New Book Shows How the Church Can Help Youths

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Robbie Edwards Mills shares a theology model gleaned from experience in youth outreach

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Youths today face many issues. Substance abuse. Eating disorders. Bullying. Teen pregnancy. In the face of these hardships, it would be easy for anyone to lose their way. In her new book, The Church as the Surrogate Family (published by WestBow Press), Christian pastor Robbie Edwards Mills presents her ideas for how readers can reach out and help troubled youths, specifically rural African-American young people.

In The Church as the Surrogate Family, Mills presents a practical theology model for nurturing rural African Methodist youth, using the church as a surrogate family. As she has found, the implementation of this holistic model resulted in enhanced confidence, spiritual growth and maturity among the youth and increased growth in the church family.

“Being a member of the family of God helps youth overcome nihilism and other destructive forces in the world,” says Mills.

Offering a method for readers to reach out and fight back against the destructive forces that often plague American youth, Mills shows readers how to use the power of the church community as a surrogate family.

About the Author
Robbie Edwards Mills serves as an ordained elder in the A.M.E Church, and has served as the pastor of Oak Chapel A.M.E. Church in Warrenton, North Carolina for over four years. She has completed advanced theological studies and a Doctor of Ministry degree with Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and has over 25 years of experience handling cases involving the complicated medical and legal issues of those individuals who have disabilities or have sustained serious injuries. Mills integrates her nursing and theological education into her law practice, helping her clients by understanding their spiritual needs alongside their physical and legal issues.

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the world’s largest Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) — the world leader in the popular self-publishing industry segment. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. Thomas Nelson, Inc. continues to “inspire the world” with distribution of products in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit or call (866)-928-1240. Follow us @westbowpress on Twitter for the latest news.


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