Former Savannah State women’s basketball All-American Mabel Sanders has written her first book which details her struggles in life, love and religion. The 188-page book which has 18 chapters is titled “Revelations Of A Surrendered Life.”
When asked why she decided to put pen to paper, she said “I found myself in the middle of a nightmare surrounded by my second husband who was discovered to be a warlock and sorcerer. His entire family were of the occult. He was still legally married to his first wife and had not achieved a divorce before remarrying. Once all these things were being revealed, I began fighting for my life, my children’s lives and my sanity.”
Sanders states that the most difficult part of writing the book was having to relive these experiences because they took place not that long ago. “Reconnecting with the emotional chaos and distress were my biggest challenges,” she added.
The book starts by talking about her childhood and being raised in a Christian family home. Sanders attended Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Augusta and sang in the church choir.
One of the chapters focus on her college years at Savannah State.
“The chapter entitled college years was where life began to blossom for me. I had a fairly sheltered life and even though I didn’t stray much from the way I was raised, I enjoyed being able to make decisions on my own. I’ve met some lifelong friends. I became a part of the greek life in which I thought at the time was an honor.”
Sanders also mentions her college coach, Otis Brock, Jr. whom she calls a huge inspiration. “I used to compare him to my high school coach because I felt like he was the male version of her. He always had words of encouragement waiting in the wings along with firm reinforcements to push me to do my best. I’ll never forget him coming to my high school after he had recruited me. There was a day set aside for signing with the college . As he sat across from me as I signed the athletic contract, he looked at me and said. ‘That smile is going to open many doors for you.’ I had an awesome experience those four years and if I could do it all over again. I would tweak some things but I would still choose Savannah State.”
After the completion of the book, Sanders said she felt as if a burden had been lifted off her shoulders because of what her story could possibly do for others. “Hopefully many of my experiences will answer some unanswered questions others may have regarding the it may be so hard to move forward in life,” she said.
Sanders, who is a professional registered nurse in Atlanta, said it took nearly six months to write the book but she began video documentaries back in December of 2013 when everything came to a head in her second marriage. “I had to record my thoughts as to not forget any details in the future. I didn’t know where, how, or when but I knew this story had to be told.”
When asked if there would be a follow up to this book, she responded “ I’m not sure if there will be another because I’m hoping I never have to go through any of this anymore. Let’s just say if there is another book in the making, this one will be a declaration of how I’ve been living and walking in God’s divine destiny.”
The six-foot-three Sanders came to Savannah State from Augusta’s T.W. Josey High School. She played basketball for the Lady Tigers from 1988-92 where she was an All-SIAC center (1990, 91, 92); Black College Sports Information Directors All-American (1990-91); and SIAC Player of the Year (1991-92). Sanders led the SIAC and the nation statistically in NCAA Division II rebounding. She was inducted into the Savannah State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
During her senior year, Sanders averaged 21 points and 14.7 rebounds per game while shooting 64 percent from the field. In a game against LeMoyne Owen, Sanders pulled down 27 rebounds.