North Side author earning accolades

Finding strength in her Cayman roots helped Janice Rae Sanders persevere through tough times, allowing her to embrace her love for family and to emerge as a successful author.

Janice Rae Sanders in North Side with her granddaughter Lily, who also features in her book.

North Side resident Janice Rae Sanders is gaining accolades for her recently published book.

“Going Through the Door and Finding Miracles: A Warts and all Testimony,” was published by Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, a Christian self-publisher.

Copy of book cover (Read-Only)Ms. Sanders is finding her work is resonating with a wide audience, as was her hope.

“I did not want to produce something that was a run-of-the-mill testimony which can be boring to read, or something that was chick-lit,” she said.

She said the response from readers has been wonderful. “In fact, I get great feedback from both men and women, and both young and older readers.”

She wrote the book in Cayman last year, over the course of about six months.

“Basically, every time I came down, I would write some of the book,” she said.

Ms. Sanders, 66, spent her early life in both Savannah and Crete, Illinois, southeast of Chicago; her mother committed suicide when Ms. Sanders was young, and her life took many twists and turns, including drug use.

Ms. Sanders was fortunate enough to find a strong female mentor in the woman she says is the only mother she ever knew, Carallee Fink (nee Jackson), who still lives in Savannah with Ms. Sanders’s sister.

The book chronicles the many challenges and hardships the author encountered and overcame on her road to finally finding peace and happiness, with a strong Christian message.

Published and released in November, it is garnering five-star reviews on Amazon, with enthusiastic readers praising its down-to-earth depiction of a hard life that eventually led to the author discovering God’s plan for her.

“My hope is that readers will seek our Lord, and be baptized in Jesus’s name,” she said.

She hopes people who read the book will be encouraged to follow what some would call their conscience, or what she calls “God’s voice,” and seek to grow their relationship with “the man upstairs.”

“I have always wanted to write a book about my life using an assumed name, but as time went on, I thought God is not going to like this,” noting she became convinced it wouldn’t be authentic.

“My original idea gave way to this book,” she said.

“I wanted to recount all the miracles that I had witnessed, but that would have meant something that was way longer, and I also was OK with dragging myself through the mud, but not others.”

Ms. Sanders said that within two months of publication the book made $5,000 in sales. Ms. Sanders said all proceeds from the book will be donated, as her objective is not financial.

“My church in Chicago had a mold problem, so those first funds I earned went toward that,” she said.

The book is available online through,, and