to be reviewed, discussed, examined and improved so innocent people are not sent to jail, and people in jail are treated humanely.

CMLibrary_CBlevins Feb 09, 2020

This book left me feeling angry and sad, but the message of hope is uplifting. The part where Hinton’s lawyer called him to tell he was going to be released, I actually cried. All those years of fighting for the truth to come out was worth it. Ray’s story shines a light on the power of hope and the human spirit.

Jan 31, 2020

Wow! This book was so eye opening. I am very inspired by Mr. Hinton's positivity and honesty. Also always moved by hearing of Bryan Stevenson's work. I highly recommend this book.

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.

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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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