Question 39

Tony Anthony crafts the impression that he received an unjustifiably hefty sentence for the accident, omitting to mention additional convictions. Is this true?

No.  In “Taming the Tiger” Tony and his co-author made it very clear both Tony and Sara felt deep shame for what he had done and its consequences.  (see pages 213, 214 and 218) It is clear Tony believed he deserved to be punished: “The case went on.  After a while I was hardly listening.  It all seemed irrelevant.  I was guilty before God and I wanted to die.”  (see page 213) “Tears began streaming down my cheeks.  I thought back over my life.  I was a wicked man who God had saved.  How little I deserved Him.  Now it was as though I had ripped the heart out of my story, the one I had told so many times to convince others of the truth about Jesus Christ.  How could I ever expect God to use me again?  I vowed there and then, to become a quiet Christian.  I could never give up on God.  He was too real to me.  But I was not worthy to have Jesus’ name on my lips.”  (see page 214) I have stated elsewhere that Tony has chosen not to regain his driving licence because “The thought of driving makes me feel quite sick”