Book Review

Book Review: The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton


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.

My Review:

THIS BOOK!! Whew! This is an absolute must read! It is a necessity. The lessons that are taught in this book are for everyone. An engrossing tale of humility, forgiveness,hope, faith, truth, and perseverance! This memoir was poignant, remarkable, and highly relevant. An eloquently written read that punctiliously navigates highly sensitive topics such as racism and America’s judicial system.

Although the book was well written, it took me a few days to get through it because the subject matter was so heavy. I had to stop and put the book down from time to time (just to gather my thoughts) BUTTTTTTT I would read it over and over again. This book had me so emotional. Be prepared to get angry, to laugh, to cry, and to cheer.

Now I am off to research more about Mr. Hinton and the people who played a role in his trials.

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