If shipping goes as projected, Caring Lessons: A Nursing Professor’s Journey of Faith and Self should arrive here within a week. This morning, on a (famous) writer’s website, I read about her mad scramble the week of her book’s arrival. I can identify. I’ve sent emails to lots of friends and family for pre-orders, and the checks are arriving daily.

This is the scoop I’ve promised you: My husband and I are donating an unlimited quantity of books to Trinity Christian College. They will be using all of my books in conjunction with nursing fundraisers. Because the IRS stipulates that no “goods or services” can be received for donations, we have designated the cost of the books (and S/H when appropriate) to be donated to a nursing scholarship fund that we have named the Lois and Marv Roelofs Freshman Nursing Scholarship. Four freshmen receive this each year.

So, if you’d like to purchase Caring Lessons:

Make check payable to: Trinity Christian College
(On the memo line, write “Roelofs Freshman Nursing Scholarship”)
In the amount of $16.50 ($13.99 per book, plus $2.51 S/H)
Mail to: Lois Roelofs, PO Box 81574, Chicago, IL 60681

When I receive your check, I will mail your book(s).

Some people have asked about donations to the scholarship fund. Any monies given above the cost of the book and S/H would be tax deductible, so the donor would receive a written acknowledgment for any amount over $16.50/book from Trinity Christian College.

Please note: if you order the book from a bookstore or an online bookseller, we are also donating all proceeds to the scholarship fund. (About a dollar per book at most.)

Please forward this information to anyone you think may be interested. I’ve had a few schools of nursing express interest for use in the classroom, especially in any course that addresses career development, and I’ve had women’s groups ask about its use for their book clubs. Or just snuggle up under an afghan and lose yourself for a while in another person’s “nurse’s aide to professor emerita of nursing” forty-year career.

Any questions: contact me at caringlessons@aol.com Thanks! And check out this week’s EXCERPT from “Chapter 21 – Getting Organized” about my fun challenges as an assistant dean.