Michael’s Books

Yob and the Bird Dog

Yob and the Bird Dog is the first in a series of books featuring siblings Yob and Lerig. These books are designed to teach children about making good choices. In Yob and the Bird Dog, Yob learns the value of trust and why it is important for children to remain connected to guidelines set by parents. Read the...

Hoping Liberia–Stories of Civil War from Africa’s First Republic

The slave trade, which African and African-American scholars sometimes call the “Maafa” (meaning “holocaust”), affected between 9 and 12 million people. The fourteen-year civil war in Liberia killed between 250,000 and 300,000 people, about 1 in 10 Liberians.  Hoping Liberia is dedicated in their memory.  The labor on this book is on behalf of Ricks Institute in Virginia, Liberia and of approximately 1,000 displaced people from the war who still live on the Ricks campus.  The royalties from this book and all the books written by Dr. Helms go to the Bricks for Ricks Foundation. What Others Say Ricks Institute and Olu Menjay–a struggling school and a committed Christian–are working together making a huge difference to the restoration of previously war-torn Liberia. Ricks and Olu have captured the hearts and pocketbooks of a number of Christians and churches in our country. But no person has been more passionate for support and success of Ricks than Michael Helms. An inspiriting book about hope, Hoping Liberia is also a magic story of Christian stewardship. —Dr. Walter B. Shurden, Minister at Large, Mercer University Hoping Liberia is an inspiring work in every way. It tells a story, not just about what God is doing among Christians in Liberia, but also about the way God has tugged on Michael Helms’ heart and changed him and many others through their friendship with and service alongside Christian brothers and sisters in Liberia. This book indeed brought me much hope; maybe we Baptists can once again be known for our love and service and not for our fighting and politics. I strongly recommend Hoping Liberia. —Dr....

Finding Our Way Through the Wilderness

This life will eventually carry us through a wilderness, a period of life epitomized by hard- ships, suffering, wandering, and grief. The wilderness can also be a time to withdraw from the world, to give up something of significance in order to think, pray, read, and gain spiritual insight on life. Finding Our Way Through the Wilderness of Life is designed to help those who are in a wilderness by no choice of their own and those who choose to enter the wilderness to prepare spiritually for the arrival of Easter or the next part of their journey. Readers will emerge from the wilderness stronger, healthier, wiser, and better equipped to continue on their way. What Others Say Like muscles, our spiritual awareness needs to be stretched if we are to become strong and spiritually mature. This is a book that will stretch you spiritually. Michael Helms and Erica Cooper are not only gifted writers, they also see spiritual realities in the whole sweep of human experience. Spend a few minutes each day with this book, and it will make such a difference in your life that you will return to it regularly. Like muscles, our spiritual awareness needs to be stretched if we are to become strong and spiritually mature. This is a book that will stretch you spiritually. Michael Helms and Erica Cooper are not only gifted writers, they also see spiritual realities in the whole sweep of human experience. Spend a few minutes each day with this book, and it will make such a difference in your life that you will return to it regularly. R. Alan...

Finding Our Way With the Magi: A Daily Guide Through the Season of Advent

For those who want something deeper than the commercialized trappings of the Advent season, Finding Our Way With the Magi gives readers a daily opportunity to be spiritually challenged, encouraged, inspired, and confronted with Jesus admonitions to live out our faith in an increasingly secular world. Seamless shifts are made from common, sometimes humorous life stories that relate to biblical truths all of us need to apply to our daily lives. Creative Advent Actions appear at the end of each day’s reading to give concrete, practical suggestions for putting that day’s focus into practice during Advent. Guided prayers help readers begin a conversation with God based on the reading for the day. Few Advent books have the potential to change the lives of readers and the lives of those around them. This is one of those rare books. Buy the eBook ($9.99, 240 pages): The ebook is available for all ereaders, including Kindle, Nook, iPod/iPad/iPhone, Sony Reader, etc. When your purchase is complete, a link to the download page will be immediately emailed to you. Easy Instructions for adding the ebook to your device are here. Want the print version of the book? Get it from Amazon. Looking for links mentioned in the book? Click here About the Author Dr. Michael Helms is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, Georgia, and the author of numerous books, including Finding Our Way: An Introspective Journey Through the Labyrinth of Life, Hoping Liberia: Stories of Civil War from Africa’s First Republic and Finding Our Way Through the Wilderness, and A Journey For Lent and Other Days of Spiritual...

Finding Our Way Through the Labyrinth of Life

Through the art of story and the discipline of reflection, Finding Our Way Through the Labyrinth of Life helps each reader discover the path to serenity through self-discovery and the contemplation of God’s timeless truths in an ever-changing world.   Order a Copy To order a copy of this or any of the printed books on this site, please send your name, shipping address, and title(s) and quantity desired to johnmichaelhelms@gmail.com.  Please send a donation to the Bricks for Ricks Foundation by using the Bricks for Ricks donation button on this site.  A suggested minimum is $20 for each book.  Your books will be mailed and an email receipt will be generated....