In The Sun Does Shine, Anthony Ray
Hinton shares how God brought him through a thirty year battle
to win back his freedom. Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested in
1985 for murder. He had an airtight alibi, but no one seemed
As I listened to the audiobook narrator, Kevin
R. Free, questions popped into my head, like: why the judge
and the attorneys ignored his alibi? Is Ray leaving something
out? Did the local police know him well enough to target him?
Or was the color of his skin reason enough?
Ray confesses his sins and how he loves God.
He writes about the minor crimes he committed, but he never
harmed a soul. Unfortunately, in Alabama during this era,
his skin color was more than enough of a reason. Ray goes
over his sentencing, which is death. He promises his mother
he’ll fight it. Ray sits on death row for thirty years,
but he never loses faith in God or the attorney that does
Ray’s imagination is what saved him.
He shares some key moments that kept him going. Ray’s
faith is tested as he goes through attorneys. He eventually
stops fighting, and accepts the death sentence. Even then
he stays positive and eventually gets the rest of the inmates
to do the same. Ray shares the horrors of death row, listening
to men die, as well as dealing with a prison and guards, who
did not care. At one point, Ray starts a book club as way
to help them get through each day. Eventually Ray’s
own book will become an Oprah Book Club choice.
The most touching sections for me had to be Ray’s current
attorney reading the Supreme Court’s review thirty years
after Ray’s arrest, and how Ray shares a word hope with
his fellow prisoners before he’s released. Ray highlights
some key moments after being released and how some of his
daydreams are coming true.