The book of James was authored
by the brother of Jesus. This is James who was leader of the
Jerusalem council when he wrote the book. The nature of the
book suggests it was addressed to the very early church,
primarily Jewish Christians who knew James as an
authoritative church leader. This would place the writing
possibly as early as before a.d. 50, competing only with
Galatians as probably the oldest book in the New Testament.
Dealing with the trials of being
Christian, their role in discipline and our need for wisdom
and thankfulness, James speaks of faith and deeds,
worldliness and patience, and prayer for the afflicted. If
you're dealing with temptations, addictions and lifestyle
issues, the book of James is a must read.